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.

What on earth can be happening here? Is Carole Banbury, Miss St. Louis Park 1959, trying to sell an oven to Little Leaguers Skip Miller and Greg Shea? No; the plot is more complicated.

Last July, St. Louis Park business owner Keith Miller got some national attention. Bubbly Paws, Miller’s self-service dog wash company, had always used FedEx for its shipping and printing needs—and now, it was time for them to help FedEx.

It’s 1961, and we’re drinking martinis and smoking cigarettes at the Shalimar Thirstbar cocktail lounge at the new Ambassador Motor Lodge. In the middle of the circular bar is a pagoda and elephant sculpture; on the wall is a mural of a parade, with elephants, dancers and musicians.

British ensemble The King’s Singers performed in February at Orchestra Hall to benefit the Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center, located in St. Louis Park.

Over the last several years, the ideal grocery-shopping experience has evolved. Forget warehouse-size packaging and processed foods.

Family-owned and -operated since 1946, St. Louis Park’s Nordic Ware got its start with four simple, Norwegian-style products: the krumkake iron, rosette iron, ebelskiver pan and platte panne.

After graduating from St. Louis Park High School in 2010, Lauren Shoff jetted off to study fashion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Once there, her accessories design professor encouraged her to start her own business, at the tender age of 19.

It’s a story of friendship and civic pride almost 70 years in the making—and a beautiful bloom of a story, too. In 1947, 32 women who were part of St. Louis Park’s popular garden clubs decided to band together and form the Women’s Club of St. Louis Park.

Just as the all-black clothing look goes out of vogue come the end of January, so can your winter locks. Revolution Salon stylist and co-owner Sasha Zoghi says that with the onset of spring, clients are hungry for a change.

Over the last few years, the craft of homebrewing has been growing rapidly in popularity. Some are quick to attribute the rise to the DIY-everything mentality of millennials, but it’s clear that the passion for homebrewing and winemaking is bigger than the 20-somethings in your neighborhood.