Protests continue to erupt in Minneapolis over the brutal and unnecessary death of George Floyd. Overnight, fires raged, store windows were shattered, and crowds chanted "I can't breathe". 

Protests have spread to other cities, including neighboring Saint Paul, while demonstrations in New York, Phoenix, Denver, Memphis, and Columbus demanded prosecution of the four officers involved in the arrest — and death — of George Floyd.

Here, we take a look at the businesses of Minneapolis, more as an exercise in information and exploration. Debate over the extent of property and retail establishment damage during the protests is not our place here, but rather to show what data we have on the epicenter.

In the first map, we filtered out restaurants, deliver services, and distribution points to get a better look at the businesses of Minneapolis.

The map above includes the following businesses (top-20 listed by number of locations).

Name

Minneapolis locations

VUSE Vapor

204

Jiffy Lube

119

Gardein

99

College Student Apartments

89

Ritual Restaurants

77

Ameriprise Financial Advisors - Financial Advisor

64

Bank Of Montreal - BMO

61

Sonder

60

ChargeHub

59

Lightlife

56

Starbucks

53

Cars.com

52

NJOY

49

Avery

45

NAPA Auto Center

40

Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor

39

Soylent

39

Impossible Foods

38

Caribou Coffee

37

Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness

34

The map below focuses on restaurants as represented by delivery and booking apps, including GrubHub ($NYSE:GRUB), UberEATs ($NYSE:UBER), DoorDash ($DOORDASH), and OpenTable ($NASDAQ:BKNG) reservations.

About the Data:

Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales, and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue, and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales.