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43rd & Upton development gaining traction

Plans to replace the Famous Dave’s and Edward Jones properties at 43rd & Upton with a large, mixed-use project are a step closer to reality following developer, Linden Hills resident and business leader Mark Dwyer’s purchase of an adjacent lot.

He recently closed a deal on a 40-space parking lot to the north of the Edward Jones building, which is next door to Famous Dave’s. He had wanted the lot since announcing his intent to develop the corner a year ago, but negotiations were slow. The acquisition will make it easier to design a development that fits the neighborhood, Dwyer said.

“I think this extra space will let us be a little more creative and create more common area,” he said. “The whole goal is to maintain a place for people to gather and enjoy at this intersection. Before we would have really had to stack it up against the corner.”

Dwyer has an agreement with Famous Dave’s owner Jon Swenson to buy that property within the next two and a half years. He started a blog last year at to help keep the neighborhood updated and garner ideas for the development, which he wants to be community-driven.

No specific plans have been presented yet, but Dwyer said he plans to start engaging the community again in the near future.

“Now we start to begin the neighborhood discussion of what we need to put there to keep our little business node viable and healthy,” Dwyer said.


St. Paul staple comes to Minneapolis

The Uptown area’s extensive list of vintage clothing stores is still growing. My Sister’s Closet, located on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, recently expanded its business to a second store, located at 2741 Hennepin Ave. S. The shop opened Feb. 8 and sister-owners Arlene Krzyska and Rosemary Williams couldn’t be happier with the addition.

The sisters have wanted a Minneapolis store for some time and when they found a good space, they jumped on it.

“It’s been wonderful,” Krzyska said. “The location is great, there is lots of walk-by traffic, we have a parking lot and our store is all on one floor. We’ve been really blessed.”

My Sister’s Closet is a high-end consignment shop with a mixture of vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories for women. Currently there is no great distinction between the type of merchandise at each shop, but Krzyska said that may change depending on the needs and demands in the Minneapolis location.

“If you like [the St. Paul] store, you’ll love our new store,” she said. “You have to go to both!”

The store opened quietly, but a grand opening is in the near future, Krzyska said. The date is not yet determined.

My Sister’s Closet is always accepting high-end consignment items, and interested consignors are encouraged to call and set up an appointment. Hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the store or consignment, call 886-2891 or go to


Ducati dealership opening in Lyn-Lake

A new Ducati motorcycle dealership is coming to 2800 Lyndale Ave. Ducati is a brand of premiere Italian motorcycles. There are two other Ducati dealers in Minnesota — one in Lakeville and another in Delano — but Fred Snyder, owner of the new Minneapolis dealership, said the brand has been itching to get into the city for some time.

Snyder and his technicians have serviced Ducati bikes out of his St. Paul shop, Silverback Performance, for years and now have the opportunity to sell them as well. Along with the dealership, the site will have a full service shop and a retail store offering men’s and women’s clothing fit for an active lifestyle.

Snyder said the new dealership will celebrate its grand opening sometime in March, but a specific date has not been determined. “We’ve gotten through zoning and insurance, but there’s still enough stuff to do that we’re not quite ready to set a date,” he said.

Snyder said part of the plan is to open a café, but he is holding off until 2011 to consider the option.

“We have had higher expectations for the time certain things would take us,” he said. “We realized there was so much in front of us and limited funding that we want to get in a year of nailing down sales and service first.”

The dealership will expand its merchandise to sell used motorcycles as well, but Snyder said that, too, would happen after the first year is under his belt.

“We’ve got a strong reputation for good service, and we don’t want to mess that up,” he said.

The Ducati dealership is timely for Snyder, who will close Silverback Performance a week before the grand opening of the dealership in March. The St. Paul shop faced the possibility of being displaced due to the Lafayette Bridge project beginning in 2011.

“We’re hoping for a seamless transition,” Snyder said.


Gallery combines art and facials

Esthetician and art collector Michelle Dudar is opening a gallery soon at 4404 Abbott Ave. S. that will offer a variety of art and facials in a private, relaxed setting.

Galleri M’s first show is scheduled for the second week in March and will include photography, sculpture, paintings and jewelry from throughout the world. Dudar said she met her featured artists while traveling during the past 20 years. She said she would like to continue traveling and collecting art for the gallery “so people can have a view of what’s going on in the world through an artist’s eyes.”

Galleri M will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. The gallery can be reached at 920-3600. A website,, is in the works.



Popular Lynnhurst restaurant Heidi’s, at 819 W. 50th St., is seeking a full liquor license, co-owner Heidi Woodman said at the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting Feb. 8. The change is meant to enhance the dining experience at the restaurant, she said, and the business has no intention of changing its hours or becoming a bar.

Because of the restaurant’s location, the city cannot grant a liquor license for Heidi’s unless the state legislature approves a law to do so at that specific address. Once granted, however, a full liquor license could be allowed for any future business at the site, subject to city regulation.