Shops & Business

This photo, taken by the tax assessor in 1960, is of some long-ago building that stood at what is now around Park Place Boulevard and 16th Street. Fifty-six years doesn’t seem so long ago to those of us in the history game, but a lot has happened since then in St. Louis Park.

Unless you’re biking along the Southwest Trail or dropping a child off at Kenwood Gymnastics Center, you’re not likely to stumble upon Steel Toe Brewing, located in an industrial area of St. Louis Park.

It was about 13 years ago when our new mayor Jake Spano jumped off his previous career track and started over.

You might recognize the name Jim Jennings from the liquor store on Excelsior Blvd. Or maybe you heard mention of him when he was inducted into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame last fall.

Last fall the city of St. Louis Park submitted a budget proposal for the 2015 Business District Initiative, a Hennepin County grant for up to $50,000. As a part of the application, the city council has agreed to commit up to $50,000 in matching funds.

The Shops at West End welcomed three new women’s clothing stores this past December. “These are three truly unique stores run by incredibly talented individuals, each with her own singular sense of style,” says Michael Landstad, senior property manager with Mid-America Real Estate Minnesota.

Over the past few years, a soaring trend in shopping has changed the way consumers look at retail. Thrifting has become en vogue not only for those searching for vintage treasure but for the everyday shopper as well. It’s become widely popular for practical and fashionable reasons alike.

Valentine’s Day is coming, and it’s a Sunday this year, folks: Will you be ready? At St. Louis Park’s Arts & Flowers Design Studio, a full-service flower shop serving customers (even forgetful ones) for 14 years, everyone’s ready.

St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) rang in its 40th anniversary last fall with a new executive director, Derek Burrows Reise.

You may have passed Dome Souvenirs Plus at some point on your way to a Twins or Vikings game at the Metrodome. As the stadiums change, so have the times, and owner Ray Crump Jr.

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