Local Customer Spotlight: Minneapolis
This week, Squarespace heads to the Twin Cities to find customers representing their local styles and trends. We’ve rounded up 15 innovative business owners in the Minneapolis region that embody the design aesthetic and regional tastes that make the community so unique.
ART + DESIGN
This collaborative physical space was designed to bring the Minneapolis creative community together through a series of hosted events, speaking engagements, and workshops about developing brand identity, both online and off. The space at Studio 125 is beautifully designed and highly functional so local movers and shakers can come together to collaborate.
FOOD + DRINK
Minneapolis’ first cider house, Sociable Cider Werks offers daily brewery tours that take hard cider to a whole new level. Using only Midwestern apples, hops, and grains, Sociable puts quality and seasonality first. After a cross-country road trip to study a variety of cidery methods, long-time friends and roommates Jim and Wade started Sociable in a garage which evolved into the locally-focused brewery and taproom that it is today.
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Inspired by his Swedish roots, owner and chef Eric Harcey brings a layer of modern French sensibility to Nordic cuisine. Highly active in the community, Upton 43 partners with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to serve quality food to Minneapolis school children.
Located inside the loading docks of a former ice warehouse, Icehouse MPLS is a contemporary American restaurant that serves up food and drinks in a sophisticated industrial space that honors its history. With several dining spaces to suit the needs of your party and a packed calendar of live music acts, Icehouse MPLS is the perfect venue to meet friends, relax, and revel in the skilled tastes of renowned executive chef Matthew Bickford.
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Vikre Distillery’s award-winning gins, whiskeys, and aquavits are created by husband and wife duo Emily and Joel using local ingredients and fresh water from Lake Superior watershed. With daily tours, you are invited to experience their unique distillery process which uses organic grains and handcrafted oak barrels.
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Everything is one-of-a-kind, small-batch, and created to delight at Angel Food Bakery. Whether you experience it from atop a stool at the donut bar, or while taking a bite of a gorgeous wedding cake, the Angel Food experience won’t soon be forgotten. Stepping into the space itself, you’ll be immersed into a real, working bakery using fresh and quality ingredients in the midst of the bustle of the city.
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COMMUNITY + NON-PROFIT
A museum with a mission, The Cycling Museum of Minnesota’s purpose is to raise awareness for the rich history of bicyles and cycling culture in the region. They also explore cycling’s ability to bring together the community. With their collection of antique bikes and artifacts, they host enriching programming such as exhibits and educational events.
HEALTH + FITNESS
A challenging workout that pushes the mind and body, Fly Feet Fitness combines intervals, strength training, and high intensity cardio in a group class setting. They also offer private events and a shop stocked with all the gear you need to get started on a truly transformational experience.
HOME + LIVING
Created to boost exposure for local makers and to bring awareness to high quality goods, Minny & Paul allows you to pick a locally made baltic birch wood keepsake box and send directly to someone with local Minnesota goods inside. After working in a boutique and finding amazing local brands, Laura Waldman started Minny & Paul to help these artisans become more accessible to the Minneapolis market.
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Having first-hand experience with the messy process of bathing their Bernese Mountain Dog Roxy, Keith and Patrycia Miller decided to open Bubbly Paws to take the headache and stress out of dog grooming for Minneapolis pet lovers. A luxury dog spa offering a variety of services, Bubbly Paws is just what you and your best friend need.
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With a past rooted in punk rock and the alternative music scene, One On One Bicycle Studio is part bike shop, part café. They provide space for the cycling community to come together over espresso drinks and offer a variety of bikes that are accessible to everyone, not just the seasoned cyclist. Residing in a historic building that housed several generations of musicians and artists, One On One sees the evolution of their physical space as influential to their business.
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FASHION + BEAUTY
After seeing a need in the Twin Cities for a wedding dress shop that combined unique, fashion-forward gowns with an intimate retail environment, coworkers Anne and Carmen founded White Room MPLS. Their mission is to provide a gorgeous and accessible show room where all brides can feel welcome and relaxed while searching for “the dress.”
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