July 2013

Simply the Best | Escape to St. Louis Park

The fine young men in this photo are members of Jokers Wild, performing in October 1967.  But they’re not on the famed Hullabaloo television show, they’re at a teen club in the Skunk Hollow area of St. Louis Park.


The Okee Dokee Brothers are actually childhood friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing.In February, they won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album of the Year for Can You Canoe? The CD is based on a real-life Mississippi adventure.


Hoigaard’s is a leader in outdoor equipment and apparel, but it’s the outdoor sporting experience of staff members that sets this St. Louis Park retailer apart. From water sports to cycling, camping to skiing, three department experts share their passion for the outdoors.


This is a call to great gardeners: The deadline for the Evergreen Award is fast approaching. Is your garden ready to be nominated?Since 1990, the Park has recognized great gardens with this annual award.


For me, a beach read must be quick, light and funny.  Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number fits each of these categories perfectly.  I read this book on an up-north vacation with my in-laws, and the family wondered what had me giggling the entire weekend.


Looking to beat the heat? The St. Louis Park Aquatic Park is the place to be this summer. Splash around in water geysers, spray arches, four-story waterslides, a wet sand playground and an inflatable obstacle course.


Jim Lombardi, recreation supervisor for the City of St. Louis Park, might as well be the Bud Selig of St. Louis Park softball. Sure, it’s not the MLB, but softball in the Park has been a beloved tradition for close to 50 years.


One of the best parts of summer might very well be putting your feet up with an ice-cold beverage in hand. And lucky for us, there’s a plethora of local restaurants serving up everything from thirst-quenching margaritas to fruit-filled smoothies. Here are nine of our favorite picks. Bottoms up!


Every child knows the drill: When you fall down, brush yourself off and get back up. Elliott Royce of St. Louis Park may be far past his childhood years, but he puts this old adage into practice on a regular basis.


It’s a buzzword that’s now part of the cultural landscape—“staycation,” a vacation of the local variety that doesn’t require travel.


It’s our pleasure to introduce the finalists in our first-ever “Best of St. Louis Park” readers’ choice poll.  Earlier this year, we asked for your favorites in 30 categories and the time has come to reveal the results—we think you’ll like what you see.