This year we focused on the future of the Lake Street Corridor and the Council’s efforts to both spearhead and keep up with the changes. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges stopped by to give remarks while we chowed down on Salsa A La Salsa’s top-notch Mexican cuisine and networked with our peers. Thanks for everyone that attended!
2015 Community Impact Award Winners Included:
Trujillo's Tax Services
The Somali Museum of Minnesota
Peppers and Fries
Our 2014 annual meeting took place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Safari Restaurant & Banquet Hall. This year’s meeting highlighted our recent initiative to revitalize storefronts on Lake Street through window displays and facade improvement. Small Business Specialist Kris Kiel of HOLOS Creative presented the results of her work with a Power Point Presentation with Lake Street businesses, and how the learnings from this project could be applied to enhance commercial corridors. Student interns at Migizi Communication produced the video presentation. There was an update from the Lake Street Council board of directors and new board member elections, annual awards were given out, and a phenomenal buffet lunch from Safari was served. This also was a zero waste event.
2013 Business and Community Partner Award Winners
- Successful Risk Takers Award: Kim Bartmann, Bryant Lake Bowl & Barbette
- Successful Risk Takers Award: Enrique and Noelia Garcia, La Loma Tamales
- Professional Leadership: Peggy Schmidt, MN School of Barbering
Quality Commercial Property Ownership, Betsy Krant and Stephen Howard
Property owners of 711-719 and 3614-3618 East Lake
Our 2013 annual meeting took place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Safari Restaurant & Banquet Hall. The Lake Street Council Board of Directors updated us on the goings-on for Lake Street and the Council since 2012, new board members were elected, and awards were given to notable businesses and individuals that positively impacted the area over the past year. We had a panel of notable Twin Citians—Melvin Tennant, CEO of Meet Minneapolis; Alan Torres, St. Paul Mexican Consulate community affairs manager; Michael Sullivan, 3rd Precinct Inspector; and Anthony Diaz, 5th Precinct Inspector—that discussed matters of community development in Lake Street and beyond.
2012 Business and Community Partner Award Winners
- Branding: The Left-Handed Cook
- Best Use of Facade Improvement Grant: Brownsmith Restoration and Forage Modern Workshop
- Best Use of Facade Improvement Grant: Galactic Pizza
- Best Merchandising and Display:CorAzoN
Our 2012 annual meeting took place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Safari Restaurant & Banquet Hall. Guest speaker Greg Stubbs (then-Director of the City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services) told us about the upcoming changes to the Department of Regulatory Services, and democratized his speech by inviting his staff to join him and opening up the floor for questions. The Lake Street Council Board of Directors updated us on the goings-on for Lake Street and the Council since 2011, new board members were elected, and awards were given to notable businesses and individuals that positively impacted the area over the past year.
2012 Business and Community Partner Award Winners
- Community Investment and Leadership: Shari Albers
- Successful Entrepreneur: Regla de Oro Gallery
- Community Investment and Leadership through Education and Workforce Programs: Volunteers of America
- Creative Innovation: Harriet Brewing
2011’s annual meeting took place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Safari Restaurant & Banquet Hall and featured a guest presentation from Patrick Cardon, Creator and CEO of The Museum in the Streets. He told us about what he envisioned for The Museum in the Streets: Lake Street. We also had an update from the Lake Street Council board, new board member elections, and awards for businesses and people that have made a big impact in the area over the past year.
2011 Business and Community Partner Award Winners:
- Best New Lake Street Business Start Up: Binh and Christina Le, Lake Wine and Spirits
- Best New Business Owner of Established Lake Street Business: Laura and David Hoenack, Hymie’s Vintage Records
- Best Business Investment in Lake Street: Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel
2010’s annual meeting was on March 16 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. It was held at La Vina Restaurant, 3010 4th Ave. S. We had a panel discussion called Building Our Community’s Economic Future. Panelists were Tony Hull from Transit for Livable Communities, Ron Price from Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Morgan Zehner from Zehner Consulting.
2010 Business and Community Partner Award Winners:
- Tastebud Tart
- Top Shelf
- Cause Spirits and Soundbar
- Gandhi Mahal
- Kathee Foran from In the Heart of the Beast Theatre
- Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Our 2009 guest speaker was State Senator Patricia Torres Ray. She spoke about how Lake Street businesses and residents can work with her and other legislators to get things accomplished at the state level. We also gave out our annual business and community awards, had board member elections, and reflected on the year we had and the year ahead.
2009 Business and Community Partner Award Winners:
- Jungle Theater
- Magers & Quinn
- Community Award: Lyndale Neighborhood Association
- Community Award: Minnesota WorkForce Center
- Twilight Tattoo
- Smith Foundry
- Northern Sun
2008’s annual meeting featured a panel of local community development experts who took questions: Jay Walljasper (Author of The Great Neighborhood Book), Mary Keefe (Hope Community), and Mike Temali (Neighborhood Development Center, Author of The Community Economic Development Handbook).
2008 Business and Community Partner Award Winners: