Weekly Business Roundup, 11/1 – 11/7


Your business week, 11/1 – 11/7


Target taking a short break before/during Black Friday.

  • The retailer will be open at 6PM to shoppers who ostensibly have just finished Thanksgiving Dinner and then close at midnight. Stores will then open again at 6AM for Black Friday.

Nighthawks/Birdie joining Kim Bartmann restaurant empire.

  • The South Minneapolis diner was started by Landon Schoenfeld (also of Haute Dish, which recently shuttered). After he took a step back from running restaurants, the door was left open for Bartmann to step in.
  • Bartmann’s notable restaurants include Barbette, Red Stag Supper Club, Tiny Diner, The Bird, and more.

St. Paul

St. Paul has a new mayor for the first time since 2006.

  • St. Paul born-and-raised Melvin Carter III, the son of a policeman, ran a campaign that focused on police reform, housing/wage inequality, health services, partnerships with colleges, and affordable pre-school available for any child that wants it.

More Summit: Three to be exact.

  • Summit Brewing Co. is adding three new brews to their year-round selections: Dakota Soul, a Czech-style pilsner made with barley grown by Mark Stutrud’s cousins in North Dakota, Keller Pils, a German-style pilsner originally released for the brewery’s 30th year anniversary, and Shore Sitter, a white ale that will have “aromas of tangerine, lemon, flowers, and other spices” that is presumably meant to be consumed while sitting along one of Minnesota’s many lakes.

The Science Museum of Minnesota’s Stranger Things hoodie (pictured above) is now available for purchase.

  • Demand was so high it crashed the SMM website. They’re back online, however, and you can go here to get one: www.smm-org.myshopify.com
  • The hoodie is also available in the museum’s Explore Store, exactly as it was in 1984 (though it was in a different location then).

South meets North: St. Paul’s Red House Records bought by Nashville’s Compass Records.


Tesla expanding its Minnesota footprint with the purchase of Brooklyn Park-based Perbix. Read our coverage here: Elon Musk’s Minnesota relationship grows


We’ve all seen the “Children at Play” signs. What about Children at… Work?

  • WeWork, the coworking space that recently opened offices in downtown Minneapolis, is moving on to (childhood) education with WeGrow. Available for children ages 5-8, the idea is that, according to Chief Brand Officer, Rebekah Neumann, there is “no reason why children in elementary schools can’t be launching their own businesses.”
  • No reason. Except we might see fewer “Children at Play” if all our preschoolers are busy launching startups.
  • The first “school” will launch in New York City in the fall of 2018.