CoCo (Coworking and Collaborative) hosted an open house last month to show off its new location in Northeast Minneapolis. All 13,000 square feet of this restored 99-year-old building were filled with welcoming staff and servers butler passing hors d'oeuvres, a cheese, cracker, dips and fruit station, free coffee, an open bar full of northeast brews, wines and nonalcoholic beverages and a free raffle. The building features brick walls, hardwood floors, blue and gray accent walls, modern conference rooms, modern artwork and plenty of natural sunlight.
The space that originally housed the Forum Cafeteria in the ‘30s has seen many restaurants come and go and even a new location. The Art Deco interior of the iconic restaurant was preserved when the building it was originally located in was demolished; the tile was taken apart piece by piece, labeled and stored for years until its space in the city center of down- town Minneapolis was ready, and then it was rebuilt to duplicate its former self.
Sustainability has shot to the top of many local businesses’ and venues’ priority lists in an effort to not only cut carbon footprints but also costs. And it’s paying off: Industry members, more often than not, are seeking out environmentally friendly meeting and event options. MNM+E caught up with some of Minnesota’s green leaders for the scoop on their practices and advice on how you can take action.
Waste Not, Want Not
Opening a microdistillery in Minnesota used to be a very spendy endeavor—that is, until a provision passed through legislature in 2011 that reduced the license fee from $30,000 to $1,100. Shanelle and Chris Montana took advantage of that provision, and began production in April 2014 and opened Du Nord Craft Spirits last January, the first cocktail room in the Twin Cities. “We had always been lovers of craft and of local products and really anything that ties the farm and the city together,” says Shanelle.
Showing clients and attendees a good time while they visit your city isn’t always easy. Standard tourist attractions can get stale and group happy hours and dinners are sometimes just not enough to ‘wow’ the group. SuiteHop, an online platform that allows users to directly book entire suites or individual seats in suites that would have otherwise gone unused, has unique access to ultra-exclusive suites at hard to get into events.
“We want to make great cheese right on [Jer-Lindy Farms]—it’s a concept Minnesota has far too little of in our opinion, despite being a big dairy state,” says Alise Sjostrom, co owner, president and head cheesemaker at Redhead Creamery. The cheese plant opened last year and hosted its first meetings in September. Sjostrom wanted to show people how cheese is made firsthand, and building an event space allows her to do just that while also providing a unique option for groups.
A few weeks ago, we brought you the best rooftop event spaces in Minneapolis and this week, we are presenting the best outdoor spaces in the sister city of St. Paul.
The Liffey Irish Pub
Capacity: up to 200-205 total
We rounded up a list of top breweries with event space from each one of our magazines’ 10 regions.
Pyramid Breweries, Berkeley
I recently attended my first MPI meeting and came away from the evening feeling enlightened. I attended the March Monthly meeting, which focused on the state of the meetings industry, and spent the night learning, networking and enjoying the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis’ hospitality.
It might not look or feel like it, but spring is right around the corner (hopefully). In preparation for Twins games, bike rides and farmers markets, we’ve rounded up the best rooftops in Minneapolis for all your outdoor event and al fresco dining needs.
Amore Victoria Ristorante
Capacity: available for semi-private events for 20-40; up to 150 total