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Peace Coffee has redesigned its brand’s visual identity for the first time in 24 years with packaging that puts its values front and center. The new look is less cluttered, with the turtle logo smaller so the brand’s name and message, organic and fair trade, along with the brand name, are the focal point. The type of blend also is more prominent, making it easier for consumers to distinguish between the offerings. “Peace Coffee is a local business at an interesting moment in its history: no longer owned by a nonprofit, but growing new roots as a Certified B Corporation that is poised for growth,” the press release stated. In addition, the company purchased a mobile coffee truck to take to festivals and events.
The IDS Center’s power lunch spot, Mission American Kitchen, has closed its doors. The reason given in an Eater article state that the cost of doing business downtown has become too high and they weren’t able to negotiate a lower rent. The restaurant had been opened 17 years.
Chowgirls Killer Catering canceled its prom-style Sweet 16 Debutante Ball in mid-March celebrating its 16th birthday due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minnesota Minimum Wage poster has been updated to reflect an increase in the minimum wage rate ($10 per hour for large employers; $8.15 for small employers). In addition, the No Smoking notice has been updated to reflect that the use of e-cigarettes is also prohibited. Businesses are required to display these posters in a conspicuous place along with other mandatory postings by federal and state governments.
Brian Ingram, owner of the New Bohemia and Hope Breakfast Bar, is partnering with Chef Justin Sutherland (Handsome Hog, Madison Group) to take over the recently closed Happy Gnome space in St. Paul, and reopen it as The Gnome Craft Pub. The space will have numerous seating areas and a modern twist on the traditional Minnesota supper club menu.