Credit: Photo courtesy of Givens Violins

Givens Violins relocates amid development

Updated: November 5, 2015 - 8:42 am

Givens Violins is relocating due to the redevelopment of its long-time home in downtown Minneapolis.

Claire Givens has operated her violin shop in an addition of the historic Handicraft Guild Building for more than three decades. The buildings’ tenants have left one by one over the course of the year, and Givens’ shop was one of the last to leave the longstanding structures at 10th & Marquette.

The unique space, which features characteristic sunlit studios, is being redeveloped in a residential high-rise. The original, historically designated building will be preserved as a lobby, restaurant and/or office space in the new development. 

The violin shop, which works with several Minnesota Orchestra musicians, will be reopening Nov. 10 just two blocks away at 1201 Marquette Ave., Ste. 150. 

Several other tenants, such as Devil’s Advocate, Gamut Gallery and Slam Academy, are relocating or taking the opportunity to expand. Due to the buildings’ cheap retail and office spaces, they’ve been home to an eclectic mix of tenants, from a wig shop to fine artists, some of which have been in the building for decades.