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Holly Home Renovations, LLC, owners Jill and Todd Johnson won four CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards at the 25th annual National Association of the Remodeling Industry of MN’s awards gala in November for renovation of their home at 539 Holly Ave. The awards included Best Newcomer, Gold in Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration $250,001 and Over, Gold in Residential Bath $50,001-$75,000 and Silver in Entire House $250,000- $500,000. The Johnsons uncovered pine boards painted with old advertisements during renovation of their dilapidated 1882 residence. They decided to incorporate the signs into the design as they built an addition and returned the home to its original single-family state. The project was featured on both the Summit Hill and Ramsey Hill house tours.

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A wall of the Johnsons’ first-floor bathroom is lined with old advertising signs that once sided their Holly Avenue home (photo from 2018). Photo by Brad Stauffer

Coulee Bank plans to relocate its Saint Paul branch from its current location at 742 Grand Ave. across the street to the newly renovated building at 733 Grand Ave. in December. The new location, which is in the building formerly occupied by the former Pier 1 Imports, will give the bank an expanded 6,500 square feet of space as well as drive-through service. The family-owned community bank is now celebrating its 60th year.

The Allina Health Cancer Institute recently announced the opening of a new radiation oncology center within the United Hospital campus at 310 N. Smith Ave.

Pam McClanahan of Highland Park has been hired by the Minnesota Humanities Center in Saint Paul as its new director of strategic communications. McClanahan previously was the director of partnership development for Twin Cities PBS.

David Heide Design Studio, 235 S. Lexington Pkwy., was granted the title “Best in Show” for its Unbungled Bungalow project at the 2021 Blend Awards, which honor architects and homeowners for renovating homes while honoring the character of their neighborhoods. The project the company worked on was located in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood and included rear and side additions to the home instead of adding a second story. They also chose building materials to match the original stucco. The architects were Mark Nelson and David Heide, and the builder was A-Squared. To see the winning designs, visit blendaward.org.

The TruStone Financial Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Highland Friendship Club, a nonprofit organization that provides programs that foster friendships, strengthen self-advocacy and allow those with disabilities to explore lifelong learning.

Ariel Miller has been named executive director of Highland Chateau Health + Rehabilitation Center, 2319 W. Seventh St., which offers skilled nursing care, comprehensive rehabilitative and short-term transitional care. Miller is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified nursing assistant. She most recently served as executive administrator for a skilled nursing and rehabilitation community in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

The Buttered Tin, with locations in Saint Paul’s Lowertown and Northeast Minneapolis, is now shipping decorated layer cakes across the United States within 36 hours of coming out of the oven. Owner Alicia Hinze started the restaurant and bakery in 2013. She is a James Beard-recognized chef and Cupcake Wars winner who studied at Le Cordon Bleu and has worked with many well-known bakeries in the Twin Cities.

The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., has named Nick O’Leary as the resaurant’s new culinary director. O’Leary is one of the owners of Burger Dive and previously worked at such restaurants as Borough, Saffron, Travail, Butcher and the Boar, and Smack Shack.

The Highland Business Association is marking the holiday season with another Celebrate Highland. Last year’s popular “Holiday of Hope” theme is being followed this year with “See the Good.” The HBA is again working with Christmas Panache to bring back holiday decorations to Highland Village, including a 20-foot-tall tree at Ford Parkway and Cleveland Avenue.

Bremer Bank recently celebrated the opening of its new, full-service branch on Snelling Avenue just north of Allianz Field. Under construction since June 2021, the bank is located on the first floor of The Pitch Apartments. The space is almost twice the size of its old Midway branch, spanning more than 2,400 square feet and featuring a customized photo wall in the lobby. In celebration of the opening, Bremer has donated $50,000 to help support the Hallie Q Brown Community Center’s food shelf and school transportation for elementary students.


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