Shops & Business

Located a half-mile from St. Louis Park High School is the Central Clinic, which has been providing access to free health care for kids from birth to 12th grade in the St. Louis Park and Hopkins school districts since its start in 1996.

At one of St. Louis Park’s newest and fastest-growing companies, the name of the game is bringing a company’s digital, marketing and staffing elements together under one roof. And it’s a new roof in the West End of St. Louis Park.

These men, dear readers, are Allen’s Rocking Chairs, stars of Minneapolis’s huge indoor polo craze of the 1930s. That giant Roller Garden skating rink on Lake Street was built in 1930 as the Pastime Arena, dedicated to boarding, riding, and training horses.

You have to get up early to cross paths with STEP volunteers Ephie and Clement Volpe, whose shift starts at 8 a.m. at the St. Louis Park community food shelf. They come to work every Thursday morning, generally staying for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

With the rise of shows like Game of Thrones to last year’s explosion of Pokémon Go, it’s clear that geek culture is officially cool. Dedicated gamers are stepping out into the open, and newbies are joining in the fun, too.

The Needle Doctor was just a twinkle in Jerry Raskin’s eye when he was selling blank cassette tapes out of his backpack as a student at the University of Minnesota.

Before wife-husband duo Jen and Andrew Fleury decided to open their own Board & Brush studio in January, neither had much experience with woodworking—or teaching, for that matter.

Down in the Valley and Mill City Sound are two vastly different record stores, but both are benefiting from the resurgence in vinyl LP’s being fueled by the next generation of music lovers.

When the Sports and Health Club opened November 23, 1959, it was the first time anyone had ever seen a family-oriented exercise facility. Located at the northwest corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Quentin Avenue, the $250,000, precast-concrete building was the brainchild of Arthur W. Owens.

At Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School (HMJDS), kindergartener Sam Hunt was the new kid. It was the start of a new year, and he didn’t know anyone.