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We wanted to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in Live Nicollet over the past eight months. All together we awarded 4,500 points, which included 625 trips to buy things at participating businesses.
We would also like to say congratulations to Todd Grosz who was the big Live Nicollet winner in our efforts to help support businesses during the reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue. Todd far out distanced the competition and ended up with 1,325 points, that’s over 250 Live Nicollet activities, in what was an amazing demonstration of commitment to the local business community.
Now is the time to renew, upgrade, or become a first time Business Sponsor! LNA’s 2013 package is better than ever and ensures that your business’s name will be featured in a number of LNA’s communication vehicles to the over 8,000 people in the neighborhood.
LNA understands that a strong economic climate is vital to maintaining a vibrant community. This year we have added a window cling benefit designed to encourage community members to shop in businesses that support the neighborhood and the opportunity to be featured on LNA’s facebook page. A Business Sponsorship also means that you and your staff are invited to professional development opportunities and informational meetings.
Here we are at the end of a very long year hoping you haven’t quite finished all of your Christmas shopping and that you’ve got room for one or two more gifts from our great businesses along Nicollet Avenue.
This will be our final Live Nicollet Update before we end this year’s campaign and wrap everything up with a nice little bow. For those of you who have been waiting for a new leader board we apologize, we’ve been getting so many people stopping in the office with receipts from their travels up and down Nicollet that we haven’t been able to keep up. Just know that we have all those sign-in sheets, emails, and pictures and will be tallying up all of the points in the new year.
Sometimes it can seem ironic when you see the big fancy ads encouraging people to shop local; with their slick production value they can seem a long way from the corner store we visit everyday. What can get forgotten behind the glitz and the gloss is how valuable our local neighborhood businesses are to our quality of life.
The one thing we hope you take away from this year’s Live Nicollet campaign is the incredible richness we have in our local business community. In our little stretch of Nicollet Avenue, we have a fantastic group of local businesses that are here to serve your needs, whether you’re looking for a new pair of shoes, something tasty to eat, or a good deal on insurance.
You can almost feel it percolating up. It’s that feeling in the air when you know something big is coming; only you don’t know what it is or when it is going to happen. That seems to be what’s going on in Lyndale right now.
Throughout the month of November, LNA will be focusing on three projects that have the potential to have a major impact on Lyndale; and while none of the projects is imminent all of them have a realistic chance of happening in future and have the ability to reshape the neighborhood.
Now is the time to Be Rewarded for all of your visits to Nicollet Avenue businesses. The big yellow trucks are all gone, we’ve got brand new sidewalks, fancy new lights, and businesses that want to see you.
There’s been a steady stream of people stopping into the office to check-in their points and pick up their rewards. Some of the most popular items have been piercings from Twin Cities Tattoo, drinks from Pat’s Tap, and Live Nicollet pint glasses and T-shirts.
With the construction all done we are moving into the final part of the campaign, which is where everyone gets rewarded for all of their hard work and patience with great deals, fun shopping, and really cool stuff.
Erin Flavin, owner of Honeycomb, has been as busy as a bee. In just over two years she bought a house, got married, welcomed a baby boy, and opened a salon in the Lyndale Neighborhood.
And like the social insect, she said she couldn’t have done it without a swarm of friends. From encouragement to start the business to the design of the hip Nicollet Avenue space, and even a longtime pal sharing her appointment to make time for this interview, Honeycomb’s queen bee is surrounded by happy helpers.
“It was totally collaborative,” she said. “A ton of friends helped us.”
Phase 3 work is still progressing.
The schedule for this week, weather permitting,
Thomas and Sons is working on the south half of the 36th St and Nicollet Ave intersection. They expect to follow the following schedule, weather dependent:
Phase 3 (35th to 36th St) is progressing very quickly. Thomas and Sons has completed the pavement removals and most of the storm sewer work.
Thomas and Son’s plan, as it stands now, weather permitting, is to:
· Pour the concrete bus pads at 35th St (SE corner) Friday (Oct 5th)
· Work Saturday (October 6th) to gravel and final grade in preparation of the first layer of asphalt between 35th and 36th
· Place the first layer of asphalt between 35th St and 36th St on Monday (October 8th)
After three years of researching, planning, writing, and fundraising,
the Museum in the Streets: Lake Street is a reality. Stretching from
Uptown to Longfellow are three bilingual heritage-discovery walks
that highlight the people and places that have made Lake Street great,
even before it was called Lake Street. The Uptown tour focuses on
the chain of lakes and the entertainment and shopping hub that grew
because of their natural beauty. The Midtown tour demonstrates that
this area has always been home to immigrants pursuing the American
dream. The 27th and Lake tour focuses on the industrial history of
East Lake Street and the neighborhoods that grew from its factories,
railroads, and more.
Lake Street Council Blog
The Lyndale Neighborhood Business Association (LNBA) takes a holistic approach to helping Lyndale businesses increase their capacity, connect with each other, and build relationships with Lyndale community members. For more information on LNBA contact Norma at 612.824.9402 x 15. Download a copy of LNBA Benefits for your Business.
Tuesday, May 286:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us at the May General Membership meeting to hear from Minneapolis Mayoral candidates Mark Andrew & Cam Winton, learn about the noise mitigation process for the I35W Access project, and Avenues for Youth. We will also be having a community vote on a request from Teen Challenge for a variance for expansion of services.
Tuesday, June 46:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Monthly Committee Meeting for the LNA Environment Committee. The Environment Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the Month.
Saturday, June 155:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us for one of the best Lyndale events of the year.
Friday, June 217:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Join fellow Lyndalians for an evening of board games and cocktails. Indulge your competitive self and have fun showing off your gaming skills. Just picture yourself tipping your head back in conquest, fancy intoxicant in hand. Sweet sweet victory.
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2013 Lyndale Sponsors
Please take a moment to thank the following neighborhood businesses for sponsoring the Lyndale Neighborhood Association during 2013.
Amigo Service Center
3544 Lyndale Ave
3009 Nicollet Avenue
Zion Lutheran Church
128 West 33rd St.
Cooper & Reid, LLC The Low Cost Law Firm
825 Nicollet Ave
301 W Lake St
3335 Blaisdell Ave
Butter Bakery Cafe
3700 Nicollet Ave
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Lake Wine and Spirits
404 W Lake Street
3510 Nicollet Ave
5462 Nicollet Ave
3501 Nicollet Avenue
Crema Cafe - The Home of Sonny's Ice Cream
3401 Lyndale Ave S
3244 Blaisdell Ave S # 7
Champion's Sports Bar & Grill
105 W Lake St.
26 Oak Grove Street
3416 Nicollet Ave
3447 Lyndale Ave
3043 Nicollet Ave
116 E 32nd St
State Farm Insurance
3430 Nicollet Avenue
Schatzlein Saddle Shop
413 W Lake St
Redeemer Health and Rehab Center
625 W 31st
3019 Lyndale Ave
TruStone Financial Credit Union
2817 Lyndale Ave
On Saturday, May 4th from 10am to 1pm LNA's Environment Committee will host its annual Litter Outta Lyndale. This event brings neighbors together to pick up the debris uncovered by the melting snow. Come to the Lyndale Community Center (3537 Nicollet) anytime between 10-1 and enjoy some breakfasty treats, get a bag, gloves, and a route and pitch in for this great neighborhood clean up. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-824-9402 ext. 12 for more information.