On Saturday, a few hundred North Minneapolis residents gathered as Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee opened its doors. The bike shop, located at 1830 Glenwood Ave., will sell a full line of new and refurbished bikes, helmets, locks and other biking and walking accessories. What’s more, the shop will also be selling Dogwood Coffee in mid-November featuring its own “Venture North” blend.
The grand opening event on Saturday drew a big crowd and featured local leaders including Minneapolis City Council Members, Don Samuels, Diane Hofstede and Barbara Johnson; Rep. Bobby Joe Champion; Sen. Linda Higgins and a staff member from U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s office. These leaders helped usher in a new era of healthy choices in North Minneapolis. The event also featured music, dancing, face painting, Dogwood coffee, free flu shots, food and a host of other vendors and community partners.
At the same time, new bike lanes were opening on Emerson and Fremont Avenues, which will help make getting around North Minneapolis much easier.
We could go on about the Venture North grand opening in more detail but thought photos from the event would better tell the story.
Crews worked through the night on Friday night to get Venture North up-and-running. The storefront still needed a bit of paint Sat. morning!
Partner Dogwood Coffee was on hand selling coffee throughout the day.
Venture North was selling their full line of merchandise on order Saturday, including these helmets on site.
All kinds of people—and bikes—showed up to the Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee grand opening.
Venture North intern Jemarte Taylor was interviewed by multiple mainstream media outlets during the grand opening including KARE-11 and KSTP-TV.
The interior at Venture North came together nicely over Friday evening and early Saturday morning.
Face painting was a popular booth at the Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee grand opening.
Rep. Champion addressed the crowd before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Reynolds-Anthony Harris, a key partner in the start-up phase of Venture North, helped kick things off Saturday.
The official cutting of the Venture North ribbon!
The completed front store front for Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee.
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