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A contemporary design store presented by the Walker Art Center, Idea House 3 features collectible design objects that infuse inspiration into your daily life. Inspired by our legacy of championing idea-driven design, the store features design objects by over 60 emerging and established designers that advance a visionary point of view.
Minnesota Has Its Very Own German Christmas Market And You’ll Want To Visit
Being home to the world’s first modern shopping mall – Ridgedale Center – plus many other small stores – not to mention the Mall of America – Minnesotans really don’t have to search too hard to find great Christmas gifts for their loved ones. But sometimes, it’s nice to shop in a more festive environment. That’s where Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt comes in. This German Christmas market in Minnesota is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit, and maybe pick up a few gifts, too. In my experience, it’s a fun and unique way to celebrate Christmas in Minnesota.
Scheduled to be published in November 2023, “Twin Cities Snapshots” features more than 250 images from the Pioneer Press’s photo archive.
In April 1849, the safety pin had just been invented and the rules of a new game called base-ball were being hammered out in the area around New York City.
The United States was on its 12th president, while most of Europe was still ruled by monarchs.
The fastest way to travel from the East Coast to the West Coast was a five-month steamship journey around South America.
And the first issue of the Minnesota Pioneer – earliest ancestor of the Pioneer Press – was printed in the drafty spare room of a carpentry shop in downtown St. Paul, which was then just a muddy little river town of a few hundred inhabitants.
Minnesota’s oldest newspaper, the Pioneer Press, will celebrate its 175th birthday on April 28, 2024. We’ll be marking the occasion with a variety of special products and content over the next six months.
The first of these is a hardcover photographic history book called “Twin Cities Snapshots,” which features more than 250 images selected from our vast archive that stretches back more than a century.
Since the Pioneer Press published its first photo in 1894, our photojournalists have been crisscrossing the metro to create a unique visual record of our community. This book comprises just a sampling of their work.
More family photo album than history textbook, “Twin Cities Snapshots” is meant to reflect the way our paper has aimed to cover the news since it was founded nearly 175 years ago: with warmth and curiosity – and an admitted favoritism for St. Paul.
“Twin Cities Snapshots” is now available at a discounted pre-order price through the Pioneer Press online store. Pre-order copies are expected to ship on November 17th.
Our online store also features reprints of historic Pioneer Press front pages, merchandise branded with our old logos and a host of other products that would make any Minnesotan’s day — including a new Vikings history book.
Stay tuned for more special products and promotions as the anniversary approaches. Next month, we’ll begin counting down to our birthday by sharing 175 years’ worth of front pages in 175 days, and we’ll be publishing a weekly St. Paul trivia feature every Sunday.
Hey holiday shoppers! Another great new location for our Craft & Vendor Show – the Stillwater Armory! Stop by and find beautiful Thanksgiving decor and unique holiday gifts. Over 100 vendors will awe you with their crafts and more. Two levels of shopping, elevator and tons of parking!
The popularDuluth Junk Huntis a three-day indoor market that is filled with rusty, chippy, vintage goodness! Vendors come from all over the state of MN and beyond bringing in the coolest antique finds & repurposed pieces! Furniture, home decor, jewelry… and incredible JUNK that will give you all the heart-
Michael’s “Sunflowers” is now available as fine art prints, posters and magnets. Brighten up your fall with the beautiful and cheerful, “Sunflowers”!
Michael Birawer American Artist (Born 1971, St. Paul MN USA)
Nationally-acclaimed artist, Michael Birawer, has brought a new look to the face of urban neighborhoods through his unique style of painting. A combination of graffiti, cartoon, illustration and heavy textures, his paintings have received praise from both art critics and patrons, who describe his work as “one of the best examples of the contemporary revival of urban art.”
When asked about his work Birawer states, “In my work, I strive to capture the connections between people and place that create identity. Where we stop for coffee in the morning, have a beer with a friend, or attend a sporting event – all become a part of who we are as individuals, neighbors, and community members. By exaggerating the personalities of the people and architecture, I hope to inspire emotions and evoke memories for the viewer; feelings that may go unnoticed or under-appreciated in the routine of life. Additionally, I hope that my work makes people think about the importance of community in a world that seems to be increasingly individualistic.”
Michael has sold over 170 original works depicting scenes of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, Portland, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Calgary. Additionally, he has completed commissions for the Minnesota Twins, Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota State Fair, Adler Planetarium in Chicago, the 65th Anniversary of Seafair in Seattle, and the 50th Anniversary of the Museum of Flight.
Birawer was born, raised and currently lives in the Twin Cities.