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After more than a decade of business at 3016 W. 56th St. in the Armatage neighborhood, East Meets West Massage & Bodywork is moving April 1 to a new space at 2826 W. 43rd St. in Linden Hills.

Owner Tim Munshower said the first six months of his business were spent in Linden Hills and he has always wanted to go back. The new space is smaller and better suited to his business’ needs, he said.

East Meets West specializes in deep-tissue massage, Shiatsu, sports massages and prenatal massages.

Munshower takes appointments in the afternoon and evenings Monday–Friday and all day Saturday. He can be reached at 925-0270 or [email protected]


Moms looking to get rid of old maternity clothes or soon-to-be moms searching for those items on the cheap have a new option in Southwest.

Maternity clothing consignment store Nine recently opened at 5456 Nicollet Ave. S.

The store pays cash for maternity clothes in good condition and resells them. High-end brands and business clothing are of particular interest, but the business is open to all types of maternity clothes.

Customers can arrange clothing drop-off times or set a time for Nine employees to pick up garments.

Store manager Rebecca Danielson started the store with her brother and sister-in-law. In a prepared statement, Danielson said Nine would benefit the community in a number of ways.

“Not only can all those new moms get their clothes out of their basements and make some extra cash, but the newly pregnant will have some place to go to get some nice clothing items at a decent price,” she said. “And, to top it off, the environment wins as we reuse and recycle.”

Store hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, call 827-8144 or visit


Developer Anne Knuth, president of Annex Commercial Real Estate, plans to raze the former Eastar Buffet building at 1015 W. Lake St. and replace it with a new development housing a Verizon Wireless center and a tanning salon named Darque Tan.

Knuth said she’d like to begin construction of the roughly 6,000-square-foot development as soon as possible and hopes to get the new tenants moved in by September or October. Verizon Wireless would move into the space from its current location at 1010 W. Lake St.

Knuth developed a Verizon Wireless center in Eden Prairie about six months ago and said the company wanted a larger space in Minneapolis. The new spot will serve as a corporate center for the company.

“They said they’d like to expand their Minneapolis store because it’s their only presence there,” Knuth said.

The new Verizon will be roughly 3,000 square feet — twice the size of the current space, she said.

Houston-based Darque Tan will occupy the other 3,000 square feet. The tanning salon, which has about 10 other locations in the Twin Cities, had been looking for a spot in the Uptown area, Knuth said.

The whole project will require one variance for parking. Under current zoning law, Knuth said she would be allowed 11 spaces. She is hoping to get 19. The site as it exists now has 25 spaces, but a much smaller building.

Knuth presented design plans to the CARAG neighborhood group in mid-March.

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Clothing boutique Covered, which specializes in denim, will open a store this spring at 1201 Lagoon Ave. in the Lumen on Lagoon condominium building.

The 1,300-square-foot Uptown location will be Covered’s second store, the first being a tiny space in Dinkytown that opened in 2006. Owner Stacy Larson said she wanted to expand the business, but didn’t have room in the existing store, so she looked to Uptown.

“I feel that there is a void in Uptown for boutiques,” she said.

Covered in Dinkytown is a women-only boutique that carries designer jeans, shirts, dresses, hats, bags and other items. The store gained national recognition this year in shopping magazine Lucky.

The Uptown location will carry all of that and something new: men’s clothing.

The empty space is under construction. Larson said she hopes to open in mid April.

Hours will be 10 a.m.–7 p.m. or 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, Larson said. The store will be open from noon–5 p.m. Sunday.

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Bicycle shop Sunrise Cyclery moved Feb. 18 from 331 2nd Ave. S. to the former Phoenix Games location at 901 W. Lake St.

The store specializes in selling used bikes and parts, said owner Jamie McDonald. It also does bicycle repair.

Sunrise Cyclery’s new space is twice the size of its old one and it’s on a street with plenty of bike traffic.

“Bryant is a painted bike route and Bryant-Lake Bowl gets a lot of cyclists,” McDonald said. “It’s a pretty hot bike culture corner.”

McDonald said because his focus is used bikes, his clientele isn’t the same as nearby Penn Cycle or the Alternative Bike and Board Shop.

Sunrise Cyclery’s hours are noon–9 p.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The store is closed on Monday.

For more information, call 824-6144 or visit


Women’s undergarment giant Victoria’s Secret opened its new Uptown store March 6.

Located in the former GAP building at 3000 Hennepin Ave. S., the new store is the only freestanding Victoria’s Secret in the state, said district manager Julie Paulson.

The two-level store has everything you would expect to find at a Victoria’s Secret: a vast selection of lingerie, loungewear, lotion, perfume and more.

The Uptown location also carries a line of Italian-inspired intimate wear called Intimissimi that can’t be found in all the mall stores, Paulson said.

She said the Uptown Victoria’s Secret would be open later to cater to Uptown’s nightlife.

Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Outdoor clothing retailer The North Face plans to open its new store March 28 just south of the new Victoria’s Secret, according to the company’s website.

The North Face building replaced a UPS Store and restaurant Tibet’s Corner.

Like Victoria’s Secret, The North Face will be the only freestanding store of its kind in the state.

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Southwest resident Rob Buntz and partners Jesse Olson and Tom Meckey have launched a new full-service real estate brokerage with a high-powered website that allows people to search for homes by location and pull up detailed information about neighborhoods.

The new company,, has primarily been working with homeowners in Southwest and Downtown Minneapolis.

“This is kind of real estate for the people,” explained Buntz, who lives in the West Calhoun neighborhood.

Since the homebuyer already tends to do most of the research looking for the ideal property, Webdigs gives back two-thirds of its commissions to buyers. On average, buyers pocket $6,000.

Webdigs has special mapping software that relies on Microsoft Virtual Earth to provide satellite images of neighborhoods. People can search for properties in Minnesota and Florida on the site. launched in July.