43rd and Upton
Just a block from Lake Harriet and three blocks from the Bandshell, this historic “village” is a place where school kids sample treats from the always generous folks at Great Harvest Bakery, families and teens convene on the patio at Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream, and neighbors and visitors alike enjoy fine food and craft beer at Tilia and several other quality restaurants. Barb and Neil have provided great breakfasts at Zumbro Café for twenty years. While we lost a great used bookstore a few years back, we now have a new bike store, an organic butcher, and a Farmer’s Market every summer Sunday.
44th and Beard
Anchored by Turtle Bread and Browne & Green Florists, this charming two-block area has two great auto mechanics, and a garden-supply store run by Gary Wimmer (who used to own the bike repair shop that fixed my flat tires back in 1975. Thanks, Gary!)
44th and France
Home to the original Caribou, France-44 Liquors, the Linden Hills Co-op, Sunnyside Gardens and Big Mike’s Sandwiches, this commercial node borders the city of Edina and is a half-block from the historic Convention Grille, an old-time malt-and-burger joint with stools at the counter and a vintage juke box.