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September 12, 2005 // UPDATED 1:57 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Loring Park

Get ready for an uppercut -- UpperCuts Barber Shop opened Aug. 19 at 1422 Nicollet Ave. S.

Master barbers Nick Castano and Troy Harris weigh in with eight and 12 years of experience, respectively. Monellan Castellan also cuts hair and co-owns the shop with brother Mondell Castellan and Adrian Suarez.

Although the shop carries a boxing motif, UpperCuts is not marketed to any particular customer, said Suarez, nor is Castano limited to any particular cut.

"I cut everything, that's my specialty," Castano said, adding that he had just finished a walk-in job -- a businessman from Target Corp.

Castano said other business has come from Safari Restaurant, next door at 1428 Nicollet. (Since the opening, Somali barber Zeke has joined the crew.)

Watch for recently filmed commercials on the WB, UPN and BET networks. Castano said the shop plans to link up with local boxing gyms to bring in customers.

UpperCuts takes walk-ins or cuts by appointment. Prices are $13-$18. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For appointments, call 872-4393 or check out

Mill District

The antiques, silver and art at Antiques Riverwalk, 210 3rd Ave. N., are 20-50 percent off until the store closes at the end of October, but owner Sarah Randol's remaining inventory may reappear early next year as part of an import and antiques store in the newly remodeled 903 Washington Ave. S. building.

Randol said she had a deal to sell her business to another antiques dealer, but that a higher-than-expected rent increase scared the buyer and other supplying dealers away.

Randol said she sells "serious antiques" (no beanie babies or old sewing machines) including Persian rugs, chandeliers, bronze candelabras, Japanese urns and figures; grandfather clocks and furniture such as dining sets, chairs and buffets, among other antiques.

Randol, who has been in the antiques business since 1990, said the 903 Washington site offers better parking, which was sparse around the current Colonial Warehouse location.