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October 16, 2013

First Alliance to open new Roch. branch on 55th Street

First Alliance Credit Union hopes to open a new Rochester branch at 3900 55th St. N.W. in early 2014.

The Rochester credit union is leasing the 700-square-foot space aNew1stalliancebranch10162013nd plans to have three employees based there. It shares the building with the local Veteran's Affairs clinic. 

This will be First Alliance's fourth Rochester branch, including a small one-person office in the Kemps' facility on North Broadway. First Alliance also has a branch in Byron.

"This is a great opportunity to get our footprint in the market on 55th Street," said Mark Hettinger, First Alliance's chief operations officer. "A sizable percentage of our members live in the northwest area."

First Alliance is moving into a space last leased by Home Federal Savings Bank, which moved out last spring. Home Federal originally built the 9,800-square-foot facility in 2002. The Rochester bank sold the building to Les Nelson, of Clear Lake, Iowa, in 2009 for more than $2 million.

With the rise in online banking and direct deposit, today's customers don't go to branches to deposit paychecks or make withdrawals like previous generations did. However, customers do still like to deal with a person for some transactions, particularly for things like loans and mortgages.

"Branches are smaller now and really need to be strategically positioned," he said. The branch manager for the new branch also will be a loan officer.

That's why First Alliance is opening this branch on 55th Street, while it also owns land on 41st Street Northwest. Hettinger plans to watch the 55th Street location to help First Alliance gauge how to best use the 41st Street property.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, the credit union also is building a new full-service ATM site just off of 48th Street Southeast in Rochester's Shoppes on Maine development. It's being built near the big monument sign at the entrance to the commercial area.

Grading and ground work has begun there and Hettinger hopes to have the ATM site up and running by the end of November.

September 04, 2013

New BK to start cooking

The ever-alert Todd Schwartz spotted a sign on the new Burger King fast food eatery on Marion Road saying it's opening today (Wednesday, Sept.4).

6a00d83451cc8269e2017d3bf391ec970c-250wiThis is the new place built by franchisee Dolphin Corp. on a long empty chunk of land at the corner of 12th Street Southeast and Marion Road Southeast.

That spot is in front of the new Marion Road Business Center and the Kwik Trip station on Marion Road. It is across 12th Street from the Cub Foods Plaza, where Dolphin has a Burger King. The new BK is replacing its older sibling location.

Dolphin Corp. owns all three Burger King restaurants selling in the Med City. They're located along South Broadway and North Broadway, as well as in the Cub Foods center.

June 03, 2013

Massage clinic to plant new express location near downtown

When a flower flourishes beyond what its location can support, gardeners often take cuttings from it to plant in new areas.
That's a pretty accurate description of what Tina Ridler is doing with her new spin-off of the Med City's popular Lilac Wellness Center.
LilacWellnessCenterLOGO_FINAL0While her main massage and health clinic at 3270 19th St. N.W. in the 19th Street Business Park isn't going anywhere, she is ready to plant a new Lilac Wellness Express location closer to Rochester's downtown.
She said she hopes to open the doors of her second Lilac at 606 Second St. S.W. in early July.

The concept is that Lilac Express will be a same-day appointment/walk-in friendly facility designed to cater to downtown professionals and Mayo Clinic visitors.

That means it will focus on different services than her full massage studio. The express will offer shorter, "over the clothes" treatments more in the 30-minute range. The services will include chair massage, "Pillossage" (Thermal Tissue Release), aromatherapy, hand massage, scalp massage, shiatsu, cranio/sacral as well as reflexology.

"Don't let the express services fool you," said Ridler of her new project. "This office plans to be a tranquil healing oasis in the midst of our city's downtown hustle and bustle."

Why launch a satellite like this?

Ridler said she wants "to expand Lilac's reach in the community." Plus, she and her staff receive many requests from potential clients who are located in downtown.

To get this new endeavor rolling, Lilac's team of seven professional therapists, including Ridler, will staff the express location at the start. The plan calls for more staff members to be hired as business picks up.

May 25, 2013

Rochester coffee & tea shop's Kickstarter campaign in final sprint

It looks like Chris Holloway's Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 to finish off his new downtown Rochester coffee house project is kicking it into high gear in the final hours.

Holloway is working on Press – Coffee and Tea Lounge at 315 S. Broadway. It's next to the new Canvas & Chardonnay.

919951_461209513958518_2025146667_oWith about a day left in the campaign, the tally is at almost 14,000. A few more "Benefactor Club" pledges might put him over the top.

