55101/ Part Two: Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar

Winter may be upon us but my pursuit of interesting places in the “hip zip” 55101 continues. Of course The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lowertown is on my list. A favorite of many since opening its doors in early 1998, it started out as a place for coffee and conversation and has grown to include a menu of fresh, local foods, wine, and a diverse presentation of art and music.

KarlDuring my visit today I met Karl Warnke, local filmmaker. He is currently working at Black Dog, noting that Sara Remke (one of the owners) is a true patron of the arts. Karl, a regular customer, worked for the Black Dog summers at the adjacent St. Paul Farmer’s Market and signed on 3 months ago as a manager. His true passion, film-making, was recognized at the 2013 Twin Cities Film Fest. The see Karl’s directorial debut, A Letter Home, and view his other work, visit Karl Warnke on Vimeo.

liam betterLiam Watkins, First Communion After Party  guitarist was also at Black Dog this morning and graciously agreed to a photo-op. Everybody has to check out the music video, Sleepaway– awesome!

Next stop for me? Who knows!

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Dress For Success is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

I volunteered to do the photography at the spring fund-raising event held at Aria Minneapolis last week. To see more photos of the event visit: Dress for Success photos

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End-of-Month Photo Dump: February

I am not being original…many of you do this. This time, Joe and Woe inspired me!

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Second Hand Shopping and Santa’s Feline Helpers…

A few blog posts back I mentioned Practical Goods and Sophie Joe’s Emporium in St. Paul, MN. Our household is shopping local and vintage this year and today I stopped by Sophie Joe’s. I discovered a treasure trove of cool stuff.

My list:

1. 8 picture frames so the Esther-ettes swim group (also blogged about!) would each have a photo in a cool frame. Check!

2. Hostess gift(s). Check!

3. A few ornaments: a bag of 3 handmade sheep for a dollar. Check!

4. Two lovely scarves. Wow!

Oh and must mention, the cats “helped” organize…

 

Snow Storm!

Snow fall Sunday- more shovelling Monday! Tried to post yesterday, but had sooo many connectivity issues…

Sunday, December 9th

The midwest is parched. Not only do we need the moisture, but it is SO pretty this morning. Lots of snow falling from the sky!

I ran some had-to-do errands early and stopped by Mojo Monkey Donut Shop, on W7th, for treats on the way home. (Bowie, you were on my mind when I selected a raised pastry glazed with chocolate ganache…).

The cat crew and I are now settled on the enclosed porch, snow on three sides, preparing to do some catch up work. As I mentioned to blogger, Ubergeek, the internet connection is spotty…aaarghh.

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Holidaze

Happily, there are alternatives to shopping malls and ‘big box’ retail experiences in the Twin Cities. I have blogged about one such place, Practical GoodsToday I dropped by Sophie Joe’s Emporium. SJE is chock full of vintage and designer clothing, jewelry, art, dishware, ornaments, toys, tchotchkes…well, you get the idea. I found some lovely frames that will work well for photographs-

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While checking out, I met a young man browsing with his mom. He turned out to be Connor Barth, the 13 year old actor touring with the national road company of Elf the Musical. Connor plays Michael, Elf’s human brother. According to his bio, Connor has “been singing and dancing his whole life and performing in front of audiences for 3 years.” Regionally he has performed in Teddy & Alice in the role of Roosevelt’s son, Archie. We had a brief chat and I learned he is having fun with the tour experience. 🙂

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Lovely afternoon!

Stina