Minneapolis Breakfast Club

Cheers to Knollwood Liquors!

Early Birds: Bob Alexander, Ron Britz, and Dwain Coleman were the early birds today.

Call to Order: Past President Jon Peterson called the meeting to order.

Honorary Members: Ron Britz, Dick Nelson, and Bob Alexander were honorary members in attendance

Guests: None today


  1. Roster update for 2022 are in process led by Dwain Coleman. Please let him know if you will be placing an ad in the roster book.
  2. We need a President, Vice President, and Board members for the club starting in the January thru June 2022 term. Interested? Contact Past President Jon.
  3. 2022 Craft Talk dates are available. Sign up with Craig Blixrud

Business Networking: 

Business Exchange: Tom Whaley thanked Armor Mechanical for keeping the heat on.

Pot of Gold: Tom Whaley drew 5 cards and the winner was Craig Blixrud

Craft Talk: 

Paul Ralles brought us on a trip down memory lane with Knollwood Liquors today. Paul’s father purchase Knollwood Liquors and in the late 60’s joined the Minneapolis Breakfast Club. Paul and his brothers grew up in the business and all worked there. Paul left the business and went into teaching for a number of years.

After Pauls’ father passed, his mother sold the business and Paul came back to manage the business for the new owner.

This past summer, Paul retired and said he would work one day a week to help out. Of course, he is currently working several days a week as COVID affects the workforce.

Interesting tidbit is that in most years, Paul felt that the business was successful if the sales stayed even with the prior year. In 2020, with the COVID restrictions in place Knollwood had sales increase by 31%.

Paul regaled us with anecdotes of growing up in the family liquor business and generously gave away 4 bottles of wine and liquor. You needed to be present to win….

Stop in at Knollwood Liquors on a Wednesday and see Paul and bring home a bottle or a case of your favorite adult beverage.

Registration can be to Paul Ralles @ Rallo72@msn.com or call/text to 952-270-0433.

Looking ahead

January 19 TBD@ECC

January 26 TBD@ECC

February 2 Guest Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Carlson (Martin Peyer)

February 9 Bullseye Media