Second Shift Studio: Fourth Generation East Sider Renovates Building for Artists

Chris Larson and his wife Kriss Zulkosky saw their artist friends being priced of out their studio paces by developers, a common occurrence in the local art scene. 

“We thought we’d do the opposite: buy a building, renovate it and offer free studio space specifically for women artists in the the Twin Cities,” Larson said. 

They did just that. The bought out the old linoleum stop next to Cook St. Paul on Payne Avenue with a goal of providing studio space for female identifying artists. 

“Rent on a studio space is a substantial part of your income,” Larson said. “If you can give people a leg up on just that and bring them into the community, you have such an advantage. 

Both Kriss and I are pro-women. This has been my home since I was born and I’ve seen whats happened in the Twin Cities and who has gotten opportunity and who has not. Definitely if you look at institutions, it’s leaned more toward men than women.”

Board member Tina Tavera (left) and co-owner Chris Larson

Board member Tina Tavera (left) and co-owner Chris Larson

They recruited a group of diverse artists to serve on their board and help guide their vision, turning the operation into a 501(c)3 nonprofit. One of those board members, Tina Tavera, an established Latinx art curator, was eager to jump in and help. 

“As an independent curator, I specially work with underrepresented artists, primarily,” she said. “A lot of women study art, but there is still a lack of exhibitions including women. It’s many times harder for them to progress. This will give them the opportunity to work for one year and produce work” 

They named the organization Second Shift because, as Larson puts it, “typically artists have their first job and their second shift is when they go to their studio.” Tavera chimes in: “when they actually get to make their artwork!” 

Zulkosky is a nurse at Regions Hospital and has a background of volunteering and organizing with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Larson is an artist and an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota. 

“I’m fourth generation East St. Paul,” Larson said. “My great grandfather lived on Magnolia, my grandfather lived in East St. Paul, my dad was raised in East St. Paul, I grew up in East St. Paul and shortly moved out in junior high. My wife and I still live in East St. Paul.” 

Larson is a Yale graduate and has exhibited all around the world, including Brazil. But he always returns to his roots on the East Side. 

“If you drive down Payne Avenue, I would argue it’s the most diverse street in Minnesota,” he said. “You have Hmong TV and Radio, you have a Hmong liquor store, you have all these mercardos, you have Yarusso’s, which is an old Italian restaurant, Morelli’s is the liquor store at the bottom (which has good deals),  you have Tongue in Cheek, you have Cook, you have Sherrianne’s next door. There’s a Burmese grocery store, East Side Thai is delicious. I’m telling you this is such an amazing amazing street! East Side Freedom Library, it’s incredible!”

The linoleum business that was operating out of the space had been suffering after 75 years in business (Larson even remembers his grandfather shopping there).

progression photos courtesy of Chris Larson

progression photos courtesy of Chris Larson

“When we walked in, the store was packed from the front to the back,” Larson recalls. “We found our way to the back and Fred (the owner) was in the back. We were the first people to come in in two and half weeks. I think it was challenging for the small business for this particular product because Home Depot was just pricing them out.”

The organization has held a few fundraisers and received a STAR grant from the City of St. Paul. They plan to continue fundraising as they enter the final stages of construction, and are talking with other businesses along the avenue about holding joint events. 

“In five years, I want to be an integral part of the East Side,” Larson said. “I love it here.” 

Second Shift is currently accepting applications for the first round of one-year long artist residencies. If you are interested, you can find more information on their website and via their press release here

 
 

Note from omg: It has been a pleasure providing these great stories for you all. I continue to be impressed with all of the great work happening on the East Side!

Wyld Chyldz: Making It Happen

Da Twist Mastr and client, Tommy, who drove in from St. Cloud

Da Twist Mastr and client, Tommy, who drove in from St. Cloud

Jelahn Prentiss, aka Da Twist Mastr, is all natural. She and her two children arrived in St. Paul from New Orleans in 1997, where she didn’t know anyone. 

“I’m heavy into fashion and beauty for myself. I just didn’t know where to go,” she said. “This was back in 1997 so it was a lot of hair magazines, I always go on and look and see different things I like for myself and I would do my own thing. Make it mine. I’m a very visual person so as I would do that, I started getting clientele. People were like, ‘Oh my god, who did your hair? Your hair is so cute.’” 

