Diversity-Owned Spotlight

The Dripping Root 6/18/2021

Our new Diversity-Owned Spotlight is: The Dripping Root! Owner Cateshia Peterson started her juice business back in 2018 via a truly grassroots endeavor. She posted her healthy creations on social media and took orders online. From there she built a flourishing clientele that catapulted her to make a life-changing career decision. Cateshia then quit

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Keefer Court and Bakery, 12/28/20

This week’s Diversity-Owned Small Business is Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe. Started in 1983, Sunny and Paulina Kwan created Minnesota’s first Chinese bakery, which has expanded to a full Cantonese menu. Today, the Kwan’s second daughter, Michelle has taken over the family business. I’m not

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Tono Pizzeria and Cheesesteaks, 12/21/20

This week’s Diversity-owned Small Business Spotlight is: Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks ! Co-owners Antonio Gambino and Shaz Khan are bringing Sicily and Philly to both Maplewood and Saint Paul. Over two decades ago, I had my very first Philly cheesesteak at Pat’s King of Steaks

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Golden Thyme, 12/14/20

This week’s Diversity-owned Small Business is: Golden Thyme on Selby. Co-owned by Stephanie & Mychael Wright, this lil gem in St. Paul has been around for almost 21 years. Their coffee menu is composed of jazz musicians/jazz themes. And they have a menu for breakfast

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PinkU Japanese Street Food, 12/7/20

This week’s Diversity-Owned Business Spotlight is PinKU Japanese Street Food. It’s conceived and owned by business partners John Sugimura and Xiaoteng Huang (he goes by “X”). Together they’ve created high-end Japanese cuisine in a fine-casual setting. The portions are made so you can order a

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Tacos el Kevin, 11/30/20

This week’s Diversity-owned Small Business Spotlight is Tacos el “Kevin” . Owners Saturmina and Esteban have carved out a quaint space inside the Portland Market convenience store. This taco spot is named after Kevin, their 8-year old son. With a limited menu, tacos are the

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Himalayan Restaurant, 11/23/20

This week’s Diversity-Owned Spotlight is: Himalayan Restaurant. Co-owners Naveen Shrestha, Pravin Shrestha moved the restaurant to its current location after six years in the Seward neighborhood. Now they’re serving the flavors of Nepali, Indian, & Tibetan cuisines to E. Lake Street. I love spicy-the hotter

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Quang Restaurant, 11/16/20

This week’s Diversity-owned Business Spotlight is: Quang Restaurant. It’s an institution best known for its pho. Quang was started 30+ years ago by Lung Tran and put pho on the Mpls map, way before it got popular. Since the matriarch’s retirement, it’s now run by

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Fit 1st Running, 11/9/20

This week’s Diversity-Owned Business Spotlight is: Fit 1st Running store. Owner Manny Minter was a marathon runner, competing in college as part of a 2 time All-American team. Knowing first-hand how crucial the shoe fit is, he named his store to represent the idea of

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Trio Plant-based, 11/2/20

This week’s Diversity-Owned Spotlight is Trio Plant-based. Owned by Louis Hunter, it’s the First African American owned 100% plant based restaurant in Minnesota. Even meat eaters will enjoy the flavors of its soul food! Several trips down south introduced me to my love of soul

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