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Vintage gowns for today’s brides

Brides-to-be looking for an alternative to a brand-new, multi-thousand-dollar gown might find the perfect dress at a new shop in Lyn-Lake that specializes in affordable, restored vintage bridal wear.

Andrea’s Vintage and Bridal, which moved to 723 W. 26th St. from Hopkins in December, stocks hundreds of wedding gowns dating from the turn of the 20th century to the present, priced from $250 to $1,600.

The business also carries vintage bridal headpieces and cake toppers as well as a variety of everyday women’s vintage wear, handbags, jewelry and perfume bottles.  

Andrea Erickson, who owns the store with husband Christopher Holm, said the business caters to environmentally conscious, retro-loving women and those with an interest in history.

“To the best of our knowledge, we are the only store that does what we do in the Midwest,” she said.

Erickson buys most of the gowns from elderly women and estate sales. She said there’s something for everyone in her collection and she encourages brides to get creative with the gowns, maybe bringing down high necklines, cutting off sleeves or making a dress strapless. The shop works with a seamstress for alterations, she said.

Erickson said appointments are encouraged, so her shop can offer the full “personalized pampered shopping experience” brides have come to expect at fittings. Private, after-hours fittings are also available for a fee.  

Lyn-Lake’s foot traffic and demographics are what drew Erickson to the area, she said. So far the response has been as good as she expected. Her new building, a repurposed 1930s fuel station, also fits the vintage vibe well.

Andrea’s Vintage and Bridal is open from 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. The store can be reached at 716-8006. For more information, go to andreasvintagebridal.com.

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Former Auriga chef opens restaurant at 43rd and Bryant

Chef Doug Flicker, well known for his culinary creations at Auriga before the Hennepin Avenue restaurant closed a few years ago, launched a new venture this month at 43rd Street and Bryant Avenue.

Named Piccolo, the 36-seat restaurant opened Jan. 15 in a cozy space previously occupied by Café Agri and by My T Fine Bakery & Cafe before that.  

Piccolo serves small to moderate-sized portions for diners to share, Flicker said. The offerings are set up on a tasting-style menu featuring 15 items, including three desserts. Flicker said he is “very fond of Italian and Spanish food,” but he refers to the entrees at Piccolo as simply European based.

“I don’t want to be pigeon-holed into a certain cuisine,” he said.

He said the restaurant uses local ingredients whenever possible and also focuses on healthy eating. Meals range in price from $7–$13 and wine and beer is also available.

Piccolo is, in a way, an extension of Auriga, Flicker said, but he doesn’t plan to duplicate dishes from that establishment, despite requests to do so.

“That’s my biggest fear,” Flicker said, referring to one Auriga fan’s inquiry about serving some of the same meals. “That was a wonderful experience, it was 10 years, but this is a different restaurant. It’s a different time. I’ve changed.”

The 43rd and Bryant site’s recent turnover doesn’t concern Flicker, who is happy to be working in a neighborhood environment.

“These days that we’re in now, people want to see a familiar face and they want to spend their money in their neighborhood or locally,” he said.  

Since leaving Auriga, Flicker has worked as a chef at Mission American Kitchen & Bar, Porter and Frye, D’Amico Cucina and D’Amico Kitchen, all in Minneapolis.  

Piccolo’s hours are 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to make reservations, call 827-8111 or go to piccolompls.com.

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Lava Lounge moves to California

After more than a decade at the corner of Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street, designer clothing, footwear and accessory boutique Lava Lounge is leaving the city for a new store in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Minneapolis location at 3037 Lyndale Ave. will close at the end of the month, when the lease expires. The Palm Springs boutique is already up and running.

“The owners used to vacation there and they spent more time there and decided to see if there was something worth doing there,” said Minneapolis store manager Jason Sanders.

Sanders wanted to thank customers for all the support over the years. The store isn’t planning a closeout sale. Hours will be the same through the end of the month: noon–8 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and noon–6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on Lava Lounge, go to lavalounge.com.

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Apple store coming to Uptown

Computer, software and gadget giant Apple is planning to open an Uptown store soon, according to a job posting created Jan. 12 on Craigslist.

“We are excited to announce our latest Apple Store at Uptown in Minneapolis, Minnesota,” the ad said. “We are currently accepting applications for all open positions.”

