Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays, we share things we've published, popular links from our daily newsletter, and a curation of stuff to do over the weekend.

Farmers market spotlight

Do you have a favorite farmers market business? Tell us who they are and we can highlight them here! Reminder that the East Isles Farmers Market is Thursdays from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Fulton Farmers Market is Saturdays from 8:30 AM - 1:00 p.m., Kingfield Farmers Market is Sundays from 8:30 - 1:00 p.m., and the Linden Hills Farmers Market is Sundays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Here's a roundup of what we published this week

It's not ideal to get to your polling place and not know much about the candidates. We are here to make sure that doesn't happen. This week we published our voter guide to the Hennepin County Sheriff's race. The current sheriff, David Hutchinson, is not seeking reelection. We also have a Hennepin County Attorney voter guide as well. In both races, voters will be narrowing the field in the Aug. 9 primary and will then be making a final selection in November, though the primary is much more competitive in the County Attorney's race. Be an informed voter!

After rounds of amendments, tense discussions, and a mayor's veto, it looks like the City Council now has a Hennepin Avenue South redesign plan that will move forward without another veto. Yesterday the Public Works & Infrastructure committee approved an amendment to the plan that includes a transit-priority lane for a minimum of six hours a day, in both directions. The Public Works department had been presenting the design plan with 24/7 bus lanes throughout the community engagement process. This compromise is a win for the businesses on Hennepin who have been fighting against the 24/7 lanes.

Speaking of businesses concerned about losing parking access for their customers, Larue's--a mainstay in East Harriet for over 30 years--is moving to Linden Hills due to the owner's concern about losing parking on 40th Street and Lyndale Avenue South, due in large part to the popularity of Khâluna.

What is Jones Coffee and what did it do with two Dunn Brothers locations? (Don't worry--it's a sweet story)

People have been clamoring to know when The Malt Shop on 50th Street is going to be open again (the inquires we have tracked have been impressive). Mark your calendars for the first week of August.

On a much more serious note, Melanie wrote a reflection on what her life has been like since she was carjacked this past winter. Her story is full of grief, not only for herself but for the youth who get caught up in this violent behavior.

A community member wrote a response to another community member's pieceabout the City of Minneapolis leadership and maintaining the status quo. This dialogue is something we want to feature more.

If you have an idea for a community post or opinion piece, email us at info@southwestvoices.news. (News writing experience not necessary. We got you.)

Links that our daily subscribers clicked on a lot this week

In our daily newsletters, we link to other sources' news and information. Here's what people gravitated towards this week.

Racket started a lively conversation about how people pronounce Nicollet (Our local biz writer Anna Koenning even texted me dismayed I was a "Nic-o-lay" person).

Here is the list of properties that were fined for snow and ice removal last winter. The Public Works & Infrastructure committee approved the fine assessments yesterday. Some property owners spoke in frustration about the fines during the meeting (comments start at about 8 minutes).

A heartwarming story about a "pretty famous" Little Free Library in Linden Hills.

Look at these cool photos of historical house photos and how the houses/properties look today. Thanks, Reddit.


Our events calendar is filled with unique events happening around town. You can submit events to be added to our calendar here. If you subscribe to the calendar, the events go straight to your personal calendar. Or you can add just the events you like.  🤯

Jim & Kathy Emery are playing live music at Butter Bakery Cafe tonight.

Pimento is having an all-night dance hall party starting at 6 p.m. They have a backyard patio for you to sip your drinks on. (Great to support in honor of Black Business Week)

Live music at Driftwood Char Bar with Them Dots at 7 p.m., Better Devils (jazz), Matt Hannah (jazz), and The Soviet Machines (rock) starting at 9 p.m.

The Loring Park Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The festival has been around since 2000, and has featured the works of thousands of local artists, including 140 visual artists that will be there this weekend.

While you are at Loring Park, swing by the maker's market at Lakes & Legends.

Legacy, a curated thrift store located at 3406 Lyndale, will be moving to Lake & Irving in Uptown (1610 W Lake Street). You can come see them in their new space on Saturday.

Get your weekend ice, healthy snacks, and some candy at 36 Lyn for Black Business Week.

Bend It Like Beckham will be playing in Painter Park at 8:55 p.m. Free!

Geoffrey Lamar Wilson is playing an early show at Icehouse.

Get a trim at One 21, a Black-owned barber shop, on Hennepin Ave.

Listen to some "moody alt folk bangers" at Mortimers with Gut Czech, Dusty Forever, and Tacklebox.