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.

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.

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.