Business Spotlight: Dead Media

Dead Media - Business Spotlight

1828 E 35th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 222-1655

Owners: Simon Brooks, Walker Neudorff and Colin Wilkinson

There’s a hip spot in town and now it’s right in our neighborhood!  Locally owned Dead Media specializes in buying and selling used records, both vinyl and cassettes, and has a selection of used books as well.  The volunteer-run shop moved into the space adjacent to Northern Rose Bicycles that had formerly been running as an underground music venue. 

Dead Media has made this “venue” legit.  The second Saturday of each month features “Vector 9,” an all ages show featuring up and coming bands and comedians that’s always over by 10pm.  The show is pay what you can with a suggested $5 donation.  What better than inexpensive entertainment you can walk to?

What about the goods?   Dead Media has a selection of vinyl and cassettes by artists to delight the old and young alike.  Classic rock, noise, punk and hip hop, they carry it all.  Cassettes are making a huge resurgence within certain genres as they provide a different fidelity and tone to the music and, among collectors, CDs are starting to take a back seat to other traditional media types. As musicians, the owners recognized this trend and knew it was hard to get music from local bands around the region, and started an online cassette distribution site that catered to the Midwest.  Then, in came John Kass with his Dead Media record and book shop in the Seward neighborhood and a partnership was born.   Having run Dead Media on their own the last few years, Simon, Walker and Colin currently fill the Twin Cities audiophiles’ needs in this particular niche.

You don’t need to be a collector, however, to enjoy the store. I perused the albums, seeing many I had owned or wanted as a kid, as if I were in a museum.  I plan to follow them on Facebook to find out dates and times for events like Vector 9. For anyone with an interest, please note the cashiers are volunteers.  Volunteers work one 3-4 hour shift a week and are compensated with discounts and other offers.

Local bands, Dead Media will buy some of your product to sell to your local fans, without consignment. They also provide blank tapes for small run releases and have equipment to help with dubbing. 

I get the feeling this is a great location to hobnob with musicians and other people “in the know” on the local scene, so I’m planning on stopping in regularly. Hope to see you all there!



Now Accepting Vendor Applications for the 2018 Season!

Midtown Farmers Market Vendor Application Now Open

Mallory Forseth | Manager, Midtown Farmers Market

Midtown Market Volunteers

The Midtown Farmers Market is currently accepting vendor applications for its 2018 market season! Quality vendors are the heart and soul of the market and we strive to create a balanced and diverse vendor mix each season. Applications from Minnesota and Wisconsin farmers, artisans and producers are welcome! We are especially in need of a bread vendor this season, and are also seeking applications from more art and craft and value-added food vendors. Visit to access the 2018 vendor application, which includes vendor requirements, fee schedules, and other pertinent information. Questions? Contact Market Manager Mallory Forseth at


2017 Application Schedule and Deadlines:

  • February 16: Priority application deadline for all food vendors*
  • March 30: Priority application deadline for art & craft vendors*
  • April 7: Spring Vendor Meeting
  • May 5: Opening Day, Saturday Market
  • June 5: Opening Day, Tuesday Market

*Applications received after the due date will be considered if space is still available.


The Midtown Farmers Market Try It! Program is Back for 2018

New to the Midtown Farmers Market? Got a product you’d like to give a go at market? The Try It Program is back for 2018! Entrepreneurs can try out farmers market vending with limited

investment. CNO will help lower the entry barriers so you can bring your product to market. Interested? Contact for more information and application instructions.


Get Involved! Seeking Market Advisory Committee Candidates and Special Project Volunteers

The Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee (AC) seeks candidates to fill open committee seats. The The mission of the Midtown Farmers Market Advisory Committee is to support market staff in carrying out the market's mission statement and to advocate for the success of the market through their individual talents, relationships, ideas and by fostering community leadership. The AC meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 6pm-8pm at the CNO office. Committee membership requires attendance at these meetings and an additional 8 hours per month of volunteer time working on special projects including: fundraising, marketing and communications, event planning, volunteer recruitment, partnerships and outreach, administrative duties and more. The market is also seeking volunteers to assist with a number special projects in preparation for the 2018 season. To learn more about any of these opportunities, contact Market Manager Mallory Forseth at

Business Spotlight: Willow Consulting



If you’ve ever worked somewhere when a key executive leadership role vacates, resigns, retires or is let go, you may understand how this type of turbulence can trickle down through an organization.  I have been in such a situation and have seen the type of chaos that can result: loss of long term good employees, fear of the unknown, and possibly, the dreaded rumor mill runs amok.

