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Twin Cities Green, the go-to store for eco-friendly household items at 2405 Hennepin Ave. S., is expanding its inventory.

Its owners, Ryan and Tina North, on June 28 closed their original South Minneapolis shop, Re Gifts. All of its stock will now be sold at Twin Cities Green, including its wider collection of jewelry, handbags and purses.

Re Gift’s closing, Ryan North said, was not due to poor business. Rather, it’s more personal: He and his wife personally run both stores, leaving them little downtime to raise their 8-year-old son.

The closing also is environmentally motivated.

“By combining the two [stores], we cut down on our own and our customers’ traveling, use fewer resources and lower our carbon footprint,” Ryan North said.

As a result of the consolidation, Twin Cities Green now features a wider array of sculptures, greeting cards, stationery and toys. Ryan North said Re Gift’s focus on locally made products also has transferred over.


Stephanie’s boutique for women will open a second store in August at 5005 France Ave.

The chic clothing, handbag and jewelry retailer was founded in 2004 in St. Paul. Owner Stephanie Morrissey said she’s been looking for a second location for years.

“When this opportunity popped up, I jumped right on it,” she said.

Morrissey said she specializes in offering clothes not normally found in the Midwest. She carries classic and modern clothes from designers throughout the world. Lines include Tracy Reese, Tibi, Cass & Co., LuLu Lame, Majestic Paris, and many others.

An opening date and hours have not been set yet. For more information, call 651-690-3802 or check out


Get ready to start seeing ball gowns in Calhoun Square.

Kingfield boutique Fairy Godmother at 38th Street and Grand Avenue will open a second store there July 1 in a 500-square-foot space across from Figlio.

Ball gown-wearing boutique owner and self-proclaimed fairy Godmother Terre Thomas said Uptown’s heavier foot traffic was appealing and the spot was too good to pass up.

“We’ll be the beginning of new magic in Calhoun Square,” she said.

Her flagship store will stay open through the summer, but Thomas said she would like to move that to Uptown as well. There just hasn’t been enough traffic at 38th and Grand to keep the business alive there, she said.

Thomas said she signed a temporary lease for the spot in Calhoun Square, located at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street in the heart of Uptown. The mall is slated to undergo a major renovation starting this summer.

The mall boutique will not be large enough to accommodate all of Fairy Godmother’s inventory, Thomas said. She said she’s not sure if the little spot will stay open once the main store moves.

But for now, she’s looking forward to the new space and she’s already painted the walls pink and the ceiling sky blue.

The Calhoun Square boutique will just be a smaller version of Fairy Godmother, carrying cards, books and a variety of other items for inspiration, encouragement and fun.

The boutique’s “restore the tingle” department — which offers Thomas’ handpicked assortment of sex toys, women’s erotica and other things meant to revamp women’s sex lives — will not be available in Calhoun Square. But the store will have a romance department that carries some of those items.

Fairy Godmother in Calhoun Square can be reached at 825-2850. For more information about the boutique, visit


After more than 40 years of business in Uptown, Stereoland is closing its 2325 Hennepin Ave. S. store and consolidating to its Eden Prairie location.

“We felt it was time for a change and kind of wanted to consolidate everything so we could serve our customers better and just be able to manage better,” said Stereoland owner Bill Soderholm, whose father started the business.

Soderholm said the business has gone through many changes over the years, from focusing on television sales to doing half its business in appliance repairs. Today, the focus is on high-end audio gear and custom installation of home theater systems, he said.

Stereoland in Uptown reduced its hours to 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in mid May and was still selling inventory at big discounts in late June. The sale was planned to continue as long as inventory was available at the store, which can be reached at 377-1772.

The Eden Prairie store, at 8743 Columbine Road, has been in business for eight years and Soderholm said he expects it to be around a lot longer. It can be reached at 952-829-9700. For more information, visit

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It’s official: DreamHaven Books is moving from 912 W. Lake St. to a new location in South Minneapolis.

Earlier this spring, Highpoint Center for Printmaking announced plans to purchase the Lake Street storefront. But DreamHaven owner Greg Ketter said wouldn’t confirm a sale until May.

At press time, Highpoint Artistic Director Cole Rogers said the two parties still hadn’t closed on the sale, but added it was nearly “a done deal.”

The Uptown retailer of comic books and science fiction and fantasy books will relocate to 2301 E. 38th St. by the end of the summer. A grand opening of the Standish neighborhood location, a former video rental store, was planned for August or September, Ketter wrote in an email.

