38TH & GRAND
Kingfield boutique Fairy Godmother closed its 38th Street & Grand Avenue location Aug. 16 after nearly five years of business.
Ballgown-wearing storeowner and self-proclaimed Fairy Godmother Terre Thomas expanded her business into Calhoun Square just before the closure. That space is much smaller than the original store, but Thomas is hoping to hang on to it and find another, larger space in Uptown.
Thomas has said that business at the 38th & Grand store was slow this year and she was hoping to move to Uptown because of its better foot traffic.
She called the closure of her original store “bittersweet and exciting” in an e-mail notice to customers.
“Being the Fairy Godmother on Grand Avenue has been a life-changing experience and I know that we’ve touched many lives as well in these last five years,” she said.
Fairy Godmother is boutique specializing in “encouragement, inspiration and fun,” and carries books, cards, trinkets and other items for just about every transition in life.
The store in Calhoun Square is open from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon–6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit
28TH & LYNDALE
Yoga and spin studio Inner Strength Fitness, 5200 Minnehaha Ave. S., will move to 2800 Lyndale Ave. in January.
The new studio will offer Kundulini Yoga, fitness and prenatal yoga, group strength training classes, happy hour spin, spinning and brunch, live DJ spin classes and more, according to a news release about the move.
The new location is just off the Midtown Greenway and will offer plenty of bike parking. Inner Strength Fitness also offers a “green package” for customers who don’t use a car to get to there.
The studio had been having problems with unruly neighbors at its existing space.
For more information, call 644-1953 or visit www.innerstrengthstudio.com.
EAST FRANKLIN & 4th AVENUE
The Electric Fetus aims to register 1,000 new voters during the Republican National Convention Sept. 1–4 when it will offer in-store performances and an open mic to discuss the importance of voting.
The 40-year-old landmark record store will team with the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote for the event, running 3–6 p.m. all three days of the convention.
Electric Fetus owner Keith Covart said he hoped the event would make young people, especially, realize how easy it was to register to vote in Minnesota.
“We want to take all the excuses [for not voting] away,” Covart said.
Electric Fetus staff will assemble a list of the 10 most important political albums of all time and offer those records for 20 percent off during the event both in the store and on the Electric Fetus website (www.electricfetus.com). Refreshments will be offered during the event, as well.
Covart said he hoped to keep the open mic a nonpartisan discussion of the importance of voting. Both the public and candidates will be allowed to speak between live music sets.
Kurt Anderson and Dean Barkley, both candidates in the Independence Party primary for the U.S. Senate held by Norm Colemen, intended to speak, Covart said.
“We just want people to vote,” he said. “It’s simple. But you know you have to have a little hoopla to sell that point.”
BRYANT & LAKE
Bryant-Lake Bowl owner Kim Bartmann recently signed a decade-long lease for her business at 810 W. Lake St., ending three years of uncertainty and rumors of the Uptown icon’s closure.
The bowling alley, restaurant and theater was on a year-to-year lease during the past three years as property owners sought more consistency in rent payments and weighed numerous factors including development options and market conditions, said Kyler Meldahl, whose family owns the property.
Bartmann, who has owned and operated Bryant Lake Bowl since 1993, said she had started looking for other locations for the business, but was glad to finally sign a long-term lease.
With her space secure, she has a few plans for the business. Some areas including the kitchen will be upgraded and the theater — long supported by the restaurant — will begin a transition to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
On Oct. 31, Bryant Lake Bowl will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Bartmann said some special events are in the works for that celebration, including a “Kim’s Favorites” theater performance.
Around the same time as the anniversary, Meldahl is planning to open a gelato and coffee shop next door called Jackson’s Coffee and Gelato. Jackson is a middle name in his family, he said.
The shop, across the street from Dunn Bros., will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. or later, Meldahl said. He said he’s been in talks with the former manager of Caruso’s Gelato Café, which closed its Calhoun Square shop last year, about hours and operations.
Meldahl’s family founded Urban Bean, a coffee shop located at 3255 Bryant Ave. S.
Also on the corner, DreamHaven Books will close its doors Aug. 28 and reopen Aug. 30 at 2301 E. 38th St.
Hours at the new store will be noon–7 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday.