seward business

I visited Wood from the Hood this week, a Seward business that reclaims wood from the Twin Cities and makes flooring, cabinetry, furniture, picture frames, cutting boards, etc.  They keep track of the zip code the tree comes from, so you can get a cutting board from your very own neighborhood.  Cindy and Rick Siewert own the company, and the cool thing is they’re also our neighbors. Rick also owns/runs Siewert Cabinet, but that’ll be a subject for another day.

Wood from the Hood's John Buck & Cindy Siewert

I had the pleasure of hanging around photographing at Caption Max today–a superstar closed captioning company right here in Seward.  There are just a handful of companies that do this work in the US–they have an office is California as well, where they do most of their captioning for live shows.  Along with closed captioning, they do subtitles, translation, and audio description for blind viewers. Thanks to Max Ducker and all of the friendly folks at Caption Max for welcoming me today.

liquor store

This week’s Seward business photos are of the Seward Cafe on Franklin Ave.  A cooperatively run and owned restaurant that’s been around since 1974.  My favorite breakfast, by the way, is the Super Green Earth (eggs, hash browns, broccoli, and cheese).

I visited the Women’s Prison Book Project this week, which is housed in the new Boneshaker Books behind Second Moon.  They’re an all volunteer organization that collects and distributes books to women and transgender folks in prisons all over the US.  They’re looking for donated paperback books–their most requested topics are dictionaries (English and Spanish), African American fiction, drug and alcohol recovery, abuse issues, arts and crafts, mysteries, and romance.  They’ve got a donation box outside of Boneshaker Books.  They’re also happy to have volunteers–especially in the summer, they said, when college students aren’t around.

This week’s featured Seward business is Pizza Lucé, which has been in the neighborhood for 7 years.  I tried to stay out of the way in their busy lunchtime kitchen.  Certainly made me hungry.

I’m lucky enough to live just a half block from the Cake Eater Bakery, a great neighborhood cafe. The Cake Eater recently reorganized and now has breakfast–and no longer does catering.  We’re lucky to live so close.

This week’s Seward business is Coastal Seafoods, which happens to be celebrating 30 years in business. Congratulations! I had fun meeting their friendly staff and getting behind the scenes a little–some soup making and fish cutting. I didn’t know they stocked so many things besides seafood, like fresh herbs, sushi supplies, produce like lemons and potatoes, and much more. Thanks to Suzanne and staff for letting me photograph.

This week’s Seward business is ArtiCulture, a nonprofit that offers art classes for kids and adults.  Sadly I wasn’t there while art making was going on, but I’ll go back again sometime.  They also have a little gift shop with some groovy things.

In case you noticed, sorry I didn’t put up photos last week.  I had a crazy busy week and wasn’t able to make time to photograph.


This week’s Seward business is Shabelle Grocery and Deli on Franklin Ave. We had our monthly meeting there for the Seward Civic and Commerce Association, and I stuck around for some photos. Super yummy Ethiopian food, and warm, friendly staff. I’ll definitely be back again.

Next stop on my Seward businesses tour was Welna II Hardware on Franklin.  Welna II is such a hub of the community–and such a friendly place.  I had a great time photographing.  Thanks to the Welna staff!

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