Meet The Makers: Fall 2021August 02, 2021
This time last year, we headed into fall with the expectation of more isolation, a newfound collection of masks, and an expert level understanding of Zoom (just kidding – does anyone have an expert level understanding of Zoom?). So this year, the itch for pumpkin patches and corn mazes is REAL.
These Twin Cities doers and dreamers give you a whole new list of places to visit and things to do this season and next. Jump into autumn by supporting the disruptors that make Minneapolis a place to experience, enjoy, and empower.
Kate Meier, Founder of Craftmade Aprons
Kate's business, Craftmade Aprons, started as a simple, at-home project to make her chef son a better apron. Today, Kate provides stunning, premium-quality aprons for countless people in the service industry here and internationally. Despite the success of a booming business, for Kate, it's still about creating individualized works of art that truly support the people who feed their communities.EXPLORE CRAFTMADE APRONS
Chef Ann Ahmed, Owner of Lat14 Asian Eatery
Founder and owner of Lemon Grass and Lat14 Asian Eatery, Ann Ahmed is a creator of cuisine and transportive experiences. Her new restaurant in South Minneapolis will rejuvenate your sense of wanderlust, and make you feel like you're on a beautiful resort on the beaches of Phuket. Ann is passionate about sharing culture in every recipe she creates and feels it's more important than ever to take her guests across the world even for a couple of hours.EXPLORE LAT14 ASIAN EATERY
Jeremy Messersmith, Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter
One of Minnesota's most recognized and commemorated musicians, Jeremy Messersmith, traces his musical roots back to being a young boy in church. For all the hardships it brought, one positive Jeremy found in the pandemic is confinement he often needs to create. Sitting down with Jeremy, you immediately notice how thoughtful and relatable he is, just like his music.DISCOVER JEREMY MESSERSMITH
Dan Anderson and Houston White, Co-Founders of The Get Down Coffee Co.
According to the minds behind The Get Down Coffee Co., the best ideas happen on the golf course. Dan Anderson (owner of Dogwood Coffee) and Houston White (owner of Houston White Apparel & Accessories) are business partners and friends who are bringing specialty coffee to North Minneapolis. The goal? Creating cultural inclusion (and really good coffee).EXPLORE THE GET DOWN COFFE CO.
Coco Connolly, American Painter & Watercolor Specialist
Coco simply cannot remember a time when art was not an essential part of her life. As a young girl, Coco recalls being unsure she could even make a living pursuing her passion, and that not many women were working at the advertising agencies she aspired to work for. Her journey from vocational school to art direction all while continuing to independently create will surely leave you inspired.DISCOVER COCO CONNOLLY