Biz buzz: Athleta

Athleta coming to 50th & France

Athleta is set to open its first Twin Cities retail store this holiday season at 5001 France Ave. S. in the old Ann Taylor Loft space.

The Southwest store will be the eighth in the country for the Gap-owned women’s apparel company, which opened its first retail store on San Francisco’s Fillmore Street last January after years of all-online sales.

Product offerings vary with the seasons, but Athleta sells its own lines of yoga gear, running equipment, skirts and performance pants, among other items.

Callie Canfield, Athleta’s public relations manager, said the company uses online sales data to determine which markets are ripe for brick-and-mortar stores.

“We have a unique insight on where our customers are, and we definitely have a strong customer base in that part of Minneapolis,” Canfield said.

For more information, check out Athleta’s website at athleta.com.

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New apartment development proposed for 4525 France Ave.

LINDEN HILLS — A six-apartment, three-floor building with ground-floor office space is proposed for 4525 France Ave. S.

On Sept. 6, the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) voted 5-2 not to oppose the two zoning variances requested by developer Scott Carlston. One allows for a sixth apartment unit — without a variance, five units would be the maximum — and the second allows Carlston to build right to the edge of the property line.

Some neighbors argued that the proposed building is too large for the property, which is currently the site of a single-family home, but LHiNC members voting not to oppose the project pointed out that the building’s proposed height conforms to the city zoning code.

Carlston indicated that the site plan will be considered by the city Planning Commission later this month.

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10,000 Licks sells “farm-fresh” ice pops at Fulton market

FULTON — Ever hear the joke about the journalist and music therapist who start an ice pop company?

You probably haven’t, because it isn’t a joke — a journalist and music therapist actually combined forces to found 10,000 Licks, a gourmet farm-fresh ice pop business that has become a fixture this season at the Fulton Farmers Market.

The venture is the brainchild of friends Andi McDaniel, a web producer with Twin Cities Public Television, and music therapist Sarah Newberry.

10,000 Licks made its debut at the Fulton market in July. Ingredients for the pops, which come in flavors like watermelon basil, strawberry lemongrass, sweet corn and blackberry yogurt, are sourced almost exclusively from local farms, and most are sweetened with honey rather than sugar.

With the market being held each Saturday through the end of October, McDaniel and Newberry now serve fall flavors like pumpkin space and apple pie alamode.

For more about 10,000 Licks, including information about serving ice pops for private parties and events, check out tenthousandlicks.wordpress.com.

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Noted

After a few months of construction, The Ackerberg Group’s Mozaic project now towers over Uptown from Lagoon & Girard. Construction of the 10-story building will continue until next spring, but an Ackerberg representative said a multi-level parking lot on the middle floors may partially open as soon as this December.

On Sept. 25, the Uptown Market will hold a special Gift Day. Attendees can exchange a piece of art they bring for one someone else brought, and special artists and crafters will be featured. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the market’s site near 29th & Lyndale. Check out uptownmarket.org for more information.

Amore Victoria’s rooftop patio is now open at 1601 W. Lake St.