Before opening her shop on Payne Avenue in 2013, Prentiss worked in education and food service, she also attended St. Paul College for Nursing. Through all this, her clientele was increasing. So she followed her passion for natural hair and made it her career, renting a chair at a local braid shop. 

“I’m an East Side resident and I was passing by, this was years ago, and I kept seeing the ‘For Rent’ sign,” Prentiss said. “I kept brushing it off, talking myself out of it, not thinking that I was really going to do it. As I kept passing something told me to just stop and check it out. I moved in and started working.” 

She created and became CEO of her own company, Wyld Chyldz. And as it turns out, entrepreneurship runs in her family. 

“I always believe in investing in myself,” she said. “I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. It just came natural to me. Something needs to be done? Make it happen. I’ve always seen why family being business owners.”

She is the only stylist in the shop. But she has hope to mentor other black women who are interested in natural hair.  She’s rarely alone in the shop, her grandkids often stop by. 

“I’m spreading that natural gene (of entrepreneurship) down to my third generation,” she said.  “It’s fun. I just want them to be a different kind of sponge and be able to absorb something really positive. I hear them brag, ‘My grandma got a shop!’”  

A sample of Wyld Chyldz’s product line

A sample of Wyld Chyldz’s product line

Prentiss focuses her time and effort on her business and family. But that doesn’t mean she’s absent from community building. Clients come from all over the state, even from Wisconsin and Iowa, to see her. In fact, who women who run businesses on Payne found their spaces while getting their hair done with Prentiss. 

“We vent, cry, kick, scream,” she laughs. “We’re each other’s support system. We share all kinds of networks, different resources and whatever it is we’re working on. That's what i’m learning. I used to be prideful and not reach out to others if I had a question because I didn’t want to seem dumb. But now I know that there are no dumb questions and i’m reaching out. Make it happen.”

Now she is working on a natural product line that will include therapeutic oils, finishing oil and other styling products. 

“It’s all natural, almost to the point where you can eat them,” she said. “Because I think what’s good enough to put on you should be good enough to go in you.”

 

 
 

Embody: Relationships and Artistry in Healing

Ask Alejandra Tobar Alatriz what it is she does and you may be surprised to hear her turn the question to you first. In order for her to describe to you the work she does, she needs to understand where you are coming from. Her first goal is meeting new people is establishing a relationship. 

“It really depends on where you’re starting from,” she said. In the most general terms, she describes herself as a healing justice practitioner, theatre maker and storyteller. 

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Tobar Alatriz is a founding member of the People’s Movement Center in Minneapolis. And now, a founding member of Indigenous Roots in St. Paul’s East Side. In the past few years, Tobar Alatriz’s work has become more centered on the East Side. So much so, in fact, that she and her partner have been house hunting in the area. 

“We literally can’t wait to uproot our lives and move here and grow deeper roots,” she said. “Gentrification has been an issue in our community for some time. Particularly limited access for  artists to have working space has been an issue. Placemaking has been a term in community development for some time; creative placemaking was an evolution in the field that identified equity in regard to using art. We know that art is an equalizer, an incredibly powerful community engagement tool.”

Her work, done under the name Embody, is centered around bodywork, which includes touch based work, movement, energy and sound, with “art and creativity as a through line in all of it.” Every session is considered a “co-created moment”, where she works with her clients to identify the activities they do. She does mostly one-on-one work, but has (and plans to continue) group classes, including pilates. She also leads workshops throughout the community through theater and arts organizations. 

Still not sure what she does? Just imagine her as a jack of many trades, consulting in organizational development, active thespian in all senses (writing, directing, acting), and a mind/body/soul practitioner. 

“We build enough relationship, trust and rapport to dive deeper into these meta systems of oppression,” she said. For example “I'll come in and do a performance piece and we’ll do a dialogue around it. Or I’ll come in tell a story and then create processes for other people to tell stories, we’re telling stories together. Or I’ll do workshop around media and femme identity with middle schoolers then work with their mothers to do a fashion show.”  

photo courtesy: Alejandra  Tobar  Altariz

photo courtesy: Alejandra Tobar Altariz

Tobar Alatriz anticipates to expand the work of Embody. She envisions being able to mentor emerging practitioners and have a team work under her. She’s also looking forward to meeting the needs from the community Indigenous Roots is located in. 