Highpoint launched a capital campaign for the purchase and renovation of the DreamHaven space in May.

Highpoint currently operates its printmaking shop, gallery and educational programs out of a 3,800-square-foot space at 2638 Lyndale Ave. S. It opened there in April 2001.

After renovation, the Lake Street location will offer nearly three times the floor space, about 10,500 square feet, Rogers said.

Highpoint hired architect James Dayton of James Dayton Design in Minneapolis to design its new headquarters, which will include dedicated classroom space, an expanded gallery and an apartment for visiting artists, according to the architect’s website. Dayton designed the new MacPhail Center for Music that opened in Downtown earlier this year.

Rogers said Highpoint and Ketter negotiated a way to pay for remediation of groundwater and soil contamination on the DreamHaven site. It had been a sticking point in purchase talks, people on both sides said.

Rogers would not confirm a sale price pending closing.

The sale will end DreamHaven’s 13-year residency in Uptown. Ketter said more information would be posted on the store’s website ( as moving day approaches.


A simple call to the Applebee’s in Calhoun Village, 3200 W. Lake St., will confirm the restaurant has been shut down. A message left on their voicemail says, “Unfortunately this location has permanently closed.”

When interviewed mid-June, Ryan Olsen, manager of the nearest Applebee’s, on 600 Hennepin Ave. said the closing of the Calhoun Village location occurred several Sundays ago.

Applebee’s, formerly one of approximately 3,300 restaurants owned by DineEquity, Inc. made up part of the largest full-service restaurant company in the world.

In DineEquity Inc.’s news release April 28, the company said with Applebee’s success in the first quarter this year it expected “its franchisees to open between 50 and 65 new Applebee’s,” though the press release said there would not be any more built after the first quarter this year.

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A new restaurant and music venue named Café Oliver will open in mid-to-late July in the former Acadia Café space at 1931 Nicollet Ave. S.

Owner Scott Beck said the concept would be similar to Acadia, which moved to the West Bank last January. The new café will be open from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, serving light breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Food will be moderately priced and consist of pastries, soups, sandwiches and other items, most of them organic, Beck said. The beverage list will include fair trade Peace Coffee and a variety of wine and beer.

Café Oliver will also host local musicians, as Acadia did, but the wall separating the theater space from the café area will be removed and the stage will be relocated.

“So when people come for music, it will be the entire establishment that can be used,” said Beck, who noted he would also like to offer theatrical performances.

Beck said the new café’s décor would be “cozy industrial,” featuring burnt reds and oranges with silver and copper accents. Local art will be displayed on the walls, he said.

Construction is underway.

Beck’s middle name is Oliver and he owns a dance studio called Oliver Dance Company about seven blocks south of the café space.


The Uptown branch of restaurant developer and management company D’Amico & Partners’ Campiello, 1320 W. Lake St., is scheduled to close June 20 after 13 years of business.

The Italian restaurant’s lease is up at the end of this month and it will not be renewed. Campiello representatives could not be reached before press time to comment on the reason for the closure.

Local development firm The Ackerberg Group owns the property and president Stuart Ackerberg said he would eventually like to develop the site as something complementary to Mozaic, a mixed-use project planned for Lagoon and Fremont avenues. But Ackerberg said his attention isn’t on the Campiello site yet.

“At the moment we need to get the ground broken and construction going on Mozaic,” he said.

D’Amico & Partners runs two other Campiello restaurants: one in Eden Prairie and another in Naples, Fla.


From Bryn Mawr to Windom and every neighborhood between, Southwest residents and visitors will soon have a one-stop website to find out what businesses and events the region has to offer.

At least that’s the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association’s (NEHBA) hope for its recent venture,

The site, which serves primarily as an advanced online phonebook for Southwest businesses, is already up and running, but only includes the 55408, 55409 and 55419 zip codes. The plan is to eventually expand it to build recognition of all Southwest businesses, said NEHBA Chairman Matt Perry.

“A lot of times people don’t even know these businesses are there unless they live a couple blocks away,” he said.

All businesses will be included on the site, but NEHBA members will be able to get photos and short business descriptions published on a rotating directory on the site’s front page. Members pay $100 a year to be part of the association, which serves as a soundboard for Kingfield and East Harriet businesses and meets monthly to discuss issues pertinent to the business community. also features an events calendar to keep people up to speed on what’s happening in the area.

Perry said the site would be launched officially this month.