Nordeast’s Little India has big selection and great customer service

Article written by Stephanie Fox

It’s mid-afternoon on a weekday and as usual, Little India, one of the Twin Cities’ oldest and most established Indian grocery stores, is filled with people. There’s a long line in the narrow aisle leading to the two registers and another front of the halal meat department. People crowd around at the dessert counter to pick up some of the freshly made Indian sweets. Many of the customers are from India or Pakistan, but not all. “Our customers come from everywhere – Africa, South America, India, Pakistan, Nepal and here. Continue Reading

A new future for the Northeast Library and Central Avenue

No less than 40 concerned Northeast residents gathered together at the Salvation Army amidst the first snowstorm of the year. They gathered to discuss the lifeblood of Northeast: Central Avenue. Councilman Paul Ostrow started the meeting with glowing words: “I feel good about being here. This will become a reality; an incredible and great transformation.”
As the third public community meeting discussing the Central Avenue plan, the ideas given were clear and concise. The changes talked about will take time to be implemented, but now is the time for residents to voice opinions about the future of Northeast. Continue Reading

Minneapolis officials urge residents to support businesses affected by bridge collapse

Any afternoon rush hour, Gwen Engelbert can look out the front window and see traffic cops wildly waving drivers past her E. Hennepin Avenue boutique.The patrols are needed to help manage a surge of traffic congestion in the East Bank and Marcy Holmes neighborhoods in Minneapolis since the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed Aug. 1. But it doesn’t exactly help a business trying to catch a few drivers’ eyes with window displays and sale banners. “We went from slow growth to a downward turn,” said Engelbert, who co-owns Key North, at 514 E. Hennepin Ave., with her partner Katie Greene. Unlike businesses to the east on Johnson Street, who are hurting from fewer people driving past, shops in these neighborhoods are dealing with too much traffic on their doorsteps. Continue Reading

Central Avenue committee seeks more public input

How tall? How dense? How affordable? These are a few of the questions being considered by a Central Avenue planning committee that will submit a new vision for the avenue to city officials next year. The committee is still seeking input from the community on a variety of topics. Continue Reading