Shops & Business

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.

On the University of Minnesota campus, standing at a street corner, a woman stops students walking by with an offer. “I’ll give you $5 if you can tell me what this means,” she says. She shows them a picture of a red flag on her iPad.

Brad Benyas, owner of EVOLVE Segway, says that a favorite part of his job is seeing people light up as they take their first ride on an electric bike.

Jonny Rock Bikes owner Jonathan Minks stresses the importance of making bikes accessible to everyone, not just experienced road racers.

Although she has loved to bake since she was a child, Amy Brace admits she first started taking baking seriously when she became obsessed with the show Cupcake Wars in 2011.

As St. Louis Park continues to redevelop, many of the places that seem to have been here forever are disappearing – and that isn’t always a bad thing. Case in point is the notorious Lakeland Hotel, located just inside the city line on Highway 7.

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