“This is where I feel my immigrant-ness is seen as a brilliant thing, an aspect of who I am that is an asset versus a thing I need to translate, which, in other working environments have been harder,” Tobar Alatriz who cam to the US from Chile in 1989, said.  “The neighborhood is brilliant and beautiful and whole and not supported institutionally. We're excited to do this work along side and integrated with [the neighborhood]. I am just so ready to be blown away by what can happen when we have the right ingredients in the soil and what can grow here. Already, we have a garden and it’s in spite of a lot of things.”

Although Tobar Alatriz wears many hats, that of healer, theater performer, spoken word artist, entrepreneur and community organizer, she always identifies herself as an artist. 

“I am an artist. If you work with me there are things that come with me, that texture is always going to be there. These things are so interconnected.”

Tobar Alatrizis still working on getting her website up, in the meantime, visit her wordpress page here and check out the other activities offered by Indigenous Roots here.

 
 

Stitches with Style: Creating, Crafting and Teaching

After Shellene Coleman was laid off in 2010, she and her husband, Calvin, launched Stitches with Style, specializing in alternations and embroidery work. But that’s not where their journey with the craft started. 

Shellene has been sewing since she was nine-years-old. 

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“My mom taught us all embroidery, how to knit and crochet, the whole nine yards,” Shellene said. “My mom showed me the basics and she said I just left her after that. I made my own clothes growing up.”

Shellene went on to live in Mississippi, but returned to Minnesota after meeting Calvin.  Together the two adopted one child and between them (and previous marriages) they have 17 children and 49 grandchildren. Calvin assists Shellene with the embroidery work and handles the business’ accounting books…and he helps to watch the grandchildren when they are charged with babysitting.

“Growing up, my kids would lay a piece of fabric out at night before they went to bed with a picture or one of my patterns and ask, “Can I wear this to school tomorrow?” Shellene said. She would spend the night sewing clothes for her children to wear the next morning. 

She worked full time at a home health company in Roseville until her position was eliminated. Always the entrepreneur and because of her deep passion for the craft, Shellene had been doing alterations on the side for her co-workers. The day she was let go, she went home with two bags worth of alternation work. She was ready to dive right in and took some businesses classes at the Neighborhood Development Center.

All of the work the Colemans get are from word of mouth. They do a mixture of corporate work and individuals: everything from embroidering names and logos on shirts to making custom garments. A lot of work come from people at their church, where Shellene teaches Sunday School. Shellene said she stopped making wedding gowns in 2009, but is currently working on eight bridesmaid dresses for a family friend.

Calvin and Shellene Coleman in their home workshop

Calvin and Shellene Coleman in their home workshop

“I just finished a project that was a challenge, but it was fun, and I like that,” she said. “It keeps me going.”

The Colemans hope to continue working for another 10 years (well, if it was up to Calvin, they would stop working sooner). Calvin recently celebrated his 75th birthday and Shellene is nearing her 70th. Shellene also had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, which put her out of commission for some time. 

No matter when they stop working with customers, Shellene wants to continue with the craft as long as she can. 

“I would love to be able to teach kids,” She said. “I’ve dreamt about if I had ten machines, and once a month I could go to this church or place. It’s a dying art.”  

For more information on Stitches with Style, visit their website


 
 

Neighborhood Barbershop: A Long Process to Create a Safe Space 

Last September, Cliff Doran reopened his East Side business, Neighborhood Barbershop, at its new location: on Payne Avenue. It took him a long time to get to opening day. 

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Doran began cutting hair at Maplewood Mall more than a decade ago. He opened his first shop on Earl Street and moved to Maryland Avenue after five years. However, he was immediately unhappy with his new location and the poor maintenance being done, but had signed a three year lease. As soon as he could, Doran began looking for a new spot on the East Side, where he had built his clientele. 

Doran knew he wanted to be on a busier street, get more drive-by traffic. Payne and Arcade Avenues both had plenty of empty buildings, but the process to get into the spaces were long, difficult and covered in red tape. So when he finally got into a space, he got to work right away. 

He worked on getting approvals from the city and the Minnesota Board of Barber Examiners. Doran estimates he invested $25,000 in creating the space. He was finally able to open after three months of renovations. 

“There’s a lot of spots open and a lot of opportunity on Payne to do things,” Doran said. “I’m here trying to show things differently. There is a lot of barbershops around, but my format of how I want to run my shop and how I want things to be is a whole different look. You can tell by the way people come in. when they come in, they act a certain way.”

