The buzz


A new game and hobby store called Tower Games opened Sept. 1 at 4807 Nicollet Ave.

John Redmann, a former employee of Phoenix Games at 901 W. Lake St., is the store’s founder. Phoenix Games closed and moved its business online at the end of August because of increasing operating costs and assessments from Lake Street construction. It was a big loss for area gamers and Redmann said he wanted to keep that community together.

“Phoenix Games had supported gamers in the area for 20 years and I wasn’t prepared to see this group splinter,” he said.

Tower Games will offer many of the same items stocked at Phoenix Games: tabletop miniature games, Euro-style board games, role-playing games and hobby supplies, Redmann said. The store will also allow in-store gaming, which was a big part of the culture at Phoenix Games.

The 1,650-square-foot store is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

A grand opening for Tower Games is planned for Sept. 29. For more information call 823-4477 or e-mail [email protected]

— Jake Weyer

24th and Nicollet

A new salon and boutique on Eat Street holds its grand opening 6–10 p.m. Sept. 15.

Head to Toe, 2445 Nicollet Ave. S., will celebrate its recent opening in July with free food from Pizza Lucé and an exhibit of work by the artists of Steady Tattoo. Music will be provided by DJs from local hip-hop collective Doomtree and Rhymesayers Radio.

Co-owner Rita Puskas said she is trying to bring New York style to the Midwest with the men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and jewelry available in the boutique. Everything from the high-end jeans to the designer cocktail dresses by Max and Cleo, a new line from DCBG, were chosen for their “timeless” look, Puskas said.

“We try to go for the classic, sort of any age can wear it and it looks good,” she said.

Boutique selections will change throughout the year. In the spring, Head to Toe plans to be one of the first American stores to carry Colcci, a clothing line from Brazil.

Co-owner Fiona Burr runs the salon side of the shop, and is one of three stylists.

“There’s a lot of people who come in to get their hair cut and spend the half-hour staring at clothes, and then they walk out with a bag of clothes,” Puskas said.

All merchandise from the boutique will be 10 percent off during the grand opening, and new salon clients will get 50 percent off bookings for haircuts or waxing services.

— Dylan Thomas

Franklin & Nicollet

A CVS Pharmacy is scheduled to open late this fall in the Eat Street Flats and Market condominium building at Franklin and Nicollet Avenues.

Project Principal Steve Minn said the pharmacy, which will carry some grocery items, was seen as a valuable addition to the neighborhood following the recent departure of Butler Drug from the area.

The new pharmacy will occupy approximately 15,000 square feet of the building’s ground level. Hours will be limited to a closing time of 11 p.m., Sunday–Thursday, and 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Minn said.

CVS Pharmacy is the nation’s largest pharmacy chain with 6,200 stores, according to the company’s website. The company fills or manages more than a billion prescriptions each year.

Eat Street Flats is a four-story, 62-unit condominium building that is nearing completion. Unit closings at the building have begun.

For more information about Eat Street Flats, visit To learn more about CVS Pharmacies, go to

— Jake Weyer

44th and France

Café Bicko at 4501 France Ave. S. has closed and will be replaced with a Chatterbox Pub.

The restaurant served beer and wine and specialized in pizza. The owner could not be reached for comment about the closure.

The Chatterbox Pub planned to replace it will be the third in the Twin Cities, joining one in South Minneapolis and another in St. Paul. The pub has a full menu and is known for its retro video games for Atari, Nintendo and Sega Genesis and board games such as Connect Four, Yahtzee and Apples to Apples.

For more information about Chatterbox, visit

— Jake Weyer