Saturday, May 28, 2011
Scott and I left our SW Minneapolis home with a goal of walking 20 miles. We met and slightly exceeded that goal because Mother Nature, for the most part, cooperated and gave us one of the most beautiful days we've had this year. Instead of doing a 20 mile power walk, Scott and I opted for the more casual and fun walk with plenty of stops for photos and breaks at neighborhood pubs and cafes.
After stopping at Scott's favorite walking destination, Town Hall Tap, we stayed on Chicago and walked north. I am so glad we did as I can't remember ever walking that entire stretch of Minneapolis. We saw stores, homes and parks we've never noticed before.
We were walking along and suddenly we both stopped dead in our tracks. Is that a real dog in that store's window? Yes, it was! Cooper is a genius marketer for his owner's shop, Chicago Consignments at 3730 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, MN. After taking a few photos of this cutie sitting in the window, we made the best decision on our walk and entered this treasure of a store. We talked with Mike Stebnitz who renovated the space after it sat abandoned for 40 years. Can you imagine what a store looks like after 40 years of neglect? Mike does. He has been part of revitalizing old store fronts as part of Stillwater Development company. He also takes great pride in his part of South Minneapolis - the intersection of four neighborhoods - Central, Powderhorn Park, Bryant and Bancroft. I am hoping he will give me a tour of Central as part of my Minneapolis 81 project.
Next time you're visiting south Minneapolis, do yourself a favor and slow down, get off your bike, get out of your car, get off of the bus and visit 38th and Chicago!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family