Before and after photos from Neighborhood Barbershop’s Facebook page

Before and after photos from Neighborhood Barbershop’s Facebook page

When you walk into the shop, you are immediately greeted with a sign that reads “Pull Your Pants Up.” This rule isn’t new to the new location, and Doran says even with the new sign, he still has to tell people. He said people have gotten up and left the shop when he’s told them to pull their pants up before. And he’s fine with that.

“When people say they’re trying to figure out their purpose in life, I’ve been like ‘what is my purpose?!’ Then I find out talking to people. A lot of people listen to me, a lot of people come to me for advice,” Doran said. “I feel as though the whole barbershop thing puts me in contact with people and I talk to so many.”

Doran calls his shop his “fish bowl”. Whatever happens outside doesn’t come inside the shop. And he’s very strict about it. He’s banned customers for buying drugs or coming in while under the influence. 

“I want people to come in, but I also want them to feel safe,” Doran said. "I don’t care what type of walk of life you have. You could be a part of the problem, but when you come in here, this is a place where you don’t have to worry about it.”

Doran knows from personal experience. When the housing market crashed, he was working in the mortgage business. He knew he had to scramble to find a new career and, as a felon, found barbering to be his only choice. 

“I was part of the problem before, so I know that I would want to go and get away from those types of things,” he said. “If you want to get away from those types of things, don’t bring it here. This is where you can be calm at. I’m trying to keep you safe, but this isn’t where you bring your mess. I’m trying to do something different.” 

Since moving into his new space, he has been approached by other business owners to become involved in the local small business associations. He plans to do this, when he finally feels settled. 

Doran is proud of the new space. He recognizes that he is setting a precedence as far as quality of maintenance and space goes. He hopes to see other businesses along Payne Avenue follow suite. 

“Over here on the East Side, it’s a little rough,” Doran said. “But I think the people around here deserve to have good things.” 

For more information or to make an appointment, visit their Facebook page.

 
 

Youvana: A Personal Journey

Lisa Xiong is a single mother, working full time, running an insurance business and has just launched a new company. Youvana was launched after spending many years thinking about it. She envisioned a shared space for health and wellness that offered affordable services. 

Youvana founder Lisa Xiong

Youvana founder Lisa Xiong

“Over the past few years, going through my own personal journey through health and wellness, it was very important to me to just do it now. There’s never doing to be a right time,” Xiong said. “Hearing stories of family and friends going through a lot of chronic illnesses, having a lot of health issues, I was compelled to create a space that welcomes people in an affordable and accessible way. My focus is to target the people of color in our community and those from low-income areas because I find that they are the people who are most marginalized when it comes to health disparities.”

Right out of high school, Xiong realized her dream of being an entrepreneur by opening her own interpreting agency. To better acquaint herself with the business world, she took some training classes at Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), where she later accepted a full-time job. 

“It’s really been eye opening. I have just been inspired by the people that come through our doors at NDC,” she said. “You see their challenges with seeking financing and capital to not having the proper knowledge of business acumen to launch a business that can be successful. It’s heartbreaking but it’s also rewarding because we’re able to alleviate some of those barriers for them. They have the grit to start their business and know that it’s so hard. I’m like, ‘you know what, I think I’m going to do this year! I’ve been dreaming about this and I want to bring this to the community.’” 

Xiong has lived on the East Side since arriving to Minnesota as a refugee. When looking for a space to house Youvana, she knew exactly where to look and is settling into space at Indigenous Roots on East 7th Street. 

“I know this neighborhood best, I love it,” she said. “I wanted to be placed in a neighborhood that I am a part of. To me, thats meaningful.”

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Youvana offers services ranging from Zumba and Yoga classes to mental health counseling and energy healing. They also have an in-house organic product line called NaturaLEE and have traditional Lao, Thai and Hmong dance groups. Youvana is an employment opportunity for local practitioners and trainers.

“It’s about creating jobs too and creating a platform for other practitioners,” Xiong said. “My intention is to have a space that is a platform for all practitioners to share. So it’s really our space, not just mine.” 

The name Youvana stems from the word “nirvana”, which means state of happiness. 

“I really wanted this space to be about you, the people that walk in the door for these services, classes and products,” Xiong said. 

