Seafood soft scrambles, Southern flair and global influences are some of the trends at new brunch places that have popped up in St. Paul. We’ve made the rounds and found 12 spots to add to our list of great Twin Cities places to have that in-between meal. It might be worth noting (we learned the hard way) that some restaurants serve brunch only one weekend day but not both. We’ve included the hours and what days brunch is served to this list. RELATED: Best brunch in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area GRAND CATCH Attention, beignet fans: Grand Catch makes a delicious version of the warm and fluffy New Orleans-style square doughnuts. And that’s not all to look forward to. This Cajun spot near Macalester College spins such flavor-enhancing dishes as its rendition of chicken and waffles, but instead of waffles, you get sweet corn pancakes, a fried egg, brown butter coconut syrup and jalapeno butter. We also love the careful attention to detail, such as serving boneless — … [Read more...] about 12 St. Paul brunch spots: highlights, price ranges, when to go
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Nicholas Ballas, a St. Paul native who’s devoted to books, has purchased Common Good Books and renamed the store Next Chapter Booksellers. He bought the independent St. Paul bookstore, at 38 S. Snelling Ave., from founder, writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor. “I am an avid reader and longtime customer of lots of bookstores, especially Common Good Books,” Ballas said. “The store has a very well-curated selection, and I’ve always been impressed by the staff who are super passionate about books and dedicated to helping customers find exactly what they are looking for. It’s that relationship I want to preserve.” Ballas, 58, is managing director of Cathedral Hill Advisory LLC, a consulting firm that provides advisory services to small and medium-size organizations. He says he will not change any of the fundamentals of the store, including book selections, visiting author programs and staff. Early signs of change will be a new logo on … [Read more...] about Common Good Books begins Next Chapter, as Garrison Keillor’s bookstore changes hands
City slickers can feel right at home with what's hip and happening in these five Minnesota towns. There's a certain kind of town that people who live in big cities daydream about while they fight traffic or jostle through crowds. We want to escape to a place that's unpretentious, charming and hygge. But at the same time, we don't want to give up kombucha, yoga and good live music. Fictional examples of hip but idyllic Brigadoons are a staple in movies or television. Think Stars Hollow, Conn., of "Gilmore Girls," Cicely, Alaska, of "Northern Exposure," Ferness, Scotland, of "Local Hero," or Portwenn, Cornwall, of "Doc Martin." But also think of places like Red Wing, New Ulm and Winona. These Minnesota heritage towns are places where the country mice don't have to come to the Twin Cities to appreciate art house films, craft cocktails and retrohip doughnuts. They're making those things happen right where they are. Want to join them? Just read on. — Richard Chin WINONA With its … [Read more...] about 5 hottest small town destinations in Minnesota
By Jeff Collins | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am | UPDATED: March 19, 2019 at 7:38 am Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract housing to make it easier to accurately price houses. While iBuying has been in full swing in places like Phoenix for several years, the first iBuyers started working in Southrn California in 2017. In the past six months, RedfinNow expanded from the Inland Empire into Orange and Los Angeles counties. Opendoor and Zillow Offers recently announced plans to expand … [Read more...] about What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?
Minnesota lawmakers and labor leaders began a push Wednesday to stiffen penalties on employers who fail to pay workers the wages they’re owed, a top priority for House Democrats this session. They said state figures show that at least 40,000 Minnesota residents are victims of wage theft every year, costing them around $12 million in unpaid wages, and those are probably low numbers. And they said the state lacks sufficient power to help shortchanged workers recover the money they earned. Rep. Tim Mahoney said at a news conference that the bill would “finally define in law that wage theft is illegal.” It would beef up record-keeping requirements for employers and give the state Department of Labor and Industry subpoena powers to obtain records from unwilling employers accused of wage theft. “I represent an area that has people who live on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis, and when they don’t get paid, when they get stolen from, their lives spiral out of control, … [Read more...] about Minnesota lawmakers, labor want stiffer penalties for ‘wage theft’