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The Makers of Minnesota podcast, hosted by Stephanie Hansen, features products and services uniquely made in Minnesota -- and conversations with makers, entrepreneurs and innovators in Minnesota about how they conceive of their products and bring them to market.
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The idea for Hairless Dog Brewing Co. occurred, appropriately, over a cup of coffee. Jeff Hollander and Paul Pirner had been friends for many years but had recently reconnected at a holiday party at which both were abstaining. Though the pair had been fans of the craft beer scene, they realized that there really wasn’t much to enjoy in the NA realm so they decided to rectify that and started Hairless Dog Brewing.Hear their story here and...Grab yourself the Dry January Survival Kit here.Find the Hairless Dog Spotify list here:Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Frankie and David Lenzmeier met at a street dance in River Falls Wisconsin and are now heading up Stickney Hill Dairy, makers of Stickney Hill and Humble Goat Cheeses. From a cheese made at the bottom of Stickney Hill to bringing the new Humble Goat cheese to a National market, they are expanding their family business in Covid times.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Ryan Rosenthal and Mike von Fange, left their jobs to pursue a convenience store model that stocked, healthy, nutritious, convenient foods including prepared soups and salads. Simpls Minneapolis was born to be the 7-Eleven for the healthy, organic, and local sustainable foodie.  Eventually, they expanded to three locations, including one in the downtown Minneapolis Target and one at the University of Minnesota.Then came COVID, and like every other food business, they had to,  re-evaluate how and what they were going to do. because their business was asked to close by the Governor of Minnesota and the workers and students were all staying home.  After some scrambling, a soup subscription business was born.Hear their story of Simpls survival on this episode of @Makersofmn.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Sunrise Flour Mill mills heritage wheat superior stone-ground flours grew out of a love of bread by founders Darrold and Marty Glanville from North Branch Minnesota.In retirement, Darrold decided he wanted to branch out into bread baking. He was trying to recreate the wonderful European bread he and Marty had eaten on their travels. He wanted whole wheat and the first 6 months saw most of the bread go in the trash as hard, tasteless, and pretty much inedible. The more we looked into the history of modern flour milling and bread making, the more convinced we became that it was time to return to the basics.Thus Sunrise Flour Mills Heritage wheat flour was born. These flours aren’t just for those who experience problems with gluten. Many people use Heritage Wheat because it truly tastes like wheat and results in delicious pastries, loaves of bread, pasta, and pizza.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
DJ and Anastasia Bocchetti have been making hot sauce since 2017 when Lost Capital Foods was born.  Lost Capital Foods slowly ferments peppers, primarily sourced from local farms to create bold, complex flavors and textures. Lost Capital makes everything by hand in small batches and with total disregard for our financial stability, from their kitchen in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Lost Capital packs more produce into each bottle of sauce, using less water and vinegar than your usual hot sauce to achieve flavors not often found in a bottled product.Find any of the Lost Capital Hot Sauces (there are 7 currently) at their website at www.LostCapitalFoods.comSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Cheryl Gendler started making nut butter in 2012. It wasn't long before Cheryl's Nut Butters had over 20 flavors and the reviews were pouring in about the deliciousness and freshness of her product. . Cheryl has never received less than a 5-star review and she is very proud of the fact that she doesn't add any junk or sugar to her nut butter . Check out her holiday offerings here while you listen to this episode.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
During this catch-up call, we speak with Lauren Vanscoy,  founder of Essence One. who was our guest in Season 1 episode 88. She now has two retail locations , some delightful holiday gift boxes, and a new gift subscription box.Please consider shopping local this season and supporting your @MakersofMN.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Jill Renslow,  executive vice president of business development and marketing for Mall of America, talks about how the Mall is serving Twin Cities businesses affected by the events of 2020,  including the Murder of George Floyd and the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to pivoting for their traditional holiday season, the Mall of America has created a space for Community Commons.  Community Commons serves as a temporary space for the exchange of goods and services for 16  businesses affected by the events of 2020. Joyce Saunder's business, Urban 29,  burned down during the unrest in May. The Mall of America, by way of Community Commons, is helping her rebuild.Shop from an assortment of neighborhood brands and join us in supporting passions and livelihoods as we rebuild our Twin Cities from within.The 17 businesses that will open in Community Commons are:Urban 294 The LoveArt Piece Soul Gallery & StudioBelle & Virtue CollectionButters by JayCandy ColorsCaptain RebelDauren WorldwideEbony GiftsFabulous Diva BoutiqueHerbal AlchemyHeritage Tea & BeveragesLa Michoacana PurepechaLlaktaThe Peach EateryTwiggy FreshVIP SectionSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
James Norton has brought back the Heavy Table. Twice a week subscribers to Patreon (subscribe here) to get the heavy Table newsletters to get caught up on all the makers and food purveyors in the Twin Cities.  As part of the Heavy Table relaunch, James is reviving Noth Coast Nosh with the help of Jill Colella at Food Building in North East Minneapolis.The North Coast Nosh is the Upper Midwest's premier artisan sip-and-sample event. It features purveyors including cheesemakers, chocolatiers, bakers, brewers, and more sharing samples of their food and beverages and telling the story behind its making. This year, The Heavy Table and Food Building are teaming up to produce a new at-home edition of The North Coast Nosh sip-and-sample hosted by me, Stephanies Dish.The virtual festival invites guests to pick up sampler boxes from noon to -6pm on Friday, December 4, at the Food Building. Ticket-holding guests will swing by, pick up boxes filled with more than 15 different items of food and drink created by local makers, and then head home to join a Zoom event from 6-7:30 p.m. Get tickets for this year's Nosh here and join us for this fun event that highlights leading Minnesota food artisansSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