His prospective shop is in the middle of a stretch of old classic downtown buildings from the 1800s. Think exposed brick and old hardwood floors.

His hope is to be able to start pouring in early June. It'll stay open at least until 10 p.m., maybe later.

Holloway has lined up Roastery 7, a well-known artisan coffee roaster in Brooklyn Center, Minn., as the pipeline to supply the jolt juice.

63569_450578815021588_1633857665_nHere's an unexpected behind-the-scenes twist: Holloway doesn't drink coffee himself. However, he is a big fan of tea. So he is pretty excited about the recent move of one the area's largest tea importers — Mandala Tea — from Winona to just a few blocks north from him.

"Mandala Tea will provide flavorful loose-leaf tea for all of our teas, including the iced teas," he says. "I didn't want to spare the expense on the coffee or tea. We'll have the best coffee and tea in town."

After the two main drinks, a coffee shop also needs to have food. Holloway is in talks with People's Food Cooperative to provide an array of morning pastries, deli sandwiches and salads for lunch, and desserts for late-night snacks. People's is a future neighbor of Press, building a new grocery store with its own eatery a few blocks to the south. And if the arrangement with People's doesn't work out, Holloway is considering other local options.

He expects to have seating for about 40, plus a few more on a small back patio. Soon he'll start hiring his staff of about 10.

Unlike corporate caffeine chains, the plan is to create a unique atmosphere that invites customers to linger, chat, collaborate or just recharge.

Holloway has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the final $15,000 he needs to get Press open. Backers will receive a wide range of rewards, depending on their level of investment.

Give $10 and you get a decal and your name on the Founders Wall. Give $1,000 and you get free coffee or tea for life. There are many levels of rewards in between.

It won't be the rewards, though, that he believes will convince people to give.

"I have confidence that people will see value in this project. I think they will really want to help make it happen," says Holloway.

May 24, 2013

Hormel to Rev things up with new snack wrap

Here's some from a pice by Keith Nunes on Meatpoultry.com (A website with protein. Heh.) about Austin's favorite Fortune 500 company, Hormel Foods.
The maker of Spam is rolling out a new snack wrap line called REV.
REV branded snack wraps are being shipped to retailers nationwide and the company plans an advertising campaign in July to promote the new product. The new line is viewed by the company as a way to improve sales and operating income within its Refrigerated Foods business segment.

Hand_product“We are excited about the potential growth that our new Hormel REV snack wraps will bring to our Refrigerated Foods sales,” said Jeff Ettinger, chairman, president and CEO in a conference call with financial analysts on May 23.

The REV line of products will feature eight varieties, including: pepperoni, ham and cheese, peppered turkey, Meat Lovers Pizza, Italian style ham, hot pepper ham, Italian style, and spicy Italian style. Each wrap features a combination of meats, mozzarella cheese and a flatbread wrap.

Each 3-oz serving features between 15 grams and 18 grams of protein, a nutrition component that is called out on the package.

“We believe the investment we are making in the REV snack wrap rollout will establish the foundation for a beneficial new product platform for the Refrigerated Foods group,” Ettinger said.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, ended April 28, Hormel’s Refrigerated Foods segment had operating profit of $54,680,000, up 3 percent from $53,009,000 during the same quarter of the previous year. The segment had sales of $1,011,370,000, down 2 percent from $1,031,975,000.

Ettinger said the decline in the business unit’s sales was attributable to the planned reduction of slaughter levels at its hog processing operation and from exiting a feed sales business.

Mayo Clinic partners biotech firm to form OncoSpire Genomics

In the warm afterglow after the DMC celebrations, Mayo Clinic is rolling out a new partnership with Rutherford, N.J.-based Cancer Genetics Inc. to create a joint venture called OncoSpire Genomics.

Here's some from a piece in the New York Business Journal this week:

"… OncoSpire Genomics, hopes to discover and commercialize 11064403-cgi-pr-picturebiomarkers for multiple types of cancer, focusing on projects in the Biomarker Discovery Program at Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine.

Cancer Genetics said they'll start by focusing on hematological and urogenital cancers, among others.

OncoSpire will be based in Rochester, Minn., and will be equally owned by the two partners. Cancer Genetics will contribute operating capital and commercial expertise; Mayo will contribuProfilePhotoste clinical and laboratory expertise.

“Our investment in OncoSpire Genomics represents the potential for a paradigm shift in patient management that can result in more efficient use of health care resources, ultimately improving the cost structure of cancer diagnosis and treatment,” Cancer Genetics Chief Executive Panna Sharma saind in a statement. 

