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Continued: Co-ops boosting retail on Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 3, 2013 - 9:50 PM

He’s also happy that his new tenants sound like sustainable businesses. One is Joachim Berndt of Maple Grove, a former architect who started his bread business four years ago baking in a church kitchen. He specializes in hard rolls, crusty breads, ryes, sourdough and pretzels, and hopes to open his Aki’s BreadHaus by February, while continuing to sell at farmers markets.

Meanwhile, Fair State Brewing Cooperative is shooting for a May opening. It has enlisted 140 members at $200 apiece, and also has recruited additional nonmember investors to raise $225,000 for equipment and improvements. “For us, it felt like the right place to be,” said D. Evan Sallee, the co-op’s chief executive. “The network of support that NEIC was able to provide was very capable.”


Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438

Twitter: @brandtstrib


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