Shops & Business

The bookshelves at Wild Rumpus. Above, a boat is affixed to the ceiling.

Since 1992, Wild Rumpus has been a staple in the Linden Hills neighborhood, known for its great selection of children’s books, a special entryway for its younger patrons and its wild inhabitants.

The origin of the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is unknown. It’s one of those sayings rooted deep in our culture. And while the phrase may sometimes be overused, the words speak a truth that spans centuries: No one should have to go it alone.

The TwinWest Chamber is a group of 700 businesses and 3,000 business leaders who provide a voice for the west metro. Shannon Full is TwinWest’s newest CEO, assuming the position in Minnesota about one year ago.

Got a green thumb and ready to use it? Consider volunteering at Lyndale Park Gardens with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Opportunities abound, says environmental stewardship volunteer coordinator Sherry Brooks.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is a partner organization of the American Cancer Society (ACS) with the ability to lobby and advocate for the ACS to members of state and national government.

About seven years ago, a tiny business started in a St. Olaf dorm room with four friends and an idea. Erik Brust wanted options for fruit-based frozen pops.

As a freshman in college, Abby Bongaarts had an idea. She wanted to walk the entire country, from one coast to the other.

Mr. Lucky’s opened in December 1962 as the only local nightclub devoted exclusively to teenagers.  As the Twin Cities music scene grew, it was the place for the local bands to play and the kids to dance.

You may already know about eyebobs (“eyewear for the irreverent and slightly jaded”) and their state-of-the-art website featuring a virtual try-on tool and 360 degree photography, providing a great online shopping experience for the purchase of

Right in the heart of Eat Street in the Whittier neighborhood is another yummy spot, of sorts. Here you’ll find cards instead of menus and knit foods instead of the edible kind. There are some wares made in Minnesota and others from around the country.

You may have passed the charming brick building on Lyndale Avenue in Uptown many times. Or maybe you’re a loyal customer at Urban Tails Pet Supply.