Biz Scoops – shop local

Scoops — Shop local!

Corner Coffee Camden, at 4155 Thomas, is Camden Community’s newest café. They serve a variety of coffee roasted locally at their Corner Coffee Uptown location. They also have a small pastry selection, ice cream and gelato – yes defy winter and savor the ice cream! Need a good place to work out of the house? Grab a regular coffee or latte, and hunker down — they have new art on the walls to inspire you. They also have two meeting/kid play rooms that are first come first serve. Plan your next meeting at your newest Victory neighborhood coffee shop. Open Monday thru Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Info: or 612-404-4348.

The Thirsty Whale is an up and coming custom bakery. They’re currently taking custom orders for cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pies online and will open their storefront at 4149 Fremont Ave. soon. Getting the bakery up and running has been a huge undertaking with quite a few hoops to jump through, and they appreciate your support. They look forward to bringing you all kinds of fabulous treats, fun new flavors, and of course some amazing cakes! In the meantime check out all the yummy goodies and place your orders now at Or contact 612-259-7168 or

Appetite For Change (AFC), 1200 West Broadway, has been awarded the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation. This award celebrates organizations that utilize inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful programming to foster a culture of innovation and growth. Focusing on thoughtful and significant community based solutions, this prize is directly in line with AFC’s mission. This game changing funding will allow AFC to serve more youth and families, expand our office space, and continue to grow our programs. Info:

The popular Northside nonprofit bakery Cookie Cart (1119 W Broadway Ave. N) has decorated seasonal holiday and traditional cookies that make a great gift for clients, family and friends — and they’re a gift that gives back through the empowering and enriching programming offered to the teens employed at the organization. You can order cookies at the shop, online or via phone! Cookie Cart delivers its cookies throughout the Twin Cities Metro and ships anywhere in the world, making gift-giving even easier. The decorated holiday options include Christmas, Hanukkah and seasonal winter-motif choices; the bakery also offers custom-decorated cookies by request. Place your orders now: Alex Kotlarek at 612-843-1947,, or Holiday gift boxes are available and hold up to two dozen cookies, and include a special holiday card with the purchaser’s custom message.

Wirth Coop, 1835 Penn, held their official grand opening on October 26 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and featured store specials, food samples, music and raffle prizes. The store is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is stocked with organic and conventional foods (based on resident survey results). Come shop at the store and support the local coop. For membership, you can join at But keep in mind you do not need a coop membership to shop at the store. If you’re on Facebook, like the Wirth Coop page so you can stay current on news, activities and feedback:  Most Northsiders live over one mile from a single supermarket, making it one of the largest federally-designated food deserts in the country; hence the need for accessible food, the desire to bring new life into the neighborhood, and the need to boost the local economy. Wirth hopes to be a great source of neighborhood strength, pride and sustainability.

As most of you know Tootie’s on Lowry (2706 Lowry) had a fire on July 9 and has been closed due to the restoration process. They plan to open as soon as possible. Folks have been waiting for the reopening – especially for the most famous burger on the menu, the Stuffed Burger. Nick and Lili have owned Tootie’s for 25 years, serving homemade specials every day and creating the best wings and burgers around. Check out their facebook page for weekly updates on their progress or call 612-529-0200.

In the Camden area you can soon get your groceries at the North Market – the grand opening is on December 13. See the article on page 1.


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