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WHAT DOES THE NORTH LOOP NOT HAVE? A WINERY... FOR NOW...

A new winery will be opening up in the heart of the North Loop next year. It’s ok, we’re squealing with excitement too.

Aaron and Ashley Schram have owned Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery in Waconia for the last 13 years. They know the wine business well and have had tremendous amount success with their winery being packed week after week. The two felt that it was time to share their delicious wines with Minneapolis and have set their sights on the North Loop.

When their unnamed winery and production facility opens next spring, it will occupy 20,000 square feet of space within the Internet Exchange Building located at 411 N Washington Avenue. The building is just across the street from Crisp & Green in case you need something to reference.

Schram Vineyard Winery uses a French-hybrid grape that was developed by the University of Minnesota, which by the way has one of the top wine research programs in the country. The hardiness of the grape allows it to grow in cooler climates like the Midwest which has helped expand the somewhat unknown winery scene within the region.

The Schram’s are making an effort to ensure that their new winery isn’t like a typical wine bar. The environment will focus on the production of wine which means all those barrels and tanks used in the production process will be in plain sight. They’re even working on plans where you yourself might be able to help contribute to the production of their wine. Anyone up for crushing some grapes?

THE LOCATION

The building in which they will open is directly next door to CPM and Swervo Development’s 10 story commercial project that is currently under construction. In building that project they added a skyway connection on the third level of the Internet Exchange Building which will connect to the second level on the new building.

Sounds like a direct route to happy hour for those office workers, right?

When the Schram’s winery opens it’ll fill a large void within the North Loop neighborhood. The area is filled with a number of breweries, cideries and of course bars but no wineries. When it comes to hunting down a winery, you’ll have to travel to Urban Forage Winery & Cider House on East Lake Street as it’s the closest.

So, now that we’ve informed you of this great new winery coming, we understand that that Spring 2020 is practically a year away. Might we suggest a trip to Waconia to tide you over?  

Stop your wining (see what we did there?), it’s not that far. Fine, we can carpool.

Oh yeah, Happy National Wine Day. :)

 

MADRE CO. HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED THEIR BRAND NEW, MASSIVE, AND LUSH RETAIL STORE

Madre Co. officially has some new digs.

The purveyors of strange plants and smooth jams have found a new, and much larger, home at 2400 N Second Street in the Hawthorne neighborhood.

Now if you’re anything like us, this place is pretty much heaven on earth for plant lovers. We made a trip to visit the new space and were blown away by how utterly perfect it was. 

Before we get into the details on the new space here’s a brief history lesson on Madre Co.

The shop opened about a year ago in the Northeast neighborhood in a small but perfect 1,000 square foot space. At the time the focus was largely and almost entirely on cacti. After an immense amount of success, Madre Cacti Co. needed more space to not only help with the intense foot traffic they were experiencing but to also allow them to expand their assortment from cacti to all sorts of tropical plants.

Cue the new space.

Madre Co. is devoted to bringing the most interesting and sculptural varieties of plants to the Twin Cities. Right now, they’re actually the only dedicated houseplants retail store in the Twin Cities.  

When you walk into this place you’re going to say “Wow, who would have thought there were so many types of tropical plants.” Then you’ll most likely start grabbing and before you know it your hands will be full and you’ll be slapped in the face with the thought of how many plants you’ve killed over the time and begin questioning if you should purchase ANY of these plants in fear of killing them ALL… or… maybe this is was just our experience. BUT, then after talking to a helpful employee of Madre we realized that that haunting fear of ours (or anyones) has no place in this shop and that we truly have all the skills we need to care for one of their beautiful plants.

Inside you’ll find cacti and tropical plants that come from all over the world, many of which only need watering every few weeks making the task of caring for them a breeze. Plants are not all that you’ll find however. They also sell the most PERFECT modern terra-cotta pottery that comes in three colors and a number of sizes (yes, we grabbed a few of these). Also available for purchase are simple planting accessories and “useful care goods” to help with your plant’s new and exciting life within your home. Madre Co. has a slew of extremely friendly and knowledge employees on hand that are there to help answer any questions you may have while finding the perfect plant. 