New #rochmn Second Street eatery, juice bar to put emphasis on fresh

Thanks to Emmett Sandberg and his Blogchester blog for the pic of the Tonic sign.
Nicci Sylvester likes to get fresh.
Soon, Rochester and its visitors will be able to get fresh meals and healthy drinks from Tonic, Sylvester's new cold-pressed juice bar and organic food restaurant.

Sylvester, who many people know from her time working at Chester's and Pescara restaurants in downtown Rochester, hopes to open Tonic in September at 1217 Second St. S.W., directly across from Saint Marys Hospital.
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"We'll have about 10 fresh cold-pressed juices. We'll be able to add Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt or bananas or whatever to make them into smoothies," she said. "We'll also be able to add chia seeds, flax seeds or other proteins to the juices for vegetarians or anyone else who wants a healthier drink."

Expect a lot of the food to be locally grown and produced, with much of it coming from vendors at the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market. Tonic also will use organic products, whenever possible. The ever-changing menu will identify where everything came from and if it's organic or not.

Taking fresh to a new level, Sylvester plans to grow wheat grass right in the 48-seat eatery, so it can be harvested and juiced in front of customers.

"Being truthful on the menu is extremely important to me. It will be labeled. We'll have meat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free …," she said. "Whatever free you need it to be, we're all about it."

Look for steel-cut, baked oatmeal with fresh fruit, homemade granola bars and yogurt parfaits for breakfast, plus a full lunch and dinner menu with wraps, sandwiches and dishes such as vegetarian lasagna and some specialties reflecting Sylvester's Ukrainian background.

She plans to offer lunch delivery. Customers will be able to order meals and drinks as well as pay via a free smartphone app.

Tonic also will offer what Sylvester calls HMRs — home meal replacements. Customers will be able to order a full meal served in a real pan. Customers pay a deposit for the pan and are reimbursed upon the pan's return.

"We see this as an eco-friendly and responsible way for somebody to feed a healthy and hot meal to their family that is fresh and fabulous," said Sylvester. "And it'll taste great."

She expects to staff Tonic with about 20 employees.

May 13, 2013

Private Wealth mag: "Mayo Clinic Targets Ultra-Wealthy"

Here's some from an interesting article headlined "Mayo Clinic Targets Ultra-Wealthy" posted a couple of weeks ago by Private Wealth magazine. The piece was written by Raymond Fazzi.

The Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s most prominent hospitals, is starting to flex its muscle in the field of medical concierge services for the wealthy.

OB-KS600_NetJet_D_20101104082044The Rochester, Minn.-based hospital this year started to ramp up efforts to market its Preferred Response service—a membership program that provides medical transportation and emergency services all over the world—to business travelers, travel clubs for the wealthy and other segments of the ultra-affluent market. The expansion of Preferred Response comes three years after the hospital launched its Medallion program, a concierge medical service that devotes a team of doctors to its subscribers’ primary medical care needs.

The push comes at a time when some of the nation’s top hospitals are looking to the well-heeled to increase revenues and make greater use of their more expensive, high-tech medical capabilities. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, for example, has offered a similar concierge transportation service for years.

“Prominent hospitals are looking at any ways they can to leverage expertise to generate revenue streams,” said Dr. Clayton T. Cowl, Preferred Response medical director. “Access [to medical care] is going to be the key.”

The drive to market Mayo Clinic Preferred Response to the wealthy is based heavily on the public’s desire for medical access. The program has been part of the Mayo Clinic for more than a decade, originally as a service for dealing with in-flight medical emergencies. The program has since grown more expansive, with the ability to coordinate care and transportation when members are facing a medical emergency far from home.
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“The idea is, we want to create a relationship—not just a doctor visit or two a year—no matter where you are in the world,” Cowl said.

Cutting The Line
As President Barack Obama’s health reforms start to kick in, bringing millions more people into the health system, increased waiting times for appointments and treatments are expected to become larger issues with patients.
The selling point for Preferred Response and other medical concierge services is that they allow those who can pay a premium to basically cut in line, according to industry experts.

“Ultimately, we’re in an era right now where lots more people are going to have insurance and the key I think is going to be access and connectivity,” Cowl said. “In a time of need, you don’t want to be fumbling around asking which of these 14 numbers I need to dial.”

The base membership fee for Preferred Response is $650 per year for individuals and $800 for families. The fee does not include hospital and doctors’ fees, according to a hospital spokesman.

