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"The Sisterhood of the Shops at Selby & Snelling"

The St. Paul intersection is home to more than two dozen businesses owned by women. Fourteen lady bosses strike a pose on Selby Ave. Photo by Caitlin Abrams For some time now, I’ve considered St. Paul’s Merriam Park a hot spot for small, locally owned shops. I’m a sucker for Patina’s hostess gifts, and I often hit up Teeny Bee Boutique in search of treasures for the bébés in my life. What I didn’t know is that one special intersection—Selby & Snelling—is home to more than two dozen businesses owned by women. Each entrepreneur brings a unique philosophy to her work. For instance, Teeny Bee’s Kristie Case focuses on a curated assortment of kids’ wares. Jill Erickson, owner of Spoils of Wear, s

“Entrepreneurs look to keep it real at the corner of Selby and Snelling”

Most of the recent publicity about the intersection of St. Paul’s Selby and Snelling avenues was about the decision of O’Gara’s owner to not reopen the 79-year-old bar in a new development in the old neighborhood. And two years ago, a New York institutional buyer acquired 210 upscale apartments built atop the nearby Whole Foods for $87 million.There’s something of an upscaling underway at once-frayed edged Selby and Snelling. It sure isn’t the likes of nearby Grand Avenue, where chain stores and high rents have replaced a lot of quaint local shops from yesteryear. In fact, the women who comprise the majority of the 25 small businesses within a strong-arm throw of Snelling and Selby are deter

The Neighborhood Full-Service Bank

Associated Bank is a member of Selby at Snelling and a neighborhood institution. The Bank is a vital partner in the development and expansion of the area, and welcomes new residents and retailers with personal service in a friendly and convenient setting. Associated branch in Selby-Snelling is unique, bridging the economic, social, demographic, and cultural diversity here as a "hub" for a variety of financial services. The Bank has survived and thrived honoring its legacy of service to communities and customers. Bank customers include renters, homeowners, business professionals, retailers, and students—a mirror of the Midway neighborhood. The Bank also provides community grants on a case-by-

Building Harper Apartments and Co-Working Spaces

Ryan Companies US, Inc. is a national builder, developer, designer and real estate manager based in Minneapolis. Ryan has offices throughout the US. We know the local commercial real estate market and have collaborative relationships with business leaders, municipalities and community groups. Those strong connections make the development, design and construction process easier for clients and lead to positive outcomes for the communities in which we live and work. Harper apartments construction began in the fall of 2018, for a redesign, construction, and creation of the O'Gara's Pub site on the corner of Selby and Snelling. Although O'Gara's will not reopen, another restaurant is being plann

This Hippo Is for Real: Augustine’s Bar & Bakery

It’s a sure thing! Owner Tony Andersen, successful local gastronomic proprietor who created The Happy Gnome on Selby, opened Augustine’s Bar & Bakery in the Selby-Snelling neighborhood in 2017. It’s a concept cafe where you can find something wholesome and delicious to eat and something awesome to drink. So, who is the hippo? “He’s our inspiration,” says Anne Marie, the partner-manager. " We named our restaurant after St. Augustine of Hippo, who, among other things, was the patron saint of brewers. And since we engage with the best area craft brewers, we chose the hippo as our signage.” In addition to a deep selection of craft beers on tap and an espresso bar of quality coffee from a local r

Selby at Snelling Whole Foods Market is Fabulous!

The St. Paul Whole Foods has lots to love... about 160 Whole Foods customer parking spots Wide, wide aisles 16 registers Diverse and delicious lunch options: many options hot food bar, salad bar, and neapolitan style pizza Fresh home-baked breads, desserts; fresh fish, sausages, meats 89 seats for in-store dining--breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner Appreciative and helpful customer service throughout the store New, lower pricing on many items after our affiliation with Amazon began Shoppers Pick-Up and Delivery service Whole Foods has been part of the community for more than two decades, and this new and bigger Whole Foods Market remains in the heart of our neighborhood. We can offer our c

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