Good Company

Good Company: Patina  

With the holidays just around the corner, it's nice to have those stand-by gifts. You know something to give just in case you get an unexpected package. There's one store perfect for those very situations. It's a staple here in communities all over the metro and as Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson shows us in this Good Company, Patina is celebrating a huge milestone this year.

Good Company: Plush Pumpkin  

Once Halloween is over, that spooky store aisle comes down and Christmas trees pop up.  But there’s a season retailers miss in between there – Fall!  A Saint Paul mom set out to change that 15-years-ago and her company has become wildly successful. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson introduces us to Plush Pumpkin.

Good Company: Balloons Galore & More Update  

Twin Cities Live is taking the show on the road in November for a Girls Weekend! We’re heading to Mystic Lake Casino on Thursday November 1st  to broadcast live inside the Mystic Showroom.  On that very stage you’ll once again see the amazing work of Balloons Galore and More. We brought you the story of this husband and wife team back in April, but Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson is back with an update!  She takes us back inside their 800 square foot space in this Good Company!

Good Company: BA Craftmade Aprons  

You ask any trained professional chef out there what their most important tool in the kitchen is and they'll likely tell you it's their knives. But the apron, the white one that is usually covered in last night’s menu, is pretty darn important too.
Now chefs and restaurant staff are saying see-ya to that trusty old loop neck apron and showing off their personality.
That's thanks to this Good Company, BA Craftmade Aprons. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson shows us how this one woman show took off overnight to become a business Kate Meier never knew she wanted.

Good Company: Hastings Co-op Creamery  

It’s TCL in Your Town, celebrating all things Hastings. The town is home to something pretty unique. It's where the Mississippi, Vermillion, and St. Croix rivers meet.  Also just as cool, a business there that's been a staple in the community for more than 100-years. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us inside the Hastings Co-op Creamery in this Good Company.

Good Company: Larkin Dance Studio  

Tuesday’s here on Twin Cities Live we introduce you to a Good Company - one that’s made their mark on a local community and found huge success.  In this Good Company we head to Maplewood to a business 70-years in the making. If you grew up taking dance lessons or maybe have a child taking dance right now, you've likely heard of Larkin Dance Studio. But you might not know anything about its rich history. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us there in this Good Company.

Good Company: Pronto Pup  

The Pronto Pup was the very first food served on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair. In fact, it's been a staple at the Great Minnesota Get Together since 1947, selling just over 100,000 that year.

Good Company: Sota Clothing Update   Back To Top

What started as a college project back in 2011, is now a full-time business for Spencer Johnson. The 32-year-old came up with Sota Clothing Company for a branding project and since then the clothing brand has exploded in popularity.
So much so, the company just opened its first brick and mortar in Saint Louis Park.

Good Company: Izzy’s Ice Cream   Back To Top

Eighteen years ago a Minnesota couple quit their day jobs to create the perfect scoop of ice cream.  Since then their shop, Izzy’s Ice Cream now in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, has been featured on the Food Network and The Chew and was named one of the best ice cream shops in America by Food and Wine.

Good Company: Electric Fetus   Back To Top

If you're into music, whether it’s vinyl or CDs or a free concert, then you've heard of Electric Fetus. The record store has been around since the decade that some say changed the nation. And even with new ownership, sales are as strong as ever. Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us inside this iconic spot in Minneapolis where regular folks and celebrity musicians can shop side by side.

Good Company: Lettermen Sports   Back To Top

This week we are celebrating our friends in the north metro and heading to Blaine for TCL in Your Town.  TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to a staple in Blaine, one that’s been around for 36 years. What she found out was their success is in part due to a t-shirt. Lettermen Sports is this Good Company.

Good Company: Eyebobs   Back To Top

Something we just learned about TCL’s Steve Patterson -- he has a face for sunglasses. Every single pair, every single style. It doesn't matter if they're made for a man or a woman, they all look good on him.  Steve thinks It’s his face. We think it’s the frame. Last Fall we took you to eyebobs in Minneapolis, a company that wants frames to be more of an accessory than a necessity. In this Good Company, reporter Kelli Hanson takes us back with an update on how it's now easier than ever to get your hands on these one of a kind glasses.

