The 2018 Northeast Dog Parade, A Barking Success

The 2018 Northeast Dog Parade, A Barking Success

The Heart of Northeast is known for being a dog friendly neighborhood. Shop for wine with your dog at Surdyk's, enjoy a meal on Ginger Hop's patio with your furry friend, or bring them along with you for happy hour at Keegan's. It's no surprise that the annual Northeast Dog Parade is one of the neighborhood's most popular and successful events, and 2018 was no different.

Around 400 dogs, dog owners, and dog enthusiasts alike converged on the River Front park on a beautiful Friday evening. There were a number of goodies for both dogs and humans to enjoy, including dog treats, frisbees, reusable grocery bags, and advanced screening movie tickets. Employees from Chuck & Don's moved through the crowd handing out jerky and bone-broth popsicles to eager pups.

The parade took a different route this year, winding up Lourdes Place past Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where there were fresh water bowls set out for the dogs. It then cut through Chute Park, where many a dog decided to to mark their territory. Then the dogs stopped traffic crossing University, went past Lunds & Byerlys and Chuck and Don's, before turning down Hennepin. Diners on the patios of local restaurants received some free entertainment with their meals as the furry parade went by.

Back at the park, the dogs wowed us with their best tricks, impressed us with their costumes, and made everyone chuckle at how well they matched their humans. Prizes provided by Chuck & Don's were awarded to the best in show for each category.

Special thanks to the local police, Bruce and Marshall, who came out to direct traffic and manage the chaos, we couldn't have done it without them. We would also like to thank all of the local businesses that helped make this event happen, especially Chuck and Don's, Kazoo Branding, Froeber Dentistry, and Lunds & Byerlys. We hope to see everyone again next year!

View more photos in our Facebook album.

18th Annual Police Fundraiser – Taste the Heart of NE

18th Annual Police Fundraiser – Taste the Heart of NE

One of the unique aspects of the Heart of Northeast, Minneapolis, is the emphasis and support our community invests in public safety. With our own beat cop and substation, the neighborhood has not only developed positive and personal relations with local law enforcement, but has made it a priority to dedicate resources to support the safety of the neighborhood. Every year, residents and businesses come together to host the 2nd Precinct Fundraiser, raising money to help fund the continued support of public safety in Northeast.

 Promotional materials and photography by  Kazoo Branding .

Promotional materials and photography by Kazoo Branding.


For the 18th year, the fundraiser moved from Vic’s to the space in A-Mill Lofts on Main.  The theme was “Taste the Heart of Northeast”, with several local businesses each contributing food and beverages for the guests. Outside the venue, Kramarczuk’s grilled sausages, while inside there was no shortage of different food to be sampled. Surdyk’s offered their specialties of beer, wine, cheese, and salami. Ginger Hop brought wings, The Stray Dog offered soft pretzels with beer cheese dipping sauce, and The Bad Waitress had a platter of vegan brownies.

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A neighborhood landmark, Our Lady of Lourdes church handed out slices of classic French meat pie. Keegan’s and Red Savoy teamed up to provide pizza, and Lund’s created two large sheet cakes for the event. With so much to choose from, I don’t think anyone left the event feeling hungry!

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An evening filled with friends, neighbors, and food was topped off with a few speeches from neighborhood leaders, celebrating the retirement of Officer Elliot Wong, who has been the local beat officer in Northeast for the past 16 years. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey even stopped by to share some kind words. Finally, the raffle numbers were called and the silent auction, with experiences and gifts donated by Bardo, Human on a Stick, and more, going to a few lucky winners.

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The support of neighborhood residents and local businesses made the 18th Annual 2nd Precinct Fundraiser a great success. Thanks to all those who participated and helped out, we can continue to maintain a high standard of public safety in the Heart of Northeast.

Ladies Night Out in the Heart of Northeast

Ladies Night Out in the Heart of Northeast

Northeast Minneapolis is a neighborhood abundant with bars, restaurants, and shopping. To celebrate the beginning of summer, the local businesses teamed up to offer the women of Minneapolis a special night out. The list of deals was impressive, with over 20 businesses providing discounts, gifts, and special bargains.

 Ladies Night Out Postcard, designed by Kazoo Branding.
 Postcard featuring a map of the neighborhood and list of participants. Design by Kazoo Branding.

The night of the event, the heart of Northeast was hopping with people. It was a sunny and cool evening, and groups of people could be seen enjoying food and drink outside on the various neighborhood patios, while others stayed inside to chat over their meals. 


With so many options within walking distance, it's always easy to find a perfectly crafted cocktail or delicious meal in the Heart of Northeast. It was fun to see so many faces out enjoying all that the neighborhood has to offer. Cheers!


Special thanks to Molly Vanbrocklin for photographing the event, and Kazoo Branding for creating the promotional materials.

