This past spring, the former home of the Bohlander Arts Gallery was transformed from a gallery and residence into the Longfellow Offices. Reaching out to primarily wellness businesses, the building is home to a collection of practitioners of massage therapy, acupuncture, and Rolfing.
“There’s an untapped market in the neighborhood – especially for wellness practitioners – for space that’s professional and quiet,” said co-owner Karen Linner. She explained that there aren’t many options for small business owners who are ready to move out of their home offices and into a reasonably-sized space.
Linner and her business partner Harvey McLain, owner of Turtle Bread, chose the building for it’s location as well as its sound structure. “These old buildings have great bones,” said Linner. “It’s great to be able to accentuate what’s best about the city.”
While the space was completely redesigned with energy efficiency and sound insulation between suites, the period feel of the building remains with the dark wood trim, vintage lettering and signage, and pressed tin ceiling.
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While many of the tenants provide traditional wellness services. One tenant, Margaret Landry, is using the space to embark on a new venture – one that will facilitate small groups of people interested in holistic diabetes support. According to Landry, this type of support for people with diabetes is currently unavailable. She explained, “We will focus on what’s going right, not what’s going wrong in a group setting.”
Longfellow Offices will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, November 2nd. Business owners will provide complementary chair massages, energy meridian testing, and refreshments. Shop for holiday gift certificates and register for free prizes.
Longfellow Offices is located at 3011-36th Ave. S in Minneapolis.
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