visit Midtown Global Market (www.
midtownglobalmarket.org). Here you
can sample East African cuisine at Safari
Express, or pick up an authentic Mexican
torta at Manny’s Tortas. If you’re looking
for more Latin American flavors, head
to District del Sol in West St. Paul. Not
only is the neighborhood home to the
best Cinco de Mayo festival in the cities,
but you can find excellent, authentic food
year-round at El Burrito Mercado (www.
elburritomercado.com), or El Amanecer,
just to name a few.
While we may be home to the largest
shopping center in the nation, the Twin
Cities offers much more in terms of retail
therapy. Plenty of independently owned
boutiques, quaint shops and unique malls
are filled with fashion-forward brands
set to tempt any pocketbook. The fact
that there’s no sales tax on clothing only P O
At the age of four, Ann Kim, owner of
pizzeria Lola and hello pizza, moved to
Minnesota from South Korea when her
family immigrated to the United States.
After attending Columbia University
in new York City and working in a law
firm there, Kim returned to the Twin
Cities to pursue a career in the thriving
theater scene. Then, three years ago, Kim
decided to pursue her love of cooking
(and new York-style pizza) and open a
restaurant. Voila! pizzeria Lola was born.
Two years after, hello pizza opened its
doors—and the Twin Cities has been
enjoying an eclectic mix of pizza pies
“Having spent seven years of my life in New York, I ate pizza once a week. I didn’t
realize how much I missed really great pizza until I moved back home. That was sort
of my ah-ha moment. I couldn’t find the kind of pizza I wanted to eat so I decided to
bring it to the good people of Minnesota. There was a need so I decided to fill the void.
I had no idea that this little dream would become as big as it has. It’s about having a
passion for something and doing it with joy. Both pizzerias are uniquely different, but
at the heart of it is a real love of pizza and my desire to share it with the community.
“I love that both locations are a mile away from home. I feel a greater sense of
connection to the community because I also work and live in it. Not to mention, it’s
pretty great to be able to bike to work in the summer. My intention is always to think
about the community and how our restaurants can contribute and become an active
part of it. Many of our regulars also happen to live in the neighborhood and consider
Lola and Hello their second home.
“Believe it or not, I love the fact that we have four seasons and no matter how
bad the winters are, people still find a way to keep active and enjoy the outdoors. I
honestly believe I’m stronger and more resilient because of it.”
Owner, Pizzeria LOLa
and HeLLO Pizza
sweetens the deal. One-of-a-kind home
accents? Check. Shopping for gifts? For
the kids? For yourself? We’ve got you
covered. So whether it’s a leisurely morning of perusing storefronts or a day of
power shopping, you’ll find what you
Among downtown Minneapolis’ retail
space, which is connected by eight miles
of skyways, you’re sure to find more
than a few treasures to take home. From
James and Mary Laurie Booksellers
( www.lauriebooks.com), which houses
thousands of rare and used books, and JB
Hudson ( www.jbhudson.com), a jewelry
store whose glistening designs will catch
your eye, to the two-story Target store
( www.target.com) and multi-level Macy’s
( www.macys.com), downtown has an
impressive mix of independent boutiques
and the name brands you love. A newly
thriving area, North Loop has put itself
on the map in regards to shopping.
American-made brands Filson (www.
filson.com) and Shinola ( www.shinola.
com) recently set up shop, while Lolë
( www.lolewomen.com), a European
women’s active wear company, and a
host of other local boutiques, including Roe Wolfe ( www.roewolfe.com)
and D.NOLO ( www.dnolo.com), also
reside in the neighborhood.
St. Paul’s Grand Avenue, a 30-block
stretch from the Mississippi River to
downtown St. Paul, provides another
beautiful outdoor shopping adventure.
Aside from being historic and picturesque, this neighborhood is known
for its inviting shops, cafes and eateries. Grab a snack at Cafe Latté (www.
cafelatte.com) and explore independent
retailers such as The Grand Hand
Gallery ( www.thegrandhand.com), full
of fine art, home décor and jewelry, and
Karma ( www.karmashops.com), a chic,
Mall of America