Nice Rides are out and about

Nice Rides are out and about

With the nice weather finally here Nice Rides are up and running… rolling? You’ve probably seen the green bikes riding over the stone arch bridge and riverfront.
We use them to
It’s for whenever you feel like leaving your car behind and going for a nice ride outside. Use them to go to work, go to the grocery store or go to one of our beautiful local parks!

We have quite a few stations in and around the heart of northeast you can find on the map.

Want to learn about how to use nice rides and their very own app, check out the nice ride website.

Do you want a reward for that bike ride?
Bibelot is participating in the Bicycle Benefits program! Buy a sticker for $5 and whenever you ride your bike to the Bibelot show us the sticker on your helmet  and we'll give you 10% off one non-sale item!

Traffic Report

Traffic Report

Stone Arch Bridge Closure

Weather permitting, the Stone Arch Bridge will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19th and 20th.  The closure is necessary for Xcel Energy to perform maintenance on overhead power lines running between towers at Gold Medal Park and Father Hennepin Bluff Park.  Please follow posted detours and stay away from areas where work is being performed.  The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates the public's patience while this project is completed.


I-94 Ramp Closures

As of April 18th, I-94 ramps will be closed to and from westbound I-94 near downtown Minneapolis and will include the following:

  1. Westbound I-94 ramp to 11th Street
  2. Eastbound I-394 ramp to Westbound I-94
  3. Northbound Lynndale Avenue S ramp to Westbound I-94

All 3 ramps will remain closed through mid-June 2018.
For the Westbound I-94 ramp to 11th Street closure, motorists should follow posted detour and continue Westbound on I-94 to the Lynndale Avenue-Hennepin Avenue exit and follow Northbound Hennepin Avenue to 12th Street.  Motorists who use the Westbound I-94 ramp to 11th Street to access Grant Street to Fifth Avenue South will need to find alternate routes.  Access to 11th Street, Grant Street, and Fifth Avenue South from Northbound I-35W will remain open. 


I-35W Lane and Road Closure

  1. The left lane on Norhtbound I-35W is closed from 26th Street into downtown Minneapolis.
  2. Northbound I-35W will be closed between Hwy 62 and I-94 starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 18th to Thursday, April 19th.
  3. Southbound I-35W will be closed between I-94 and Hwy 62 starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 19th to Friday, April 20th.


Streets Impacted By CenterPoint Energy Gas Upgrades

  1. E. Hennepin Avenue from Nicollet Island to 5th Street SE
  2. Central Avenue from E. Hennepin Avenue to 6th Street SE
  3. 5th Street SE from the Northstar Line - BNSF Railroad to E. Hennepin Avenue
  4. Main Street SE from the 1st Avenue Bridge to E. Hennepin Avenue
  5. Nicollet Island, Wilder Street and Merriam Street from E. Hennepin Avenue to Nicollet Island Pavillion

Please Note:  Construction as a result of the CenterPoint upgrade, will occur in segments along the construction route rather than all at once.  Lane restrictions will occur in areas where active construction is taking place and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

The Bad Waitress NE

The Bad Waitress NE

The Bad Waitress NE in the 700 Central Building is making a few changes.

Now This Is Northeast (2017 Dog Parade)

Now This Is Northeast (2017 Dog Parade)

The Northeast Dog Parade is one of the neighborhood’s most popular events. Every year is seems like more and more doggos turn-out, bringing plenty of humans along with them. Dogs must be getting better at using Facebook! The 2017 Dog Parade was no different. We estimate there were around 200 dogs that stopped by the event, with even more humans in tow. Northeast was crawling, drooling, sniffing, and rolling over with dogs!

To start, parade goers checked out booths from Ollu Dog Salon, Montage Apartments, Sidewalk Dogs, and Rolling Rover Bistro to get dog treats, coupons, and free swag. NEBA had its own table with tons of coasters, pins, t-shirts, tote bags, and more from local businesses to hand out. Thankfully, only one dog decided that the NEBA table was a good place to pee.

After lots of butt-sniffing, tail-waging, and new-friend-making, the parade set off. Elliot, our neighborhood beat cop, and Mila from Kazoo Branding led the pack up and down a stretch of  NE Hennepin, upsetting traffic and delighting innocent passerby. One spectator was overheard saying, “Now this is Northeast!”. Back at the park, our doggie friends dazzled, jumped, and played dead in the Best Costume and Best Trick contests.

Thank you to all the NEBA members and sponsors who help make events like this happen! Special thanks to: Bone Adventure, little pepper promotions, Froeber Dentistry, and Kazoo Branding for their instrumental help, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Lots of pictures from the event can be found on Facebook here.

Check out this feature about the event on CityPages.

We also got a spot on Channel Five news:


We can't wait to see everyone again next year!

 Winner of the Best Costume contest

Winner of the Best Costume contest