2015 Year-in-review

2016 Annual Membership Meeting
We’ll celebrate members’ accomplishments throughout the year. The agenda includes electing a new board of directors and guest introductions including our new Councilwoman Rebecca Noecker. We’ll poll our membership on two topics: parking meter proposals and rapid transit options, though your West 7th Business Association will hold its own “information” meeting on transit at the end of February. We’ll award twelve businesses with our Certificates of Recognition for their efforts in enhancing our business district. The membership meeting is open to all current members, their colleagues and staff. (For this year, membership is pro-rated at half price!  Email president@W7BA.org or call 651 297 9000).

W7BA Member
Keystone/West 7th Community Center announces that as of April 2, 2016 Mary McKeown will succeed Eric Nyberg as President of Keystone Community Services/West 7th Community Center. In 2015, Keystone assisted over 30,000 East Metro residents, through human services in the program areas of basic needs, youth school success and healthy development, youth employment, family stability and self-sufficiency, and senior services. Keystone is the leading basic needs provider for the western half of Ramsey County and operates two of the largest community-based youth and senior programs in St. Paul. McKeown earned a BSW degree from the College of St. Benedict and a M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University. She is a resident of Merriam Park and has held leadership positions in several St. Paul human service organizations, including six years as executive director of the Highland Friendship Club. Her career in social services began in 1983 at the West 7th Community Center with Jim Smith as I director of the senior program.  

W7BA Member
Terrace Horticulture Books
The annual Terrace Award for Outstanding Service to Horticulture in Minnesota went to co-recipients husband and wife team Jerry and Lee Shannon of St. Paul.

W7BA Member
Wings Financial
reports that Consumer Reports rates the credit union as one of the three best in the United States for customer service.

W7BA Member
Mississippi Market Coop

was honored with the 2015 Deubener Award for excellence in business and leadership from the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce in the category of “for profit service business.” As a co-op, they participate in driving social innovation by putting people first. For over 35 years they have mobilized around their values and innovated to ensure they remain a vibrant community resource that meets the needs of our ever changing society”.

W7BA Member
Amy Zellmer‘s

book “Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal” has been published and is available through Amazon.com.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine | The Best of the Twin Cities
by Mpls.St.Paul Editors | November 19, 2015

Best ’Hood On The Brink

West Seventh, St. Paul (edited)

One of St. Paul’s oldest neighborhoods sprang from a squatter’s camp founded by infamous bootlegger Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant in 1832. Though soldiers eventually destroyed the makeshift settlement to allow for the expansion of Fort Snelling, it paved the way for the more reputable West Seventh, named for the street that runs from downtown to the Highway 5 bridge. Today, the commercial and residential district comprises historic brick buildings, Victorian-era homes, and a demographic gumbo that includes artists, African and Asian immigrants, and descendants of the area’s original European settlers. Its businesses range from old school (the Pearson’s Candy factory, Mancini’s Steakhouse) to new cool (breweries such as Bad Weather, boutique/gallery Artista Bottega). Add to the mix ambitious projects like the live-work artist lofts at the old Schmidt Brewing site and the forthcoming Seven Corners Gateway mixed-use development and you’ve got the makings for St. Paul’s answer to Northeast Minneapolis. Fingers crossed it doesn’t forget its roots in the process.

About the W7BA:

Our neighborhood commercial strip is one of the earliest in the State of Minnesota.  Your West 7th Business Association presents a wide variety of services that strengthens our commercial and community interests and opportunities through representation, advocacy, networking, promotion, and outreach. At left you can explore this diversity, either with a listing of members or through their categories. The map’s icons at right locate either individual businesses, or “clusters” that when clicked, reveal more icons and businesses. The menu tabs at top represent W7BA Website organization. If you have any suggestions or questions, please email our President Joe Landsberger. Thank you for visiting.



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