Biz buzz // Dogwood Coffee Bar opens

Dogwood Coffee Bar, formerly Bull Run, opens in Calhoun Square

The Dogwood Coffee Bar opened in Calhoun Square Nov. 3.  

Originally planned to be named Bull Run Coffee Bar, the company has undergone some recent changes. Owner Greg Hoyt sold the roasting side of the business, Bull Run Roasting in St. Louis Park, to a group that also owns Espresso Partners, a coffee equipment and service company based in Brooklyn Park.

Hoyt is keeping the retail side of the business, naming it Dogwood Coffee. For now, he will lease space to roast coffee in the St. Louis Park location. That coffee will continue to be sold at Rustica Bakery in Calhoun Village.

The Dogwood Coffee Bar, as planned, will sell Rustica pastries and cookies in Calhoun Square. Hoyt said the coffee shop will have the same people making the coffee as it did when it was named Bull Run — the same baristas, roaster, coffee buyer and practice of one-cup brewing.

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50th and France home to new makeup, eyelash studio

Brides and other clientele shopping at 50th & France will find a new specialty service in the popular wedding shopping destination: Airbrush makeup and eyelash extensions.

The new studio is called Jett Makeup and opened Sept. 1 at 3940 W. 50th St.

Amy Presson started Jett Makeup in 2007 as an on-site business that did makeup and eyelashes for brides, actors and for special events.

Presson has nine years experience as a makeup artist and has been certified to apply eyelash extensions for three years.

Her makeup and equipment cannot be found in stores.

“Because it is our specialty, the makeup that we use is a professional-grade makeup that we custom blend for each client, so that they have the perfect color match for their makeup, she said. “The makeup that we use is a high definition makeup that is used on television and for films, so it looks really natural, it feels weightless on the skin.”

The eyelash side of her business began as a service to brides. The extensions allow brides go without mascara and the material is low-maintenance, allowing the lashes to stay on during the honeymoon.

Presson said that since then the lashes have become widely used by women on a daily basis.

To schedule and appointment, call 651-373-1702 or e-mail [email protected]

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Jack’s goes beyond Java

Popular East Harriet coffee shop Java Jack’s dropped the Java from its name, but not its menu, after it expanded in early November into a full restaurant.

Jack’s, 818 W. 46th St., is now a neighborhood café with a dining room of 70 and a kitchen led by chef Stephanie Hedrick.

Jack’s will remain a coffee shop by morning, keeping the same beverage selections while expanding its offering of house-made baked goods.

Hedrick’s menu for lunch and dinner will be a “twist on classic Americana, with a focus on fresh ingredients in tribute to the bounty of local farms.”

Jack’s will also serve hand-selected wines and local brews.

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Southwest going Vertical: Big indoor rock climbing gym coming to 26th & Nicollet

A Minnesota-based company plans to open one of the biggest and tallest indoor rock-climbing facilities in the country in the Whittier neighborhood.

Owner Nate Postma said his company, Vertical Endeavors, has an agreement with the landlord and plans to sign a lease in the next few days for the former Ice House Studio on 26th &  Nicollet.

Postma said he plans to build a wall reaching heights of 60 feet and totaling 25,000 square feet of climbing space.
The new gym is bigger than his three existing facilities in St. Paul, Duluth and the Chicago area.

“It will be one of the biggest and one of the tallest in the country,” he said. “Mostly, it will be one of the best. That’s what will be sweet about it.”


The 26th & Nicollet intersection is in the beginning stages of a major redevelopment. First and First LLC bought the property during the summer and the architect has confirmed that Thom Pham’s Azia Restaurant will be moving back into its old space next door to the Ice House.

Because the redevelopment just began, Postma couldn’t give an exact timeline for when he might have climbers on the wall, but he said it will likely happen late next spring or early next summer. 
The facility will be available to a wide range of clientele, he said. Customers will be able to buy day passes, memberships and punch cards and host climbing parties. The facility will also have a full retail section for climbing equipment.

“Pretty much any customer of any age can come in and play on our wall,” Postma said, noting a wide selection for experts. Postma said Vertical Endeavors is eyeing a site in a Twin Cities suburbs for a fifth site, but he declined to say where exactly until the deal was final. He said the Nicollet Avenue project will have priority over that one, unless he runs into any problems.

Why the Whittier neighborhood?


“That building, to be quite frank. For us, it’s all about the building because our customers are destination-oriented customers, so what’s going to be happening is we’re going to be bringing
a lot of business to that area.”


Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul hosts 100,000 climbers a year, he said. The facility, which has about 18,000 square feet of climbing space, has brought in $25 million in revenue since it opened in 1992. The Duluth and Chicago locations opened in 2001.

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Calhoun Village will be home to first European Wax Center in Minnesota

The European Wax Center franchise will make Calhoun Village its first Minnesota location as the chain expands quickly across the United States.

Owners Alicia Wagner and Laura Kottke plan to open in early December. They’re also regional developers for the company and plan to help start another 20 to 25 locations in Minnesota.

The European Wax Center chain started in Florida in 2005. It specializes in a four-step wax treatment with its own proprietary wax blend from Paris.

Wagner said the company was started as a family salon in Florida. In 2005, the owners began franchising just the waxing part of the business. Since then, 147 franchises have been sold in the United States.

Wagner and Kottke, both Twin Cities natives, were living in Florida at the time and became loyal clients to the European Wax Center.

“I thought, ‘This would be awesome in Minnesota,’” Wagner said.

Wagner says the European Wax Center offers a few things to make the company popular: High quality wax, affordability and convenience.

“It’s a hard wax, so what basically happens is it adheres to your hair not your skin, which means it’s virtually pain free. It’s a quicker application as well as removal. It just reduces overall pain irritation (and) redness,” she said.

Waxes take 15 minutes, she said, adding that the prices are the best she’s seen in Minnesota.

Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made online at waxcenter.com. Calhoun Village is just west of Lake Calhoun on Lake Street.

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Casey’s Bar and Grill remodel comes with name change: Pat’s Tap

Sisters Kari and Kim Bartmann began remodeling Casey’s Bar and Grill, 3510 Nicollet Ave. in mid-November, turning it into an energy-efficient gastropub and renaming it Pat’s Tap.

The Bartmanns also operate Bryant Lake Bowl, Barbette and the Red Stag Supperclub.

Pat’s Tap will serve grass-fed burgers, traditional bar fare and some not-as-common pub choices, like mussels, frites, house-made pastas, breads and charcuterie. Barbette Chef Kevin Kathman will help create the menu.

Much like they have done with their other restaurants, the Bartmanns will focus on environmentally friendly dining. They’re remodeling the building to LEED standards, focusing on locally farmed and produced foods and serving local brews and organic wine.

The duo is also doing some interesting things to the site, beyond nixing a small grill for a full kitchen. They’re removing a couple pool tables and installing 1950s Skee Ball machines. The Skee Ball proceeds will be donated to local nonprofits that serve the homeless and hungry.

Reach Nick Halter at [email protected]