It seems there’s a parallel between the increase in bike trails and the ever-present road construction in town this summer. I wonder if MnDOT planned it that way. All I know is it’s easier to get around on bike these days. So last weekend when we needed something at the hardware store we made an adventure out of it. Though it wasn’t the closest hardware store, Hudson’s is one of the great old timers, so we headed there on bike. Plus, that intersection is one of my favorites: it’s got everything you need: good coffee, entertaining stores, and a good spot for lunch. On the Hiawatha Bike Trail it took us about 25 minutes from downtown, but I tend to pull over and sightsee a bit.
A Baker’s Wife
4200 28th Ave. S.
Tue.–Sat., 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Start here. You can’t go wrong with anything. Just close your eyes and point to something, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. From creme filled moon pies to beautiful fruit danishes to delectable coffee cakes, the display cases are brimming with floury treats.
Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and Coffee Bar
4208 28th Ave. S.
Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
The coffee aroma is so good and strong here that you don’t even notice the guy working on bikes right next to the barista. This high-end bike store is stocked with commuter clothing, cool helmets, fun T-shirts, accessories, and bikes, of course. Did I mention the coffee is good and strong?
Hudson True Value Hardware
2900 E. 42nd St.
Mon.–Sat., 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
There’s nothing like a friendly neighborhood hardware store. This one opened in 1945 and is still a family business. You can find everything from nuts and bolts to a wall full of good jigsaw puzzles here.
Doodle Bird Design and Gifts
2803 E. 42nd St.
Tue.–Thu., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The bricks and mortar store for Doodle Bird Design greeting cards, this store is packed with made-in-Minnesota gifts. From racks of colorful cards to knitted stuffed toys to jewelry and art, this store has something for everyone.
St. Mane Sporting Goods
4159 28th Ave. S.
Mon.–Fri., 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
In business for 53 years, St. Mane is a family operated business that carries a full line of sporting goods. You’ll find racks of shirts, T-shirts, hoodies, and letter jackets as well as socks, gloves, balls, hockey sticks, broomball supplies, and their own score pads. They also do embroidery, screen printing, and skate sharpening. Just ask and they’ll get it.
Buster’s on 28th
4204 28th Ave. S.
Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–1 a.m.
Is it time for lunch yet? Grab one of the popular sidewalk tables and enjoy a jalapeno burger with sweet potato fries in the sunshine. All breads from the Baker’s Wife.
2719 E. 42nd St.
Wed.–Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Mend Provisions is a fly fishing dream. A wooden canoe welcomes you at the door then the beautiful store is filled with books on fishing, Duluth Packs, Faribault Woolen Mills blankets, paddles made in Winona, Filson jackets, a wall of fishing rods, a whole room of fly tying materials, and a great big table for classes and drop-in tying. It’s a delight even to those who don’t fish — I walked out with a package.