Business News – 9/23/12

Business, Featured, Hennepin-Lake, Lowry Hill District, Lyn-Lake — By on September 23, 2012 8:12 pm
Social House expansion

Looking west on Lagoon Avenue, Social House is expanding into the former tannng salon space in Uptown Minneapolisi

Fluevog Shoes coming to Uptown
John Fluevog announced that it would take the retail space at the corner of Lagoon-Hennepin in the Uptown Theatre building. According to the Fluevog Shoe’s website, the store will open in yet this year and that this store is a sort of homecoming for them, as John’s grandfather emigrated from Europe to Minnesota. A limited men’s and women’s shoe is also likely to make a debut at the store.

The brand is known for having a more (but not exclusively) eco-friendly process, such as using water-based glues, biodegradable latex, soy-based inks on recycling packaging, vegetable-based dyes and tanning, along with a selection of vegan shoes.

This will be the 16th store for the brand, with other stores located in major cities across the United States and Canada. The corner space that they are taking has been vacant for a very long time (5-10 years) after the closure of a tobacco shop.

Uptown Theatre re-opens after remodel
As reported earlier, the Uptown Theatre just finished up a major top-to-bottom overhaul that brought new seats, new screen and projector, finishes, and a bar to the art/indie movie house. The exterior also got a major overhaul and two new retailers joined the building.

Five Guys Bugers and Fries opens 2nd store in City of Minneapolis

The second store of Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries within the City of Minneapolis opened in recently (okay, well late August) at 2300 Hennepin Avenue in the Lowry Hill District. The store is the company’s 8th in the Twin Cities. Their new space was previously occupied by Baja Sol Tortilla Grill, which moved nearby.

Social House is expanding
After the tanning salon next door closed, Social House (2919 Hennepin) opted to expand into the space. Construction is currently underway but the original space is still open.

Uptown Girl closes at Lyn-Lake

The apparel retailer Uptown Girl closed at its location in Lyn-Lake at 615 W Lake Street. The store’s Facebook page didn’t have details on the closure.

Regla de Oro moving into new space
Regla de Oro, the fair trade art gallery and gift shop, is moving from 3007 Lyndale Avenue to 2743 Lyndale. The new space will be designed by Vivo Architecture and will include space for hosting community-focused events aside from its retail functions. The store will be located in the recently-completed Greenleaf Building. Opening is projected to be in late October or early November, according to their newsletter.

Francesca’s Collections replacing Aura
As reported earlier, Francesca’s Collections is opening in Calhoun Square. A sign went up outside of the now-boarded-over windows of Aura, as the store is replacing Aura. According to the Aura website, the 12-year old restaurant has a new project in the neighborhood. City Pages reports that the closure hit staff hard as it was somewhat unexpected to them, as well cites the closure on rising rents.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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