For all those mini golf lovers out there, have I got a new spot to check out for you — located in Edina just off France Avenue, Centennial Lakes offers a mini golf course unlike most in the Twin Cities. Have you ever mini golfed on real grass? I know I hadn’t before visiting, and this place puts the green carpeted, gimmicky mini golf courses to shame.
Living on the Eastside of St. Paul, my attention has been brought to Payne Avenue and the rising of restaurants and little shops along the route. Following an East Sider residents’s Facebook group, the new restaurant Cook St. Paul has been getting quite the hype on lots of posts. Cook St. Paul is owned by two cooks, Eddie Wu and Charles Cook. Their restaurant sits where Serlin’s Cafe grew to popularity for multiple decades until the owners closed down for their retirement. I decided to check it out this new place, and interview owner Eddie Wu.
Meet Chimgee Haltarhuu, a Mongolian-American woman driven to end outdated views in Mongolia on domestic abuse. Haltarhuu shared with me her life story: from growing up in Mongolia, joining the circus, moving to the U.S., and starting a mission to help battered women. Chimgee Haltarhuu is one of the most motivated and inspiring persons I have ever met — I encourage you to read her story on how she broke from the cyclical pattern of abuse and now helps others to escape it.
Haltarhuu’s story starts off in Mongolia when she was a child. As a young girl, she was always active, so much so her family put her in a gymnastics class as an outlet to that energy — immediately she thrived. But despite her talent, she was not able to continue gymnastics. It wasn’t lack of motivation which took her away from her love, but Mongolian custom.
Paper Hat is a shop I could spend all day in. It has the double whammy: adorable merchandise and friendly, helpful staff(aka, the owner Greta Norlander). I found myself circling the place twice, admiring the adorable and colorful prints, jewelry, purses and other accessories. It’s more than just the merchandise that makes this store so great, it is the community Greta has created with both the artists and the customers.
It all starts with the artists.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a show at the Acme Comedy Company. It’s located in downtown Minneapolis on First Street, but just far enough on the outskirts to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown. But if you’re looking for a quiet time then look somewhere else. The show will be filled with a constant flow of laughter from the audience matched with high spirited energy.
Bubble Tea isn’t something many people hear about often in the Midwest. I myself had no idea what it was until a few months ago, and even then I wasn’t aware that there are plenty of places to find it in Minnesota, especially around the Twin Cities area.
The Minnesota-based Primp stores look like high-end, high-priced boutiques, with clean interiors filled with fashionable, trendy clothing. One thing, however, sets Primp apart from the typical high fashion stores: the prices. Everything at Primp is under $100, quite a feat for quality stylish options.
Providing affordable style was one of the main concerns for owners Michele Gudmundson and Wesley Uthus.
The season of summer in Minnesota is a few short months when people like to spend their time outside before the season goes cold once again. Summer also brings festivals that entertain with anything from music to food to themed get-togethers. Speaking of themed get- togethers, that leads me to announce the 44th Annual Renaissance Festival. Held at the Shakopee fairgrounds, this on-going attraction has gathered crowds as large as 300,000 in the past years and is considered the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States.
An aspiring and historic renovation of the old Jordan Brewery (Jordan, MN) has been hit hard by recent rains: a landslide brought tons of mud and debris into the third floor apartments of the building on June 19th. A small batch brewery and taproom, the Roets Jordan Brewery, was in the process of moving into the space. Serious doubts have risen on whether they’ll get to stay.