Willow consulting is a small local business with just 2 employees.  Amy Arcand specializes in interim executive management, primarily with small to medium sized non-profit organizations, and Brigid Riley specializes in strategic planning.  

Amy will step into an interim management role after an executive director leaves or is terminated and manages the day-to-day operations until the position is filled.  She relies on years of nonprofit experience, including being the former Executive Director of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, to manage the chaos of transitions.

In fact, it was that job that exposed Amy to our neighborhood. She liked it so much she moved here!   Even after leaving the CNO, she has remained in Corcoran as both a resident and local business owner.

She’s been running her business from her home for the last 5 years. Most of her business comes from word of mouth through the grass roots organizations she has worked with in the past.  From speaking with her, you immediately sense she loves her job.  She’s passionate about stepping in and triaging the chaos, understanding the organization and its culture, and then working out the kinks. She focuses on the people who remain, and ultimately developing new goals and visions to pass on once new leadership has been hired.  Her goal is to stabilize the organization during the transition and set the new leader up for success.

As Amy’s business developed, she found that many organizations also needed strategic planning to help facilitate and solidify the changes put into place.   She admired the work that Brigid Riley was doing in this arena so they decided to join forces in 2016. Amy and Brigid have worked informally on several projects over the years, including the creation of the Midtown Farmers Market, and are excited about their formal collaboration.

Willow consulting also provides organizational coaching to younger or up and coming executive leaders as well as community engagement strategies.   If you are interested in Willow Consulting services please contact Amy at the above email or visit their website.


Willow Consulting
Amy Arcand
amy at

Have you Ever Heard of a "Tight Diamond?"


If you’re anything like me, you probably assumed I am referring to a lyric from a Prince song. As it turns out, it’s actually an engineering term to describe a type of traffic interchange. The reason I’m telling you all this is because a “tight diamond” is currently the preferred redesign approach to the Hiawatha – Lake Street intersection.

As someone who is fired up about improving this node, I find this to be really exciting! Engineering means design change, and design change means construction, and construction means physically reconfiguring the Hi-Lake intersection for pedestrians and cars alike!

Of course there is that pesky issue of funding these changes, but I feel momentum building, and I want you to hear from those who know their engineering from their R&B lyrics.

So, I invite you to look for invitations and public meetings in the coming months as the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MNDOT and Metro Transit works to engage the community in this discussion.

In the meantime, if you want to know more about tight diamonds, Google “Hi Lake Interchange Study.” It will pull up a presentation that the Land Use and Housing Committee heard 18 months ago. And while you’re at it, come join a Land Use and Housing meeting. We’re a fun bunch of people and our next meeting is Thursday, November 2, at 6:30 at the CNO office.


Community Meeting - Hiawatha & Lake

Corcoran Neighborhood Organization is hosting a community meeting regarding concerns about people experience homelessness, the light rail station and intersection upkeep, and crime and safety at Hiawatha & Lake St. A number of organizations will attend to give updates on the work they are doing in the area with time for questions from the community.

City of Minneapolis
Hennepin County
Metropolitan Council
MN Department of Transportation
St. Stephens
American Indian CDC

Saturday, October 28th
10-11:30 am
Midtown Farmers Market

The meeting will be held on the transit plaza next to the Lake Street LRT station, just north of the Midtown Farmers Market.
Questions? Heidi Johnson McAllister, 612-724-7457 x 4

Community and Leadership Awards Dinner November 15th. Nominations Due November 1st


Last Year's Amazing Leaders!

The leaders in Corcoran Neighborhood help to make the neighborhood a well loved place to live. This year, CNO is moving our Community and Leadership Awards Dinner from February to November to better include the volunteers from the Midtown Farmers Market. Every year, the dinner celebrates the work that has occurred over the past year by dedicated leaders.

Join your neighbors at CNO’s Community Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 15th. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm at Corcoran Park (3334 20th Ave S), accompanied by music. A program will feature neighbors toasting other neighbors who have shown outstanding volunteer leadership in the Corcoran neighborhood during the past year, or over their lifetime. Community leaders are folks who undertake large- or small-scale efforts, gestures of goodwill, and leadership that benefits our neighborhood.

Nominate your neighbor for the Lifetime Community Leader or Leader of the Year to be celebrated at the Community Awards Dinner. Nominations due November 1st. Submit the nominee’s name, your name, and a brief statement explaining how they have contributed to the neighborhood to Brettina Davis at or by mail at 3451 Cedar Ave S. You may also call Brettina at 612-724-745 to phone in your nomination.

Mark your calendars for November 15th and plan to join us for a fun, community focused evening. Hope to see you then!