The move to a larger space has also allowed Madre Co. to expand into offering new services which include interior landscape design services, custom sourcing, wholesale purchasing, by-the-day shoot rentals, installation & event rental, long term leasing and more. And of course, if you’d like them to pot your plant for you, they’ll also do that too.   

So, whether you’re in the market for a new houseplant or you need some cute pottery to complete your summer patio OR if you just want to take a stroll through a tropical paradise on a rainy day, we’ve got three words for you. Visit Madre Co. 

Madre Co. is located at 2400 North Second Street in Minneapolis. They’re open from 11am-7pm Tuesday through Saturday, from 12-6 on Sundays and are closed on Mondays.

 

OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 3RD: COBBLE SOCIAL HOUSE

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A unique “social house” is ready to open their doors in Minneapolis. 

Cobble Social House will open tomorrow, May 3rd, at 219 N. 2nd Street in the North Loop neighborhood. Joe and Veronica Clark are opening the part bar/part retail store in a vacant retail space sandwiched between D. NOLO and the Monte Carlo. Veronica is actually the owner of D. NOLO so when it comes to the space, she’s quite familiar with it.

Guests who visit Cobble will be able to sip a drink and enjoy some food while being surrounded by beautiful furniture, art, home items and more… and it’s all for sale.

Love those bar chairs you’re sitting on? You can buy them. Love that picture? Buy it. Love that bowl that delicious food just came in? BUY. IT. It’s all for sale, just give your server your order. Also, make sure you come back because there will be new items each month.

When it comes to the drinks, you’ll find a full cocktail menu, an extensive wine list and of course some amazing food consisting of a number of California and French inspired snacks, appetizers and boards.

The space may be small (the bar only seats 5 and the entire place only seats 39), but it’s also truly unique and something different for not only the North Loop, but Minneapolis as well.

One thing to note is that standing at the bar isn’t a thing at this place. If there isn’t a seat available, you’re going to have to wait. Don’t worry though, there is a paging system that your name can be added to.

Last but not least, there isn’t huge sign… so look for a large eye. You’ll see it, we’re sure.

Cobble Social House will be open seven days a week from 4-10pm.

 

CUB READIES TO OPEN ITS SMALLEST STORE YET

A “new way to Cub” is almost here.

Cub Food’s first venture into a small format design officially opens on May 2nd. The new store is located at 4601 Snelling Avenue S on the ground floor of the soon to be completed residential development, Lowa46.

Cub Minnehaha will cover 46,000 square feet of space, half the space of a typical Cub store, and will feature a new interior design and a ton of new and exciting store features.

If you’ve been to a recently renovated Cub you’ve probably seen their Popcorn Shop which offers 7 different flavors of freshly popped popcorn. The Minnehaha location will also have that popular Popcorn Shop and even more including a Burrito Bar where you can order a custom burrito, bowl or salad and a Juicery that will offer freshly squeezed cold-pressed juices, infused water and made-to-order custom smoothies.

Other features within the store include a self-serve kombucha tap with five different flavors that you can get in a 16oz cup or a 32 or 64oz growler. The store will also feature a Refresh Shop that will serve Caribou Coffee and ice cream. The best part about that Refresh Shop is that it’ll have a walk-up window from the street which means you don’t even have to go inside to get some ice cream during those Summer months. A panini bar, sushi bar, hot food bar, fresh salad bar and a full-service meat and seafood counter will also be found within the store. Seriously, the list just goes on and on.

Now, even with the smaller footprint you’ll still find everything you’d find in a full size Cub. The difference? Instead of 20 types of mayo you might only find five. Maybe that’s for the better?

 Cub Minnehaha will have grand opening events all day long every weekend from May 2nd to May 19th. That burrito bar already has us planning a trip.  

 

GOLF FOCUSED RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN THE NORTH LOOP

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Golf lovers, we’ve got a place you’re gonna love.

