The Gnome is scheduled to open in late July in the former Happy Gnome space at 498 Selby Ave. Chef Brian Ingram and his wife, Sarah, will feature modern pub fare and more than 100 beverages on tap. Changes to the buidling, which started out in 1882 as a city fire station, will include an expanded patio with outdoor bar, a redesigned main floor, and a reimagined beer hall and event space upstairs with games and other activities. Chef Justin Sutherland has come onboard as director of culinary, working with Ingram to fine-tune the menu. Just like they do at their Hope Breakfast Bar in the former firehouse at 1 Leech St., the Ingrams plan to give 3 percent of their profits at The Gnome to neighbors in need. The Ingrams, along with Sutherland, also reportedly plan to do the same when they open Elotes Woodfired Cantina in the former In Bloom location in the Keg & Case Market on West Seventh Street later this year.

Rick Appelsies has been named president of Minnesota Knitting Mills, 1450 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights. He came to the company last year as senior product development manager. His past experience includes a wide array of executive leadership and experience in the textile industry, ranging from senior vice president at Red Wing Shoe Co. to Wolverine Worldwide and Rocky Brands. Minnesota Knitting Mills has been in business since 1908. Its products can be found worldwide as component parts of high-quality apparel, medical devices, sports uniforms, military garments and hunting accessories.

Abbott Paint & Carpet, 1808 Grand Ave., announced last month that it has delayed its 75th anniversary celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. The paint company was started in 1945 by Howard (Mike) Abbott in Saint Paul. It added locations in downtown White Bear Lake in 1991 and Stillwater in 1994. Visit for updates on the rescheduling of the anniversary celebration events.


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