The Sheridan neighborhood is located in northeast Minneapolis. It extends from Washington Street NE on the east to the Mississippi River on the west, and from Broadway Street NE on the south to 18th and 17th avenues NE on the north. It is named for Civil War General Philip Sheridan. The neighborhood elementary and junior high schools and the local park are all named after General Sheridan too. A large portion of the neighborhood was built for industrial use of the Mississippi River, but there is potential for new housing in these industrial areas. The Sheridan neighborhood also has a sizable amount of small apartment buildings.
Source: City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile Page
Note: I was recently in DC and took a photo of the statue commemorating General Philip Sheridan.
Heidi Andermack has had a connection and dedication to Northeast Minneapolis since moving to the City of Lakes in 1993. She lived in Northeast neighborhoods until 2009 and now has a business based in Sheridan. She is co-owner of Chowgirls Killer Catering which has enjoyed a permanent home in the Sheridan neighborhood since 2006 at 1222 Second Street NE. During our walk, I learned that Heidi was instrumental in the formation of Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and in 2002 coordinated the creation of the Arts Action Plan for Northeast Minneapolis. Heidi is married to local typographer, Chank Diesel (Chank Co) and they are parents to Max.
You can follow our footsteps by accessing the Sheridan Walk on MapMyWalk.com.
Our tour was held days after a flash flood that hit the intersection of 13th Avenue and 2nd Street NE. Watch coverage from YouTuber Ricine.
13th Avenue Business District, Part 1
When I asked Heidi what she would recommend visitors to the neighborhood do, she responded, "Stroll 13th Ave from University all the way to the river. There are many small businesses, galleries, restaurants to check out. As well as a world of history with the Grainbelt Brewery complex." I had no idea that there is such a concentration of awesomeness in this relatively small Minneapolis neighborhood!
When I found out that Heidi wanted to show me around Sheridan, I was so excited because I've been a Chowgirls fan since I enjoyed the fruits of their labor at a Clockwork event they catered. In fact, I "like" them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. While visiting Chowgirls HQ, I met Marin and Lewis who were busy preparing tasty foods. Heidi showed me The Parlor which includes the courtyard featured below. The Parlor used to house the Pierre Bottineau Library which has since relocated to the Grain Belt complex. Another piece of history is that the building in which Chowgirls is headquartered used to be Leitschuh Insurance and their safe is now used as the Chowgirls walk-in refrigerator (pictured above in the upper right corner)!
I was able to meet Rabi Sanfro of Yarbi Design who was exhibiting his artwork at Frank Stone Gallery. I hope to return to the gallery one day to meet Frank and talk with him about his 35+ years designing artwork for public and private venues.
Movables Consignment at 1228 2nd Street NE Minneapolis, MN is a business run by Kendra Anderson, an upholsterer by trade. According to the website, "Movables’ is a boutique furniture consignment shop located in the Arts District in Northeast Minneapolis, striving to maintain an eclectic mix of quality home furnishings while keeping the prices down and the pieces moving."
Shuga Records, located at 165 13th Avenue NE opened in 2009 to complement its online record business. Read how they started "on accident".
"Front Porch Sitters are volunteers dedicated to supporting local, independent artists and locally focused, independent businesses." (website & Facebook)
"This mural at Shuga Records in Northeast Minneapolis is a collaboration between Broken Crow (Mike Fitzsimmons and John Grider) and Over Under, completed in 2009." source: Start Seeing Art
For more photos and coverage of of the completed mural, visit Design Junkies and Broken Crow's Flickr page.
Fried Bologna Vintage is the kind of store in which I could spend hours. While Heidi and the owner traded flash flood stories, I tripped down memory lane.
Who Made Who is owned by poster artist, Amy Jo. Closed on the day of our tour, I was limited to taking photos through the windows. The design studio and screenprint emporium also features the work of Dale "Tooth" Flattum and Lonny Unitus. Check out the Who Made Who blog, Etsy shop and Facebook page.
When I saw the Pedal Pubs cruising by Fried Bologna Vintage, I rushed outside to snap a photo. Every time I am in NE Minneapolis, I see a Pedal Pub.
Grain Belt Campus
I have spent quite a few afternoons at The Grain Belt Brewery complex since one of our favorite events of the year, Autumn Brew Review, is held there. It was fun to see the area from Heidi's artistic (and knowledgable) point of view. It was great to see the number of businesses and organizations making great use of the historic space.
The above Grain Belt Office Building is the last remaining building that the City of Minneapolis needs to sell. They put out a request for proposals. As of the date of this blog post, there were a couple of newspaper updates: A last piece of Grain Belt (Star Tribune) and Developers reveal plans for 13th & Marshall (The Journal).
RSP Architects is headquartered in Minneapolis and is located in the Grain Belt Brewhouse. They employ 200+ professionals and work with clients internationally. Check out the Facts section (fun) of their website to learn more about this great company.
Yunker Associates is an architecture firm based out of The Keg House.