A new restaurant will be opening later this summer that will feature six state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators… and some food and drinks of course. Thr3 Jack (pronounced like Three Jack) will be opening on the ground floor of The Nordic located at 729 Washington Avenue N in the North Loop.

The space that they will call home will span just over 9,000 square feet and will be located towards the middle of the site in portion of the project that also has a parking ramp on the upper floors. The restaurant will have 200 seats indoors and another 50 seats on an outdoor patio that will face the new “park” like environment that United Properties is creating between The Nordic and the Loose-Wiles building.

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Lucy Robb and her brother Bo Massopust are the creative minds behind Thr3 Jack. The name for the restaurant comes from when a golfer has to take three putts into order to sink the ball into the green’s hole. The decision to locate within the North Loop was a no brainer for the duo as they feel that the neighborhood is where most of their target audience likes to spend their time.

While they don’t have a chef, yet they’ve recruited Nathan Rostance (previously with The Bachelor Farmer) to get the place up and running along with recruit a full-time chef to take over. Jesse Held of Jester Concepts (they’re the ones behind Borough, Parlour, Monello, Constantine, Mercado and P.S. Steak) will create the bar program that’ll focus on country club classics that have a twist and also no-proof cocktails (alcohol free).

Construction is already underway on the space that was designed by Minneapolis-based ESG Architects. The interior will sport a classic look with large uses of wood and will feature a long bar running parallel to the golf simulators.

Thr3 Jack is anticipated to open in August at 729 Washington Avenue N.

 

FAIRGROUNDS COFFEE AND TEA LEASES SPACE FOR NORTH LOOP LOCATION

A new coffeehouse is coming to the North Loop, with love sent by Chicago.

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea will open a new 2,420 square foot location at 120 3rd Avenue N in a historic building that is currently undergoing a complete renovation. This will be Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea first (or second) location outside of Chicago, they currently have two locations within Chicago. Another location is also under construction in Los Angeles.

Now, Fairgrounds is not just another coffeehouse. 

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What makes Fairgrounds different than other coffee houses is that they serve products from multiple coffeehouses and breweries. Most coffeehouses stick to a single brew, typically their own.

What Fairgrounds is classified as in the coffee world is a "brewery agnostic". This means they serve brews from a number of different breweries and coffeehouses, and not just any coffeehouses, but the nations BEST coffeehouses. We're proud to say that Minneapolis' very own Spyhouse is on their list.

The new cafe will service hot and cold brews along with espresso, matcha, tea, and a unique list of elixers (fancy coffee beverages). There will also be a food menu including breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea is expected to open in Summer 2018 at 120 3rd Avenue N.

 

CANOPY BY HILTON PLANNED FOR DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

A rendering of the Canopy by Hilton planned for Downtown Minneapolis | Canopy by Hilton

A brand new Hilton hotel brand will call Minneapolis' East Town neighborhood home come 2018.

Sherman Associates announced last week that a Canopy by Hilton will be the hotel that opens in Thresher Square once a top to bottom renovation and restoration is completed. The hotel will span all seven floors and will feature 182 guest rooms along with a ground floor restaurant and bar that focuses on farm to table food.

The drop-off area for the Canopy by Hilton planned for Downtown Minneapolis | Canopy by Hilton

It's big news for Sherman Associate's latest project as the Thresher Square Canopy by Hilton will be the first location for the brand within the Midwest. Once open the hotel will be the 7th Hilton property in Downtown Minneapolis and the 9th property within Minneapolis.

While the historic Thresher Square building is being renovated, Sherman Associates is also constructing a seven story mixed-use building next door called "East End". That building will be home to 180 market-rate apartments along with ground floor retail. Trader Joe's will call most of that ground floor home while Jimmy John's will open a location in a retail space at the back of the building.

ABOUT CANOPY BY HILTON

A new customer is here; The Millennials.

