Mill City Sound

Music, Retail

If you are a vinyl aficionado and haven’t been to Mill City Sound, a record store in downtown Hopkins, you are seriously missing out.  A mecca for music lovers in the southwestern metro and neighborhood fixture, Mill City is owned by Rob Sheeley, a lifelong record lover who opened his store in 2014 after selling […]

January 17, 2017

Pub 819

Food & Drink

Up next is Pub 819, a bar and grill in Downtown Hopkins. Off Mainstreet, the place is a little hidden with its dark exterior but inside, the garage door style windows accentuate the oakwood walls, inviting you into this modern American gastropub. Replacing Hopkins Tavern, the Pub declares itself the place for “Whiskey, Beer, Burgers,” […]

January 9, 2017

Pizza Lucé

Food & Drink

Friday night, serendipitously, a few of us crossed off Pizza Lucé from the #mnbucketlist. With eight locations including Uptown and Downtown Minneapolis, Duluth, Hopkins, Richfield, Seward/ University, St Paul and the new location in Roseville (mentioned by Visit Roseville MN during the amazing #minnstameets_oval), most were surprised that I had never been. I mean, they’ve […]

December 6, 2015

Retro Wanderlust


Next up on the #MNbucketlist is actually a really cool quasi antique store called Retro Wanderlust in Hopkins. If you’re from the area and you don’t know what it is, don’t worry, I hadn’t heard of it either. I stumbled onto it. They are in a white, brick garage with painted retro bobbles on the […]

February 1, 2015

Yogurt Lab

Food & Drink

If you haven’t noticed the surge in frozen yogurt shops, you are A. Not on the ball or B. Not sugar frenzied. My favorite is the Yogurt Lab. They are all over the place but I like the one off Lake Street in Wayzata, across from CoV on Lake Minnetonka. With crazy flavors that are […]

January 9, 2015

CLOSED: Pairings

Food & Drink

Before I start, I should warn that I’m a tad bit obsessed with this next place, so don’t mind me, I may gush about it a little. Pairings Wine and Food Market, as kitschy as it sounds, is the cutest, best designed eatery with an unbeatable atmosphere in Minnetonka. Its right off Shady Oak, near […]

June 28, 2014