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February 24, 2003 // UPDATED 8:59 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

City Center gets La Creperie

A little taste of Europe will soon open in City Center, 615 Hennepin Ave. Pastry chef Biljana Zalica owns

La Creperie, located in the third-floor food court of City Center.

Zalica, who has lived and cooked throughout Europe and the Twin Cities, said, "We want to create a small European corner in City Center's food court for people to enjoy authentic European favorites like sweet and savory French crepes, Italian calzones and tortes, German strudels, Austrian goulash, Hungarian paprikash and European desserts."

La Creperie was expected to be open by Monday, Feb. 24.

The food court is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Old salt: Metamorphos opens day spa

The Web site for Metamorphos says this upscale Nicollet Mall shop is "for things you won't find at a mall near you." Metamorphos president Scott Johnson hopes to bring that philosophy to his new day spa.

The day spa -- also called Metamorphos -- is attached to Johnson's 927 Nicollet Mall store, which sells unique and hard-to-find perfumes, jewelry, and bath and body products.

"The day spa will specialize in skin and body therapy. We're not doing nails," Johnson said. "It'll be really unique because it's a more intimate atmosphere than other spas. It's not clinical. It's like our store. Plus the quality of the products we use will be completely different from any other spa in the city."

This skin and body therapy at Metamorphos includes facials, massages, body wraps and waxing. They also have a salt glo treatment that Johnson explained as "where they exfoliate your whole body with Dead Sea salts. Then it sloughs off all of the dead skin with techniques of massage. Then they end with a moisturizer. It smooths your body out a lot."

Metamorphos' winter hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on the Metormorphos spa, visit www.metamorphos.com.

Rimarcik will operate St. Anthony Main cinemas

The management of the St. Anthony Main Theater is in new hands, and theater owner John Rimarcik wants those hands to improve the overall theater experience at this neighborhood movie house.

Bill Carter, who had worked at St. Anthony Main under former managers Reading Cinemas, has taken over management of the theater located on Southeast Main Street.

Rimarcik, a restaurateur who has owned the theater for the past 10 years, will also get involved in its day-to-day operations. "When I say I've owned the theater, I've owned the seats, the projection equipment, the building, all of that," Rimarcik said. "I just haven't operated the theater. I will be more involved in the operations."

According to Rimarcik, any changes are tentative. However, he knows that he wants to see improvements in customer service.

"I would be very happy if everyone who came there was greeted with a hello, a goodbye and a thank-you," Rimarcik said. "If that happened and the film didn't break, I'd say we're halfway home."

It's likely the theater will also show more independent films along with the mainstream films and perhaps have special screenings, he said.

"I think that in the future you may see some midnight movies on weekends. I think you may see some old films coming in on weekends, some of the old classics," Rimarcik said.

Rimarcik owns restaurants throughout the Twin Cities, including the Aster Caf in the St. Anthony Main complex. However, he says movies are one of his passions.

"Even though I haven't been in the [movie] business, it's been in my blood for a long time," he said. "I worked in theaters when I was a kid and have a great admiration and excitement about movie houses, especially the old type."