Makers of Minnesota

Makers of Minnesota

The Makers of Minnesota podcast, hosted by Stephanie Hansen, features products and services uniquely made in Minnesota -- and conversations with makers, entrepreneurs and innovators in Minnesota about how they conceive of their products and bring them to market.... Show More

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March 3, 2021 23 min

We talk with Salvia Lani about her Arctic Denim.
Imagine a pair of cute, stylish, made in Minnesota jeans or jackets that have a bonded liner to keep you warm (not sweaty) outside in the Minnesota Winter. Hurry while we still have some Winter left and pick up a pair! Shop here.

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February 24, 2021 21 min

Do you live for paddling and enjoy being on the water?  Then look for Paddle North Paddle Boards, Wake Board, and Floating Utility Docks and accessories made in Minnesota. We talked with Peter Mogck about their company and how they are expanding in the hopes of getting more Minnesotans out on the lakes. 



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February 17, 2021 23 min

Crud Cloth is the shower in a bag invented by serial entrepreneur Tim White. The product is composed of water, soap, and essential oils and it is made locally in Hermantown Minnesota.
Crud Cloth is vacuum-sealed to keep the ingredients fresh and ensure it doesn’t dry out. There are no artificial chemicals, no artificial smelly fragrances, or thin wipes that fall apart or push the crud around. Crud Cloth can be recycled and re-used a...

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We catch up with Angela Gustafson from Gustola Granola who was a @makersofmn guest on episode 54 of Season 1 (Listen here).
With 200 grocery stores in the Twin Cities Metro area and greater Minnesota as customers, 
how is this granola company faring in the pandemic?  What's next on the horizon for this tasty maker?

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February 10, 2021 28 min

The Nordic Waffles concept was brought to America by the waffle queen, Stine Aasland. She launched in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2016.  For the next two years, the freshly-made waffle concept expanded into coffee shops, convenience stores, and amusement parks.  When the call came from Minnesota State Fair in 2018, they served over 42,000 Nordic Waffles in just 12 days.

November of 2019, Nordic Waffles opened a retail location at Potl...

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February 3, 2021 23 min

Therese Gibbons and her sister started Alora Ambiance after coming back to the United States from Italy, and not finding any home fragrances on the market that they loved. From room diffusers and eventually, to candles, Alora has been making our homes smell wonderful for over twenty years from their manufacturing facility on West 7th Street in St Paul where they hand-assemble every package.

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For the past five years, Skaalvenn Distillery owners Tyson and Mary Schnitker have produced their popular line of spirits in a Brooklyn Park. This year, as Covid descended they opened a Japanese-inspired cocktail room. Known for their Nordic graphics on their bottles their vodka, rum, aquavit, habanero rum, and straight bourbon are all being featured in the taproom. Make sure to try the Habenero Rum in a Daquiri - it's deliciou...

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The idea for Hairless Dog Brewing Co. occurred, appropriately, over a cup of coffee. Jeff Hollander and Paul Pirner had been friends for many years but had recently reconnected at a holiday party at which both were abstaining. Though the pair had been fans of the craft beer scene, they realized that there really wasn’t much to enjoy in the NA realm so they decided to rectify that and started Hairless Dog Brewing.
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Frankie and David Lenzmeier met at a street dance in River Falls Wisconsin and are now heading up Stickney Hill Dairy, makers of Stickney Hill and Humble Goat Cheeses
From a cheese made at the bottom of Stickney Hill to bringing the new Humble Goat cheese to a National market, they are expanding their family business in Covid times.

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January 6, 2021 27 min

Ryan Rosenthal and Mike von Fange, left their jobs to pursue a convenience store model that stocked, healthy, nutritious, convenient foods including prepared soups and salads.
Simpls Minneapolis was born to be the 7-Eleven for the healthy, organic, and local sustainable foodie.  Eventually, they expanded to three locations, including one in the downtown Minneapolis Target and one at the University of Minnesota.

