Band Box reopens in Minneapolis

A piece of Minneapolis history is back in business. Band Box Diner first opened in 1939 on the corner of 10th Street and 14th Avenue in the Elliot Park Neighborhood. At one time, there were 15 locations, but by the 70’s only the original remained. In 1998, Brad and Heather Ptacek took over. They ran it up until the pandemic shutdown in March of 2020. On September 14th, three years after it closed, the Facebook page came back to life with the post ‘We’re Back.’ The diner is open Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 3pm and on Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Musical comedy, The Church Basement Ladies, returns to the stage in Burnsville

The Church Basements Ladies are back with a new musical titled ‘A Mighty Fortress is our Basement.’ The show is set in rural Minnesota in the 60’s. The concept first launched in 2005 and is still going strong nearly 20 years later with more than three-million theatergoers taking in the shows. The newest musical is playing now at the Ames Center in Burnsville. It runs through November 12th.

Authentic Mexican restaurant and market opens in Apple Valley

Bodega42 Fresh Market and Homshuk restaurant are the newest additions to the south metro. The new concept is located on Galaxie Avenue just south of County Road 42. The restaurant with a big patio, sources its ingredients from the market including fresh tortillas made in-house. The market also has a butcher, deli, grab-and-go section, and a bakery. The restaurant and market are open seven days a week.

Be Kind, Say Hi Campaign spreads positivity

Saying hello can make someone's day, but it's becoming rare to utter those words to a stranger. However, there is a local man who wants to change that, and he's taking his case to the sidewalks in the North Loop Neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Etiquette for sports fans

Sports can bring out a lot of passion and enthusiasm in both the players and the fans, and sometimes it can go too far. There's certainly a balance between showing your passion for your favorite team and having respect for those around you. Etiquette expert and author Juliet Mitchell joined FOX 9 Good Day to share some advice for fans, players and coaches.

World's Largest Pet Walk supports therapy animals

This weekend, people are encouraged to grab their leashes and lace up their sneakers for a good cause. The World's Largest Pet Walk is taking place on Saturday. It encourages people to get outside with their pets to show support and raise money for therapy animals. Volunteers with North Star Therapy Animals joined The FOX 9 Morning news to talk about the event and the work they do throughout the community.

University of Minnesota debuts new apple

University of Minnesota debuts a new apple variety named MN33 or Kudos. The fruit has a unique combinations of traits including an excellent crisp, juicy texture with occasional tropical overtones. Stephanie March is here to break down Minnesota's best apple orchards to visit, on Friday.

Canterbury Park's junk bonanza returns

In the last few years, there’s been a lot of stories about fast-furniture clogging landfills and this could partly explain why vintage continues to trend in home décor. This weekend there’s an event that caters to those who love finding that hidden gem. 150 makers and vintage collectors have come together at Canterbury Park to create a unique retail experience known as ‘Junk Bonanza.’ The even runs from 9am to 5pm on September 22nd and 23rd. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Isles Buns celebrates 30 years

Isles Bun & Coffee has been a Minneapolis staple since 1993. Located near the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 28th Street, the shop is known for its gigantic fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and best-seller, the puppy-dog tails with cream cheese frosting. The original recipes have stayed the same, but the Veigel family has added some savory options since taking over in 2000. The shop is open from 6:30am to 5pm.

More women are changing careers post-pandemic

We know the pandemic caused a shift in our way of life, especially in the workplace. According to the latest 'Women in the workplace study', we're in the midst of a "great breakup". Female leaders in the workplace are switching jobs in order to find more fulfilment in their careers and personal lives. Wendy Wiesman is the founder and CEO of Ready. Set. Pivot. The firm helps women navigate career changes. Wiesman joined FOX 9 Good Day to talk about the trends and what women are looking for from their careers.

