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Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore to Open in New Location

Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore to Open in New Location

by Carz Nelson Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore and its twin, Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore, will reopen soon in a new location. The two stores, known collectively as the Uncles, were burned to the ground during the George Floyd Uprising in 2020. In the January 28, 2022 edition of the store’s newsletter, How’s Business, owner Don Blyly announced his plan to purchase the building at 2716 E 31st St. as the new site for the Uncles. It’s conveniently located - within walking distance of a light rail stop and Lake Street buses. Off-street parking won’t be available; however, there is always plenty of free street parking in the area. The 5000 square foot building was built in 1932, and reportedly has a WPA painting of Minnehaha Falls on an interior wall. If all goes well, the sale will close on March 24. After some work on the building, Blyly anticipates the store will open in June. He cautions that projects like this often take longer than planned, so this schedule is only an estimate. While they are no longer located in the Phillips Neighborhood, many are grateful that the Uncles will remain in South Minneapolis. The stores’ presence is sure to be a benefit to the Longfellow Neighborhood. Until the bookstore is operational, Blyly is selling books online at AbeBooks.com as Uncle Hugo’s SF/ Uncle Edgar’s Mystery. There is a GoFundMe campaign to help the bookstore back on its feet called Official Help Save Uncle Hugo’s Fund.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop

Something I Said By DWIGHT HOBBES Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop is, in very good terms as the euphemistic parlance goes, a beast: the South Minneapolis operation has made it through the corona contagion thus far, the catastrophic 2020 riot and the ongoing economic climate which, stimulus or no stimulus, is in lousy shape. That rioting, supposedly in the name of George Floyd, absolutely devastated the very community it's alleged to have been for the sake of. Overnight - actually the course of a few days - the business outlets along Lake Street that it didn't shut down were flatout destroyed, depriving whole neighborhoods of affordable goods and services in an area where affordable goods and services amount to a godsend. Not to mention store staff glad to have a job with all the contagion-related layoffs and firings suddenly were left wondering how to pay their bills. Fortunately, more than a year later, much, in fact most, of Lake Street's thriving commerce has returned. At 10th Ave., though, Family Dollar is a glaring exception. With this location of the chain still boarded up, households in the immediate vicinity sustain a serious hardship. Like the name says, families were able to stretch a dollar shopping for necessities. Parents, for instance, got a good price on things like Pampers. You could get a decent price on even name brand pet food. When you weren't able to make it to the supermarket for groceries, you could just fill in a few blanks, especially a day or two days before payday when you feel the pinch most.  Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop can't do anything about those concerns, but it remains a resource for useful items like clothes, electronic equipment (including desktop and laptop computers), dishes,  and more. It is a modest but nonetheless valuable asset to a community still coping with hard times. The Minneapolis St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, 2939 12th Ave. South (612-722-7882), is within walking [...]

Ingebretsen’s Celebrates 100 Years

Ingebretsen’s Celebrates 100 Years

By Laila Simon, Ingebretsen’s staff The western side of Ingebretsen's in the 90s, including the Dala Style mural painted by Judith Kjenstad. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace, the hub for shopping all things Nordic in South Minneapolis. A neighborhood place, Ingebretsen’s is a store where you can stock up on everyday items like butter and eggs, as well as specialty imports. As a fourth generation family business, celebrating one hundred years is an incredible milestone. Ask any member of the family or staff and they’ll tell you that the business is still here because of Ingebretsen’s loyal customers. You might know Ingebretsen’s as an online store for Christmas gifts and traditional foods, or as the place you drive by in December in Minnesota, with a line of people waiting in subzero temperatures all the way down the block. You may have even heard of people making “lute” (lutefisk) pilgrimages from out of state each year. But Ingebretsen’s has come to represent a lot more. It is a cultural and community gathering spot for people to share their heritage and keep family traditions alive. Food has always been at the center of Ingebretsen’s, and shopping at the Butcher Shop & Deli is a tradition in and of itself, passed down through generations. Nancy Carlson, a customer, said, “My dad worked at Peterson Motors on 38th E Lake St from the late ’50s to the late ’60s. He would stop at Ingebretsen's at least once a week for Scandinavian food (both parents are Norwegian). I've continued that tradition, although it's not weekly, more like monthly.” A story many people will recognize from their own family histories: Karl (Charlie) Ingebretsen immigrated to the United States from Norway in the early twentieth century. Charlie passed through Ellis Island in 1904, and soon got a job on the docks. He traveled west to Fargo, North Dakota, where he learned butchering; he then moved south [...]

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