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Oral History

April 27, 2010

We’re on a history kick this year. We know many people with long and deep roots in this area, and many more who enjoy hearing about days gone by, what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same. Some businesses have been around for decades, like Ingebretsen’s, Roberts Shoes, and Schatzlein Saddle (which is now over a century old). Others have sprung up on the same ground as some old favorites. With all that in mind, we’re recording the memories and stories of long-time residents, so we’ll always have them.

Our very first interview is with Joyce Krook, who was the community relations specialist with Abbott Northwestern and Allina for many years. She grew up at Lake & Hennepin in the 1940s and 1950s. Here’s part 1 of the interview with her, which mostly has to do with what it was like to grow up next to the Minneapolis Ice Arena.

You can read more online about the Minneapolis Arena, and the Rainbow Building. Stay tuned for part two and for more interviews!


Review your favorite places at

February 04, 2010

Did you know that you can now write reviews of your favorite places right here on this website? We’ve been testing this feature out for a while and it’s now ready to roll! For example, here’s a comment left about Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts & Deli:

Great butcher shop, great gifts, great atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit, especially around Christmas time.

Our site is becoming more and more popular for people who are using Google or another search engine to look for specific Lake Street businesses. Leaving reviews about them is a win-win scenario for everyone. It makes the site more meaningful, gets our site visitors more information about the places they’re looking for, and our reviewers’ experiences and opinions get shared with an audience who will appreciate them.

So seek out your favorite Lake Street places here and let us know what you think!


Lake Street on Twitter

October 20, 2009

I’ve noticed lately that some people really like to discover and follow all the different Lake Street places on Twitter. So I thought I’d try to create a definitive directory of them. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. If you see any missing, please speak up! (And of course, be sure to follow us on Twitter as well, @VisitLakeStreet.

Barbette @BarbetteMpls

The Beauty Room @beautyroommpls

Bryant Lake Bowl @BryantLakeBowl

Gandhi Mahal @gandhimahal

Glaciers Cafe @glacierscafe

Hair By Morgan @hairbymorgan

Hirshfields @hirshfields

Il Gatto @ilgattouptown

In the Heart of the Beast @HOBT

Jungle Theater @JungleTheater

Juut Salon Spa @JuutSalonspa

Longfellow Grill @longfellowgrill

Magers & Quinn @magersandquinn

Manny’s Tortas @MannysTortas

Midtown Global Market @MidtownGlobal

moto-i @motoi2go

Northern Sun @NorthernSun1

Pangea World Theater @Pangea_PanLab

Peace Coffee @Peace_Coffee

Midtown Produce Exchange @ProduceExchange

Resource Center of the Americas @RCTA

Salty Tart @TheSaltyTart

Sauce Spirits & Soundbar @SauceMPLS

Smitten Kitten @SmittenKittenMN

Stella’s Fish Cafe @Stellasfishcafe

Town Talk Diner @towntalkdiner

Uptown Theatre @UptownTheatre

William’s Uptown Pub and Peanut Bar @WilliamsUptown

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