Shops & Business

North America’s first Puustelli (pronounced POO-stell-ee) showroom opened on July 31 in Uptown, Minneapolis. Puustelli is a leading Scandinavian kitchen brand based in Finland, offering kitchen and whole-home cabinetry solutions for new homes and remodels.

In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, one in eight children is at risk of hunger. In fact, 56 percent of food shelf visitors are families with children. Joyce Uptown Foodshelf works to make a difference.

City South readers know Sonny’s Ice Cream, but who, you might ask, is Sonny? He’s in the photo on the left, beside  a photo of his  dear wife, “Jiggs.”

Abbie Nelson and Pia Phillips, co-founders and chief inspiration officers of PAB’s Packs, are wise beyond their years.

Once Upon a Crime

Uptown’s Once Upon a Crime indie mystery bookshop might have closed last year if Devin Abraham and her parents hadn’t taken it over.

Located a half-mile from St. Louis Park High School is the Central Clinic, which has been providing access to free health care for kids from birth to 12th grade in the St. Louis Park and Hopkins school districts since its start in 1996.

At one of St. Louis Park’s newest and fastest-growing companies, the name of the game is bringing a company’s digital, marketing and staffing elements together under one roof. And it’s a new roof in the West End of St. Louis Park.

These men, dear readers, are Allen’s Rocking Chairs, stars of Minneapolis’s huge indoor polo craze of the 1930s. That giant Roller Garden skating rink on Lake Street was built in 1930 as the Pastime Arena, dedicated to boarding, riding, and training horses.

You have to get up early to cross paths with STEP volunteers Ephie and Clement Volpe, whose shift starts at 8 a.m. at the St. Louis Park community food shelf. They come to work every Thursday morning, generally staying for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

With the rise of shows like Game of Thrones to last year’s explosion of Pokémon Go, it’s clear that geek culture is officially cool. Dedicated gamers are stepping out into the open, and newbies are joining in the fun, too.