Social Enterprise

Keystone's social enterprises, Express Bike and History Tours, provide revenue to support our youth and senior programs.

Unique Business Model Supports Keystone's Youth and Senior Programs

Keystone’s social enterprises include the Express Bike Shop and Keystone’s History Tours. By being a customer at the bike shop or participating in a tour, you are providing financial support that goes directly back into Keystone’s youth and senior programs.

What is a social enterprise?

Keystone is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance who defines a social enterprise as “organizations that address a basic unmet need or solve a social problem through a market-drive approach.”

For Keystone, our social enterprises have allowed us to integrate an entrepreneurial spirit into our organization and to offer our community services and programs it needs. In turn, these entrepreneurial ventures generate revenue for our programs and supplement to our other funding sources.

Keystone History Tours

Keystone’s History Tours Program is designed for sightseeing adventurists and history buffs. Keystone staff design and lead the tours. Tours are presented by David Bredemus, Keystone’s Historian and Tour Guide. Dave specializes in local, regional and international tours based on history, culture and geography. Through this program, we are pleased and excited to present you with fun, informative, adventurous and educational excursions.

Proceeds from the History Tours program are used to support Keystone’s Senior program. Your participation in a tour helps seniors stay connected to their community.

2019 History Tour Season Launched

We are excited to announce the plans for our 2019 History Tour season. You can now view the complete list of tours we offering in our new 2019 History Tour brochure. Our tours will immerse you in history in the Twin Cities, around the state of Minnesota, and across the country.

2019 History Tours Brochure

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Register Now for a Tour

Now Offering Online Registration

This tour season, we are excited to announce we are now offering a new registration process. We are now able to offer you the opportunity to register for tours online! This will offer you more flexibility with your registration because you can sign up for tours when it is convenient for you!

Registration is open immediately!

Don’t feel comfortable registering online?

We know some people don’t feel comfortable using a computer and prefer to register over the phone. We will save some spots on each tour for people who prefer to call in. To register by phone, please call Keystone at 651-298-5493 beginning Wednesday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m.

History Tour Program Details:

Registration: Registration is open online immediately. All tour fees must be paid in full to complete your registration.

Payment forms accepted: Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express. It is preferred that you pay via credit card but if you would like to pay by check we must receive your payment within 5 business days of you submitting your registration. Late payments, may forfeit your spot on the tour. Make checks payable to Keystone Community Services and mail it to Tours Program, 265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.

Fees: All fees must be paid in full immediately to complete your tour registration. The tour registration fees always include deluxe motor coach transportation, lodging, admissions, all guides and historical narration. Food and beverages are included as specified for each tour.

Wait list: Once a tour is full, there will be a wait list posted. If a tour you are interested in is full, we highly encourage you to add your name to the wait list (at no cost to you). If space becomes available, we will use the wait lists to fill open tour spots. Additionally, the wait lists will help determine if an additional tour date should be added.

Parking: We coordinate tour pick-ups at two locations. You can be dropped off for your tour or you can park your car. Please see the details below related to parking.

  • Best Western Shoreview Hotel, 1000 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, MN. Over-night parking is available at this location
  • West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, MN. Please park in the rows in the back of the parking lot, leaving the rows near the building available for other participants using the center.

Tour cancellation policy: To receive a refund (less any non-coverable costs such as tickets, meals, hotels, etc.), you must give notice of 30 days or more for day trips and 45 or more days for overnight trips.

Have another question? Read our Tour Program Frequently Asked Questions.

Keystone History Tour Program Frequently Asked Questions 

2019 History Tours

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Keystone’s History Tours Program is designed for sightseeing adventurists and history buffs!

Tour 1 – Berne, MN Wood-Fired Pizza & Concert Tour

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an evening of pizza, music and history in the Swiss community of Berne, MN!

 

Tour 2 – Visit of Minnesota’s Oldest Suburbs

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thanks to everyone who traveled with us to tour Minnesota’s oldest suburbs — Richfield, Edina and Bloomington — and learn their unique history.

