Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Business owner Aaron Switz says the company focuses on healthy, high-end ingredients and yogurt.
Andrea Switz and her husband, Aaron, had just returned to Minnesota following a trip, when they had a sudden craving for frozen yogurt. Not just any fro-yo would suffice, she said. They'd enjoyed sampling the offerings of several self-serve frozen yogurt places on the west coast, where customers pick from a variety of flavors and toppings to create their own unique dessert. The problem, according to Switz, was that the experience they were looking for simply didn't exist in Minnesota. "We tried a few others, but didn't feel it tasted like the ones we saw out west," she said. Rather than curse the food gods for overlooking their home state, Switz said they decided it was time to follow their guts and go into business for themselves. The …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The pet boarding and daycare business is expanding into a 9,000-square-foot building on Felton Court.
Nicole Boe and Carey Griffith Edwards were ahead of the curve when they first opened Dog Day Getaway in Apple Valley. The business partners were introduced to the idea of dog daycare in 2003, while visiting family separately on the East and West Coasts. There, the concept had already caught fire, Boe said. But back in Minnesota, facilities that took in dogs for short-term daily care were still scarce, Boe said. Thus, a business was born. After nine successful years, the Farmington residents are taking their business to the next level. This summer, Dog Day Getaway will move into a new 9,000-square-foot space at 14607 Felton Court in Apple Valley. The move represents a significant expansion for the daycare and dog boarding business, which …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Business owner Amy Lemaniak, focuses on infant and newborn photography, says she needed more elbow room for her small business.
The mother of a 4-year-old and 8-year-old, Amy Lemaniak knows just how quickly children can grow up. Which is why she makes it her mission—and her business—to help parents capture their children on camera while they're still newborn. The portraits, she says, allow parents to hang onto an important moment long after the child has started school, locked down a first job, or left for college. "I have two children of my own, and when you’re in the midst of the newborn phase, you feel like it’s never going to end," Lemaniak said. "Babies do change so quickly. [Parents] are never able to go back in time and have their baby look like this again." Lemaniak, a Rosemount resident, started her photography business, Ten Tiny Toes Photography, in 2009…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Wood, who is an avid runner, will go the extra mile to serve your business with great advertising deals.
One of Patch's goals is to make life ridiculously easy for our communities, and that includes businesses. To that end, we introduce Eric Wood, Patch's new Local Ad Manager for Patch's sites in Apple-Valley/Rosemount, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Northfield, Richfield, and Southwest Minneapolis. Eric comes armed with ridiculously cost-effective advertising deals that should fit most any budget. To introduce you to Eric, we asked him to share some interesting facts about himself: Home: Long time resident of Southwest Minneapolis. Home state: Iowa. He "still bleeds Black and Gold). Career: Close to 10 years in local media and advertising sales. Previously worked the south metro for the Star Tribune and sold advertising for Minnesota …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fill out our form and we will run a profile on Patch so residents can learn more about you and the business where you work.
If you are an employee of a local small business, Patch wants to learn more about you. We want to know more about the people who work in our town. What's the best advice you've ever received? What are your Pet Peeves? What's your dream vacation? Fill out this "Employee Spotlight" form, upload a photo and we will post a profile about you on Patch. Have fun with it. Use the right scroll bar to see all the questions. Please fill out the form and click the "Submit" button before you upload a photo. Click on the white and green "Upload Photos and Videos" button to the right. You should see a thumbnail of your photo after you upload it. Include your name in the photo caption. If you have any questions about the form, email Kevira.Voegele@patch…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Don't wait for us to come to you. We'll give a shout out to local small businesses who fill out the form below and upload a picture.
If you own or manage a local small business, Patch wants to hear from you. Fill out this "Business Spotlight" form and we will feature your company on Patch. Use the right scroll bar to see all the questions. Please fill out the form and click the "Submit" button before you upload a photo. Click on the white and green "Upload Photos and Videos" button above. You should see a thumbnail of your photo after you upload it. Include the business name in the photo caption. If you have any questions about the form, email Kevira.Voegele@patch.com.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Uponor plans to build a 17,500-square-foot expansion later this year—and enlarge its local workforce—to meet growing demand.
Apple Valley's largest manufacturer, Uponor, is growing once again. The company, which makes piping and tubing, plans to add 17,500 square feet to its Apple Valley manufacturing facility—a project that will allow the company to expand production to meet forecasted growth. The expansion, which will likely be compete by October 2013, is the fifth addition made to the company's North American headquarters and manufacturing center, located along 148th St. W. Once the add-on is complete, the building will cover roughly 230,000 square feet, according to Uponor Real Estate Manager Dan Hughes. The company, Hughes said, is projecting substantial growth in both its residential and commercial markets over the next several years. The extra space will …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Word of the nationwide Caribou closings spread after a company conference call Friday morning. The Brooklyn Center-based company issued a statement Monday.
Apple Valley and Rosemount’s two Caribou Coffee shops are not among the more than 150 slated for closure across the nation. A source with knowledge of the company’s downsizing plans and speaking on the condition of anonymity said 80 stores are being outright closed and 80 others are being converted into Peet’s Coffee locations. Two Minnesota locations in Minneapolis—the Rand Tower store and a shop on the corner of 53rd Avenue and Lyndale Avenue South—are on the chopping block, according to the source, and are scheduled to close next week. Apple Valley has a Caribou Coffee shop at 14638 Cedar Avenue and Rosemount has one at 3868 150th Street West. “The rest of the Twin Cities stores are safe for now,” the source said, adding that most of …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Meanwhile, Minnesota continues adding jobs.
Dakota County posted a 5.2 percent seasonally-unadjusted jobless rate in February, down eight-tenths of 1 percent from the same month a year earlier, according to data released late last week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The county's total workforce was 232,614 with 220,460 people employed and 12,154 unemployed. Monte Hanson, a DEED spokesman, said recently, "Seasonally unadjusted unemployment numbers tend to jump in January and February because of cold weather (affecting construction and other outdoor jobs) and because of post-Christmas retail layoffs. "The statewide numbers that come out every month are seasonally adjusted to account for that impact, but there isn’t a big enough survey sample at the…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Construction will likely start as soon as the snow melts this spring, the owner told council members on Thursday.
Apple Valley City Councilor Clint Hooppaw hopes the upcoming arrival of Crooked Pint Ale House may help spur development in the city's Cobblestone Lake area. "It takes a little bit of guts to put these two brand new restaurants into a development that honestly was pretty slow there for a while," Hooppaw said at a regular council meeting Thursday night, referencing Crooked Pint and the recently completed Pizza Ranch. "I think this will help kick-start things in there again." Hooppaw and the other councilors voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a conditional use permit for on-sale liquor sales and a site plan for the new restaurant, which will be located at the corner of Pilot Knob Road and 157th Street W. Building plans call for the 5,…