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    Combined Suggestions: Uptown: a little bit of everything

    by goodfish Updated Aug 6, 2014

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    Young, hip, energetic and lifestyle-diverse, Uptown's heart is at the intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Ave, and the surrounding blocks/streets in either direction encompass fun restaurants, coffeehouses and shops. A lot of the stores - both chains and indies - will appeal to Gen X, Y and younger but there are enough bookshops, galleries, kitchenware and other specialty offerings to make a fun little walkabout for everyone.

    Nice day? Haul yourself and your bags up to Stella's Fish Cafe or Skybar's sunny rooftop patios for after-shopping cocktails and/or dinner. The biking/blading/walking paths of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles are also just a few blocks away.

    Besides the shops I've pictured, here are a few others:

    Colombia Sportswear
    North Face Sportswear
    Urban Outfitters: clothing and home:
    Francesca's: women's apparel:
    H&M: all family clothing:
    Atmosfere men's clothing:
    Ragstock: new and recycled funky clothing:
    Tibet Store:
    Design Within Reach: home furnishings:
    Penzey's Spices:
    Golden Leaf Ltd. cigars/pipes:
    Magers and Quinn Booksellers:
    Paper Source specialty paper/art supplies/gifts:
    The Kitchen Window:
    Bay Street Shoes:

    The website below has a nice interactive map for looking over what's in the area: reference the Uptown/LynLake inset.

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    Midtown Global Market: World-ly goods

    by goodfish Written Dec 31, 2012

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    I’d written this one up under Things to Do and Restaurants but have to give it a shoutout for some fun ethnic gifts and trinkets as well. Scattered between the indoor food and grocery markets are stalls offering hand-made soaps, Hmong-stitched clothing, leather purses, Navajo and Zuni jewelry, African craftware, Tibetan hangings, saris, Caribbean spices, piñatas, toys, perfumes and all sorts of other good stuff. Prices are generally very affordable, and all that color makes for a fun browse with a cup of frozen custard or Italian ice in hand!

    Merchants can rotate in and out occasionally so check the website for the most current list of vendors.

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    Marshall Field's: How times have changed ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For many decades this building said "Dayton's" -- now it says "Marshall Field's" -- I can't keep track of all of this, but now MF has been sold to May's. The statue of Mary Tyler Moore is just to the left of the picture.
    The link is to a picture of how it once looked -- in a snowstorm of course!!!

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    IKEA: Home Furnishings for the Masses

    by goodfish Updated Oct 24, 2008

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    This is the place to go for functional home furnishings at a price that'll make you forget about a bad economy. The Swedish retailer understands tight spaces, storage and budgets and offers furniture, kitchen and bath systems, frames, baskets, bedding, lamps, kitchen and dinnerware and lots of other stuff that'll make your nest comfortable, organized and fun.

    A couple of things to know;
    Most of the furniture needs to be assembled but it's not difficult, You can have boxed components delivered (for a fee) or take them home yourself. When you decide on the item you want, you'll use the pads and pencils the store provides to jot down the number from the floor sample and then locate it in the warehouse section. A store assistant (and they have many) will help you- just ask. Smaller items (lamps/bedding/pans/glassware/dinnerware, etc) are stocked by their displays so just grab, pay and go.

    IKEA is green! They provide carts/totes for your treasures in while you shop but they have gone bagless at checkout. No bags. They do provide some paper to wrap fragiles in but you either bring your own bag or buy an inexpensive, reusable plastic tote (stocked near the checkout lanes - 2 sizes, the big one is huge) to get your haul to the car.

    They have a cafeteria-style restaurant and the cheapest breakfast in town. 99-cents for a plate of eggs, potatoes and bacon (9:30 - 11:00 AM). Also free coffee from 9:30 to 10:00, when the store opens for biz. Their other food choices are big-time reasonable as well.

    The store is HUGE (2 floors) but family-friendly. Lots of restrooms and some play spaces for the tots.

    They have a small food store located just beyond the main checkout aisles. GO HERE before checking out. Food items (Swedish cookies/preserves/canned seafood/crackers/candy/etc) can be purchased here if not buying anything from the main store. If you ARE buying items from the main store, take your grocery items back through the main checkout lines and pay for all your stuff at one time 'cause they won't handle non-food purchases at the grocery.

