NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Buster’s on 28th reopens

After over a year, Buster’s on 28th has reopened.The popular restaurant closed after a fire during last summer’s “solstice storm” on June 21, 2013.On the day of the fire, the power had been out on and off throughout the day, prompting Buster’s to close early. Luckily, by the time the fire struck, the gas had been turned off. Otherwise the damage would have been much worse. Most of the damage inside was from smoke, and electrical wiring also needed to be replaced.Owners had initially hoped to reopen in February, but kept facing setbacks. On July 2, they announced via Facebook that the grand reopening would be July 10. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Urban Vintage opens in SENA

Urban Vintage has replaced Diva Rags at 42nd St. and Cedar Ave. Owners Linda Sorenson and James Wilson moved their 3-year-old store, formerly known as 38th Street Urban Outlet, from 38th and Nicollet during a cold week in January 2014.  “We questioned our decision, as well as our sanity and our ability to fend off possible frostbite at the time, but we knew this was the place for us and we knew we had to jump quickly or lose the opportunity,” remarked Sorenson. “We spent two months doing fun things with sheet rock and paint and, at the beginning of April 2014, we opened our new store, 42nd Street Urban Vintage.”They opted to move because they wanted a larger location in order to expand and begin selling more furniture. “We were lucky enough to find the perfect spot in Standish Ericsson,” stated Sorenson. Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Clean-up parks on Earth Day, join Friends of Lake Hiawatha

Looking for some way to celebrate Earth Day locally?The MPRB Earth Day Clean-Up has become the largest community service project in Minneapolis and takes place at nearly 40 clean-up sites throughout the city.Head over to Sibley Park on Saturday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All interested volunteers should meet at Sibley Rec Center to pick up bags and select a route for the clean-up. Refreshments provided to all volunteers. Or, go to Hiawatha Park and join the newly formed Friends of Lake Hiawatha for a clean-up from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association volunteers will have all of the bags, gloves, and tools you need to help out at the Lake Hiawatha Rec Center, outside, next to the lake. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | You really don’t want to meet the Dicks at Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America

I’m not one to cry. Truth is, I rarely cry, but during a visit to Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America I was literally reduced to tears! The bartender was abusive, abrasive, and mean as HELL. I wasn’t sure why he was in a bad mood, but later found out that it is their “niche” to be mean as spitfire. Were they really trained to treat people like this, to the point of harassment? Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Go to the movies and support Northrup school

Northrop Urban Environmental School (4315 31st Ave.) is partnering with the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis to host a day at the movies on Saturday, March 22 to support the fifth grade camping trip to Grand Marais.It will be the first camping experience for many of these city kids.To participate in the fundraiser, purchase a $5 ticket online that can be used for any film at the Riverview Theater on Saturday, March 22. Be sure to print out the auto-receipt you receive via e-mail and bring it to the theater as your ticket. Tickets for the fundraiser must be purchased in advance to make a donation. To purchase tickets, go to:’t make the event? Consider purchasing a symbolic ticket in support of the campers – your $5 donation will go directly to help fund the trip.ABOUT NORTHRUP Northrop’s vision is to ensure that each student receives a balanced, individual and rigorous education that embraces all academic discipline with environmental education at its core. Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Plan a tea party at A Cupcake Social

The corner at 28th Ave. and 38th St. is a popular destination these days. Last fall, Keen Coffee opened on the southwest corner, filling the space vacated by Tillie’s Bean. And in late December, A Cupcake Social, a gourmet cupcake boutique, opened across from Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub.With its fancy lighting and unique chairs, A Cupcake Social sets the perfect mood for a tea party. Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Contemporary art performance planned at The White Page

Plan to attend “Bring in the Indigo” at The White Page, a collectively-run art gallery, on Sunday, March 16 at 8 p.m.Expect an evening of contemporary performance, spanning dance, theater, visual art performance, relational practices, music and hybrids of all of the above. The event is curated by Fire Drill (Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney).There will be performances by Fire Drill (Minneapolis), Panoply Performance Lab (NY),  Future Death Toll (NY/PDX),  Hiponymous (Minneapolis), Samantha Johns (MPLS), Valerie Kuehne (NY), Glow Mechanics (Minneapolis), Beasthead (Minneapolis), and Dustin Maxwell (Minneapolis).The sitting section (dance, theater, visual art performance) starts at 8 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., the standing section (music, performance installation, relational performance) begins.Tickets: $10 to enter at 8 p.m., $5 to enter at 9:30 p.m.The White Page is located next to Chris and Rob’s restaurant at 3109 E. 42nd St. in Minneapolis.EVEN IF IT KILLS YOUThere’s still time to catch the exhibition “Even If It Kills You” by artist-in-residence Bryan Thomas Daly, which is up until March 8.He says this about his work: “When I was a teenager and I wanted to leave society, I tried to use rock n’ roll as an escape hatch. So I tried to build a library of Alexandria from record stores, house shows and liner notes. I believed for a while that I was unearthing a secret lexicon: the true stories of race, class, sex and taste. Continue Reading