New stores Robin’s Nest, Twin City Mobile at Nicollet & Diamond Lake Road

Art teacher Robin Krueger is opening her namesake “Robin’s Nest,” a new shop at 5456 Nicollet Ave. formerly occupied by b. resale.

“There will be thrifty finds all over the board,” Krueger said. “Now I’m working on a large cabinet for a TV, and I’m turning it into a wine and liquor cabinet with a mosaic mirror in the back.”

The store will feature furniture, jewelry and original artwork by Krueger and others.

Krueger teaches art at Olson Elementary School. Her boyfriend and business partner Vito Mattioli has an art degree from the University of Manchester, and he has experience running craft shows.

“We’re opening up our own store with multiple uses. It’s not just a gallery,” Krueger said.

In the future, Krueger would like to hold classes and rent the space for private parties.

Krueger owes her thrifty shopping habits to her grandfather, who unearthed objects from his garage and remade them in new projects like birdhouses. He and Krueger once built a special landing and chair for a wild squirrel that enjoyed peanuts.

The Robin’s Nest grand opening is Aug. 10.

On the same block, Twin City Mobile is now open at 5460 Nicollet Ave.

The store provides cell phones, dish network service, wireless service and prepaid phone plans.

“Prepaid phone service has taken over 25-30 percent of the market,” said owner Malik Somalik. “It’s the future of cell phone service.”

Somalik has a background in information systems. He said he wanted to open his first cell phone store in a market that wasn’t already saturated with similar storefronts.

Store brands include Comcast, CenturyLink and T-Mobile.