Xiong hopes to continue building Youvana’s roster of practitioners. She is also exploring the option of becoming a social enterprise in order to apply for grants to subsidize services for those who cannot afford to pay market rate. Find the schedule for Youvana’s classes and request services on their website. 

Youvana is also currently seeking donations. You can contribute here.

 
 

Emerge Construction: An Industry with Room and Need for Female Minority Owned Business

Leslie Myles has always been a very hands on person. She’s also always had an entrepreneur spirit. After working in property management, she landed a job at the National Association of Minority Contractors in Minneapolis. 

“I found out more about the local players, scene and opportunities,” Myles said. “ I learned a lot about who’s who and what the opportunities were. And I really felt like there was room and a need for me in the construction industry here in Minnesota so I dove in.” 

It was ten years ago when Myles opened Emerge Construction & Building Supply. She started with residential projects and quickly moved into commercial work. Emerge has worked on the US Bank Stadium, Target Center, Minneapolis Convention Center and Hennepin County Medical Center. 

Emerge began shifting their focus from installations to supply and distribution. This includes Emerge officially moving into its new headquarters on the East Side of St. Paul. 

Leslie Myers, owner and founder of Emerge Construction.

Leslie Myers, owner and founder of Emerge Construction.

“I started looking in January 2018 for office and warehouse space,” Myles said. “I’m from St. Paul so I wanted set up a building supply store near my home so it’s more convenient than going up to Fridley (where her other warehouse space is located). I went the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) and inquired.”

Ben Johnson at NDC asked Myles if she was familiar with the building where the old Animal Ark storefront was located on Arcade Street, owned by the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services.

“I said, ‘Of course I know where that’s at. I ride by it five days a week, twice a day!’ My son went to school at Twin Cities Academy, which is not too far from here, I would drop him off at school everyday and pick him up. So we rode by when this building was being renovated not knowing that I would be here.”

Although Myles did not grow up and does not currently live on the East Side, she’s felt a part of the community for many years. She didn’t choose the schools she sent her son to based on location, rather based on the leadership at those institutions. They just so happened to be on the East Side.  

“I was basically a Monday thru Friday East Sider, I was over here that much,” Myles said. “I like the East Side, my son used to go to the Y up on Arcade when he was younger. I used to shop at the Rainbow Foods, then the Cub Foods on Arcade. My son went to Concordia Creative Learning Academy, then Life Prep, so we’ve been coming over here since my son was in 1st grade.”

Myles has found that, though she in one in just a few female professionals in the industry, she has never had a problem doing business. She started out doing residential roofing with crews of Mexican workers. 

“As a population, working with Mexicans, they don’t mind a female and they treated me really well. That eased me into it, to know that there are men who just see me as a person and respect me as a person and I think they helped set the tone,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It was so natural and organic that I just didn’t have an issue. I didn’t bring any anxiety to this situation so I didn’t get any back.” 

In 2011, the Neighborhood Development Center gave Myles a loan, which she was able to pay back in a year. Since then, Myles has found NDC to be an invaluable resource. 

“NDC’s my go-to-place. I have confidence in them,” she said. “I’m glad to know they’re there, those are people that I would go and talk to about what I’m thinking about. They’re there to help, not just give their opinion. I’m not a part of any association but I go to NDC because they’re in a position to help me get it done. ” 

Like many small businesses, family has played a large role in Myles’ success. Her cousin runs the forklift and does delivery. Her mother recently retired and is hoping to help out as well. Myles considers her family to be her biggest supporters and cheerleaders. 

“I keep running into family owned businesses, I see how well their generations have made it work,” she said. “That’s how it gets done: with your family, your closest people. And you have employees that stay with you for so long that they become family. ” 

Looking forward, Myles hopes to turn her new space into a “mini Sam’s Club” for construction materials. She expects to expand and hire office employees. And she plans on holding events for the community to learn about building supplies and DIY. 

“It’s been great to see all the growth on the East Side because I’ve been growing at the same time,” Myles said, “It’s great. I love this spot. I love this area and I want to be a part of the East Side going forward.” 

For more information about Emerge, check out their website here.

 
 

Meng Motors: Truly A Family Business

When Por Yang and his wife, Lee Moua Yang, returned to Minnesota after living in Oklahoma, they knew they wanted to start a business working with cars, a passion Por had since his youth. They heard about a shop being sold on the East Side of St. Paul and jumped at the opportunity. In 2013, they established Meng Motors, named after their oldest son who was serving in the military.

