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!
Upcoming 2013 – 2014 events:
Membership networking meetings (locations to be announced via email):
Next networking meetings: Thursday, February 13; Thursday, March 27; Thursday, April 24; Tuesday, June 24.
The membership of W7BA wishes to thank Claddagh Coffee, Tavern on the Avenue, Joe and Stan’s Sports Bar and Lounge for their generous hospitality for the 2013-14 cycle of networking events.
General Membership Meetings (three annually):
Our next general membership meeting will be Wednesday, January 22 at Seventh Street Social, 2176 7th St West 3 p.m.
- Election of your new 2014 Board of Directors
- Keynote speaker Louis F. Jambois, President, Saint Paul Port Authority SPPA):
Findings of the SPPA’s study of industry in Saint Paul. The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) studied economic data in eleven counties in the Twin Cities Metro area as well as two in Western Wisconsin. The findings’ summary (about 20 minutes) will be followed by a question and answer period.
The data have significant implications for future development in Saint Paul and for its fiscal health as it continues to provide City services to residents and others. Lessons from this study are many, and they range across the importance of industrial “dirt” on which businesses can build new facilities and generate jobs; real estate development patterns and opportunities; tax base; municipal fiscal management; economic and business growth; brownfields redevelopment; direct and indirect jobs growth; poverty rates and prevention; and critically important Industrial design features for new buildings that are based on market demand and the need of businesses to build “shells around production processes”. In addition, Jambois will answer targeted questions on the economic health and development opportunities by neighborhood.
- Special drawings!
Door prizes from local member businesses sponsored and supported by W7BA
- Socialization with appetizers and drink specials.
Next membership meeting: Thursday, May 22.
Summit Brewery hosted (thank you!) our first cycle membership meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2013 . 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!
You are welcome to contact the board with issues. Email firstname.lastname@example.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: October 15; November 19; December 17; January 21; February 18 (Thursday); March 18; April 15; May 20; June 17
Located at 1032 West Seventh Street at Randolph, the Historic Pilney Building is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the West End. František Pilney came to Saint Paul from Jordan, MN and started his own meat market in 1904, and occupied the new building in 1913 as the home of Pilney’s grocery market and butcher shop. In 1932, West 7th was widened and ten feet of the building cut off. Undeterred, Pilney remodeled to its distinctive current Flatironesque Art Deco look and vertical “PILNEY” neon sign, restored this month. The market was in business 94 years through three generations and closed in 1998. Today, the building is home to the creative resource firm deZinnia, inc. and law firm Franzen+Moore.
Joe Landsberger, President representing Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota;
Tina Scheid, Vice Chair representing United Family Medicine;
Paula Faughender, Secretary representing NatureWise ChemDry;
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;
Kent Petterson representing Terrace Horticultural Books;
Ex-officio: Betty Moran representing the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation
and Kathy Carruth, representing the Highland District Council