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Lake Street Council

Notice the new logo?

Lake Street Council recently partnered with Spunk Design Machine to rebrand our organization, and we couldn't be more pleased with the result. Next on the agenda: a new website! We'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, check out Spunk DM and consider picking up a poster or tee at their store for someone on your holiday shopping list. If they're a fan of great design, they won't be disappointed.

Graffiti removal

A friendly remider: remove graffiti from your buildings as soon as possible. Send a photo of the tag to the police, then clean or cover it promptly. The sooner it is removed, the less likely the building will be tagged again. And unfortunately, the colder it gets, the harder it is to remove graffiti.

If this is a frequent problem at your business or home, know that murals and plantings are among the most effective (and comely) ways to discourage tagging.

Business booms

Now open:

photo via Atmosfere's Facebook pagephoto via Our Uptown

Suit Up, an annual men's suit shop run by the owner of Atmosfere, has reopened at 1401 W. Lake St. Stop by to look sharp  Wednesdays through Sundays.

Timberland opened its doors in Calhoun Square just in time to bundle up for winter. Stop by their Uptown space for some new boots, shoes, clothes, and gear.

AT&T is a one-stop shop for cell phones, wireless, U-verse, digital TV, high speed internet, DSL, home phone, and bundled service. And now you can find them on the first floor of Calhoun Square!

Coming soon:

photo via Rusty Quarters Facebook pagerendering via Ackerberg Groupphoto via Finance & Commerce

Rusty Quarters is a classic video game arcade rising from the (metaphorical) ashes of Double Danger Comics and Collectibles and Puff N Stuff Gifts and Novelty. The 818 W. Lake St. location won't be open for a couple more weeks, but you can watch updates on their Facebook page.

Bar Louie is coming soon to the Mozaic project (Girard and Lagoon). They're Mozaic's first commercial tenant, and will open on the project’s ground level next spring. Read more.

CB2, Crate & Barrel’s urban cousin focused on home furnishings and accessories, will have its grand opening on December 10. Join the celebrations at 3045 Hennepin Ave.

And—did you hear? Ruhel Islam, owner of Gandhi Mahal, is going to start bottling his mango lassis! Tastebuds everywhere celebrate. (Via The Mayor Blog.)

East Lake Market Study

It's hard not to notice that all the new businesses listed above are opening their doors on West Lake Street. This week, the Longfellow Business Association shared Joe Urban, Inc's presentation of the East Lake Market Study Report (Phase 1). PDF link to the presentation.

This study will assess the commercial real estate market on East Lake, identify causes of vacancy, and explore strategies to revitalize the area. The first phase of the market study looked at current conditions.

Lake Street Calendar

No Coast Craft-o-Rama

Dec 2, 3–8 pm | Dec 3, 9 am–5 pm
Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake
NCCOR began in 2005 as a way to feature a variety of designers, artists, crafters, and other talented creators of unique handmade goods. Six years later, it's still going strong! Check it out at Midtown Global this weekend.

Seward Arts Festival and
Franklin Frolic

Dec 2, 5–10 pm | Dec 3, 12–6 pm
The 12th Annual Seward Arts Festival is on! Join in on two days of culture, art, performance, drama, music, food, beverages, and delight. Full list of activities here (PDF). Map here (PDF).

Winter Dreams
December 2–30
Heart of the Beast, 1500 E Lake St
In winter, animals everywhere bury themselves in the earth to sleep. Join us to discover the dreams of winter's secret sleepers and the music of the wide mysterious skies. This beautiful puppet show is suitable for all ages!

Making Maps and Carrying Fire
December 3, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S
A cross-sector gathering of leaders addressing how we can advance creative placemaking in our communities. Register here.

Food Truck Fix
December 4, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Kitchen in the Market, 920 E Lake St
Kitchen in the Market kicks off its winter food truck features this Sunday with Smack Shack and Foxy Falafel. See which other food truck vendors will stop by this season here.

Meetings and Gatherings

Early Mornings with Elizabeth
December 2, 7:30–9 a.m.
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S
Meet candidates for the House of Representatives seat for District 61b, recently held by now-Senator Jeff Hayden. Senator Hayden and candidates Susan Allen and Nathan Blumenshine will speak, and there will be a Q&A.

(Note: No Meet with Meg or
Breakfast with Gary this month!)

Business and Its Role in Health Care
December 8, 7–9 p.m.
Warners' Stellian Corporate HQ
550 Atwater Circle, St. Paul
This presentation by David Steil will explain how businesses can get predictability and coverage for all employees through reforms in the way health care is financed and delivered. Free and open to the public.