The Wedge seeks community input; Hennepin Whole Foods has opening date

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Tell The Wedge where they should put their second location
The Wedge currently holds the unique distinction of selling more product per square foot than any other co-op in the country. This means (as anyone who has ever shopped there already knows) two things. First, it's always impossibly busy... and second, it's really too small to accommodate that much traffic. The solution? Expand, of course. The question? Where. 

In order to help make the most informed decision on where to put their second location and what areas they should emphasize in the remodel of their current store, the management team that runs the Wedge has released an in-depth survey.

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I Nonni wine tasting October 30

I Nonni's wine shop and restaurant offer elite Italian bottlings
‚ÄčI Nonni Osteria in Lilydale is set to host its annual wine tasting, showcasing the very finest Italian wine available in our market, some of it only available at I Nonni.

The tasting will take place Sunday, October 30, from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring about 100 wines, with significant discounts for same-day orders. Here are details on how to get in on the action.

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Haskell's: Beau Farrell talks about great wines and wine values

Haskell's Downtown Minneapolis
The Twin Cities is blessed with a number of great wine shops, each with something a little different to offer in their specialties and amenities. Each month we will feature a different wine shop that is holding a sale. This month we highlight Haskell's, which is holding its Nickel Sale through May 1.

Haskell's was founded in 1934 by Fritzi and Benny Haskell, who started the original store on Seventh Street in Minneapolis. Since Benny was a convicted bootlegger he couldn't obtain a liquor license, so it had to be registered in Fritzi's name. Haskell's has the distinction of being the first liquor store in the U.S. to import a container of wine from France in 1935. In 1970, Jack Farrell acquired the company and has turned it into a Twin Cities institution, with 10 stores (one in Naples, Florida). Haskell's has been called one of North America's finest wine shops by publications such as Esquire magazine, and Market Watch named Jack Farrell a "Market Leader."

I interviewed Beau Farrell, Haskell's director of internet sales (and Jack' Farrell's son), about the wine shop.

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