A Brush With Kindness helps in need homeowners with maintenance

The following is a press release from Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

A Brush With Kindness is a repair & restoration program of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity that serves struggling homeowners who live in the Twin Cities 7 county metro area whose home needs paint, maintenance and general restoration work.

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Business Spotlight : Du Nord Craft Spirits

Du_Nord_Craft_Spirits.jpgAs they say in Real Estate, part of the appeal of the Corcoran Neighborhood is “Location! Location! Location!”. We have Lake Street, light rail, major shopping and local restaurants, but the one thing that is difficult to get around here is a cocktail. While Du Nord sits just across Hiawatha from Corcoran, it definitely fits the bill – good quality, locally made spirits within walking or biking distance in an elegant setting.

Chris Montana grew up around the neighborhood and went to South High and his wife, Shanelle, is from rural Minnesota. The two watched as the craft beer industry exploded and customers became educated about things like ABVs and IBUs and the quality of the beer they were drinking. Chris was a home brewer and since the science of distilling is similar up to the distillation process they had a hunch there just might be a market for craft spirits as well!

Lobbying succeeded in getting the licensing needed to start their business but they still needed to find space. Going back to his roots, Chris thought South Minneapolis would be the perfect place and the 32nd Street location had the proper zoning as well as proximity to light rail and local neighborhoods.

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Free Testing for Lead-Based Paint Hazards

Peeling exterior paint is not only a housing code violation in the City of Minneapolis, but could pose a serious risk to children under the age of 6. Recent research from the Minnesota Department of Health states that there is no safe level of exposure to lead.

Lead paint can be present on any painted surface, but it is most often found on windows, trim, doors, railings, columns, porches and outside walls. Surfaces that have been repainted may have layers of lead paint underneath.

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Business Spotlight: Le Town Talk

leTownTalk.jpgI remember how sad both my wife and were when we heard the Town Talk Diner on East Lake St. and 27th was closing its doors. Door, singular. That marquee remained, but there were no more of those amazing fries; until now. Someone was smart enough to use that iconic marquee and simply put a little “Le” on top of it.

That someone is the new owner of Le Town Talk, Emilie Cellai. We mentioned how happy we were that the space was being revitalized. Cellai responded that she was happy to be a part of a neighborhood that reminded her of the diversity of her hometown, Marseille. She added that she wants people from the neighborhoods bordering Lake St., like you all Corcoronites, to feel bienvenus et chez lui (welcome and at home. I got to practice mon français with her.). Ok, to the food!

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CNO offers conditional support for L&H Station development plan


Plans to redevelop the 6.5-acre property at 2225 East Lake reached a milestone on Feb. 12 when the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) board of directors passed a resolution of conditional support for the Phase I proposal and master plan concept proposed by Hennepin County and L&H Station Group. The plans include a permanent home for the Midtown Farmers Market. Find the detailed resolution here [PDF file].

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Business Spotlight: Yoga For Every Body


Owner Elen Bahr invited me to come join a yoga class on a beautiful Sunday afternoon called Yin/Yang yoga. This was my first time going to a Yin/Yang class and I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’m a beginner sometimes intermediate yogi.

The first half of class was Yin taught by Steve Streitz, mostly laying positions with mellow stretches. This is my kind of class LOL! The second half of class was Yang led by Elen herself. This half picked up the pace just a bit. It had a nice gentle workout feel.  At this point I am realizing that I haven’t been to a yoga class in a while and my balance could use a bit of work.  At no point in the class was I worried about what people were thinking about me and I definitely found it challenging in a very achievable way.

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Thank You! CNO Reaches 2014 Fundraising Goal


Corcoran residents sustain the work of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization possible through their volunteer leadership and financial contributions.

The CNO board set a goal to raise $8,000 in individual donations during 2014. With strong leadership from board members April Riordan, Stacey Burns, Salena Acox and others, the CNO Board launched a year-end campaign in October.

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Business Spotlight: Punk Rawk Labs


What do a microbiologist and a former local record store owner have in common?  Would you believe it if I told you “nut cheese”?  Punk Rawk Labs (PRL) makes healthy, vegan nut cheeses right in the heart of Corcoran and this is their story.

About 2 ½ years ago, Alissa was recovering from an accident and teaching raw food classes at a local co-op. Reliant on a walker, she needed some help at class and enlisted a co-worker. They quickly found common ground: both had health issues or allergies where diet played a major role in feeling well on a daily basis and both had known that feeling of being the odd-person out with a restrictive diet at social functions. Recently trained as a raw food chef, Alissa saw nut cheeses as a fun project and had started a Kickstarter fund. She imagined selling small amounts locally, but by the end of her campaign she had prospective clients nationally and needed help with the quickly growing business. Coincidentally, Julie was looking for her next new venture and that is how Punk Rawk Labs was born.

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Why do you donate to CNO?

Corcoran residents sustain the work of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization possible through their volunteer leadership and financial contributions. Here is what they're saying:

“I give to CNO because the organization makes our neighborhood a better place by building, enhancing and sustaining a local community. By giving to CNO, I am making an investment in my home. And I know where the money goes – something which is very important to me.”

– Eric Lindberg, Corcoran resident

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Business Spotlight: Drew’s Caramel Corn


Has anyone noticed a sweet, delicious smell from the far southern storefront across from the Chatterbox Pub? About a year ago a new tenant moved in a tasty business.

Drew’s Concessions, owned by Drew MacPhail, goes back about 15 years. After an unfulfilling office workday doing customer service at an electronics company, Drew went out for a drink with friends. A suggestion was made by his friends that money could be made in selling mini donuts. This idea must have resonated with Drew because 2 weeks later, he had his own mini donut setup.

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