Biz Buzz // Shift Home & Lifestyle brings change to your home

THE WEDGE — The former owners of Sacred Rearrangements are back with a new business that picks up where their former retail and service business left off. Susan Shehata and Keith Helke have launched Shift Home & Lifestyle, a business designed to help people make positive changes in their lives.

Sacred Rearrangements, a shop and healing center located near The Wedge on Lyndale Avenue, closed in January 2011. Shift Home & Lifestyle offers many of the same services as the older business without a storefront. 

“We took the best aspect of the business and created a more sustainable model,” said Shehata.

Shift Home’s offerings initially sound diverse, but they are all focused on a common goal. The business offers Feng Shui consultations, interior design services, handyman services, food coaching and personal chef services. 

“The whole nature of the business is to help people shift their lives towards more health and balance,” said Shehata. 

Shift Home and Lifestyle hasn’t completely given up on the retail element, either. The company participates in an occasional market at The Cottage House, a south Minneapolis shop that is open for sales once a month. However, the main focus of Shift Home is its services. Prices for its various offerings can be found on Facebook by searching “Shift Home & Lifestyle.”

 

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Comic Book College and Nostalgia Zone moving to new homes

CALHOUN AREA — Since 1974, the building at 3151 Hennepin Ave. S. has been home to a comic book store. Originally known as Comic City and later the College of Comic Book Knowledge, today the building actually houses two comic book stores: Comic Book College and The Nostalgia Zone. The businesses have existed side by side since the early 1990s, but the sale of the building has forced the two businesses apart.

The owners of the building sold it and the adjacent former pediatric clinic to Anderson’s Cleaners, the business on the opposite side of Hennepin. Anderson’s Cleaners will take over all of 3151 Hennepin, and Comic Book College will relocate into the former clinic at 3145 Hennepin. The new space is larger and will have parking spaces in the back.

It won’t, however, have space for The Nostalgia Zone.

Owner Chris Büdel separated his business from Comic Book College to focus on back issues, while Comic Book College focused on new releases. The Nostalgia Zone is the only comic book store in the country to focus exclusively on older comics and does much of its business online. But when Büdel floated the idea of closing the storefront, his customers wouldn’t have it.

“A lot of these guys don’t want to buy online,” said Büdel. “They want to come in and see the books themselves.”

The Nostalgia Zone was scheduled to reopen at 3006 36th Ave. S. on April 1. The new space is small, only 300 square feet, and doesn’t have space for much of the store’s extensive inventory. The extra comics will be put in storage and be made available online or by appointment.

 

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Zinnia Folk Arts opening permanent retail space 

LYNNHURST — After operating Zinnia Folk Arts as a pop-up store for over three years, owner Anne Damon is ready to settle down into a permanent space. She is moving the business into the vacant storefront on the corner of 50th and Bryant and hopes to be open for business by the end of April, with a grand opening in mid-May.

Zinnia Folk Arts sells a wide variety of handmade folk arts from around Mexico, including textiles, masks, jewelry, ceramics and more. The shop features a variety of items based on two of Mexico’s best-known symbols, artist Frida Kahlo and the annual Day of the Dead celebration. 

“I also have lots of whimsical things, Mexican toys, and religious imagery,” said Damon. “A lot of different things that reflect the beauty and happiness of Mexico.”

Damon has been operating Zinnia Folk Arts for about three years. Her first location was also in Southwest, but for the last nine months her pop-up shop has been operating at the Guild Collective in St. Louis Park. Damon said that her business has grown steadily over the last three years, and it became clear that it was time for a standalone retail location. As a Southwest resident who started her business out of her home, the former home of Kurimay Interiors was the perfect space.

Zinnia Folk Arts also sells much of its merchandise online. Updates on the retail shop and the online store can both be found at zinniafolkarts.com.

 

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Sparks now open

BRYN MAWR — Sparks, the new neighborhood restaurant by Rinata co-owners Jon Hunt and Amor Hantous, is now open. The small neighborhood eatery is housed in the former Bryn Mawr Coffee Shop and seats about 30, although that number expands a bit when the patio is open. 

Like Rinata and Hunt’s other restaurant al Vento, the small menu is heavily Italian with a few twists. The menu also includes a roasted meat section, as well as a few vegan and gluten-free options. Currently the restaurant is only open for dinner and Sunday brunch, but according to the website, lunch service is coming soon. 

  

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Foxy Falafel hits the road 

Foxy Falafel owner Erica Strait recently purchased a 1969 Ford Step Van that she plans to refurbish and get on the road as early as April. Strait said the food truck will offer the same menu customers have have come to know, and have the same familiar logo. 

Though she would not offer details about menu additions until the menu was finalized, the expanded kitchen will allow her to add some new Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, she said. 

“I’m really excited to be debuting some new menu items,” Strait said. “I’ve got some fun new food up my sleeve.”

Strait said she has been looking for a food truck for the last two years so she could delve fully into the Twin Cities’ street food community, which she says provides  diners with a “sense of adventure.”

The truck will travel to St. Paul, but Strait will maintain a presence at the Kingfield Farmer’s Market and will be at the new Linden Hills Farmer’s Market.

“This was a scary step, but I’m super excited to get it [the truck] painted, make it my own, make it Foxy,” she said.

 

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Franklin Street Bakery to close retail shop

LINDEN HILLS — Owners of the Franklin Street Bakery decided in March to shutter their Linden Hills retail location at France Avenue and Sunnyside Road. 

The store, just east of the Convention Grill, opened in 2010 as an extension of the main business and wholesale operation located at the corner of 11th and Franklin Avenue. That location, in the Phillips neighborhood, remains open and unaffected by the closing, owner Wayne Kostroski said. 

Kostroski said the Linden Hills location was closed because it simply wasn’t getting the volume of customers he’d expected when opening the store. 

“It wasn’t a bad experience, it’s just something that didn’t work out as planned,” he said. 

The businesses employees, mostly part-time, were interviewed for new positions within the company or are moving on. 

Kostroski leased the space. Building owner Marian Anderson said she has seen a “high degree of interest” in the site, but nothing had been finalized as of late March.

 

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Noted 

The owners of Café Maude, the popular bistro at 5411 Penn Ave. S., have confirmed they will open a second location in Loring Park. The new Café Maude will take over the former home of Nick and Eddie, 1612 Harmon Place.

In January, Café Ena and El Meson co-owner and chef Hector Ruiz announced his new restaurant, Rincon 38. The small tapas restaurant is currently under construction at 38th and Grand, and when completed will seat about 35 customers. In his initial announcement Ruiz mentioned a March opening, but Rincon 38 is now slated to open its doors in early May. 

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