After accidentally ingesting wire from a metal grill cleaner, Andy Stadick teamed up with his brother and fellow grill guy Nathan Thompson to create an all-natural solution. Made in the USA of solid hardwood coated with a non-toxic, food-safe mineral oil, the Great Scrape cleaner actually molds to your barbeque grates forming grooves customized specifically to your grill.Hear how they went from the Minnesota State Fair to Costco with their simple and useful invention that is a great holiday gift.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Wildflyer Coffee Company is a nonprofit coffee company started by Carley Kammerer, that works to end youth homelessness by offering dignified employment support to youth aged 16-24. Through a 6-month employment and life skills training program, youth develop the personal and professional skills they need to find employment and housing stability. They are supported in their journeys out of homelessness for good.We visit with Carley on the eve of their new Minneapolis Coffee shop announcement.Support Wildflyer's mission by buying coffee or donating.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Hannah and Brady Barnstable have a muesli company called Seven Sundays. They first discovered muesli on their honeymoon in New Zealand. Not long after returning home, they were craving that New Zealand-style muesli. and could not find it so they created their own. Their first bag of muesli was sold at a Minneapolis farmer's market in the Summer of 2011. Now they are in Targets and Whole Foods nationwide as well as on Amazon.Towards the end of the podcast, you will hear about some exciting new product news announced here first!Seven Sundays O business has grown a bit since then, but their humble roots continue to shape their business today. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
We had an opportunity to open season 3 with Anne Andrus, the owner, and baker at Honey and Rye Bakehouse. Anne talks about what life is like, 6 months into the Pandemic, and what her plans are moving forward. If you would like to purchase cakes, Monkey Bread, Croissants, or the delicious scones and quiche from Honey and Rye click here https://www.honey-and-rye.com/or go to https://honeyandrye.square.site/Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Michelle Mazzara, founder of Luvafoodie Michelle Mazzara’s company, Luvafoodie, started out in 2014 as a dating website where single foodies could meet. From there it quickly evolved into a love affair with food, starting with chocolate and caramels and moving into spice blends, Ice Tea Mixes, and even Spicesyou sprinkle on your pet's dry food to reduce inflammation. Michelle is a passionate foodie who is turning her Luv of food into her life work.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Alex French is the co-founder of Bizzy Coffee, a cold-brewed coffee.  He and his co-founder, Andrew started Bizzy in 2016 with the idea of bringing convenient cold-brewed coffee products to market. Bizzy Coffee is now available as course ground coffee, ready to drink and as a concentrate. Alex has learned many lessons along the way that he shares in this podcast.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Lindsay Pohlad's inspiration behind The Grocer’s Table was to offer the community a go-to neighborhood establishment that could meet their needs in a warm and approachable environment. The idea of a community table, deli and marketplace has turned out to be exactly what the community needed in Covid times. From Curbside pick up the outdoor patio or indoor wine bar, the concept has lent itself to product innovations like ice cream sandwiches, homemade ice cream, and bottled bootleggers. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
 Fred Haberman owned an advertising agency that worked with a lot of organic foods. He decided to try his hand at creating a brand and did so with Freak Flag Foods. He fell in love with marketing and creating vegan and dairy-free organic master sauces, broths, pestos, and sauces that were flavorful, creative, and delicious with organic plant-forward ingredients. His Kale pesto and Chimi-Verde sauces caught on and now this Minnesota Maker will be selling in your local Whole Foods Market.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
KC Kye is the founder and CEO of K-Mama Sauce. KC grew up eating his mom's spicy Korean food.  He realized how hard it was to find quality Korean food and sauces after he moved to Minnesota. After 100 variations, he perfected K-Mama Sauce. K-Mama Sauce is a rich and spicy Korean hot sauce that adds deep and complex flavor to a variety of dishes. By perfecting and selling K-Mama Sauce, KC can give 30% of his profits to local and national charities.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
SK Coffee is a specialty coffee roastery in Saint Paul, Minnesota led by Sam Kjellberg, the company’s namesake.Kjellberg laid the foundation for SK Coffee, a subscription coffee business, while he was living in Boston. SK Coffee is an e-commerce coffee subscription service, a strategy that allowed them to thrive during the Covid 19 pandemic. SK Coffee’s beans originate from small-scale farmers in African and Central American countries. SK Coffee explores single-origin coffee through four flavor categories: SMOOTH (blue), BOLD (green), SWEET (pink), and UNIQUE (yellow). Order a subscription here and sit back and listen to the podcast about how they got started.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
Josie Lewis is an artist, speaker and author who empowers others to explore their own creativity. Josie shares her process via @josielewisart on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok, with over 2 million unique followers and more than 1 billion video views. Josie received an MFA  from the University of MN and in 2019 she presented at TEDx Minneapolis. Shop her color book or her watercolor tutorial or see more of Josie's work by subscribing to her YouTube Channel or follow along on Facebook and Pinterest.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)
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