Global fitness gym, Barry’s, lands in Minneapolis

A popular fitness studio that’s opened boutique gyms worldwide has finally come to the Twin Cities and they have a new nickname for Minneapolis referring to it as Minne-AB-olis. Barry’s started in 1998 and is credited with creating the original high intensity interval workout, also known as H.I.I.T. The workout combines treadmills and floor work with weights. The studio also has a retail section, locker rooms and a Fuel Bar with smoothies. You don’t have to be a member to try it, classes can be purchased individually.

Utepils Brewery celebrates four years; plans summer full of events

We often highlight what’s new and trending, but we should also give props to a mainstay. Utepils Brewery in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis bucked the 2020 trend and actually increased production despite being closed at times and having capacity limits. We spoke with the founder and president of Utepils Brewing, Dan Justesen, about the last year and the events they’re planning for this summer.

New ice cream shop specializing in soft serve opens in Minneapolis

Ice cream for breakfast is a reality at a new dessert shop in Minneapolis. Seward Soft Serve has both vegan and dairy flavors and also offers a coffee float which is soft serve ice cream topped with espresso. They use ingredients from Minnesota makers. The shop also has coffee and locally made products. It’s located on Franklin Ave at 22nd Ave S.

Café Astoria expands in St. Paul

Café Astoria, the coffee shop in St. Paul known for its incredible lattes decorated with rainbow art and 24K gold flakes, has expanded and opened a new adjoining restaurant. StellaBelle Kitchen & Bakery is located on W. Seventh St in St. Paul and it’s connected to Café Astoria. The restaurant offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine plus fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls and bakery items made on site.

For Sale: Spacious geodesic home with indoor slide

A unique geodesic home is on the market in Eden Prairie. It’s a home you’ve likely never seen before because it’s hidden away off of the road and surrounded by trees. It’s equal parts elegant and fun house. Some of the features include a hidden door to the theater room, a two-story indoor slide to the amusement room and a treetop deck off the master suite. The home was built in the 70’s but completely renovated in the last 10 years. It’s 8,000 square feet and sits on nearly 2 acres with a waterfall, fire pit and meandering garden paths. For more information on the home you can check out the listing from Edina Realty.

Fried chicken the hot cuisine in Uptown

One spot opened last week. It’s called CHX and it’s from a trio of friends who made a name for themselves offering window service in Downtown Minneapolis during the pandemic. CHX now has a permanent spot on Hennepin and 22nd. The menu focuses on chicken tenders, their honey biscuits and crinkle fries.

Justin Sutherland and Side Chick

There’s two new fried chicken spots that opened in the last month, both in Uptown. One is from Chef Justin Sutherland of Handsome Hog and star of Fast Foodies on TruTV. It’s called Side Chick and it’s located near the corner of Lyndale and Lake St. The restaurant is described as fast casual southern food but also boasts a full bar.

Performances return to the Circus Juventas big top

Every summer, St. Paul’s Circus Juventas puts on its biggest show of the year and it’s vital to keeping the program afloat. Last year, performers were ready to debut it, but they never got the chance. A year later, they’re getting another shot. The show is called ‘Galaxium’ and it will be performed in front of a full crowd under the big top starting July 30th. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 5th at 10am

Cereal-infused ice cream shop opens in Blaine

The brother and sister duo behind Treats on Grand Avenue in St. Paul have opened a 2nd location in Blaine, about 10 minutes from where they grew up. Trisha Seng and Minh Dinh infuse ice cream with all your favorite childhood cereals like Trix and Cocoa Puffs. The ice cream shop also has decadent waffles, boba and matcha lattes. They are open daily from 9am to 11pm

Decadent cookie created during pandemic expands from cafes to grocery stores

A Minneapolis restauranteur, Kamal Mohamed of Nashville Coop, wanted to recreate a cookie he’d once had in New York and never forgot. He talked to his business partner in the Minneapolis restaurant StepChld, Sahr Brima, who got his wife Sarah on board. She’s a talented baker and eventually, they perfected the ‘Love You Cookie.’ It’s a big, crunchy chocolate loaded treat. Now the cookie is being offered in two flavors, Chocolate Chip Cashew and Double Chocolate Peanut Butter. The cookies are in many cafes and coffee shops across the metro plus Kowalski’s Markets, and some Hy-Vee stores.

Summer adventures await at Wild Mountain

If it’s adventure you’re seeking this summer, or just a fun day trip to wear out the kids add Wild Mountain near Taylors Falls to the list. It is known for its winter recreation, but they’re also making a name for themselves when it comes to summer attractions. There’s a water park, lazy river, go karts, an alpine slide and a free fall air bag.

Edie Mae's Eatery in Delano has a unique twist

FOX 9’s Shayne Wells found the breakfast of champions in Delano, Minnesota: Edie Mae’s Eatery. The restaurant has been a longtime fixture in the community, but when a new owner took over a few years ago, she gave it a new twist.

The Salted Nut Roll gets a spicy makeover

When it comes to candy, the Salted Nut Roll is a classic made at Pearson’s Candy Company in St. Paul since the early 30’s. But the candy company is trying something new, adding a sweet and savory flavor to the lineup. They’re now selling the ‘Spicy,’ think Tex-Mex flavors and ‘Cinnamon Churro’ which has a sweet red-hot type spice. Come fall, Pearson’s is rolling out two more seasonal options, the Apple Pie and Pumpkin Spice Salted Nut Rolls. You can buy them in stores or on the Pearson’s online Amazon store.

First Black-owned juice bar opens in South Minneapolis

Catiesha Pierson started making her own juice as a way to get her son to eat more fruits and vegetables. She would post her creations on Instagram and people started taking notice. Eventually, she started making and delivering fresh-pressed juices for friends and family when she wasn’t working at her full-time job. It became her passion and she decided to pursue it, quitting her job and signing a lease on a space in South Minneapolis. Pierson opened The Dripping Root last week at the intersection of Minnehaha Ave & 40th St. She sold out every single day. Her top-seller is the Nipsey Drip which is made up of passion fruit, guava, lemon, pineapple, Blue Majik and apple.