Clay Squared to Infinity is a husband and wife team of tile maker, Josh Blanc and polymer clay creation artist, Layl McDill. "Clay Squared to Infinity is also a tile showroom that carries upper Midwest tile artists and historic tile reproductions of American tile companies from the 1890's to 1950's." (source: Clay Squared website).
Cranestorm Wishes in Flight was a public art project sponsored by Brain Injury Association of Minnesota in which more than 100,000 paper cranes were folded and later put on display during Art-A-Whirl. This caught my eye because I took photos of my colleagues at Capella University participating in a crane folding event in March, 2011 (photos from the event).
Sip Coffeebar features locally-roasted, organic fair-trade brewed coffee and made-from-scratch baked goods such as chocolate chip cookies.
The Grain Belt Bottling House and Grain Belt Warehouse are now known as Grain Belt Studios; owned by Artspace who purchased the buildings from the City of Minneapolis in 2000. Read more about the history and leasing information on the Artspace website.
Zoran Mojsilov was recently photographed by The Journal as part of their coverage of the NE Sculpture Tour (PDF map). See images below and read the accompanying article: NE Sculpture Tour: Bringing the art outdoors. Also, visit Zoran's website.
Home of the dago, an Italian sausage patty with red peppers, caramelized onions, and mozzarella cheese, Dusty's Bar offers a bar menu, drink specials and entertainment. Recently Heavy Table sketched a visit to Dusty's and in 2006, Minneapolis St. Paul reviewed the dago. Visit Dusty's website and Facebook page for up-to-date information and a taste of its biggest fans, like Michael Gacek who has a creative NorthEast Minneapolis directional sign.
13th Avenue Business District, Part 2
Bob Sorg, owner of Two 12 Pottery leases space for Art of Chiropractic and Behind Bars. Behind Bars was actually nominated as a neighborhood gem by a Sheridan resident so I hope to give it an in-depth report in a future post! I also look forward to returning on a NEMAA First Thursday to enjoy one of Bob's crepes from his outdoor stand, For Crepe's Sake.
Next time I'm in the Sheridan neighborhood, I'd like to go on a progressive dinner. The Anchor Fish & Chips could be one of the first stops for their fries which just won City Pages Best Fries (2011). Currently, there is a statue in front called Sacred Nature/Sacred Culture II by Wayne Potratz, faculty member at the University of Minnesota.
Erte is near and dear to Heidi because it is the venue she chose for her wedding reception! Next time I'm in Sheridan, I'm definitely stopping in for a lemon drop martini at the Peacock Lounge. My friends, Erin and Ben reviewed Erte in 2008 when they went there to celebrate Erin's sister's graduation.
The 331 Club supports the local music scene and hosts events such as the Drinking Spelling Bee. The mural is by SKUdvig.
Jon Oulman has made quite a mark on 331 13th Avenue NE and there has been quite a bit of press about him and his efforts. In addition to owning the Jon Oulman Salon, he and his son, Jarrett, co-own the 331 Club.
Sheridan is a hotspot for restaurants and Modern Cafe has been added to my list of places to return. Heidi said that back in the mid-'90s when pot roast was $7 or $8 a plate and she had a "real" job, she ate at the Modern almost every day. Another connection she and Chank have to the restaurant is that Chank is responsible for the chalk drawings. An example is shown above. The sculpture is one of two called "The Visitors" by Mary Johnson.
Supporting creatives across the city, iWare Northeast offers glasses fitting for people wanting to make a statement. Just window shopping was a fun experience for this high myopia blogger!
Easel Street is a gift shop and art gallery and has a second location at the Northrup King Building.
Designed in 1926 by architects specializing in art deco theaters, Liebenberg & Kaplan, the Ritz Theater was open for business in 1928. As with many historic theaters, it went through many transformations and went vacant for a couple of decades before being opened with a renewed vision for the future. Today, Ritz Theater is the home of Ballet of the Dolls and hosts other events.
The work of Michael Thomsen commands the attention of passerby and I wish I had been able to enjoy the inside of Rogue Buddha Gallery as much as I enjoyed peering in from the outside.
The owners of Northeast Social were inspired by their love of travel which is evident just by strolling by the restaurant. A beautiful sidewalk cafe and a huge open window in the front drew me in immediately. A camera shy accordion player also caught my attention and admiration. I will be back!
4th Street NE Highlights
There are a couple of unique homes on 4th Street NE, both of which seem to be converted from commercial properties. I've had dreams of living in the above residence. It'd be perfect for my home-brewing hubby! The below building is also a private residence.
Two stops on pub crawls are across the street from one another - Mayslack's and The Knight Cap. Established in 1955 by former pro wrestler, Stan Myslajek, Mayslack's has been owned by Dean Jacklitch since 2006. The Knight Cap is known for its Meat Raffles on Tuesdays.
Off the beaten path
* Sheridan Neighborhood Organization
* Sheridan Neighborhood Organization Facebook Page
* Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association
* The Journal
* Sheridan photo set on Flickr
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