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Jun 02

Student Design work on Display at Alpha Print

Dinkytown was recently the subject matter for an art project by students from the College of Design Color and Form in Surface Design class. Led by James Boyd Brent, each student’s challenge in this screen print poster project was to create a visual response to Dinkytown. They were asked to engage with the qualities that make up a sense of place — the history, culture, social life, commercial life, and so on. The handmade screen prints were printed in limited editions…

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May 31

Land’s End Pasty Company | An English tradition finds it’s way to Dinkytown

Lands End Pasty Company is located at 1316 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 at the end of the Dinkydale alley. Owned and run by Jon Earl & his nephew Peter Jacobson, the duo does everything themselves and have no other employees. they had been searching for a place to open their business when they came across the vacant restaurant space in Dinkytown they knew it would be perfect. The space was the original location of Burrito Loco before they moved…

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May 17

Fast Eddie’s Shoe Repair – a glimpse inside the historic shop

Fast Eddie’s Shoe Repair, located in the pedestrian alley of the Dinkydale Building, has been a fixture in Dinkytown since 1971.  The shop was opened by Eddie LaPlante after the owner of the former Campus Cobbler convinced him to open a shoe repair shop in Dinkytown. Eddie originally had a shop on Central Avenue, but after a different shoe repair shop closed the Campus Cobbler knew the benefits of having a repair shop nearby so he convinced Eddie to move…

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Mar 08

Check out the changes to Alpha Print!

Last year, U of M alumni Charlie Stark bought long-time Dinkytown print shop Alpha Print. In the past year, Charlie and his son Ben have made several changes and updates to the store, including adding a website where you can make online orders. If you haven’t been in Alpha Print lately, be sure to stop in and check out the new look and services they offer! The Dinkytown Business Alliance is happy to have this service available for our businesses,…

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Feb 28

Welcome Emerge Pilates

Last fall, Emerge Pilates opened in Dinkytown. Below, owner Jennifer Hildebrant shares more about her business and the services she offers. Be sure to check out her classes, she offers a variety of options. We are excited to have her in Dinkytown! Where are you located? What services do you provide? My studio is located inside University Baptist Church at 1219 University Avenue SE, Suite 309. I’ve been here since the fall of 2016 and I offer private, semiprivate and donation-based small group classes with…

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Feb 28

Dinky the Elephant

Dinky has been hibernating during the Minnesota winter but he’s about to make some appearances around Dinkytown again this spring! Stay tuned for Dinky’s return!!

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Aug 10

New bike racks in Dinkytown!

Twenty-five shiny new bike racks were recently installed in Dinkytown thanks to funding from the University of Minnesota’s Good Neighbor Fund. Ten of the racks feature the Dinkytown logo. The racks are located along 14th Avenue SE and 4th Street SE. Be sure to check them out the next time you’re in Dinkytown!

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May 11

Imagine Art Studio Closing

Dear Dinkytown Friends, Imagine Art Studio & Gallery is closing it’s Dinkytown doors. I will be moving my art business to her home studio, Imagine Art Studio in South Minneapolis, and exhibiting my art in galleries and shows around the twin cities. I will continue to do freelance graphic design, paintings, murals, and illustrations. If you need graphic design or other creative project work, I will be available, and will give you the Dinkytown Discount! Special thank you to Doug…

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Mar 07

Finally, a Marketing Tool for the Bottom Line and the Good at Heart

One Twin Cities company aims to change the way our entire community donates, and it all begins with local businesses. Here’s a little bit more information about one of the Dinkytown Business Alliance’s newest members! Just around the corner in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis sits DIVI, LLC, a small company with a big idea. The passionate team of seven is developing DIVI UP 3.0, a clever mobile app to level the playing field for small and large business owners alike.…

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Jan 07

Resources for Dinkytown Business Owners to Improve Their Online Presence

The DBA has now resources to help Dinkytown Businesses with their websites and social media pages. Consultant NewPublica will meet one-on-one with businesses to give them feedback and guidance for improving their websites. If you would like more information about this program, please contact Katie at katie@dinkytownusa.org. Resources are limited so if you are interested in this program please let us know. Finding for this work is provided by the Great Streets Grant that was awarded to the DBA by…

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