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Announcing the Keep it Local Grant Recipients

"Change calls for innovation, and innovation leads to progress." -Li Keqiang

Fifty-five local businesses are innovating and partnering with other local entities to propel themselves into a world beyond COVID-19. With gracious financial contributions from the City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center, the Keep it Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant program distributed $100,000 among these businesses to collaborate on new technology or business models in response to COVID-19.

As one of the grant recipients, the Rochester Art Center is partnering in part with 3D Virtual REALty to create a virtual tour of its gallery.

"Access is an issue we continually consider, but now more than ever, we are thinking about how visitors can engage with this project safely in different ways," said Kali Morrison of the Rochester Art Center. "With these grant funds, we are excited to try something new and capture the exhibition [through] a 3D virtual gallery with the intention of sharing to a wider audience in a time when some may not be able to safely or comfortably leave their home."

While many of the Keep it Local grant-funded projects help businesses adapt in the short term, their initiatives are sure to have lasting impacts. One such example is from Rochester's minor league soccer club, Med City FC, which applied to produce soccer technique training videos with Fagan Studios.

“Through this grant, we'll be able to create valuable, professionally edited video content that will live long beyond this summer and reach far beyond the borders of Rochester and southeastern Minnesota," said Med City FC general manager and co-owner Frank Spaeth.

Although COVID-19 has impacted businesses, non-profits, and organizations alike, perhaps it provided the push to enhance these entities’ operations, both now and in the future, and call upon the collaborative community spirit to see each other through.

Find a full list of Keep it Local grant recipients and their service providers below.

Keep it Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant Recipients within downtown Rochester:

Recipient Provider(s)
99 Giggles White Space
Café Steam Superior Screeners
Cameo Pro Image
Collective Books & Records Latent Space
Counterpoint Home White Space
Fagan Studios White Space
Fyooz Financial Med City Beat and Wrkshp Studio
Grand Rounds Brewing Company Neon Green Studio
Healing Touch Spa Fagan Studios
James Krom Natural Images Post Bulletin
Lasker Jewelers UPS Store
Lettuce Unite White Space
Limb Lab White Space
Mango Thai Fagan Studios
Neon Green Studio Chamberlain Concierge and Lifestyle Management
Olive Juice Studios Media Core

Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria

John Jimenez
Poppi Italian Leather Med City Creative
Porch White Space
Rochester Art Center Post Bulletin and 3D Virtual REALty
Rochester Framing & Fine Art Printing BrandHoot, LLC
Rochester Public Library Foundation Tulip Tree Studios and Data-Smart Computers
Tangerine at Wildflowers Katie Kirckof, LLC
The Nordic Shop Tulip Tree Studios
Threshold Arts Reagan Outdoor Advertising of Rochester and Davies Printing
White Space Fagan Studios
Yoga Tribe MN White Space


Grant Recipients outside of downtown Rochester:

Recipient Provider(s)
Anderson Wheelchair NexGen Marketing
Big Bang Companies Curve Solutions
Carpet Booth Studios Northern Sun Productions
Chamberlain Concierge and Lifestyle Management Tulip Tree Studios
ExercisAbilities Data-Smart Computers
Flourish Counseling Center Brittany Baker
Garden of Massage Fagan Studios
Guide Your Heart SKOL Creative
Hot Chip Burger Bar White Space and Davies Printing
Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) Rosei Skipper
Jernberg Enterprises Allegra of Rochester
Little Thistle Brewing Company White Space
Lotus Health Foundation CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW
Med City Football Club LLC Fagan Studios
Mr. Pizza North White Space
MRJ Enterprises, Inc. Allegra of Rochester
Northern Sun Productions Carpet Booth Studios
Old Abe Coffee E & C Remodeling and CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW
OWL Therapy Services KTTC Television, Gray Duck Entertainment, and Big Bang Companies
Revolutionary Earth Sargent’s Gardens
Rochester Clinic Lion Crest Leadership
Rochester Farmers Markets CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW
Rootz of Inspiration NexGen Marketing
Serenity House Network TerraLoco
Spark (Formally, Children's Museum of Rochester) White Space
Urban Yoga Violet Fire and Warriors of the Open Heart Consulting
Wildwood Sports Bar and Grill Tulip Tree Studios