Coffee, cuddles at Roseville’s new cat cafe

Minneapolis’ first cat café has relocated to Roseville. Café Meow is now at the corner of Lexington Parkway at Larpenteur Avenue. The new space offers more parking and a bigger area for cats. At the moment, 28 cats have moved into the new location. The café and cat space are separated so you can visit the shop for coffee and baked goods without mingling with cats, or you can do both. There is a small fee to hang with the cats that helps pay for their care. The New Hope location is still open as well. Since it’s opening in 2018, Café Meow has found 934 cats a home.

First Avenue partners with Wrecktangle Pizza on new restaurant

It’s been quite the year for the Wrecktangle Pizza crew. They were named ‘Best Pizza in America’ in early 2023 and people flocked to get their hands on the Detroit-style pizza with a Minnesota twist. Now they’ve partnered with First Avenue to open a new spot in St. Paul that’s offering more than just pizza. Wrestaurant at the Palace will have all the favorites plus new creations. It’s next door to the Palace Theatre which is co-operated by First Avenue. The Wrestaurant at the Palace is at 33 West 7th Place. They’re open seven days a week.

Now Showing: The Importance of Being Earnest at the Guthrie

The Guthrie Theater is kicking off its 60th season by revisiting a classic comedy. "The Importance of Being Earnest" revolves around the central plot of two men who take on false identities. From there, hilarity ensues. Cast member Michael Doherty joined FOX 9 Good Day to chat about the show.

Second Hand Hounds undergoes rebranding

Changes are on the way for one of the largest pet rescue organizations in the state. Earlier this month, Second Hand Hounds announced they were changing their name to The Bond Between in order to better reflect their mission. Organizers say they rescue more animals than just dogs, and they also do a lot of fostering and work with veterans and domestic abuse victims. Executive Director Rachel Mairose joined FOX 9 Good Day to explain the name change and the organization's mission moving forward.

Help for Minnesota's aging population

Minnesota lawmakers are putting a renewed focus on the state's aging population. Late last month, they launched a new task force on aging. It aims to address everything from funding for retirement, to caring for seniors and possible shortages in the workforce. So what do industry experts think about the move? The CEO of Lifespark, a company that provides health services and resources for seniors in the Twin Cities, joined the FOX 9 Morning news to talk about what he believes lawmakers should focus on in the future.

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

The kids are back to class and fall is the perfect time to teach your pet some new skills. Each year, the Animal Humane Society hosts a variety of training classes for pets. Sam Weller from the Animal Humane Society joined the Fox 9 Morning News to share some tips for pet owners

Haunting experience comes to Mall of America

It’s getting spooky at the Mall of America. The crew behind American Monsters has created a brand new, one-of-a-kind haunted attraction at the mall. It’s located on level 2 in the former vaccination site. The story-driven haunt is called Onionhead’s Revenge. It’s based off a Louisiana folktale so the area has been transformed into the bayou. There are different levels of tickets and experiences within the attraction. It opens Friday, Sept. 15 and will run through Halloween. It’s a no-touch experience but it’s still quite spooky so its recommended that kids be 10 and up.

Pickleball gym with restaurant opens in Maple Grove

Pickleball gyms are popping up all over the metro, but a new one in Maple Grove is serving up more than just aces. Pints & Paddle has plenty of courts to play, but there’s also a large restaurant and taproom. The Kitchen has an extensive menu including hot-honey cheese curds and sticky ribs, more than four dozen self-serve taps with plenty of beer, cider, wine, cocktail and mocktail options. The pickleball courts open at 6 a.m. daily. It’s located at 15450 Grove Circle N, Maple Grove.

MN Landscape Arboretum's delicate pumpkin patch

The Glass Pumpkin Patch event is back at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This year, a dozen award-winning glass artists have hand-blown 5,000 pumpkins and placed them in the gardens in and around the Snyder Building. The weekend event will include free glass-blowing demonstrations and opportunities to chat with the artists. The event runs from Sept. 15-17. All the pumpkins are for sale. Tickets to the Arb must be purchased ahead of time. The pumpkin patch experience is included in general admission tickets.