The shop sits on a small corner lot on East 7th Street and started out working mostly on cars from residents in the neighborhood. Then in 2015, Por worked with the Asian Economic Development Association on financing, allowing them to start buying and selling used cars as well.

Fing Meng Yang

Fing Meng Yang

Fing Meng Yang moved back to Minnesota in 2017 to help his parents with their small business. Fing and Por work on the cars coming in and out of the shop, while Fing’s mother handles the administrative work.

Teeko Yang, Fing’s older sister, recently set up a website for the company and hopes to introduce her parents to new technology to help with the administrative work.

“My dad tried to manage his own social media. It’s hard whenever you’re just a mom and pop shop to do all of those things at once. He’s been trying,” Teeko said.

Teeko Yang

Teeko Yang

“My parents are incredibly resilient and smart,” Teeko said regarding her parents’ lack of formal education. “To be able to be in the space and be able to build this, they’re really stubborn in their ways of how they do things. It’s pretty amazing. This started out as an auto body shop, after that he decided to sell used cars and that created another layer, now they started towing. So, three components in one thing.”

The family’s long term goal is to expand the shop so they’re exploring options. They are also seeking opportunities to learn more about business strategy, administrative training, how to streamline operations to be more efficient with their customers, and marketing.

“I’d like to see it grow,” Fing said. “We don't have a lot of space here to work with. We have a two car garage and not a lot of parking so we have to turn customers away because of that.”

“I like hands on stuff, I don’t mind getting dirty,” Fing said. When asked if he plans to stay with the family business, Fing jokes, “Probably, it’s named after me!”

For more information on Meng Motors, please visit https://www.mengmotors.com/

 

Bymore Mercado & Taquería Marquéz: Sharing Customers on Payne Avenue

Ramiro Hernandez

Ramiro Hernandez

18 years ago, seasoned businessman Ramiro Hernandez opened Bymore Mercado on Payne Avenue. 

“I found there was a huge necessity to open the shop to represent the Latino community and offer authentic Mexican food,” Ramiro said. 

To open the store, he relied on his younger brother, Rodlfo Hernandez, for support. Together, the brothers pooled their resources to open the first mercado on St. Paul’s East Side. 

“In this area, there was no mercado, no Latin market around. I see Latin people around, so that’s why I decided to open here,” Rodolfo said. 

In 2008, the brothers saw that the market was ripe for expansion. Rodolfo split from his brother and opened Taquería Marquéz across the street from Bymore. Although he had other businesses in the past, Rodolfo feels right at home at the small taco shop. Before coming to Minnesota, he worked in various restaurants in California. 

Rodolfo Hernandez

Rodolfo Hernandez

Now, Rodolfo owns the building. He hopes to open a party room in the currently-vacant second level of the building, although there are no firm plans yet. 

“Starting a business is hard,” he said. “Everything you see here, came from me. All the plumbing, electrician, everyone asked me how do you want it? If you see something wrong it’s my fault.” 

He said the restaurant community on Payne has been supportive and friendly with each other. He has noticed more Asian customers coming to his restaurant since East Side Thai took over kitty corner from him. And he gained a lot of advice and support from the owners of the recently-closed Ward 6. 

But most of all, he has enjoyed working with his brother on the East Side. And his brother, Ramiro, appreciates their close working relationship.  

“It is not only money invested, but investment of their time and knowledge because in their own way they can share their experience whether folks should stay or go, what kind of business should open,” Ramiro said. “We need to be strategic here in this battle. I am referring to Latino business. We need time and knowledge.”

The East Side feels like home, Ramiro said. And with some assistance from the Neighborhood Development Center, both brothers have been able to upgrade their businesses. 

“[The neighborhood] is growing little by little. I feel I am part of the change, that’s why I like it here,” Rodolfo said.

For more information on these businesses, visit their websites: 
https://www.bymoresupermercadomn.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marquezgrill

 
 

Cook St. Paul : From Childhood Memories to Community Collaborations

We all know Serlin’s, it was a staple on the East Side for what seemed like forever, well nearly 70 years. Edmond Charles Hansen III, aka Eddie Wu, remembers it too. His father was a firefighter stationed on Payne Avenue.

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