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What do YOU love about St. Paul + The Funky Little Chair is here + PLEASE help us talk to you better 
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The Funky Little Chair is here to teach you something new
Whether you want to learn how to re-cover your dining room chairs, want someone else to restore grandma's ottoman, or think a career in upholstery could be the next move for you, you'll be happy that Cynthia opened The Funky Little Chair in the Zone. 

Cynthia Bleskachek has been in the upholstery business since 2001 and teaching for five years. Now she's here to teach serious DIY learners whatever they want to learn. The last formal degree program in upholstery in Minnesota closed in 1997, so Cynthia fills the gap by teaching hands-on advanced classes to students who may want to take-over or open a shop someday. And for the less serious students, she teaches fun workshops to help tackle all kinds of projects. 
When asked what she wanted people to know, Cynthia answered, "Don't feel stupid or like you already have to know anything. People are hesitant to admit they tried it at home and something didn't go well. You should have pride." Not only does the Funky Little Chair have the tools that are hard to find in hobby stores, Cynthia believes it's "more fun to work in a dedicated time and space with like minded people." 

The Funky Little Chair opened its doors this month, and Cynthia looks forward to getting to know everyone in the Zone, where "it still feels possible to start a brand-new idea." 
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:
Where do you hang out in St. Paul?
Where do you take your kids to have fun in St. Paul?
What places do you brag about in St. Paul?
Where do you bring out-of-towners?
What do you like about your neighborhood?
What's the best hidden secret in St. Paul?
What is your favorite place in St. Paul?
Describe your favorite St. Paul event.

Answers can be submitted on our Facebook page or by using #dearstpaul on Instagram
Photography, sculpture, paintings, drawings, textile art and printmaking that celebrate and energize the urban landscape. Appetizers and live music make it a party. We'll see you there!
September 16, 6-9PM
Dow Art Gallery and Picture Framing
Avalon School 15th Anniversary 
Join Avalon in celebrating their anniversary with an open house, senior project presentations, and an after party at Urban Growler!
October 6, 5PM 
Avalon School (with after party at Urban Growler)
Fall classes at J. Ring Glass Studio
There's still room in an advanced stained glass class, and a waiting list for beginner classes. Maybe this fall is time to try something new! 
Wednesdays, 6-8PM
J. Ring Glass Studio
Mocktober Fest
Celebrate German beer and food with Urban Growler this October. Expect live music and specials all day. 
October 5, 11AM-10PM 
Urban Growler
Art Opening at Lake Monster Brewing
Check out "Here Be Dragons" at Lake Monster this month. 
September 22, 7-9PM
Lake Monster Brewing
MOI is looking for volunteers
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, a creative writing after school program in the Zone, is looking for volunteers. Email Max if you're interested. 
Participate in an art festival
The Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival is looking for vendors, artists, films, performers, etc to participate in the festival on Saturday, November 5. 

Deadline: September 15

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 at Vandalia Tower 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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