How often is it that a bunch of glass blowers that own a lighting company decide to expand into the cafe industry? We\u2019ve discovered that it\u2019s not that often. Hennepin Made launched its glass lighting company in 2007 in a small warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. Quickly growing their business, they needed a bigger building. In 2016 they purchased a 30k square foot warehouse (previously a window manufacturer) in downtown Minneapolis. Their growth inspired the business idea of opening a cafe to both showcases their lighting and to offer a space for the creative community to gather. It\u2019s been a year since the cafe opened and attached are some snapshots of the space: Parallel Cafe. The cafe design incorporates furnishings from the following partners: Ercol Furniture Semihandmade Cabinets Cambria Countertops Concrete Collaborative Tiles About Hennepin Made: Hennepin Made co-founders Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert launched their business in 2011, driven by a desire to build something sustainable and transformative for their field. Skilled artists and glassblowers, the duo saw an opportunity to connect their passion for glass with lighting design \u2013 and quickly made a national name for themselves. In 2016, still growing rapidly, the crew purchased, renovated, and moved operations into a 30,000-square-foot former industrial warehouse in Minneapolis\u2019 rising North Loop. Today, the Hennepin Made headquarters is home to seven full-time glassblowers with more than 80 years of collective experience among them, working alongside a team of 10 additional staff. The business has expanded to include a vibrant cafe, multi-purpose event space, retail lab, and lively coworking office, with other creative ventures in the works. Putting down roots in the heart of Minneapolis, Hennepin Made has become a creative hub \u2013 a space where the craft and design communities co-mingle and thrive, a place where big ideas become reality.