With two around-the-clock medical teams, Preferred Response deals with emergencies throughout the world, ranging from instances where a subscriber fell down a flight of stairs in Turkey to another where a member suffered from a heart attack while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico. In one recent episode, a member suffered a punctured lung while on a bicycle tour in China. Preferred Response arranged for his treatment and transportation a few days later to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Cowl said. 

 

I remember when Mayo Clinic launched its relationship with NetJets back in 2003.

Mayo Clinic will now provide in-flight medical advice and assistance to people flying NetJets airlines.

The agreement, announced this week, gives NetJets employees and passengers access to Mayo Clinic support all day, every day. People on a NetJets flight can call a dedicated phone number to speak to a critical-care flight nurse or physician.

Additionally, all NetJets flight crews have received instruction in the use of special, Mayo Clinic-designed emergency medical supplies.

NetJets, based in New Jersey, is the largest provider of fractional aircraft ownership offerings in the world. NetJets currently manages 512 aircraft. This year, NetJets fractional aircraft owners will fly more than 250,000 flights to more than 140 different countries.

May 10, 2013

Collaboration rolling toward Rochester streets

While it isn't street-ready yet, several of Rochester's public transportation businesses are trying to put together an alliance to pool their resources and ultimately improve the experience getting from Point A to Point B in the Med City.

Details are still being hammered out and nothing is finalized yet, but it sounds like it will probably happen.

Roch streetsI chatted with someone involved with deal. He wasn't comfortable being identified yet, but he did offer a few insights of what might be coming down the road.

The businesses involved would retain their individual identities. However, they will join forces to handle needs they have in common, fleet maintenance in particular.

"The alliance wants to ensure a seamless experience for customers by providing a prompt, efficient and more consistent transportation service across all product lines," he said. "A world-class medical center deserves a world-class transportation system and we intend to deliver."

That sounds like a lofty goal that fits well with Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative.

One interesting element is that it involves many types of transportation as well as bringing direct competitors together under the alliance's umbrella.

While these local businesses might not make it all the way to their targeted destinations, the journey itself sounds like one that could improve what happens on Rochester's streets.

I'll keep tracking this one. Stay tuned.

May 09, 2013

Not Westminster, but CeleBARK promises fun for dogs, familes

When the contests include worst doggy breath and owner/pet lookalikes, you know it isn't the Westminster Dog Show.

50edebd513994.imageHowever, you can bet your last collar that Saturday's CeleBARK Your Dog Day in the "backyard" of Rochester's Eagle Club will be a lot more fun for both pets and their families.

Pam Miller, owner of the mobile Bone Appetit Canine Bakery Unleashed, is sponsoring the family-friendly event to honor beloved dogs of all kinds, even those that might have a bit of halitosis. People are encouraged to bring well-behaved dogs that are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Look for local celebrity judges Marcia Fritzmeier and Dr. Vicki Hunt to brave the bad breath, measure the longest ears and select the most similar dog/owner pair.

Fritzmeier is the handler of Mayo Clinic's popular therapy dog, Dr. Jack. Likewise, Hunt works with the therapy dog, Hershey. Hershey is known "Mr. June" from his appearance in the Rescued Dogs Calendar put out by Paws and Claws.

To help mark the first anniversary of the mobile version of her gourmet dog treat business, Miller wanted to host a fun and different kind of bash.

"I'd like it to become kind of a signature event," she says.

For the humans, both young and old, there will be games, contests, demonstrations and food. There even will be a treasure hunt similar to the Rochesterfest Medallion Hunt.

While fun is a big part of the fest by Bear Creek, it also will be about helping dogs find homes with good families.

"Part of my passion is to try and help rescue groups with their mission," says Miller.

Six rescue groups from Southeastern Minnesota will show off dogs available for adoption, as well as raise money to support their organizations.

While Miller has been locally-known for her homemade, preservative-free dog treats, she began driving her canine bakery and dog accessories shop on wheels to Rochester dog parks last summer.

"We go where the dogs and their owners are," she said.

Miller prides herself on offering the most current and unique products for dogs and the people who love them.

She says CeleBARK is just another way to help her business stand out from the pack.

Woof.

Tag: Columnist, blogger and reporter Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street.
Infobox headline: CeleBARK Your Dog Day
Infobox text: BACB Unleashed is sponsoring the free event. which is open to families and their well-behaved dogs.

• Saturday.

• From 11 a.m. to  2 p.m.

• Behind the Eagles Club at 917 15th Ave S.E. in Rochester.

For more information, go to www.BACBunleashed.com.