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April 18, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Central Business District

The Eagle Magic store at 708 Portland Ave. has disappeared. In early April, only a witch's broom and discarded devil's pitchfork remained among the left-behind litter since owner Larry Kahlow's latest trick: the relocation act.

Kahlow has moved his business to the north building of the Grain Exchange, 301 4th Ave. S., Ste. 163. Although the ground-level store no longer fronts the street, he hopes the busy building will provide more interest from passersby than his old spot below the Sexton, which is "surrounded by parking lots."

Besides, it's not like his customers are shopping for fast food, Kahlow said. "Anybody who's involved in magic will go to great lengths to find this place," he said.

Kahlow said the new space - and its higher rent - will inspire him to host more magic classes and performances, and to "beat the drum" of advertising after spending 36 years in the Sexton.

Kahlow said that the Grain Exchange has the "old-world charm" he was looking for in a location. And with its registration as an historic building, Eagle Magic is unlikely to be flushed out by a condo conversion any time soon.

Eagle Magic's phone number has not changed: 332-4702.

Central Business District

The Park Caf between the Fifth Street Towers, 100 and 150 S. 5th St., has limited its operations in anticipation of a coming retail renovation, but catering services are still available.

CB Richard Ellis, which bought the buildings in September 2003, recently bought out the caf's lease. Details of the renovation have not been released.

The full bakery opens at 6:30 a.m. and is complemented by juice, smoothies and coffee. Prepackaged sandwiches and salads are available for lunch. The caf closes at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. each day, according to Catering Director Loren Moe.

A posted sign directs customers to the full-service Park Caf location beneath the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St.

Moe said that Park Caf catering is run out of the Government Center and the 8th Street Grill on South Eighth Street & Marquette Avenue. The catering menu is "a bit more extensive" than the fare offered at the full-service cafs, said Moe; it offers breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, even after hours and on weekends.

Park Java coffee will remain open until June 30, according to a posted sign; an end date for bakery, salad and sandwich service is uncertain, Moe said.

Moe said to look for new Park Caf locations in the near future.

In related news, Towers Convenience store and dry cleaners moved recently to the east side of the 150 S. 5th St. tower, near the South 2nd Street skyway.

Central Business District

The Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., will house a Fed-Ex Kinko's Office and Print Center (formerly Kinko's) that will open in early May. The center will make it possible for guests to prepare for events and have convention materials waiting for them when they arrive, according to a press release.

Conference materials can be created, printed, packed and shipped from a local FedEx Kinko's, or computer files can be e-mailed and the projects created at the Convention Center site.

The office and print center will offer services such as high-volume black-and-white and color printing, binding and finishing, and sign and banner production.

The FedEx Kinko's center will not be visible form the street, nor will outdoor signage be erected, according to Convention Center administrators. The store will be on the main level next to the escalators directly behind the information booth. Store hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, with adjusted hours on Saturday and Sunday for specific Convention Center events.