The West 7th Business Association was founded in 1966.
Our neighborhood commercial strip is one of the earliest in the State of Minnesota.  American settlement began with the Historic Fort Snelling of the 1820′s at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, and developed along old Fort Road towards downtown Saint Paul when “squatters” of its military reservation were expelled in 1840. Today we strengthen our commercial, professional and marketing interests and opportunities in the West End through representation/advocacy, networking, promotion, and community outreach. We are a prosperous, diverse network of innovative and established businesses working through a series of committees and task forces. “Mouse over” the above image to scroll through features of our commercial strip!

July is W7BA Membership Month!

This past year,
thanks to member businesses, we enjoyed hospitality at local W7BA Members Claddagh Coffee, Tavern on the Avenue, Seventh Street Social, Joe and Stan’s Sports Bar and Lounge for our seven networking events. Three membership meetings featured information sessions on healthcare options for small businesses, W7BA business canvassing survey, two sessions on commercial safety and security, and several on transit along West 7th/Mississippi River Corridor. W7BA committees include communications and events, promotion/marketing, West 7th enhancement and clean up, and community outreach.
Join us!

 This fall
we will have a members-only complimentary dinner with invited specialists who will present marketing and management strategies relevant to West 7th, the oldest neighborhood commercial strip in Minnesota.
 Join us!

 This year,
we are redesigning our Website to reflect an innovative and member-centric approach to promote and feature you, our members.  Through geolocation, we will feature each of you with links, texts and images that bring your services or products to an extended audience. Enhanced functionalities will enable you to improve search engine marketing and optimization with some interactive elements that highlight you as members in addition to our organization, the W7BA.
Join us!

These in addition to our regularly scheduled program of networking and information sessions.
Founded in 1966, there has never been a better time for us to come together to build, advocate for, and enhance our business district.
Welcome!

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2013 – 2014 events:

You are welcome to join us for our West 7th Business Association General Membership and Networking Meetings!

Networking meetings:

A W7BA-sponsored kitchen fire suppression demonstration at the fire house–details to be announced!

Thursday, August 7:
7 – 9 a.m. at Burn Unit Coffee Ward, 945 Seventh Street West.
We’ll wake up to their excellent coffee and W7BA complimentary treats! Join us morning people!

The membership of W7BA wishes to thank Claddagh Coffee, Tavern on the Avenue, Seventh Street Social, Joe and Stan’s Sports Bar and Lounge for their generous hospitality for the 2013-14 cycle of networking events. So also Sokol Minnesota for meeting space for our board of directors.

City of Saint Paul accepting development proposals for Seven Corners Gateway site

Site provides excellent opportunity to develop on the West 7th Street Commercial Corridor
The City of Saint Paul’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is seeking proposals from interested developers for the Seven Corners Gateway site, a prominent parcel located in downtown Saint Paul on the West 7th Street Commercial Corridor across from the Xcel Energy Center. The HRA has issued a Request For Proposals seeking developer interest for the 2.38 acre site. Following proposal review, the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) will make a recommendation to the HRA board to award tentative developer status for the site. More information. Proposals are due August 29.

Thanks to Seventh Street Social, 2176 Seventh Street West: our membership and guests met Thursday, May 22 from 3 – 5 p.m.

  • Western District Commander Paul Iovino of the Saint Paul Police Department  reported on safety and security in our business district.
  • Katie Roth, Senior Planner, Metro Transit will summarized considerations for “bus rapid transit” for 7th Street West
  • Mike Rogers, Transit Project Manager for Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority presented an update on the “long-range vision of transit services” for  7th Street West
  • We also begin recruiting membership for the next year! 

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Summer is rapidly approaching and the W7BA encourages all West End businesses to hire youth, whether as interns or staff.

Specially Called W7BA Meeting:  Saint Paul’s Streetcar Feasibility Study, including West7th Street alternatives

About 70 business owners along West Seventh Street attended a specially called at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 6. The meeting was hosted by Dave Cossetta at Cossetta’s Alimentari. Joe Landsberger, President of the West 7th Business Association, presided. Presenters on “Saint Paul’s Streetcar Feasibility Study” included Councilman Dave Thune, Councilman, City of Saint Paul, and Michelle Beaulieu, City Planner, Planning and Economic Development Department. Their presentations were followed by a question and answer period. Concerns included lack of outreach to the business community, questions on parking, traffic, inadequate bus service, etc. In the course of the discussion period, an attendee queried the audience:
“Who is in favor of streetcars along West 7th?” No one came forward.
“Who leans toward streetcars along West 7th?” Again no response.
“Who is neutral?” Again no response.
“Who is against?” Nearly all raised their hands.

Our January 22 general membership meeting at Seventh Street Social was a great success.
We welcomed Ken Rubenzer of Kessler & Maguire, and Teri Focht of Eyes All Over to our board, who joined all returning members. Lorrie Louder, Senior Vice President,  Business & Intergovernmental Affairs of the  Saint Paul Port Authority presented findings of the SPPA’s study of industry in Saint Paul: The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Michelle Beaulieu, City Planner, Planning and Economic Development Department display booth presented information on the proposed streetcars along West 7th  and Buy Local Twin Cities a display booth on their organization across the 7-county metro area. Door prizes, from local member businesses sponsored and supported by W7BA, were drawn and over 35 socialized with appetizers and drink specials.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 Summit Brewery hosted our first cycle membership meeting.
The agenda included commercial safety and security within West 7th featuring Commander Paul Iovina and Councilman Dave Thune. In addition the results of our  W7BA Survey results (Powerpoint) were presented, and the roll-out of our w7ba.org Website!

STEP UP: help us, help out:
Nearly 40 new or gently used winter coats hats mittens gloves boots were donated to Joseph’s Coat through our community outreach committee.  Since 1989 the free store provides clothing, household items, personal hygiene products, and children’s items. Our thanks for W7BA members Paula Faughender of NatureWise Chem-dry and Joe McKenzie of Jewish Community Service for their efforts!

Board meetings:

You are welcome to contact the board with issues. Email president@w7ba.org; 651 297 9000. The board generally meets the third Tuesday of the month, 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan:
Next meetings: February 18 (Tuesday); March 18; April 15; May 20; June 17

Board members:

Joe Landsberger, President representing Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota;
Tina Scheid, Vice Chair representing United Family Medicine;
Kent Petterson, Secretary representing Terrace Horticultural Books
Steve Zaccard, Treasurer representing the Saint Paul Fire Department;
Joe McKenzie, Immediate Past President, representing Jewish Family Service;
Jerry Rothstein representing the Community Reporter and Gestalt Work;
Brian Singer representing access2tanzania;
Shelly Boone representing deZinnia;
Paula Faughender, representing NatureWise ChemDry;
Ken Rubenzer representing  Kessler & Maguire
Teri Focht representing Eyes All Over
Ex-officio: Betty Moran representing the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation
and Kathy Carruth, representing the Highland District Council