A Raymond-University shopping tour

The business area surrounding the intersection at Raymond and University avenues whispers of old-time small-town Main Street and modern urban community in the same breathe. Creative and industrial commerce thrive side- by-side, setting the backdrop to a vibrant and energized residential community.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | What do creative tenants need?

Major developer First & First is teaming with the Creative Enterprise Zone to host an evening of connection and collaboration around their latest project, Vandalia Tower, at 550 Vandalia St. The meeting, April 2, 4-6pm, is open to the public and all who are interested in exploring the intersection of creative entrepreneurship and modern urban development are encouraged to attend.This is a great opportunity for creative tenants to connect with one of the Twin Cities most innovative developers. Figuring out how to support creative entrepreneurship as the demands of a thriving metropolitan area push developers to think about land use and urban planning in new ways is tantamount to the success of our creative economy. The 550 Vandalia building is currently home to around 30 tenants, many of whom play an important role driving creative commerce in the metro area. From woodworkers and cabinet makers, to glass blowers, coffee roasters and more, entrepreneurial makers of all sorts have benefitted from the reasonable rent rates, unfinished interior and large work spaces at Vandalia Tower.Woodsport is a nationally recognized independent woodcraft studio currently housed in the building. Master craftsman and designer Scott McGlasson creates one-of-a-kind handmade wood furniture and accessories that have found their way into corporate board rooms, offices and homes across the country.Nordeast Makers is another important cog in our creative economy based out of the Vandalia Tower building. Continue Reading