As staffing shortages continue, many of our businesses are hiring! Here are a few more options to help spread the word. If you have open positions that you'd like to post to the community through the neighborhood newsletters in Seward and Longfellow, please send the job posting and links: Email Andrea here.
Hiring a retail associate? Looking for a restaurant GM? Retail and culinary small businesses are hiring and job seekers are looking for purposeful work. The Coimatan job board (launching summer 2022) will create a central place for the two to connect. The aim is to create an easy way for job seekers to find compelling careers within the local economy. Post your openings here.
The Frontline Worker Pay application will be open June 8 through July 22, 2022. Eligible workers will have 45 days to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. Applicant support will be available to assist applicants in multiple languages.
Within 15 days after the application period opens June 8, employers in the identified frontline sector must provide notice to all current workers who may be eligible for payments of the assistance available to them and how to apply for payments.
An employer notice that meets this obligation is available now in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
The Legacy Building:
4024 E 46th Street
Just 3 blocks from Minnehaha Falls, this creative haven for artists is opening just in time for Juneteenth. Check out the full list of grand opening events this weekend! The space is designed to provide affordable and sustainable space for creative expression, including photo/video studios, a vocal recording studio, rehearsal room and store front. Read more at the Spokesman Recorder.
Official Fried Chicken:
4010 East 46th Street
Stop by for amazingly crispy broasted fried chicken and fries next time you’re near Minnehaha Falls. Get all the juicy details on the Broaster 1800 and temperature controlled delivery lockers. Read more here …
Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore:
2716 E 31st Street
Two years after a fire destroyed Uncle Edgar's Mystery Book Store and Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Book Store at 2864 Chicago Ave., owner Don Blyly is reopening. He has purchased the former Glass Endeavors building at 31st and Minnehaha Ave., and will open this summer. Read the full article by our friends at the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger.
Wildflyer Coffee relocated into the former Peace Coffee space at 3262 Minnehaha in December 2020. Wildflyer is not just your neighborhood coffee shop, but is also an employment training program that hires youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability between the ages of 16 and 24.
As a nonprofit organization, Wildflyer is funded by shop income (60 percent) and through donors (40 percent).Their unique employment program provides the critical skills the youth will need to succeed in both the workforce and life. When you stop in for that cup of coffee or tea, the employees ringing you out are part of the six-month work and life skills training program.
“Wildflyer has helped with consistency. My life will flare up and it’s hard to keep a job, so it’s been helpful having people here who recognize it’s not easy living like this, and it’s not easy to be flexible when you’re living like this,” a program participant said. The people behind Wildflyer recognize that youth homelessness is a complex issue. They provide non-work related support including housing referrals, counseling, educational pathways, connections to post-program employment, transportation assistance and basic needs supplies.
“You never really know how expensive life is until you live on your own. I had jobs and I’ve made enough to make ends meet, but not enough to take care of myself. I’ve been able to get dish soap and food and laundry detergent, but have not made enough for self-care like hair products or clothing or even a gym membership,” a youth barista said. “And now that I have a job at Wildflyer, I’ll be able to afford those things. And that’s what I really appreciate and am excited about. Not to mention, I love my job. This is the most comfortable and most happy I’ve been at a job, and even in life.”
They make great coffee, but Wildflyer’s mission to provide meaningful employment, job skills, and resources that our youth need to end the cycle of homelessness is what really sets them apart from other coffee shops. As is true for many of our businesses that started during the pandemic, it has been a roller coaster of a ride. They’ve found their footing and are now ready to celebrate with the community!
Our Ward 2 Council Member, Robin Wonsley Wolorbah has secured funding for two important priorities in the neighborhood. The first will allocate $100,000 to contract an external community engagement process for the future of the Third Precinct Building on the corner of Lake & Minnehaha. Prior to the allocation of this funding, there was no formal commitment from the city to do community engagement around the future of the Third Precinct. Now we are committed to doing it, and have funding for an external partner to do a thorough outreach program and reach many of the most impacted neighbors who are often least included in discussions about city infrastructure.
The second win for the business community is redirection of $700,000 to our beautiful and vibrant Cultural Corridors (Lake Street and Franklin included). This will come out of the Mayor’s proposed $2 million for Meet Minneapolis, the downtown convention and tourism organization. While rebuilding downtown and downtown tourism is certainly important, Council Member Wonsley and colleagues who represent Cultural Corridors know that small BIPOC-owned businesses are just as important as business owners downtown, and that building thriving Cultural Corridors is crucial to racial and economic equity. The $700,000 will go to supporting Business Technical Assistance Programs (B-TAP) which is administered through the city’s Community and Economic Planning Department and include services like financial and technical support, legal services, and marketing.
Thank you Robin!
This summer, Ward 2 Council Member Robin Wonsley Worlobah is launching a Ward 2 Resident Survey and a series of Community Conversations. Letters will be sent to every door in Ward 2 inviting residents to complete the survey and attend a Community Conversation to share their thoughts and help inform my political and budget priorities. This is one of the most inclusive forms of outreach we can do using the parameters of the office and allows the office to use new strategies to reach the broadest possible range of working class residents. Ward 2 residents should fill out the survey, send it to your neighbors and colleagues, and plan to attend a Community Conversation!