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September 1, 2003 // UPDATED 11:03 am - April 30, 2007
By: Skyway News Staff
Skyway News Staff

Eat Street Caf opens in Loring Park A new coffee shop and restaurant called the Eat Street Caf will open later this month at 1410 Nicollet Ave. S., featuring wireless Internet access, American cuisine and a large dessert menu.

"I'm really excited about how it's coming together," said Lynn Smith, the caf's owner. "I think it's going to be just a great neighborhood place to hang out."

The caf, across the street from the theater that runs "Triple Espresso" and in the same building as Red Eye, will cater to the theater crowd who might want to grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee after a show. The caf will occupy space formerly held by "Triple Espresso" staff. The offices moved across the street.

Smith said she hopes the caf will become a comfortable "neighborhood lounge."

She plans to feature the work of local artists in the 3,000-square-foot space, which features high ceilings and skylights. The caf will also have outside seating.

The menu will include comfort food, such as meatloaf and pasta dishes. Creams puffs and chocolate cakes highlight the dessert menu.

Besides food and beverages, customers will be able to purchase wireless Internet cards for around $40.

Caf hours are tentatively planned for 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. -- Sarah McKenzie

Wolves add new skyway storeA new Timberwolves and Lynx store, dubbed "The Gym," will open in November in time for the Timberwolves' regular season.

Located near the skyway bridge that connects the Target Center with Block E, the store will feature a wide range of merchandise, from key chains and bumper stickers to more pricey leather jackets featuring team logos.

The STEIN group, the store's designer, worked to make the store take on the feel of a gymnasium with locker space, trophy cases and metal equipment cages, said Chris Wright, vice president of marketing for the teams.

Wright said there has been an effort to convey the feeling that the Target Center is the state's "gym" -- the venue where all "high level" basketball is played both for amateur and professional athletes.

Event Merchandising Incorporated (EMI) and Clear Channel Entertainment partnered with the Timberwolves/Lynx on the new store.

There's also a plan to feature local high school basketball players in the store, he said. Minnesota high schools will compete for the chance to have old team photographs and memorabilia in store displays.

Construction began on the new store Aug. 18. The 1,000-square-foot space will have a steel and glass forefront designed to catch the eyes of the passersby on the skyway. Traffic through Target Center has increased since its skyway was connected across 1st Avenue North to Block E.

For die-hard basketball fans, the store will feature a number of new, unique items, such as made-to-order jerseys, infant and youth apparel, jewelry and autographed merchandise. -- Sarah McKenzie

Downtown Yoga Center opens There will be a new spot Downtown to practice the latest yoga techniques this fall.

The Yoga Center of Minneapolis is opening a new studio Oct. 1 in the Colonial Warehouse Building at 212 3rd Ave. N. in the Warehouse District.

During the grand opening week, Oct. 1-5, the center will offer free classes, demonstrations and feature a performance by Bhagavan Das, a yogi singer and author, said Tanya Boigenzahn, the center's assistant director.

Besides the Downtown location, the Yoga Center of Minneapolis has studios in St. Louis Park and Golden Valley. The 4,000-square-foot Downtown space will have two studios for classes and two therapy rooms.

Classes include spinning yoga, Hatha yoga, Thai yoga body work, a healing treatment that integrates Buddhism and yoga; Givamukti, a flowing style of yoga with chanting; and Ashtanga, a slower style focusing on upper-body strength.

To drop in for one class, the price is $15.50. A six-class pass costs $83.

The sessions will accommodate Downtown workers with sessions starting as early as 6:30 a.m. and last classes beginning at 7:30 p.m. -- Sarah McKenzie