Then came COVID, and ...

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December 23, 2020 31 min

Carly Van Veldhuizen, the founder of Girl Friday Creative is a leader in the  experiential marketing world. Known for her "wow factor" with her creative installations at Potluck in Rosedale and the Galleria in Edina as well as beautiful private events, Girl Friday surprises and delights their clients  with one-of-a-kind décor.

So we asked Carly how she is leading her business in an industry that is currently not hosting eve...

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December 16, 2020 19 min

Sunrise Flour Mill mills heritage wheat superior stone-ground flours grew out of a love of bread by founders Darrold and Marty Glanville from North Branch Minnesota.

In retirement, Darrold decided he wanted to branch out into bread baking. He was trying to recreate the wonderful European bread he and Marty had eaten on their travels. He wanted whole wheat and the first 6 months saw most of the bread go in the trash as hard, tasteles...

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December 9, 2020 25 min

DJ and Anastasia Bocchetti have been making hot sauce since 2017 when Lost Capital Foods was born.  Lost Capital Foods slowly ferments peppers, primarily sourced from local farms to create bold, complex flavors and textures. Lost Capital makes everything by hand in small batches and with total disregard for our financial stability, from their kitchen in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Lost Capital packs more produce into each bottle of ...

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Cheryl Gendler started making nut butter in 2012. It wasn't long before Cheryl's Nut Butters had over 20 flavors and the reviews were pouring in about the deliciousness and freshness of her product. . Cheryl has never received less than a 5-star review and she is very proud of the fact that she doesn't add any junk or sugar to her nut butter . Check out her holiday offerings here while you listen to this episode.

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During this catch-up call, we speak with Lauren Vanscoy,  founder of Essence One. who was our guest in Season 1 episode 88. She now has two retail locations , some delightful holiday gift boxes, and a new gift subscription box.

Please consider shopping local this season and supporting your @MakersofMN.

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Jill Renslow,  executive vice president of business development and marketing for Mall of America, talks about how the Mall is serving Twin Cities businesses affected by the events of 2020,  including the Murder of George Floyd and the Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to pivoting for their traditional holiday season, the Mall of America has created a space for Community Commons.  Community Commons serves as a temporary space for t...

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November 18, 2020 18 min

James Norton has brought back the Heavy Table. Twice a week subscribers to Patreon (subscribe here) to get the heavy Table newsletters to get caught up on all the makers and food purveyors in the Twin Cities.  As part of the Heavy Table relaunch, James is reviving Noth Coast Nosh with the help of Jill Colella at Food Building in North East Minneapolis.

The North Coast Nosh is the Upper Midwest's premier artisan sip-and-sample ev...

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November 11, 2020 21 min

True North Basecamp is Six Waterfront Cabin Rentals  & 23 Wooded Campsites set in the heart of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in  Crosby Minnesota.  True North Basecamp was started in September 2013, when friends Jeff Bajek and Dan Jurek were camping, biking, and adventuring in Cuyuna with their sons Jack and Aiden. Their first night was dank, rainy, and frighteningly cold. It took a little of the wind out of their sails....

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November 4, 2020 23 min

After accidentally ingesting wire from a metal grill cleaner, Andy Stadick teamed up with his brother and fellow grill guy Nathan Thompson to create an all-natural solution. Made in the USA of solid hardwood coated with a non-toxic, food-safe mineral oil, the Great Scrape cleaner actually molds to your barbeque grates forming grooves customized specifically to your grill.

Hear how they went from the Minnesota State Fair to Costco wi...

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Wildflyer Coffee Company is a nonprofit coffee company started by Carley Kammerer, that works to end youth homelessness by offering dignified employment support to youth aged 16-24. Through a 6-month employment and life skills training program, youth develop the personal and professional skills they need to find employment and housing stability. They are supported in their journeys out of homelessness for good.

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