Good Company: Buddy’s Small Batch Nut Butter   Back To Top

A 28-year-old is St. Thomas grad is making a name for himself in the super competitive Nut Butter World. Andrew “Buddy” Kincheloe started making peanut butter in his small apartment kitchen 4 ½ years ago. Today his nut butters are sold all over the country and are made by Saint Paul company, Bergin Fruit and Nut Company.

Good Company: LUV Ice Cream   Back To Top

TCL in Your Town takes us to the town of North Saint Paul. And that's where you'll find Elizabeth on Thursday, June 21st.  Join her for a live broadcast at Neumann’s Bar and Grill as we celebrate the best of North Saint Paul. Neumann's will serve up burgers for $5 when we're out there.  Best of all, it's free to attend.  The town of nearly 12,000 is home to an ice cream shop unlike any other. Kelli Hanson takes us to LUV Ice Cream where the sweet tooth is welcome, but sugar -- not so much.

Good Company: Cre8Play   Back To Top

There's a warehouse in New Hope that’s home to giant baseball gloves, possibly the largest catcher’s mask you've ever seen and they're meant to be played on.  This Minnesota company is the mastermind behind amazing playgrounds and play environments all over the country. Twin Cities Live reporter takes us inside Cre8Play.

Good Company: Rapala   Back To Top

There are nearly 1.4 million people in Minnesota that carry a fishing license and almost 12,000 lakes here in this great state. No worm? No worries. All you need is a little wood.  TCL reporter Kelli Hanson heads out to the water and finds out why Rapala Fishing Lures -- a Finnish company -- now calls Minnesota home.

Good Company: Cooper’s Foods   Back To Top

Every month Twin Cities Live picks a spot on the map -- a town to really get to know and we then share the good news. This month we're in Chaska. It’s not only the place TCL Host Steve Patterson calls him, but a town full of really cool history.  Reporter Kelli Hanson found the oldest business in Chaska and takes us to Cooper's Foods.

Good Company: Handsome Cycle   Back To Top

The week of May 14th is National Bike to Work week, which can stir up a lot feel good feelings. The wind in your hair, cruising down the street, letting all of your inhibitions go. It just makes you feel like a kid again!  TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson found a business that embraces two wheels all year long. Kelli introduces us to Handsome Cycles, a company that wants to revolutionize the way we get around.

Good Company: Kafe 421   Back To Top

Antigoni Sander is one of our favorite cooks here on Twin Cities Live. In fact, Elizabeth loves her food so much, Antigoni’s restaurant Kafe 421, catered her wedding! The restaurant is known for their amazing Greek food and menu items you'd recognize anywhere. But what you haven't heard about is the mother daughter team that makes sure everything runs smoothly.

Good Company: Tonkadale Greenhouse   Back To Top

Spring fever is here! Actually it's pretty much come and gone. A lot of us are already looking toward summer and that means we'll start to see green and a lot of color.  It’s a welcome sight for greenhouses, one in particular that's called Minnetonka home since the 1940s. In this Good Company, Kelli takes us to Tonkadale, where a fresh face and a new generation hopes to create a younger green thumb.

Good Company: Balloons Galore and More   Back To Top

We are celebrating our 10th birthday the entire month of April. And a birthday isn't a birthday without balloons!
For several years we've worked with Balloons Galore and More. They've created amazing balloon art for many of our big stage shows. What you'd never guess is it's all done in an 800 square foot space by a husband and wife team. In this Good Company, Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to their workshop.

Good Company: Holy Land Deli   Back To Top

There's a deli in Northeast Minneapolis that has all the street cred it needs, after being featured on Food Networks Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  But it's success isn’t thanks to a National TV show, instead generations of hard work.
In today's Good Company, Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to Holy Land Deli, where this family business is truly living the American dream.

Good Company: Cry Baby Craig’s   Back To Top

For some of us Minnesotans, black pepper is about as spicy as we can handle. But a Minneapolis man says not all of us have mild palates.  In this Good Company, Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson shows us how an accidental recipe is now a hot success.

Good Company: Angelina’s Kitchen   Back To Top

TCL in Your Town is taking over Woodbury this week and heading to an authentic Italian restaurant. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to Angelina’s Kitchen where a New Yorker, turned Minnesotan is making sure memories are still made around the dinner table.

Good Company: Something Sweet by Maddie Lu   Back To Top

About a year ago we met Maddie Lu Carlos. She wowed us on the show with her beautiful cupcakes and her yummy cookie dough in a cup. But her work and her story doesn't stop there. In this Good Company, Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, to find out why her success tastes so sweet.

