If you’ve ventured down Eat Street recently, it's difficult to overlook the beautiful new home of Zeus Jones at 2429 Nicollet Avenue. The business innovation and design company moved to the Whittier neighborhood in the summer of 2016 and quickly became an integral part of the landscape and community. The agency boasts high profile clients such as 3M, General Mills and UnitedHealthcare, but their prevailing philosophy continues to be “We Shape Businesses Starting With People”. (http://zeusjones.com/about)
Upon settling into Whittier, Zeus Jones wanted to highlight and celebrate some of the history and places that have made this neighborhood a fantastic place to live, work, and play for years. A small team of Zeus Jones staff went to work on creating an intimate collection of stories and recipes from 14 of the diverse businesses that make Eat Street a local destination. They connected through stories about the owners, customers, and their relationship with the neighborhood, and the final product was a polished cookbook entitled From Eat Street, With Love. The book was finished and on the shelves of local retailers within 6 months of their move to Whittier with all proceeds benefitting the Whittier Alliance. For a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind this project check out their blog post. From Eat Street, With Love can be purchased directly from the Whittier Alliance at 10 E 25th St.
Beyond the work done for Eat Street, Zeus Jones has also partnered with St. Stephen’s Human Services (2309 Nicollet Avenue South) to meet the unique needs of marketing and development for a non-profit. Born out of a personal passion for the issue of homelessness, Strategist Jen Shadowens and an engaged team worked with clients and staffers at St. Stephen’s to determine what sets them apart from other social service providers. Zeus Jones also provided rebranding and a refreshed logo, totaling 2-3 months of pro bono work for a community pillar, further demonstrating Zeus Jones’ organizational commitment to its own employees. As Kaley Brown, Community Engagement Manager for Whittier Alliance, remarked upon visiting Zeus Jones, “They recognize that their employees are passionate, engaged, and complete people who want to dedicate their skills and ideas to nonprofit causes that speak to them in addition to the work they do for their for-profit clients." Read more on their blog.
Zeus Jones has demonstrated that they are a company that can seamlessly navigate the needs of Fortune 500 companies and the nuanced needs of small organizations. Thank you to Zeus Jones for providing innovative, forward-thinking solutions and for becoming a great piece of Whittier’s colorful fabric.