When people living in Minneapolis think of where to get a good cup of coffee in a comfortable setting, most would probably name one of the numerous shops in Uptown or the Northeast neighborhoods. Nestled in the Stevens Square neighborhood sits one of the city’s best kept secrets, the Boiler Room. Situated on 3rd Avenue near 19th street, the Boiler Room is slowly establishing itself as the areas “go to” coffee shop. Providing 3 house blends along with a plethora of other drinks including mochas, espressos and a variety of teas; I’ve found the Boiler Room to be much better than your average Starbucks or Caribou. They also serve up some awesome waffles, rice crispy treats, brownies, cookies and amazing muffins; the chocolate chip banana nut being a favorite. Free Wi-Fi (of course) and a homey atmosphere like your best friend’s basement will have you wondering where the last 4 hours went. If you’re ever near 3rd ave or the Stevens Square neighborhood make sure to stop in for a cup of Joe, you wont be disappointed.
Last weekend, we got the chance to stop by Legacy Glassworks in Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake neighborhood and lets just say we enjoyed what we saw. Their space sits right off the corners of Lake and Lyndale, a growing intersection which has seen somewhat of a transformation over the last few years. Upon entering the store the first thing we noticed was the vast amount of artwork displayed all over the room, not too much clutter, just a TON of local glass work and artwork. Artisanal wares from necklaces to paintings, to glass pipes to beads, this place has it all at decent prices. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable, one thing that set this place a notch above others in my book. Word around town is that they even offer glassblowing classes from time to time. Whether your stopping in for something economical or looking to make an investment in a piece of artwork, they’ve got you covered; check out some of the pics above and click the link below for their official website.
Familia and Vancouver skate shop, BLVD, recently collaborated on a new tee shirt that you can snag at either of their locations. The “Taco” tee is a solid pick up for the summer and will only run you $24, click the link below for a better look.
A new music documentary titled All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records is opening in theaters across the country tomorrow. The project was written by documentarian writer/producer Steven Leckart (In Deep Water, The Anti-Mascot), and was directed by Colin Hanks (Orange County, King Kong) in his first full-length feature directorial feature. Featuring interviews from music and film industry stars like Chris Cornell (Man of Steel, The Avengers), Chuck D. (American Gangster, Pineapple Express), David Geffen (Little Shop of Horrors, Beetlejuice), Dave Grohl (21 Jump Street, The Wolf of Wall Street), Elton John (The Lion King, American Hustle), Bruce Springsteen (Jerry Maguire, The Wrestler), and many more, the film chronicles the rise and fall of Tower Records. Continue reading →
With Familia celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary a few weeks back, the Uptown skate shop proved they were celebrating big, announcing a collaboration with Nike SB. The Dunk High ” Blow Ox” was born, skaters and sneaker heads rejoiced, but details surrounding the release are STILL nil to none. This Saturday, July 4th is the day, if you’re dying to grab a pair (like me) stop by the shop and see what’s up, we’ll throw up the necessary info once acquired.
Location: 1309 4th Street SE, Minneapolis Hours: Mon-Thur: 10AM-10PM, Fri-Sat: 10AM-11PM, Sun: 10AM-9PM
Mineapolis has had a long history of head shops that stand right up to the top shops in the country. Glass shops have come and gone (Green Monkey, Piecemakers), but one has stood the test of time at the top spot. The Hideaway Smoke Shop located in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood has grown from a tiny shack into what many would call the “Wal-Mart of glass shops” (in a good way). With a wide variety of every type of smoking device at fair prices; one can only feel like a kid in a candy store upon entering. A purveyor of artisan pipes, The Hideaway features pieces from well known artists like Branden & Minnesota Legit; with a firm rotation set in place. The staff ain’t bad either, they provide swift and courteous assistance as if you were picking out jewelry for a special someone. If you can’t find anything you like within The Hideaway’s confines, your best bet is probably to go custom (yes they do that too). Any time you’re thinking of grabbing something new for your collection keep The Hideaway in mind.
Nike SB will once again be hooking up with Michigan’s own Premier for a second round of kicks. The close relationship between the two companies is no secret as Premier usually stocks just about every Nike SB release. Peep the “Petosky 2s” above, if you like what you see head over to Premier’s website on January 4th; these will retail at $120.
Do you have friends who like beer or prefer the taste from an ice cold bottle? If you’re into getting your hands a little dirty and making something, you can create yourself a unique one-of-a-kind carrying case to show off those delicious libations. Varying on degree of difficulty, from simple (above) to the more complex, these custom 6 pack holders will put up with years of slugging around the sweet nectar of the gods. Currently, MADE HQ is building some for the random lucky ones at house parties. Stay tuned to see how it turns out.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on the above pair of dunks properly nicknamed the “Black Rains” and it seems we’ve finally got a release date. Nike has decided to release the kicks as a quick strike making them extremely limited, they’ll only be sold at retailers that have quick strike accounts with the company which are few and far between. These bad boys are pretty dope featuring an ice sole, clear patent leather swoosh & simulated water droplets along the side. Expect these to hit participating quick strike locations this Saturday, October 12th; if you have no other place to go check out Premiers website, you can order them there online.