The hospitality industry is changing at a rapid pace as hotel brands race to re-brand themselves and appeal to a new industry and customer. Whether that be the rebranding of well established brands such as Hilton's Embassy Suites or the creation of entirely new hotel concepts such as Hilton's Canopy by Hilton, the hotel industry is taking notice and responding quickly.

Canopy by Hilton bills itself as an "energizing new hotel in the neighborhood." Their boutique styled hotels are filled with extras and surprises.

An interior rendering of the lobby area | Canopy by Hilton

Upon arrival guests are given a "Welcome Treat" which often is a local sweet of some type. Check-in is available in person at a desk or also on your mobile phone. The lobby is designed for lingering, wandering, and meeting new friends.

Breakfast in on the hotel, whether that be in your room or in their cafe. Same with basic wi-fi, it's all free. Guests also can come down to the lobby each night for a sampling of the areas best beers, wines, and spirits complimentary of the hotel.

The guest rooms feature a split room design with a sliding barn door separating the spaces. The over all design is a new take on modern/traditional with eclectic pieces of furniture such as lounge chairs, side tables and desks along with of course a luxurious bed. Take a look for yourself here.

While exploring the hotel further guests will notice the attention to detail, more importantly the attention to local details. Canopy by Hilton properties take design cues from the surrounding neighborhoods. The Downtown Minneapolis location for instance will highlight the local Mill District vibe with an industrial chic look. 

Canopy by Hilton plans to open in Minneapolis in January 2018 before US Bank Stadium hosts the Super Bowl. 

 

 

 

WEST ELM PLANS NORTH LOOP HOTEL

A mock-up of a potential design for West Elm's new hotel guest rooms | West Elm

A well known home retailer is planning to enter the boutique hotel market with one of their first properties being planned for Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.

West Elm, a company that is part of the William Sonoma and Pottery Barn family, opened its first retail store in New York City's Dumbo neighborhood in 2003. Since then the company has expanded to include over 100 locations across the United States and Canada including one right here in Edina, MN. 

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that West Elm was venturing into a new area of business, the hospitality industry. The company isn't going to provide just the linens for hotel brands, rather they're creating an entirely new brand of boutique hotels.

A DIFFERENT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

It makes sense when you think about it. Why wouldn't a retailer that provides everything for the home enter the hotel business? 

That's what West Elm is looking to capitalize on. The company will be able to provide everything from the sheets on the bed to the nightstand and the glass that contains water sitting on top. West Elm will also be able to use their vendor relations in order to provide nicer furnishings for their guest rooms at significantly reduced rate on their end.

Guests who choose to stay at a West Elm Hotel will be able to purchase any of the items within their hotels room. And when we say any of the items, we literally mean ANYTHING.

Upon check-in guests will be prompted to download an app that will reveal more information about the furnishings within their room, even allowing guests to order furnishings at any point during or after their stay.

THE DETAILS

West Elm has been perfecting what will ultimately end up as their boutique hotels. In a Brooklyn warehouse they have been assembling mock hotel rooms, testing what works and what doesn't work in order to create a one of a kind boutique hotel.

Their new boutique hotels will be designed depending on their location, the same way West Elm retail stores are. That means each one will be different and unique, something that is a drawing factor to those business and leisurely travelers looking for something different than just the repetitive standard hotel chain.

Dimly lit hallways will grace West Elm hotels, a design feature that they've found encourages hotel guests to soften their voices and move about quietly in common spaces. Custom designed marine blue tiles will adorn the bathrooms, marble coffee tables will provide a space for your morning cup of coffee, and 280 thread count sheets will keep you warm and provide a good nights sleep.

THE FIRST LOCATIONS

In late 2018 the first West Elm Hotels will open in Detroit and Savannah. Following those first two initial openings three more hotels will open in Charlotte, Indianapolis, and right here in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.

Details regarding where exactly West Elm will locate their hotel in the North Loop have yet to be revealed. The size of the hotel is expected to be between 100-250 rooms with room rates raning from $175 to $400 a night.

Inspiration for a West Elm Hotel guestroom | West Elm