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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October 21, 2020 27 min

Up North Longhorn Smokers is a business venture started by Chris and Sandra that features a way to teach their son Austin life skills for independent living.

At Up North Longhorn Smokers, smokes over 12 varieties of finishing salts in their   "old timey" wooden smokehouse using the same tried and true methods developed generations back. They take pride in handcrafting an all-natural product focused on three basic ingredients...

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October 14, 2020 37 min

Hannah and Brady Barnstable have a muesli company called Seven Sundays. They first discovered muesli on their honeymoon in New Zealand. Not long after returning home, they were craving that New Zealand-style muesli. and could not find it so they created their own. Their first bag of muesli was sold at a Minneapolis farmer's market in the Summer of 2011. Now they are in Targets and Whole Foods nationwide as well as on Amazon.

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We had an opportunity to open season 3 with Anne Andrus, the owner, and baker at Honey and Rye Bakehouse. Anne talks about what life is like, 6 months into the Pandemic, and what her plans are moving forward.

If you would like to purchase cakes, Monkey Bread, Croissants, or the delicious scones and quiche from Honey and Rye click here https://www.honey-and-rye.com/
or go to https://honeyandrye.square.site/

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August 12, 2020 24 min

Michelle Mazzara, founder of Luvafoodie Michelle Mazzara’s company, Luvafoodie, started out in 2014 as a dating website where single foodies could meet. From there it quickly evolved into a love affair with food, starting with chocolate and caramels and moving into spice blends, Ice Tea Mixes, and even Spicesyou sprinkle on your pet's dry food to reduce inflammation. Michelle is a passionate foodie who is turning her Luv of foo...

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 We revisit with Pam Powell (Season 1 Episode 61), the creator of Salad Girl Salad  Organic Dressings. We talk with Pam about the launch of her new line of organic dressings including Salad Girl Dude Ranch, Sweet and Sassy, and Creamy Lemon Caesar.

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August 5, 2020 30 min

Alex French is the co-founder of Bizzy Coffee, a cold-brewed coffee.  He and his co-founder, Andrew started Bizzy in 2016 with the idea of bringing convenient cold-brewed coffee products to market. Bizzy Coffee is now available as course ground coffee, ready to drink and as a concentrate. Alex has learned many lessons along the way that he shares in this podcast.


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Lindsay Pohlad's inspiration behind The Grocer’s Table was to offer the community a go-to neighborhood establishment that could meet their needs in a warm and approachable environment. The idea of a community table, deli and marketplace has turned out to be exactly what the community needed in Covid times. From Curbside pick up the outdoor patio or indoor wine bar, the concept has lent itself to product innovations like ice cre...

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 Fred Haberman owned an advertising agency that worked with a lot of organic foods. He decided to try his hand at creating a brand and did so with Freak Flag Foods. He fell in love with marketing and creating vegan and dairy-free organic master sauces, broths, pestos, and sauces that were flavorful, creative, and delicious with organic plant-forward ingredients. His Kale pesto and Chimi-Verde sauces caught on and now this Minnesota...

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July 15, 2020 30 min

KC Kye is the founder and CEO of K-Mama Sauce. KC grew up eating his mom's spicy Korean food.  He realized how hard it was to find quality Korean food and sauces after he moved to Minnesota. After 100 variations, he perfected K-Mama Sauce. 

K-Mama Sauce is a rich and spicy Korean hot sauce that adds deep and complex flavor to a variety of dishes. By perfecting and selling K-Mama Sauce, KC can give 30% of his profits to local and...

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When we first talked to Mary Leonard in Season One, Episode 68, she was making her lovely chocolates at Chocolat Celeste in St Paul creating new techniques and flavor profiles.

With Covid19 stalling retail, Mary has moved to curbside chocolate sales for two of her biggest holidays, Mothers Day and Easter and is forging new relationships including Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. When you purchase a box of these special chocolates, $25...

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June 10, 2020 24 min

Minnesota Ice believes ice should enhance the visual impact and overall taste of cocktails and drinks. They craft beautiful cocktails so you can entertain in style whether you are a bar or restaurant or consumer buying ice at your favorite liquor store. 

When the global Covid19 pandemic hit - these clients shut their doors and Director of Sales, Erik Eastman, got creative creating a local Minnesota Made pantry delivered by your loca...

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May 27, 2020 39 min

After two decades as a food and lifestyle writer for various publications in the Twin Cities, Alex Lodner decided to parlay her connections and experience into a career of connecting the right social media influencers with the right brands to create social media influence marketing connections for both parties.

Influencer marketing taps into the power of these social media influencers to promote the brand in an authentic, organic wa...

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May 20, 2020 28 min

SK Coffee is a specialty coffee roastery in Saint Paul, Minnesota led by Sam Kjellberg, the company’s namesake.

Kjellberg laid the foundation for SK Coffee, a subscription coffee business, while he was living in Boston. SK Coffee is an e-commerce coffee subscription service, a strategy that allowed them to thrive during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

SK Coffee’s beans originate from small-scale farmers in African and Central American countr...

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Josie Lewis is an artist, speaker and author who empowers others to explore their own creativity. Josie shares her process via @josielewisart on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok, with over 2 million unique followers and more than 1 billion video views. 

Josie received an MFA  from the University of MN and in 2019 she presented at TEDx Minneapolis

Shop her color book or her watercolor tutorial or see more of Josie'...

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Steele Smiley, the founder of Steele Fitness, got into the restaurant business in 2016 with the opening of the first Crisp & Green. The chain offers fast-casual salads, both curated and customizable, as well as grain bowls and smoothies.
With the Cronovirus closing all restaurants in March, hear how he is pivoting Crisp and Green by adding Crisp @ Home as well as many other initiatives like virtual wellness classes and what ...

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When Tom and Nicole Dokman married in 2017, Tom created a universal spice blend for their wedding. They used it on their food and guests received spice jars as a wedding favor. 

"Long story short, everybody wanted more and more and we thought they were being nice and really, they really loved it," Nicole said. "So we really felt like we had something here."
The couple launched Here's the Deal Spice Co. in Novembe...

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April 22, 2020 26 min

Carla Metz was on a roll at Iron Shoe Farm selling microgreens to restauranteurs in the Twin Cities. Her Spring plans included expanding her business and creating a farm dinner series when the Coronavirus hit. In one day she lost a $16,000 crop and had to figure out how to re-imagine her farms' offerings to sustain her and her customers in the time of Coronavirus. Her pivot included going direct to consumers and creating a pant...

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Rachel Banken harvests local organic herbs + foraged botanicals native to Minnesota. These infusions of herbs, roots, leaves, fruits and berries are the basis of Well Rooted Teas. Well Rooted Teas nourish the body and are grown and harvested in a manner that supports the health of our environment as 10% of our profits are given to local organizations working to protect and promote our environment.

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15 miles up the North Shore from Canal Park is one of Duluth's most celebrated restaurants called the New Scenic Cafe. Chef/owner Scott Graden, grew up in the region and co-founded the business with his aunt, Rita Bergstedt. He has been working there ever since and took on full ownership by buying Rita out in 2005. 

Known for its "Nordic" cuisine and its deft hand with vegetables the New Scenic has been on the must-eat l...

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* Programming note - this episode was prerecorded before the Coronavirus outbreak*

This week's Makers of Minnesota guests are Michael Sedlacek and Rachel Romanelli co-founders of Worker B Wellness. Worker B Wellness is a therapeutic wellness center near Keg and Case market on West Seventh Street in St Paul that focuses on holistic services grounded in a belief in apitherapy (bee therapy).

Worker B wellness offers an array of holi...

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