Dr. Lauren Haverly of Macalester-Groveland has opened Prism Eye Care, 272 S. Snelling Ave., Suite 300. The recipient of the Minnesota Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the Year award in 2016, Dr. Haverly serves patients of all ages and all visual needs. She has a special interest in helping her patients slow down the progression of near-sightedness.
Colin Anderson, owner of Eureka Compass Vegan Food, 629 N. Aldine St., has been named 2020’s Business Person of the Year by the Highland Business Association and Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Club. Eureka Compass is a bodega that sells unique hot meals and hard-to-find vegan items, produce, pastries and pantry staples. Anderson was recognized for his relationship-building, zero-waste approach to food, support of other small businesses, donations to nonprofits and response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Burger Dive will open its first stand-alone restaurant on August 19 in the former Bay Street Grill at 731 Randolph Ave. After running a successful pop-up eatery at Tony Jaros Rivergarden in Northeast Minneapolis and operating inside the Potluck Food Hall at Rosedale Center, owners Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald and Nick O’Leary thought the Bay Street Grill space was the perfect fit for a brick-and-mortar expansion. “We’re excited to add another Burger Dive location, especially in Saint Paul,” Fitzgerald said. “Josh and I are both from here, so opening a classic bar with Nick’s amazing food in our own backyard is pretty special.” Guests can expect to find burgers, pull tabs, weekly meat raffles and trivia games. Unlike other Burger Dive locations, the Bay Street Burger Dive will also serve breakfast.
Mentors to small businesses are needed to help them navigate the grant and loan application process for COVID-19 relief. Volunteers with business and financial expertise will be screened, trained and then matched with local business owners to assist with their specific needs. Volunteers who can speak Hmong, Somali, Oromo, Spanish and Karen are especially being encouraged to apply. The program is sponsored by the city of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, African Economic Development Solutions, Hmong American Partnership, Latino Economic Development Center, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers and Neighborhood Development Center. For information, visit saintpaulchamber.com/payitforward.
We Love Saint Paul/We Love the Midway Fund has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from Travelers. The funds will be used to match contributions up to that amount to rebuild businesses damaged in this summer’s rioting and to promote racial equality. Distribution of the fund proceeds are being led by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Midway Chamber of Commerce and Saint Paul Downtown Alliance. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations may be madeonline at WeLoveStPaul.com or WeLoveTheMidway.com or mailed to We Love Saint Paul, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 401 N. Robert St. Suite 150, Saint Paul, MN 55101.
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