The Minnehaha Mile
Minnehaha Ave has emerged as a reuse district during the last four years, and is now home to a healthy and growing number of vintage, resale, and sustainably-oriented shops. Some of these shops hold regular hours, and one is an occasional market. All are worth a visit. Junket anchors the south end of this South Minneapolis stretch of environmentally-oriented retail, known as The Minnehaha Mile.
While Junket is open every Thursday through Monday (11AM – 7PM), some of the shops have weekend or occasional schedules, so you’ll want to check the Minnehaha Mile Facebook page before scheduling a road trip.
We want to help you make the most of your visit! You’ll find a whole bunch of resources for dining and entertainment in and near the greater Longfellow neighborhood in the text below this Map. We hope you’ll come for the free donuts and stay to explore all that our neck of the woods has to offer.
Road Construction Update:
Road construction along the north end of the Mile – and along 38th Street between Hiawatha & Minnehaha – is expected to wrap up in late 2016. This will be the culmination of a three-year-long reconstruction project that involved the excavation of streetcar rails and the replacement of corroded utility lines… While long overdue and much appreciated (and the results are gorgeous!), the work has not been without logistical headaches for people trying to navigate the area.
Until the roads are open again, we recommend starting at the south end (hop onto Minnehaha Ave at East 46th or 42nd Streets) and visiting Junket or Time Bomb (both open daily) for the most up to date traveling guidance (note: a quick peek at this MinneMile Google Map with its up-to-date construction sections will also be helpful).
BTW, here are some details about Better Futures MN (open Tues-Sat at 2620 Minnehaha Ave) and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore (open at 2700 Minnehaha Ave as of September 15, 2016). Both have set up shop just north of the ‘official’ Minnehaha Mile, so we’ve started referring to that zone as the north ‘Gateway to the Mile.’
And then, for the mile proper (from south to north):
Junket: (41st & Minnehaha) (open every Thur-Mon 11AM – 7PM)
Natural Built Home (40th & Minnehaha) (open Mon-Sat)
Time Bomb Vintage (40th & Minnehaha) (open daily – Noon-6)
E’s Emporium (39th & Minnehaha) (first and third weekends only)
Turquoise Vintage (39th & Minnehaha) (open every Friday through Monday from 11-6)
Paris Antiques (37th & Minnehaha) (always open Fri-Sat, first and third Sundays)
Strange Boutique (35th & Minnehaha) (open Fri-Sun 12-6)
No Longer Open: The storefront at Plum Crabby Vintage (33rd & Minnehaha) remains as sweet and inviting as it did when it closed more than a year ago — but the shop’s been closed since summer, 2015, and the Facebook Page has been disconnected. We’ve had difficulty reaching them, and hope they’re doing okay.
Three more shops along the MinneMile are open daily or almost daily and feature used items in addition to new merchandise:
The Hub Bike Co-op (31st & Minnehaha) (open daily: Mon-Fri 11-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6)
Glass Endeavors (31st & Minnehaha) (Tue-Thu 10-8, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5)
Moon Palace Books (33rd & Minnehaha) (open daily: Mon-Fri 11-6:30, Sat 10-6:30, Sun 12-4)
We know you guys think like we do: best to be efficient and pack as much into each outing as possible (smart, especially when traveling with the assistance of petrol). With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of resources and recommendations that we love — and that we know you’ll love, too.
Coffee and light eats: Riverview Cafe and Wine Bar (the cafe half of this neighborhood institution has the greatest kid play space in the neighborhood: you get caffeine, they get to play, everybody’s happy). If your caffeine is best served with fewer kidlets, we recommend Peace Coffee Shop-Wonderland Park, Fireroast Café, Blue Moon Coffee Cafe or the East Lake Street Dogwood Coffee Bar.
Sit Down Breakfast: You’ll find The Hi-Lo Diner, Birchwood Cafe and Cap’s Grille (Mickey Mouse pancakes for the kiddos) within easy biking distance. If you’ll be ambling, we recommend The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar (which is now open just a few paces north of Paris Antiques).
Taking a Break from your MinneMile Meander:
A bit of Much-Needed Self Care: In addition to its growing reputation as a shopping destination for all things sustainable, Minnehaha Ave is also a phenomenal destination for holistic wellness and pampering. Minnehaha Yoga Studio, Minneapolis Community Acupunture, Body Repair Shiatsu & Massage Therapy, & MRJ Massage & Shiatsu are all nestled in a small cluster at 42nd & Minnehaha, just one block south of Junket. Riverstone Salon & Wellness is a full-service salon and spa located a few short blocks away at 38th & Minnehaha, and if you just want a quick, inexpensive mani or pedi in a clean, no-frills environment, we couldn’t be more pleased to encourage you to do so at KE Nails (a few doors south of Paris Antiques).
Summer Saturdays, Specifically: The Midtown Farmer’s Market opens at 8AM. Yum doesn’t begin to describe the range of options.
Lunch: any of the aforementioned breakfast joints, plus nearby Parkway Pizza, Sea Salt Eatery (seasonal- roughly April-October, check their page for details), Som Taste (new as of late summer 2016), Craftsman Restaurant, Sonora Grill, The Blue Door Pub, Midori’s Floating World Café, Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, Merlins Rest, or head just across the tracks for an experience at Matt’s Bar or Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub. OOH- or order takeout at Ted Cook’s 19th Hole and enjoy a finger-licking BBQ picnic.
Oh- and if you’re gonna need more than one (or two) of our yummy glazed donut holes, head directly to Mel-O-Glaze Bakery and pick up a fritter, twist, or cherry bomb…
The Great Outdoors (with or sans pooch…who is, incidentally, welcome at Junket): Minnehaha Falls & Fort Snelling state park are within a mile of the shop. Fort Snelling is a no-brainer, and both the Falls proper and the dog park located there (largest in the state, and a great discovery space for you and Fido) are worth a visit. Make sure you have a permit if you visit the dog park… it would be a (likely) bummer to get ticketed.
There are also miles of bike trails, including a 30 mile loop with jumping on points just 8 blocks away). While the River is a show-stopper in these parts, there are some lovely lakes right nearby, as well (closest are Lake Hiawatha and Lake Nokomis, with its swimming beach).
While you won’t exactly shake your booty gangsta style, the Tapestry Folkdance Center is waaaay more diverse (and hip) than its name might suggest (and, you don’t need a date to have a blast!). We hear that Sunday Morning Dance Church is a great way to experience community and connection (sans dogma/any actual religious anything) on a Sunday morning. If you go, please invite your new friends over for coffee and donuts afterward. 😉
If actual dance lessons are more your speed, check out Ballare Teatro, Jawaahir Dance Company and The Cassandra School of Belly Dance, and/or Zorongo Flamenco.
Making a weekend of it?
Still reading? Awesome! When you visit, we’d love to know what you think of our recommendations. And — if you find something that’s not on this list (that should be), please drop us a line and we’ll check it out, too.