Tagged St. Paul

St. Paul Restaurant just/us Has Upended Its Business in Solidarity with Displaced Residents

St. Paul’s just/us, an American restaurant located in the Viking Apartments, has closed its doors. The closure on April 20, 2019, came less than a year and a half after owner Nathan Docken—who, full disclosure, is a D&D buddy of mine—had opened the doors in December 2017. Besides great food, just/us was also a home to the local arts community. The restaurant hosted an open-mic night every Tuesday. Nathan says, “Because we allow everybody to do whatever, we’ve become...

The MN Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2019

Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic shops open their doors to give out specially designated comics for free as well as take the opportunity to host creator appearances, sales, giveaways, and more. This year, Free Comic Book Day also coincides with my all-time favorite holiday: May the 4th! Whether you celebrate Star Wars Day or not, there are some solid comics deals going on in the Twin Cities. Click here for the full list of free...

The Rockits Take the Golden Skate in the Minnesota RollerGirls’ Season 15 Championships

All good things must come to an end, and Season 15 was a very, very good thing for Minnesota RollerGirls. It saw some of the best roller derby in years. But on March 30, 2019, it came to an end with a bang, some glitter, and a preview of things that may be not too many years in the future. This is the season 15 championship bout. This is Skate Like UCare. And this is your Minnesota RollerGirls recap....

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2019

On April 27, 2019, indie bookstores in Minnesota and around the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day, which as always is great news for book lovers. Officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include tote bags, advance reader copies (ARCs), posters, clothing, and more—and many will also be offering sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Other stores won’t have these “official” items but are celebrating on their own. You can find all...

Can Can Wonderland Highlights the Artistic Value of Retro Gaming

The Twin Cities has so many unique bars, and I wanted to check out a retro gaming bar that has been drawing lots of traffic since it opened in 2017: Can Can Wonderland. At first, you might not suspect that Can Can truly fits this category, but the arcade portion, which sits adjacent to its famous minigolf, has attracted the local Twin Cities crowd, similar to other retro gaming locations in the market. I wanted to delve deeper into...

Chatterbox Pub Is the Perfect Retro Gaming Haven for a First Date

While I was doing research for my last article, I reached out to Steven Miller, who is the owner of Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on the retro gaming scene in the Twin Cities, especially since his pub was one of the first to service the local retro gaming community. I walked into the bar and was instantly taken back to my childhood as I noticed the vintage Nintendo Power...

Up-Down Minneapolis Bottles Gaming Nostalgia for Twin Cities Millennials

When I first walked into Up-Down a few years ago, around the time it opened, I felt an instant nostalgic attachment. I noticed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game and nearby, an unused X-Men arcade cabinet. Both sat beckoning me to reclaim my youth. I was flooded with memories of a local pizza shop and arcade in Appleton, Wisconsin, where I spent birthdays, Friday nights, and the celebrations after stellar report cards. I would rapidly scarf down the...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2018

Thanksgiving weekend features some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and seeing as Minneapolis and St. Paul are always popping up on lists of America’s most literate cities, you can be sure a lot of the purchases around these parts will be books. In addition to Black Friday, independent bookstores have been celebrating Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative, with author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign helping to bring authors into...

The 2018 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive Is Here!

It’s that time of year again, geeks! Last year’s Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was a huge success—we set a new record by collecting over 4,900 donations of games, toys, books, and other items for deserving recipients! This year, with even more great donation locations on board, we’re hoping to do even better. As has been the case the past three years, items donated will go to two very worthy local organizations: Hallie Q. Brown Community...

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2018

April 28, 2018 is a great day for book lovers: it’s Independent Bookstore Day! Minnesota has a huge number of indie bookshops, and most of them will be celebrating in one way or another. Certain officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include advance reader copies, posters, clothing, and more—and many will have a variety of sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Two local programs will give you even more chances for freebies....
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