The best big box store is no big box store. Imagine how much better the Hiawatha & Lake would be if there were businesses that served LRT travelers with residential units above them rather than a huge Target store with a parking lot and delivery docks taking up 2-3 more acreage than the store itself. That store and stores like it - regardless of brand - are not assets to their communities.
I have no problem with Target/Cub/Rainbow at that intersection, but how awesome would it be if the Target was like the one downtown, a two story store with no parking lot. And instead of Cub AND Rainbow, just one with a smaller parking lot. For me, the problem isn’t the big box store, it’s the big box store parking lot!
I’ve been thinking of the insane amount of new breweries in town for a while, and I’m to the point where I think it could be ok.
The taproom idea basically creates a brewpub type business, but without the added costs of food and everything that goes with that. Just bring in a different food truck and all of a sudden you have a great place to go for a beer or two.
Now, not all these places will be able to bottle or can to sell at liquor stores, and they might not even be able to keg for other bars, but maybe a very small scale taproom is a good enough business plan. And you never know, one of these small startups could strike it big and expand into a full production brewery.
Maybe places like Indeed, Pour Decisions, Harriet, Excelsior Brewing, Lucid, and Steel Toe won’t be the next Surly, but that doesn’t mean they can’t exist as a business, especially if they serve their neighborhood and have reasonable expectations of their growth.
So, honest opinion: Twin Cities music scene. Golden Age? Everything we’ve ever wanted and more? There are a lot of strong opinions out there, and I’m curious how you weigh in on this one.
I don’t know if the Golden Age of local music ever left the Twin Cities. Being a Minneapolitan at heart, I think we just crave validation. I think we’ve been cool for a while, and I think anyone who’s been involved with music here will tell you that. They’ll tell you that we’ve always had one of the strongest scenes in the country, and now, thanks to the internet or the styles at the moment, groups like Polica and Doomtree kind of take off. There’s nothing that could be lost from local bands getting attention… hopefully we’ll draw more interested people. Is there a lot of buzz right now? Yes. Is there a lot of pressure? Yes. It’s easier to play a song by a band that everyone knows, but I feel like Radio K exists to play the new basement band, and the Current exists to play the new Peter Wolf Crier. It feels really tight, but that’s kind of exciting, where you’re constantly fighting to get attention. Local music has never been easy. The Golden Age? It started back in the ‘60’s, and I don’t think it’s left yet.