Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling offers community center at 36th & Bryant

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Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has a prominent new position at 36th & Bryant, but the shop has operated in South Minneapolis for a century.

Harry C. Ridler founded the business near 33rd & Grand in 1914, working with the help of his many children.

“Everyone was involved in the business in one way, shape or form,” said owner Josh Savage.

The shop passed to two of Ridler’s children, and Savage’s father purchased it in 1982. Savage took over in 2010, when there were four employees. Today, there are about 50.

Savage said Uptown Plumbing staff are experts at working in old homes. He said they’re familiar with handling century-old galvanized pipes, vintage heating systems and homes without air conditioning.

“We installed a lot of the old boilers,” he said. “We did these houses when Minneapolis was new construction. We’re still serving these houses 100 years later.”

Savage said the Uptown Plumbing office includes a community center available to the public, and he’s planning pop-up art galleries for the center.