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In This Issue:
  • Welcoming New Businesses
  • Lydia's Place: Collaborative Co-working in the Zone
  • Party for the Green Line
  • Public Art: Bunting Boosters
  • Knight Arts Challenge
  • Give & Take Photo Gallery
  • What People are Saying About the CEZ
  • Four Poets Poet

Welcoming Barely Brothers Records and Round Table Coffee Works To the Creative Enterprise Zone 

Barely Brothers Records

Barely Brothers Records is now open for business at 783 Raymond Avenue. Owners Mike Elias and Spencer Brook bring a lifelong passion for music to bear on their new and used record store in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

Elias has worked at various record stores around town for over 20 years, including 10 years at the Electric Fetus. When he’s not selling vinyl, you can find him spinning it as DJ Father Time at clubs and gigs around town. The shop boasts a collection of 20,000 45’s and will have close to 10,000 LPs in store, ranging from the popular new releases to the more obscure wax you might not even know you want yet.

The duo plans to have regular dj sets and live performances in their space on the weekends. The first will be tonight, Friday February 28 6:30-8:30pm. The set will feature several area DJs spinning from the record shops vast selection.
Read more about Barely Brothers Records in the Line Magazine
Roundtable Coffee 
Shawn Person, of Roundtable Coffee Works, wants to expand the Twin Cities’ taste for specialty roast coffee. He’s readying to open a trendy new coffee roasting incubator space at 2386 Territorial Rd. in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

Roundtable Coffee Works will offer local coffee shops and home roasters industrial roasting equipment that can be rented out by the hour. His hope is to enable coffee shops to produce their own unique flavors of specialty coffee. Roundtable will also offer drip coffee and espresso to go, as well as an array of pastries and snacks. Person says he expects to be fully operational by mid March.
Read more about Roundtable Coffee Works in the Line Magazine

Lydia’s Place: Collaborative Co-working with a Religious Flare

By Kyle Mianulli 

Collaborative Co-working spaces are all the rage in the Twin Cities these days. Scott Simmons, an Assistant Pastor at St. James Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Burnsville, sees a unique alignment between this emerging cooperative work culture and the mission and goals of people of faith.
He recently started Lydia’s Place, 2300 Myrtle Avenue, in the Creative Enterprise Zone, as a collaborative co-working space grounded in gift and community. The idea isn’t all that different from other co-working spaces around the Twin Cities. Lydia’s doors are open to anyone, regardless of faith, looking for a creative, inspiring environment to work, meet, and discover new paths to success for their cause.
What sets Lydia’s Place apart is that it operates in the context of the common good, Simmons says. “This is a compelling, interesting, energizing place with people who feel called to collaborate and give.”
You might not find the next billion-dollar tech startup feverishly crunching code at Lydia’s Place, though it’s not impossible—they have at least one IT guru already utilizing the new space on a regular basis. You are likely to find a community of like-minded people bringing complimentary skills to bear in service to their neighbors and those most in-need.
Rev. Margaret Kelly, another one of the 7 current core collaborators at Lydia’s Place, is the pastor at Shobi’s Table—a new ministry of, by and for people struggling on the margins in St. Paul. As part of this work, she is starting a food truck that will be staffed and maintained by members of the Shobi’s Table ministry. Kelly was able to connect with another Lydian with extensive experience in career guidance and counseling, and now plans to make those services a major part of her work.

For more information or to join the collaborative community at Lydia's Place, email Scott Simmons at

Help Plan a Party for the Green Line Launch!

People from every walk of the Creative Enterprise Zone are coming together to plan a large celebration for the opening of the LRT Green Line, June 14. Ideas thus far range from a pop-up cultural park and art gallery, a music and performance art stage, food trucks and much more. If you haven’t been a part of the discussions yet, we want to hear from you. Maybe you want to help plan and bring the event to fruition, or maybe you only have time to organize a unique role for your business or organization.

Whatever you’re able to commit, we want this event to be a memorable, inclusive, and most of all, creative coming out party for the Creative Enterprise Zone. With as many as 300,000 people expected to ride the Light Rail the day of the launch, this is a great opportunity to announce the arrival of the Creative Enterprise Zone and for you to give your endeavors unparalleled visibility. If you live, work or play here, don’t miss out on the fun. Email Amy Sparks at to be part of the fun.

Photo: Artists, Organizers and Creators from the Zone met at the Dubliner Pub recently to begin planning festivities for the Green Line Launch.

Celebrate the Coming Light Rail with this fun Public Art Opportunity

Saturday, March 8, 1-3pm 
Rockstar Supply Co.,
2388 University Ave W. Saint Paul, MN, 55114
(join the Facebook event)

Participants will paint, cut, and stencil flags to make buntings to be hung on the exterior of the empty car dealership lot at 1389 University Ave. The flags will have stenciled letters that spell out words, phrases, or poems, to celebrate the light rail, the neighborhood, and imagine the potential of this empty space. No experience necessary. Just bring your “boosters”- your positive words, phrases, or poetry- to contribute to flags. Completed buntings will be installed at the location in April and remain up for several weeks. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to keep buntings they contributed after the installation comes down. The work of many will unite to boost this spot on University Avenue with color and words. When the installation comes down, that energy will come back to you with flags you take to boost your home, yard, or street.

RSVP on Facebook
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Knight Arts Challenge will open for applications April 7, 2014 

It’s your turn to inspire St. Paul’s arts scene. Arts are the highest form of human expression. They describe beauty, speak to our soul, engage and enrage. They celebrate our community’s diversity and etch our shared experience. The arts inspire.
The Knight Arts Challenge draws the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts. If you have a great idea in the arts, let them know. Take part in a community rising to new levels of artistic achievement and global recognition. The Knight Foundation is seeking ideas and innovation in the arts from nonprofits, companies and individuals.
There are three simple rules:
1.) The idea is about arts.
2.) The project takes place in or benefits St. Paul.
3.) You find other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.

Knight’s Arts Program Officer Tatiana Hernandez compiled a list of resources and strategies on how to best apply. Read the KAC St. Paul FAQ to learn more.

Images From Give & Take at the OId Gremlin Theater

View the whole album online at our Facebook page

What People Are Saying About the Creative Enterprise Zone

“The work of the Creative Enterprise Zone is adding a great sense of connections and energy to an area that has always had a lot of possibilities, but where more and better things are now seeming possible.  Keep up the great work, it’s adding value to the area and the city as a whole.”
            --Russ Stark, Ward 4 City Council Member
“I think it’s an exciting time to be located in the CEZ. The neighborhood has really turned around over the past 10 years. While it may have been overlooked in the past, people really want to locate their businesses here. The location is convenient, right in the center of the Twin Cities; the people in the neighborhood are creative and involved. There is an entrepreneurial can-do energy to the CEZ that has really caught on.”
            --Sandy Jacobs, Update Company


Sunday, March 2
Black Dog Café, 308 East Prince Street, Saint Paul. 

Creative Enterprise Zone poet Naomi Cohn will be one of four poets reading at the Four Poets Poet. She will be presenting Between Nectar & Eternity (Red Dragonfly Press). 

NAOMI COHN is creator of Known by Heart, a collaborative project on poetry, memory and performance. Her work has been recognized by grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, VSA Minnesota and numerous residencies. Her writing has appeared in Water~Stone, Fourth River and Star Tribune, among other places. Red Dragonfly published a chapbook of her poems about insects, Between Nectar & Eternity (2013).

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