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#WeMakeItHere Happy Hour at Vandalia Tower  + Urban Growler turns two with a huge celebration + St Paul Tool Library throws a monster launch party
Join IFP, SPNN, Bootstrap Coffee, Elpis Enterprises, and Lake Monster Brewing at our Vandalia Tower #WeMakeItHere Happy Hour!
SPNN and IFP nurture an "area where everyone feels welcome" in the CEZ
We sat down with Chad Johnston (Executive Director of SPNN) and Andrew Peterson (Executive Director of IFP) to talk about why they chose to become neighbors in the CEZ. IFP's move to Vandalia Tower was a huge motivator for SPNN to choose the building, and together, they aim to engage the next generation of media artists by "creating a space where everyone feels welcome." 

Not only have their spaces in the CEZ helped both SPNN and IFP to find new partners and collaborations, but it has made their programs more visible to the public, drastically increasing class enrollment for both organizations. The spaces were designed for community, and students–especially youth of color–feel comfortable hanging around before and after class. 

Though both IFP and SPNN are media organizations with a goal of evolving storytelling, they have distinct approaches, and see each other as partners rather than competition. As Andrew said, "none of us will survive if we don't utilize the strengths of others."

Interested in seeing what these spaces look like in action? Join us  with IFP, SPNN, and other Vandalia Tower Enterprises next Thursday, August 25, from 5-8PM.

#WeMakeItHere Happy Hour:
Vandalia Tower
August 25, 5-8PM
Celebrate two years of Urban Growler bringing people together
Two years ago, Jill and Deb opened Urban Growler, a brewery to bring people together, even in divisive times. They created a space that is "warm and welcoming for everyone," and over the last two years, the atmosphere (plus some amazing beer and spinach dip) has brought them incredible success.

Deb was quick to point out that "it took a whole bunch of folks to get us open. We're average people with help." After being rejected by a dozen banks, it was between 60-70 regular people that funded the dream and got the doors open. Many of the major supporters and regulars are in the neighborhood.

"We're so grateful for the community, and we tell everyone we're in the Creative Enterprise Zone... When we moved in, we saw a random warehouse in the middle of nowhere. It was exciting to be on the front end of it. We thought, we could help build this community... Our hope is that even more of the buildings fill up, it doesn't matter what you make, as long as you're making it here," said Jill. 
Urban Growler is currently working on an expansion, upping production to 4,000 barrels and adding an event space. The size of the beer hall and patio won't change. "We want to stay in touch with the people and provide an experience," Jill shared, "our regulars have become real friends who invite us over for dinner." Too much of an expansion, they think, would make these connections harder to foster. 

On August 24, Deb and Jill want to show their gratitude to the community with celebratory specials and live music. There will be deals on food, a new beer on the hour from 5-7, and a specialty "beer cocktail" for the day that is sure to surprise you! Dos Guys and Blue Yodel #9 (a neighborhood band) will provide music from 5-9. 

August 24, 11AM-10PM
2325 Endicott Street
St Paul Tool Library Monster Launch Party
Show you support for a tool library in St. Paul by drinking a pint and enjoying an evening at Lake Monster Brewing. St Paul Tool Library wants to create a community where you never have to buy a tool again. 
August 16 (TONIGHT!), 6-8PM
Lake Monster Brewing

Forecast Public Art Scrambler featuring Mark VanderSchaaf
Join Forecast in welcoming Mark VanderSchaaf, former Regional Planning Director for the Metropolitan Council, as he discusses public art in the context of deep placemaking. Breakfast will be provided at this free event. RSVP required.
September 14, 8-10:30AM
2300 Myrtle Ave South, Suite 160
Help us write a love letter to St. Paul
We need residents' help in writing a love letter to the city of St. Paul! Renowned Minnesota artist Karl Unnasch is partnering with the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) to creatively repurpose a water tower on the north boundary of the neighborhood. 

Unnasch will transform the iconic reminder of the CEZ's rich industrial past into a self-illuminated "lighthouse" to celebrate the rejuvenation efforts underway in the area. The project will rely on community engagement to generate the images and words that will be displayed on the tower. 

Using the theme "Dear St. Paul, _____" residents of the city are invited to submit text, images, video, drawings, sketches, etc. answering questions such as:
What is the best thing about St. Paul?
What is your favorite place in St. Paul?
Describe your favorite St. Paul event.
What is your favorite time in St. Paul?

Answers can be submitted on our Facebook page or by using #dearstpaul on Instagram
The Dubliner Cafe is Open
You can now enjoy tradition Irish food in the new Dubliner Cafe and at the bar. Currently, they're serving a limited menu, with a grand opening on the horizon. 
Emerging Entrepreneur Program Funding Available from MN DEED
The Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Program provides funding to local nonprofit corporations that will use these funds to make loans to Minnesota businesses that are majority-owned and operated by minorities, low-income persons, women, veterans and/or persons with disabilities. Workshops will be held the last week of August.
Deadline: September 30, 4PM
Details about workshops and requirements here. 
We had an amazing time celebrating Studio On Fire's grand (re)opening last month. Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us!

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What is the Creative Enterprise Zone?

The Creative Enterprise Zone, located mid-city between St. Paul and Minneapolis, has the goal to be recognized as a center of creativity and enterprise, a place where many people make a living by their creative capacities.
Showcasing a mixture of urban-industrial and innovative enterprises, the Creative Enterprise Zone promises to be a fertile laboratory of entrepreneurship, business incubation, artistic endeavor and eclectic urban design. Located along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line at the hub of the Raymond Station area, this dynamic nucleus of artisans and industry provides a unique sense of place that captures the imagination.

Regionally significant due to the central location and ease of access, the community offers a symbiotic mix of live and work opportunities. Cultivation of diverse, affordable spaces for entrepreneurial businesses, artisans and residents, and support systems for a tightly interconnected creative community, are high priorities.
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