    Ikea is walking distance from Mall of America. This makes starting your shopping day HERE (remember those 99-cent eggs?) pretty darn easy.

    What to buy: I buy a lot of kitchen stuff here, and my favorite Anna's Ginger Thins - very yummy cookies (and only 140 calories for 6 of 'em!!) for 99-cents a box. The bedding and other fabrics tend to be a little too bright and goofy for me but whatever.

    Fun stuff, cheap. IKEA, Minneapolis
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    Midtown Global Market: International Diversity in South Minneapolis

    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 25, 2006

    This new venue just opened in May 2006 and is getting rave reviews. The lady at the hotel desk said it is a new place and the shops are not all filled-in yet but "it makes me proud that I am from Minneapolis." I was afoot, so I was not able to make it there on this trip (big mistake) but wanted to make sure I mentioned it. The Midtown Global Market is an indoor market with a global flair. There are over 50 vendors selling specialty groceries, produce, prepared foods and unique gifts. There are even areas for day tables.

    What to buy: There is a wonderful selection of ethnic restaurants, along with a Produce Exchange.

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    Target/Walgreens: Looking downtown for odds and ends?

    by emoja Written Feb 11, 2005

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    There's a gigantic two-story Target store on 9th and Nicollet if you need to get odds and ends. This is within walking distance of the majority of downtown hotels.

    Another option is the Walgreens on 8th and Nicollet, just a few doors away from Barnes and Nobles. Their hours aren't as good as Target's - but they are slightly cheaper.

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    The Green Market: Flowers on the Mall ...

    by shrimp56 Written Sep 8, 2004

    All along the Nicollet Mall during the green market season you will see flowers for sale in addition to the produce. Towards the end of thwe owrking day you will also see many workers picking up some flowers on the way home.

    What to pay: For this bunch of sunflowers -- $2. US

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    CUB, RAINBOW, LUNDS, BYERLY´S KOWALKSKIS,: grocery stores... big and usually open 27/7,

    by Faracy Written Jun 15, 2004

    Minneapolis has a lot of grocery stores, and luckily for many travelers who don´t know their way around, most are pretty easily found. Rainbow, is one of the giant 24 hour places, and there is one in Uptown, a good and easy to get to location in the city. They have pretty much everything, and they are cheap. Cub is bigger, a little cheaper, but not as well located.. There is one on East Lake St., one on 60th and Niccolet, and the rest are in the suburbs, and I won´t bother telling you where... too far.
    Lunds is a yuppie/specialty grocery store, a little high end, but small enough to get in and out of.. There is one in Uptown, right on Lake St., and several in the suburbs.
    Kowalkski´s is another fancy little grocery store, they also sell knick knacks.. I like it better than Lunds, and am willing to pay a little more for my food to shop in the ambience, and have things bagged and taken to my car... they also have a lot of imported foods.. There is one on Hennipen Ave in Uptown, and another one on 56th and Lyndale in South Minneapolis.. the latter is nicer, but not 24 hours.
    As I´ve mentioned, I´m a weird eater out of nessesity.. I´m allergic to A LOT of things.. I buy a lot of organic food because pestisides and preservatives make me very ill..thus I spend a lot of money at our local WHOLE FOODS store... its a chain, but its a giant health food store! They have everything!!!
    the staff is always in a good mood, and they are about as cheap as anywhere else, cheaper on many import and organic items..
    This is just past the Uptown area, if you keep going past Lake Calhoun on Lake Street you can´t miss it.. its in a little shopping complex.
    We have many co-ops through out Minneapolis and St. Paul as well, but they don´t have the variety that I look for. I had to buy a lot of imported foods for my imported husband, so I don´t like to drive all over town..
    In general Minneapolis is a very vegetarian and vegan friendly city... where else can you buy vegan parmesan cheese in the middle of a Sunday night!

    What to buy: wild rice is something Minnesota is famous for, its black and has a strange wild kind of flavor.. maple syrup, if you´re into that..

    What to pay: I think Minneapolis has pretty average food prices.. seafood is high because of the location, and meat is pretty cheap... so is dairy, but not as cheap as Wisconsin.

    FREE SAMPLES at WHole Foods

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