Category Business Spotlights

Spotlight: Almsted’s Fresh Market

“Who sings that?” “Who cleaned that?” “Who vacuums?” are all questions that you may hear from Taylor wherever you go. Taylor is someone who can light up the room with his singing, curiosity, and smile. He came into CIP services in early January of 2018 and just like you and me; is someone who has […]

Spotlight: Eat Street Social

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Employment Services would like to highlight some of our employers and ask anyone that follows these stories to support these local businesses. If you are in Minneapolis and happen to stop by Eat Street Social or Northeast Social for dinner, look around and notice the shining floor, sparkling […]

Helping People and Feeling Good

Here at CIP, volunteering is a big part of what we do. One of the places we volunteer is Second Harvest in Brooklyn Park. I, alongside four to five individuals we support and a Community Support Specialist, will volunteer at Second Harvest every Tuesday. Here, we do a variety of things including boxing canned goods […]

Simply Jane

Simply Jane Studio & ArtAble is a garden themed paint studio where everything exudes creativity. You’ll find inspiration everywhere you look, from the tables and chairs to the ceiling fans and floors, which includes countless masterpieces by studio artists as well as the public. Even the least creative, grumpiest of people would be sure to […]

Building Financial Freedom

Growing up, Jonathan helped his father doing jobs as an assistant on construction job sites–he enjoyed the wide range of work that was done at those sites. Since then, he has thought often about re-entering the construction industry and the about the financial stability that could come with it. Although for years, this seemed to be […]

Jay Sprucing Up One of Many Collectibles at Hot Comics

Comics, Collectibles, and Community Commitment

Meet Jay, a Richfield resident who works at Hot Comics and Collectibles, the self-proclaimed “Best comic book shop in all of Minnesota!” Hot Comics has two locations in the Twin Cities (New Hope & Richfield), with Jay working at the Richfield store for over a year and a half. He spends most of his time sprucing up classic toys and games, as well […]

DrybagSteak: Enhancing More Than Meat

It takes a lot to start up a business and no one knows that better than co-owner Thea Loptka of DrybagSteak. In May of 2010, when it first began, they had only one employee and that was Barb. Barb worked efficiently and accurately with the support of Joe, Community Involvement’s Community Support Specialist, until she […]