The ad did not list a specific address, nor did Apple’s website, which simply listed “Minneapolis – Uptown” as a location with current openings. An Apple spokesperson confirmed that a new store was coming to the area, but couldn’t announce a specific location or other details yet.

Some in Uptown suspect the store will open in a new, two-level retail development planned for 3018 Hennepin Ave., where the Uptown Bar and Café was until its demolition last November. Commercial real estate brokerage and development company Urban Anthology is behind that project. Urban Anthology president Jeff Herman declined to comment on the possibility of Apple as a tenant.

The Uptown Apple will be the company’s fifth in the state. The others are in Bloomington, Edina, Minnetonka and Roseville.

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Linden Hills boutique focuses on handmade and custom clothes

Tamah Burke said her business started out of necessity. She wasn’t satisfied with the clothing offerings for her now 5-year-old daughter, so she set out to make her own.

Then the Lowry Hill East mom started hearing the same complaints from other parents and took note of what people needed, but weren’t finding. All this led to the launch of her own clothing brand, Rove Arounds, which she sold online only until last November, when she opened a shop under the same name at 4305 Upton Ave. S.

The business focuses on quality, handmade, functional clothes, but these aren’t grandma’s knitted sweaters.

“I wouldn’t put us in the crafty league,” Burke said. “I’d put us more in the limited edition. I personally use limited edition prints.”

Rove Arounds stocks a variety of clothing from the brand and a hand picked assortment of other handmade brands from throughout the U.S. Burke’s specialty, though, is custom clothing.

She has about a dozen prints and a variety of fabrics for children to choose from.

“The kids can come in and choose their fabric and we kind of help coordinate things for them,” Burke said. “A week later they come to pick up their clothes and you can be sure they’ll wear them.”

Burke makes the clothes in a tiny nook in the back of her shop and tries to keep everything affordable. The average price for an article of clothing is around $30, she said. She also utilizes reclaimed and vintage materials.

She has recently worked to make clothes for children with physical and developmental disabilities, something she’s found particularly rewarding.

Rove Arounds offers some items for adults and provides fittings and alterations without appointments. Winter hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Mondays. For more information, call 920-4305 or go to rovearounds.com.

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Burger Jones names new burger after pilots

Two pilots who landed small, single-engine planes on Lake Calhoun illegally earlier this month got more than citations out of the ordeal. They also got a burger named after them.

Burger Jones, 3200 W. Lake St., christened its new offering The Mile High Club Burger and hosted a fundraiser Jan. 16 to help the pilots, Michael Doherty of Le Sueur, Minn., and Hans Meyer of Burnsville, Minn., pay their fines.

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Zeno becomes Fusion     

Dessert restaurant Zeno is making the transition to a sushi bar named Fusion.

The dining room has been renovated and sushi has been added to the menu. After the kitchen remodeling is complete in roughly four to six weeks, the space at 2919 Hennepin Ave. will offer a menu featuring small plates of big flavor fused from a variety of cultures from around the world. The dessert menu that Zeno is known for will still be available.

Currently, the happy hours now offer half-priced sushi in addition to other specials.

Fusion will remain under the same management, Fun Group Inc.  

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Broders’ helps with disaster relief in Haiti

Broders’ Cucina Italiana and Broders’ Pasta Bar will donate a portion of their profits to Oxfam
International relief efforts in Haiti.

The restaurants will donate 10 percent of all revenue from Jan. 25-27 to the relief efforts.

An earthquake devastated the island nation Jan. 12. Relief efforts include providing picks and shovels to clear rubble and search for victims in the capital city Port-au-Prince as well as providing water and sanitation teams to address public health issues, according to the Oxfam web site.

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Walgreens acquires Snyders

The nation’s largest drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., announced Jan. 13 plans to acquire all 25 company-owned Snyders Drug Stores in Minnesota, bringing an end to a long-lived and well-known local institution.

Prescriptions were to be transferred from the acquired stores to nearby Walgreens stores in January and most of the Snyders locations were scheduled to close soon afterward. Neither company specified which locations would remain open.

“We appreciate our customers’ many years of loyalty and patronage,” Snyders President Neal Wahlman said in a prepared statement. “We determined that Snyders’ patients and customers could best be served by a large national player like Walgreens. In most cases, Walgreens had nearby pharmacies which will facilitate a smooth transition.”

— Kathryn Holahan contributed to this report.