Weekly Business Roundup, 10/4 – 10/10


Your business week, 10/4 – 10/10

Twin Cities Startup Week (#TCSW) is well underway.

  • The week-long event focuses on startups (obviously) in health tech, data, finance, fitness, arts, food/restaurants, and more.
  • Co-working spaces like Coco are also available free of charge throughout the week.
  • Events go through Friday. A full calendar of events, many of which are still open, can be found here: Twin Cities Startup Week.


Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar is now open in the North Loop.

  • “Nolo” as an NYC-style abbreviation for “North Loop” was bound to happen at some point or another.
  • Expect an upscale take on Minnesota comfort foods (hot dish, walleye fingers) for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
  • A basement bar will be opening soon as well.

The Pint Public House is closing.

  • The Warehouse District pub was a little out of place among night clubs and dance halls.

Plans for the Macy’s/Dayton’s building leaked online.

  • The photos are confirmed authentic by Gensler and Associates, the firm responsible for the project, but may not represent the final plan. So who knows? They look pretty cool regardless:

St. Paul

And the renovation of St. Paul’s former Macy’s/Dayton’s is even closer to completion.

  • Various pieces of the 360,000ft2 building, including a Walgreen’s, Tim Horton’s, and Tria Orthopedic clinic, will be opening within the next few months.
  • Take an intimate look at the progress here, courtesy of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Crane Watch: Treasure Island Center

Summit Brewing is joining the taproom trend.

  • The OG beer maker’s massive brewery is getting a “substantial face lift” according to founder Mark Stutrud, to better accommodate taproom-seeking patrons.
  • This comes in the wake of Summit’s massive pullback of national distributions. Where once they were serving 17 U.S. states, they are now serving only 5.


Extreme Sandbox, “Shark Tank” winner, is opening a “mini” version at Rosedale Mall.

  • What is it? Kind of exactly what it sounds like: A sandbox where people can play with real bulldozers and construction equipment.
  • Founder Randy Stenger won $150,000 from ABC’s “Shark Tank” TV show judges back in 2015 to create the full-sized, outdoor version.
  • Learn more: Extreme Sandbox Brings Popular Outdoor Experience Indoors.

Not playing games: Video game and video game accessories distributor Cokem is expanding to a whole new level.

  • The Shakopee headquarters will more than double its footprint to nearly 320,000ft2.


At home and abroad: Maplewood-based 3M opens design center in Tokyo, Japan.

  • The center is meant to be a more creative arm of the company. As chief design officer at 3M eric Quint says, “It’s exciting to expand and grow 3M Design across the globe – providing a center of design that enables and stimulates creativity is critical to continued growth in Asia. Cross-functional collaboration with colleagues, customers and partners delivers strong design value for our customers and a strategic platform to differentiate 3M.”

RIP AIM: Your middle-schooling messaging system is no more.

  • For anyone alive in the early to mid-2000’s, AOL’s Instant Messenger was the coolest way to communicate.
  • Screen names like “coolguy005” and “allnighter724” will forever be missed.