Developer and Managing Partner
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Craig came to Minnesota in 1998, on what he thought would be a short visit. He has lived here ever since. Most of Craig’s vocational life has been spent in the field of addiction counseling and intervention. (This makes his affinity for an old brewery site all the more surprising!)
He didn’t plan to pursue real estate development as a career, but somehow, as Craig became part of the city around him and got to know his neighbors in the West 7th Street community, he started seeing individual buildings as opportunities for vibrancy.
Craig discovered a love of integrating his holistic and collaborative worldview with the challenge of sparking inclusive neighborhood development. Craig has the gift of forging relationships and connections, as well as seeing raw spaces and envisioning possibilities.
After refurbishing and leasing other cool old buildings in the West 7th Street neighborhood, Craig watched as the Keg House was unearthed during the Schmidt Artist Lofts development and the dream of the Keg and Case West 7th Market was born. Craig has deftly navigated the complex process of bringing this project to fruition, which has included working in tandem with the City of St. Paul, garnering approvals from both the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service, and enlisting an exemplary team to do so.
He looks forward to spending time at the Market with his wife Tracy and their five children, Asher, Kylee, Hanna, Clara, and Micah.
Meet Scott Schuler, serial entrepreneur. Scott’s diverse career experience has tee’d him up nicely for this project — delivery service, music management and production, product design and wholesale sales, corporate branding and fulfillment, and lots of hospitality. He’s been a partner in many bar/restaurant endeavors, has a great love of hospitality and events, and is currently a partner in Morrissey’s Irish Pub. Scott is equally right- and left-brained, and his work at Keg and Case lights up his whole cranium. “Keg and Case is one big art project, and a tremendous business undertaking, and I enjoy both roles,” he says. “The creativity in helping to design and curate such an amazing project, along with being involved with all aspects of operations, balances and nurtures both sides equally.” In the moments he is not working hard, he’s most likely enjoying Lake Superior’s North shore.
Director of Operations
Phil Gagne, whose desk is an old brewery door, has done about every Schmidt Brewery-related job imaginable since he began working as a brewer on Oct. 31, 1979. As he worked his way up from brewer to head brewmaster, he saw changes — changes in brewing capacity, changes in brewery techniques and changes in ownership. When the brewery closed at 1 p.m. on June 24, 2002, Phil went home and filed for unemployment. The next day he received a call from the brewery’s safety director and chief engineer. “The cans were still on the lines,” Phil says. He to put together a skeleton crew to run out the 33,000 barrels of beer that was still in fermentation tanks, aging tanks, prefinished tanks and finishing tanks. It took six months. Flash forward a few years, and Phil’s an institution — the go-to guy for all things Schmidt. His Keg and Case colleagues jokingly call him a relic; his friends at the neighboring Schmidt Artists Lofts call him their historian. Since 1979, his story has been the story of the brewery. And he’s made it his business to know everything about the place. “For me to be able to do something like this is the cherry on top of the whipped cream,” he says.
In his newest role, he will continue to be a go-to guy for anyone involved in the project…or anyone that wants to hear a really good story.