Up From Slavery: How early settler James Thompson became a pillar of St. Paul

In 1849, James Thompson, a citizen of St. Paul, donated the lumber and shingles necessary to construct the city’s first Methodist church. The small brick structure, erected on Market Street, near Rice Park—then little more than a cow pasture—symbolized the stability and sobriety that residents hoped would someday flourish in their community, the newly designated … [ Read more]

Making Moonshine and Dancing to Dixieland: A tour through Minnesota’s prohibition-era music venues

From 1920 to 1933, Prohibition outlawed the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol—but Minnesotans found other ways to enjoy their spirits. St. Paul’s bootlegging business was booming and the city’s bands provided the soundtrack. When the Volstead Act was enacted in 1919 and went into effect in 1920, saloons and beer parlors closed up shop … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pork Sticky Rice at Ha Tien Supermarket

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s possible to get lunch at a fast food joint for $3, but you have to shop carefully, and you may have to redefine what, exactly, you mean by “lunch.” Ha Tien Super Market’s Xoi Man (“savory … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken and Waffle at Heritage Tea House & Café

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Few things trigger a wider range of emotions than the phrase “chicken and waffles.” Those who have had it (done correctly) tend to swear by it; those who haven’t tend to look baffled or otherwise nonplussed. We’ve … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pepperoni Pizza at Michael’s Pizza in St. Paul

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you let yourself wander the streets of St. Paul a little bit, one of the first things you’ll notice is a sprinkling of old-school pizzerias. Mixed in throughout the city’s many neighborhoods, they’re the opposite of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: BBQ Pork Banh Mi at Little Saigon Supermarket

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Ask any group of serious Minnesotan eaters where to find the best banh mi, and a host of different answers will come in. iPho by Saigon, for sure; Trieu Chau, quite likely, maybe even Lu’s Sandwiches if … [ Read more]

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