Business Spotlight: Northern Rose Bicycles



It’s no secret that Minneapolitans love their bikes. Winter or not, we have one of the best cycling communities in the country and now, Corcoran has its own full service bicycle shop!  

Eric’s lifelong passion for biking began young.   Before he was old enough, he applied regularly at all of the local Madison, WI bike shops until finally, at 16 he got a job!  His passion had him leaving school early and staying late to get in extra hours as he loved the work. He continued there even after starting at the U, and since then he’s worked every angle of the bike service industry in numerous shops - mechanic to manager, from Madison, to Vancouver and back to Minneapolis.  Days, nights and after hours, he helped friends open a store in Vancouver. There he learned to hand build custom wheels that are superior to factory made without a huge additional investment for the customer.  

After 5 years in Vancouver, his wife’s job landed them back in the Twin Cities. He’s worked at other shops in South Minneapolis but was looking for the perfect location (close to his home) to open his own, and just east of the Corcoran Neighborhood Office you will find Northern Rose Bicycles.

Northern Rose Bicycles is homey and bright.  The store opens into a showroom flanked with bikes. A counter and oriental rugs are the centerpiece and bike parts surround.  You’ll likely be greeted by Eric, or his employee, Laura Alicia, on Saturdays. The place is lively with friends or maybe his young daughter.  Due to limited space, he sells only custom bikes and has paired up with Erik Noren of Peacock Groove (the “Orange County Choppers” of the bike world!) and other specialty bicycle builders, but don’t let this intimidate you.  Everyone is welcome and no repair is too small.

Eric wants his shop to be all about service.  Prices will be comparable to any shop in town, but he aims to get the work done more quickly and with the best possible customer service. He wants it to be fun and easy to visit him at the shop. He strives to keep his repair turnarounds the quickest in town and if you need new wheels, those custom-deals come with a 2 year warranty! Stop in and welcome Eric to the neighborhood or to “ooh and ah” over the fancy custom bikes for sale.


Are You a Renter? If so, You Are Invited!

Are you a Renter in Corcoran Neighborhood? If the answer is "yes!" you are invited to a party and potluck showing appreciation for you!

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New Adult Education Building Already Rising


Evacuation is complete and concrete forms have begun in earnest at the future south campus of Adult Basic Education/Transitions Plus, a post-secondary education and training center.

Were fossils discovered during the dig? No, according to Andrew Lesch of Minneapolis Public Schools, who kindly briefed the Land Use and Housing Committee on the project. Although workers did unearth a fuel tank and came across an old Burma Shave sign (which was saved).

The new four story building will feature a light-filled atrium that serves as a link between the two arms of the school. It will also feature a half-sized gymnasium, multiple classrooms and meeting rooms, underground and surface parking, and ample bicycle parking on the Lake Street side of the building. The aluminum, brick, and metal-clad structure will have vehicle curb cuts on 21 st and 20th avenues.

The edifice will sit on a parcel of land just west of the YWCA on the south side of East Lake Street. It is scheduled to open in late 2018 and is part of the larger redevelopment of the greater Hi-Lake area. When complete, the existing ABE building will be shuttered and demolished in preparation for the next phase of housing.

Adolfson and Peterson Construction is handling the project. The company has been quick to respond to tagging at the site. You can direct your concerns to the construction site office at 952-417- 8370, or email 

Want to stay on top of land use & housing changes in the neighborhood? Join us at our monthly Land Use & Housing Committee meeting - the 1st Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 PM, at the CNO office (3451 Cedar Ave S).  Join us!

Announcing the Midtown Farmers Market Try It! Program


Calling all entrepreneurs!

The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) announces the Midtown Farmers Market Try It! Program.  

This program offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs to try out farmers market vending on 1-2 Saturdays with limited investment.  We'll help lower the entry barrier so you can bring your product to the market.  CNO will pay for vendor fees, tent, table, and program sign - valued at $1,000!  Vendors will be responsible for providing any other needed equipment and any required insurance or permits.

Eligible businesses include small businesses with eligible products and limited past experience at a farmers market.  Eligible products include:  Arts, Crafts, Clothing, Food products qualifying under the MN Cottage Food Law, Fresh Produce; Annual and Perennial Plants, Rootstock, Shrubs, and Trees; Other Farm Products honey, eggs, meat, flowers, and other goods that would qualify under the Minneapolis Farmers Licensing Exemption; Immediately Consumable Foods; Other Prepared Foods; Services

To apply, please complete and submit the Try It! application.

If you have questions, please contact Vanessa: or 612-724-7457 ext. 5

Brought to you by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization with help from the CLA Foundation.




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