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Spring Into Minnesota Wineries

Minnesota Wines

France, Italy, California, Australia, Chile... Minnesota? Although not listed among top wine regions in the world, the land of 10,000 lakes has produced its fair share of yummy grape-grog in recent years. While the Minnesota craft brewing renaissance carries on into another summer of fun, it's easy to forget the work and innovation being done on the state's other favorite beverage. Winter is over. Time to go wine tasting! The Minnesota Grape Growers Association has compiled a map showing a solid selection of wineries...

'Circus Juventas' -- Put Your Kids Where They Belong: In the Circus

juggleCJ To keep their K-12 children busy after school and during the summer months, parents enroll their kids a myriad of activities. There are painting classes, ballet, soccer, baseball, trumpet lessons, religion classes, Girl Scouts, swimming, and so much more. Those just mentioned are conventional ideas that come to the "where should we stick our kids" table. But did you ever think let's put them in the circus? Well a number of parents did just that with Circus Juventas. Circus Juventas is located in Saint Paul's Highland neighborhood and has been around since 1994. For 20 years it stands as a performing arts school for adolescents,...

'The Wedge' Reveals Plans for New Location on Eat Street

Eat Street Wedge Counter View Cuningham Group Conceptual Design

I have a love-hate relationship with the Wedge Community Co-op. I love their food, excellent customer service and local-first mentality. I just hate the mini-traffic jam their store produces on Lyndale Avenue in the evening; they're really popular and it shows. That's why I am excited to hear they're expanding and doing so in the same neighborhood (Whittier)! Eat Street (Nicollet Avenue...

Balance Found at 'Bull Run Coffee'

Bull Run Coffee on Lyndale

Many claim that the best coffee experience is found in the potent drinks of Caffetto or the eclectic atmospheres of the Spyhouses. Others will name Quixotic for its precision or Peace Coffee for the bounty of hipster warmth found within. These coffee connoisseurs all have their points, but they are wrong. It's an undisputed fact that Bull Run Coffee is the safest recommendation for a coffee shop in the Twin Cities. By what authority...

'Cahoots Coffee Bar' in Merriam Park Should Be Your Next Stop for Coffee

Cahoots Coffee Bar - Merriam Park St. Paul I had moved to the Merriam Park neighborhood for a year to live near the University of St. Thomas campus. My roommate and I frequently attended the Starbucks on the corner of Selby and Snelling, but little did I know that just across the street and a few doors down was one Saint Paul's local gem coffee shops: Cahoots Coffee Bar. Cahoots has a Middle Eastern vibe to its decor. Large textiles drape the walls, various pictures knickknacks and mosaics about the room, plants, spices, and architectural designs all help give its Moroccan feel.

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'Uptown Vapor Shoppe' -- A Place For E-Cigarettes and Community

Uptown Vapor Shoppe - Exterior

The lifeline of Uptown is Hennepin Avenue -- this bustling road is always full of life with cars, bikers and pedestrians making their way to their respective Minneapolis destinations. Along the busy street, tucked next to Brass Knuckle Tattoo, sits Uptown Vapor Shoppe. For those Minneapolis residents who use e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers, Uptown Vapor Shoppe should be be your new destination for all your vapor needs. The person behind Uptown Vapor Shoppe is the lovely Sina War -- she is the day-to-day operator of the business supported by a partner who acts as the financial...

Urban Organics: Providing Local Year-Round Produce

UOHeader For almost 20 years the Hamm's Brewery building in Saint Paul has been an abandoned, run-down eye sore. However, it has recently been purchased and renovated to be a location for Urban Organics. Urban Organics has done much more for our community than just remodeling a building. Inside the old brewery lives an aquaponics system. Aquaponics is a cyclical water ecosystem where fish aid plants to grow, and vice versa. Urban Organics will sell both vegetables and fish to local businesses, promoting a local and healthier food choice. UOFish...

Hector: Home to Minnesota’s “Other Place”

The Other Place Sign Hector, MN

Have you been to a hick bar lately? How about an establishment that’s just out of the reach of a grain elevator’s shadow? Well if you were to find yourself drifting out to the western edge of the metro, then take the time to meander over to Hector, Minnesota. There’s a bar there. It’s fun. It’s called: “The Other Place.” Now we've all heard the typical city-slicker response: “I can’t go to a place like that! Their vodka is probably really old, their food is either greasy or microwaved,...

The Minneapolis ‘5-8 Club' Tops Travel Channel's List of Tastiest Places

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It's official: The 5-8 Club is #1. According to the Travel Channel's "More Chowdown Countdown" which aired on Sunday, the 5-8 Club has been named atop of list of the 101 tastiest places in America to chow down.
“We were so excited just to be included in the ‘Chowdown Countdown,’” the 5-8 Club’s Co-owner Jill Skogheim said to KARE...