Good Company: Jostens   Back To Top

We're only a few days away from the big game and a few weeks away from seeing those beautiful Super Bowl rings.
Minnesota-based Jostens, known for their yearbooks and graduation regalia, has designed and created 33 of the 51 Super Bowl rings and they're hoping to design this year's too.

Good Company: Jack Links   Back To Top

You know you love it. Whether it’s on a road trip, camping, on a plane or before a working. I’m talking about beef jerky. The CEO of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, a Wisconsin based company, says he eats so much of it, his dentist is constantly asking if he grinds his teeth. Jack Link’s is this Good Company and they’re making waves not only because of their product, but also because of one of the scariest faces you may ever see.

Good Company: David Fong’s Chinese Restaurant   Back To Top

TCL in your town rolls on in Bloomington at what locals at an institution. It’s a Chinese restaurant and it's been around for 60 years. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to David Fong's Chinese Restaurant where they attribute their success to their supportive community.

Good Company Business Updates   Back To Top

On Tuesday on Twin Cities Live we feature local businesses, big and small, who have discovered their AHA moment. Whether they've been in business for 3-years or 30, these local entrepreneurs had a dream that is now a successful reality.

Good Company: Eyebobs   Back To Top

The right pair of frames can change your look. It's what one Minneapolis business woman knew was possible when she created Eyebobs 16-years-ago -- an affordable way to make your frames part of an outfit, more like an accessory. Eyebobs is this week's good company, where Kelli Hanson shows us how one vision is now creating signature looks.

Good Company: Punch Pizza   Back To Top

Coffee and pizza -- the two don't really mix. But for one Twin Cities businessman, they've proved to be hugely successful.  The founder of Caribou Coffee was a huge fan of Punch Pizza. In fact he loved it so much, he became co-owner of the restaurant chain, joining forces with Italian born John Sorrano, who founded the company in the mid-90s.

Good Company: Emily’s Bakery and Deli   Back To Top

Emily’s Bakery and Deli is a hometown favorite in Hastings. For years, it has been serving up some of the best donuts, cookies, cakes and other treats to its customers. It has been in the Hastings area for more than a century. In 1988, brother and sister, Steve Fox and Norine Bishop, took over the business from their parents when it was known at Hasting’s Home Bakery.  They changed the name to Emily’s Bakery and Deli in honor of their grandparents Emily and Elmer Walker who bought the bakery in the 1940’s.

Good Company: Slumberland Furniture   Back To Top

Slumberland is celebrating a big anniversary. The company is fifty years old. It started back in 1967 with its first store in Richfield. Slumberland didn’t start out in the furniture business like it is today. It actually started as a sleep store. Mattresses were its main focus. In fact, it wasn’t until 1990 that bedroom furniture was added. By 1975, Slumberland was franchising. By 2016, the company was exceeding the $450 million mark in sales.

Good Company: Papa Tronnio’s   Back To Top

Pizza night is certainly a popular night for many families and there’s one hot spot in Prescott, Wisconsin that has been feeding the stomachs and the hearts of families for almost forty years. Papa Tronnio’s is a staple. Known for its laid back atmosphere and great pizza, Papa T’s attracts people from Prescott and from all over the cities. Some families come weekly just to get a taste.

Good Company: Haskell’s   Back To Top

TCL In Your Town is featuring the gorgeous town of Excelsior. This water community has just about everything you can think of right in the heart of Water Street. Haskell’s is among the companies that have a long history of serving the community. They are just steps away from the lake. In fact, if you show up on the dock and need an order, they’ll bring it to you.

Good Company: White Bear Boat Works   Back To Top

White Bear Boat Works is in the business of fun. The team behind the company helps bring new life to old boats. If it’s fiberglass, they can fix it. In fact, they have fixed boats for folks who live all over the country.

Good Company: SelfEco   Back To Top

For many of us, the convenience of having plastic plates and silverware means the ease of no dishes. The only problem is, it all ends up in landfill. That’s where Stillwater company SelfEco comes in. They make products that are environmentally friendly.

Good Company: Hogan Brothers Back To Top

Northfield is a cute, quaint town that has lots of character. Some of that character is because of its local businesses. That includes Hogan Brothers’ Acoustic Cafe.

Good Company: Jensen’s Foods   Back To Top

It has been a staple in Coon Rapids since 1959. It was started by George and Janice Jensen. Known for its fresh produce, good service and its people, Jensen’s has always been about family values. 

Good Company: Buffalo Rock Winery   Back To Top

Buffalo Rock Winery is a dream come true for Nicole Dietman. She’s a busy mom of two who wanted to spend more time with her kids. So, she pursued her dream of starting her own winery in May of 2012. Her long commutes to Roseville ended and Nicole says she couldn’t be happier.

Good Company: Sun Country Airlines   Back To Top

Minnesota’s hometown airline is celebrating some of the state’s best lakes. Sun Country Airlines has kicked off what’s called the Hometown Lakes Project. Each plane has a featured custom lake theme picture designed by Minnesota artist Mark Herman. The art work also showcases the lake’s name. You can see them on the side of each plane and inside.

Good Company: Mama’s Happy   Back To Top

Amanda Ficek has certainly inspired a whole lot of women over the years. She owns a company called “Mama’s Happy”. It’s a store full of refurbished, upcycled and incredibly unique pieces. You’ll find furniture, home accessories and even jewelry. Everything is made or re-done by a group of artists who inspire and empower each other.

Good Company: Donato’s Floral   Back To Top

Donato’s Floral is about to celebrate a big anniversary. For almost thirty years, Donato’s flowers have been used in all sorts of life’s events.  It was Victor Donato that had a vision. He wanted to open the floral shop and boy have things been blooming ever since.

Good Company: Sunrise Market   Back To Top

Since 1913, the Forti family has been sharing their families favorite foods. Sunrise started as a bakery in Hibbing. It was started by Guilio Forti who was an Italian immigrant. He came to the United States in 1910. Known for many foods with an Italian flare, Sunrise soon grew into much more.

Good Company Update: JOIA & Urban Undercover   Back To Top

We have featured all sorts of Good Companies on Twin Cities Live over the years. Some of those companies have seen big changes since first appearing on Twin Cities Live. Case in point, JOIA. The sparkling soda company started in 2011. TCL reporter Emily Engberg featured the new company in 2012. The drinks are made from all natural and delicious ingredients. Since its start, JOIA has grown over 600%. It’s now available in about 20 states in over 3,000 locations. That includes Panera Bakery Cafes nationwide. Here in Minnesota, JOIA is available in about 200 locations, including Haskell’s.

Good Company: Da Bomb Bath Fizzers   Back To Top

Da Bomb Bath Fizzers has been around since 2012, but what makes this booming business so amazing is that it’s run by two teenage girls. Isabel is just 15 and Caroline is only 14. The two girls from Edina loved fizzing bath bombs. They wanted them to last longer and to be unique. So, they created their own with a special surprise in the middle. Their product is natural with just a few ingredients.

Good Company: Clingks   Back To Top

Ever poured a glass of wine and you set it down only to realize that you can’t figure out which glass is yours? A Golden Valley woman has solved that problem in a fun and creative way.
Stephanie Wiestling used to break stemware on wine glasses every time she’d wash them. So, she switched to wine glasses that didn’t have any. Only problem was, you can’t put charms on a glass that doesn’t have a stem. She solved the problem with address stickers. Those stickers would get stuck. Determined, Stephanie found a solution and started making her own. Before she knew it, people were buying them. Fast forward four years later and she’s in shows all over the cities and in stores across the country.

Good Company: Empty the Nest   Back To Top

Moving can be stressful, but one company says it doesn’t have to be. Empty The Nest started in 2010. It helps people with what they call wall to wall removal of personal items from their homes. They help offset some of the costs with a thrift store that they run.

Good Company: NORTHMADE   Back To Top

March 1, 2017 is a big day for former Minneapolis Saint Paul Clothing Company. They celebrate a new look and a new name. The company will now be called Northmade. It will still showcase t-shirts that still have that Minnesota love, but will now be more inclusive of people who love all things north.

Good Company: Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge   Back To Top

Despite the weather outside, there’s a spot in Northeast Minneapolis that always feels like a tropical oasis. Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge first opened in in 2003. The owner, Leslie Bock, found a niche and certainly went for it. Today, it’s still a destination for out of towners and locals.