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LYNDALE — Yeti Records is closing — kind of.

Owners Lisa and Jake Luck, who opened the Nicollet Avenue-based record store in late 2010, announced in March that they plan to trade their brick-and-mortar shop for a record-store-on-wheels when the lease expires in August.

The plan is to find an RV, fill it with records, and take it to street fairs, farmers markets and other outdoor events where they’d be welcome. Jake Luck said the couple will stay local, but would like to take the record store on the road. 

Jake Luck said the decision is not a reflection of poor business. The couple just wanted to try something different, he said. 

“We always talked about this being a far out and wacky idea, but the more we talked about it the more we wanted to do it,” he said. 

Jake Luck said this is the first record store he’s heard of, and that customers have expressed excitement since learning of their plans. 

The Lucks are looking for someone to take over the lease for their 1,750-square-foot shop at 3506 Nicollet Ave., next to Pat’s Tap, as early as May. But even if they end up staying the summer, the plan is a go, Jake Luck said. 

“This is something that’s going to give us a lot of freedom,” he said. “And we like to fly by the seat of our pants a bit.”

In Season chef plots move to Kenwood

KENWOOD — A recently shuttered restaurant in Kenwood is coming back to life. 

Don Saunders, the chef and owner at In Season, on Penn Avenue, has taken over the lease for the space at 2115 W. 21st St., which was home to the Kenwood Café for six years. 

Kenwood Café closed in January after restaurant owner Catherine Veigel and property owner Paul Modell could not come to terms on a new lease.  

Saunders said his hope is to finish renovations — including a new full kitchen — and re-open in August. While many of the details are being kept under wraps for now, Saunders said he plans to offer breakfast, brunch and dinner. 

The dishes will be similar to those offered at In Season, focusing on seasonal ingredients. Saunders is also pursuing a liquor license so he can serve beer and wine. 

“Atmosphere-wise, it will be a lot like In Season — classy and elegant but not stuffy,” he said. “We want the place to be welcoming and warm.”

Saunders said he wasn’t looking for a new restaurant, but that he decided to take the space because he felt good about the location and the neighborhood.  

Saunders will continue to work at In Season, but said he plans to promote from within so that he can spend time at each locations. 

He declined to offer specifics about his new Kenwood lease, but said he plans to remain in the neighborhood for “a long time.” 

Parents launch 

child care co-op

KINGFIELD — Kingfield parents are coming together to create a child care co-op, something that began more than 20 years ago, but died off in 2008 due to lack of interest. 

The idea is to create a system in which parents work together to care for their neighbor’s children, with coupons or some other system in place to track hours of care provided and received. 

Interested parents met in March to begin talking about the idea, a meeting that drew roughly 20 families. Several decisions still have to be made, including the geographic and age limits, but organizers say they hope to get those details settled by April so parents can begin sharing services soon. For now, the group is open to anyone in Kingfield.

Jess Alexander, who is helping get the group started, said he hopes neighbors will use the co-op not just to trade free childcare, but to meet their neighbors and build community. 

“It’s not just about filling that need to have someone to take care of your kids, but developing relationships with other kids and adults who live in the neighborhood,” he said. 

Alexander moved to Minneapolis a year ago, and his mother-in-law typically watches his 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter when needed. 

Sara Strzok, who was part of the co-op before it disbanded, said the system worked well while it was in place, but that it phased out as the community got more fragmented. 

The Internet actually accelerated the decline, as email replaced the kind of personal connections to keep such a group vibrant, she said. In its new incarnation, organizers hope to maintain more interpersonal connections.   

Strzok said the co-op was most beneficial to parents who needed help during the day, when baby-sitters were unavailable and parents simply wanted a chance to run errands. New residents like Alexander also benefited, she said. 

“There are limits to what the 14-year-old neighbor can do,” she said. “And this is just another way to get to know other people in the neighborhood and build a trusting relationship.”

New members are also excited at the prospect of getting to interact with children who are either younger or older than their own — something that could provide a lesson in what’s to come, or a dose of nostalgia for what once was.

“You miss every age that your kids live through,” said Hetal Dalal, whose daughters are 8- and 9-years-old. “Especially when they’re infants and they have that new baby smell and those little toes.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the co-op is invited to email Alexander at  

Nicollet Avenue reconstruction 

meeting planned

KINGFIELD/LYNDALE — Residents and business owners are invited to a pair of open houses on April 18 to learn more about the upcoming Nicollet Avenue reconstruction project. 

The open houses will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the same day. They are being held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave.

The meetings have been organized to tell residents and business owners about the project’s construction schedule, and to answer any questions they may have about the project. 

Officials are planning to remove and replace pavement, and fix curbs, gutters, storm drains and sidewalks on a one-mile stretch between 40th Street and Lake Street as part of the $12.4 million project. 

The work will be done in phases. The first phase will focus on Lake Street to 36th Street, and the second phase will focus on 36th Street to 40th Street. 

Nani Nalu relocates at 50th & France

50th & FRANCE — Beachwear boutique Nani Nalu has re-opened in a new, larger and more visible space at 50th & France. 

The store was located at 3922 West 50th St., between Decori Designs and Belleson’s, and is now at 3821 West 50th St., the longtime home of Peterson Portraits. 

Store owner Jennifer Cermak said she moved into the new space so she could be more visible, and have more room. The new location has eight fitting rooms, twice as many as the previous spot, and 1,000 more square feet of space. 

“We really outgrew the last location,” she said. “There was a two-hour wait for fitting rooms, so we were basically turning away business.”

Cermak said the store has been successful because of its hands-on approach with customers. The shop hand selects swimsuits for customers based on body type, something Cermak said is unique nationally. 

Nani Nalu’s previous location is now available for lease. 

Kingfield screening documentary to support Aliveness Project

KINGFIELD – Kingfield neighborhood organizers will hold a screening of the documentary “Dirty Work” on April 19 to benefit the Aliveness Project. 

The film tells the story of Don Roberts and Joni Cash, who lived in Kingfield before moving to Ridgeland, Wis., to begin Elsie’s Farm. Roberts and Cash were part of the movement to create the Kingfield Farmers Market, which is also part of the documentary.

Organizers are suggesting people who come to the screening donate $5, or $15 per family. Proceeds will support the Aliveness Project, a Kingfield nonprofit that provides meals to those with HIV or AIDS.  

The event is deigned to coincide with Dining Out For Life, which will be held on Thursday, April 26. On that date, participating restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS groups, including the Aliveness Project. 

A full list of participating restaurants is available at 

The reception for the “Dirty Work” screening will be held at 6:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 7:15 p.m. The event is being held at Solomon’s Porch, 100 W. 46th St.

Child care program holding open house 

FULTON — A Fulton-based group that offers child care to those who need a morning off is looking to introduce itself to the community. 

Minneapolis Mother’s Morning Out, located at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, at 4801 France Ave. S., is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 16. The event will include story time, crafts and snacks.  The program began in September and accepts children between four months and 4-years-old. Services are provided on Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

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