Tour 3 – “Something in the Water” Tour

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Thanks to everyone who toured South St. Paul and St. Louis Park to learn more about famous citizens who have called these cities home.

Tour 4 – Exploring the Driftless Region

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Thanks to everyone who traveled with us to The Driftless area. It was a great day.

 

 

Tour 5 – Visit to Cool and Unique Places in Duluth

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thanks to everyone who traveled with us to Duluth!

Tour 6 – Stone Lake Cranberry Festival & other WI Treasures

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Thanks to everyone who traveled with us to northern WI!

 

Tour 7 – New Mexico Tour

Sunday, October 13 – Monday, October 21, 2019

We had a memorable trip to the “land of enchantment” in Albuquerque and Santa Fe New Mexico. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Tour 8 – Extreme Niche Tour

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Extreme Niche Tour is closed. We encourage you to add your name to the waitlist.

Join the waitlist for the Extreme Nice Tour 

 

Tour 9 – 18th & 19th Century Mystery Tour

Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, April 3, 2020

The Mystery Tour is closed. We encourage you to add your name to the waitlist.

Join the waitlist for the Mystery Tour 

 

 

History Tours Liability Statement

Tours are under the management of Keystone Community Services, which acts as agent in arranging for transportation, hotel accommodations, sight-seeing, and other services, as described in this brochure. Therefore, we shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, injury, damage, accident, delays or cancellations of or changes in itinerary, schedule or accommodations caused directly or indirectly from acts of God, fire, strikes, acts of governments or civil disturbances, riots, thefts, pilferage, any act or default of any company or person engaged in transporting the passenger or rendering any other service or carrying out the arrangements of any tour, or by the act of default of any hotel proprietor or servant. The right is reserved to alter the itinerary or schedule at any time, with or without prior notice, if in the opinion of the operator such an adjustment is necessary or desirable. Keystone Community Services reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as member of any tour should such person’s health, mental or physical condition or general deportment impede the operation of the tour or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other passengers and a refund of recoverable unused land tour services is the limit of the agent’s liability should such a person be required to terminate the tour. No refunds will be granted for any unused portions of this tour unless arranged with the operator’s approval in writing in advance. Meals, gratuities, entertainment and tax are not included in tours unless specifically stated. Fares quoted herein are based on those rates in effect at the time of the printing of this brochure and while no changes are anticipated, fares are subject to change without notice.

Express Bike Shop

The Express Bike Shop opened in an abandoned gas station in 1995. The shop was created by youth who had participated in programming offered by Youth Express and who wanted a job, but were having a hard time getting one. The idea came to the teens because St. Paul Police had a large collection of unclaimed bicycles that they thought could be used instead of taking them to the scrap yard. And thus, the Express Bike Shop was created.

Employing youth

The Express Bike Shop is a used bike shop that turns donated bikes and bike parts into working bicycles. Young people work in the shop for 6-month apprenticeships. During this time, youth apprentices are trained in bike mechanic skills. Youth are also trained in the skills of running a small business – marketing, sales, teamwork, etc.

20+ Years Old and Still Growing

The shop outgrew its original location, so after a successful capital campaign, Express Bike Shop moved to its current location on Selby Avenue in 2007. Express Bike Shop has collected and refurbished, re-purposed or recycled over 30,000 bicycles. Over 6,000 customers each year choose Express Bike Shop for their bicycle needs. And 500 young people have completed a paid apprenticeship at the shop.

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Process at Express Bike Shop

Before: Donated Bike

Before bike photo

During: apprentice Fixes bike

During bike photo

After: Refurbished bike for sale

After bike photo

Support Youth Through the Express Bike Shop

By being a customer at Keystone’s Express Bike Shop, you are helping youth gain valuable first job experience. Plus you’ll get first-rate customer experience at reasonable prices.