St. Anthony East is located in northeast Minneapolis. The neighborhood extends from Broadway Street NE on the northern border to Central Avenue NE on the east and southeast, Second Avenue NE on the south, and then Fifth and Washington streets NE on the west. The neighborhood is part of the former village of St. Anthony, established in 1849 on the east bank of the Mississippi River. St. Anthony Falls –the neighborhood’s namesake– was seen in 1680 by Father Louis Hennepin, a Jesuit who is credited with being the first European to explore the area that is now Minneapolis. He named the falls after his patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua.
St. Anthony East is characterized by its number of churches, reminders of a not-so- distant past when people from different European countries moved into the area. These immigrants settled in neighborhoods around their churches, which held them together as social and religious groups.
Source: Minneapolis Neighborhood Profiles
Karlene Wieland, Founder and CEO of Bedtime Bones LLC, an organic chamomile dog treat designed for your dogs bedtime. Jeremy Wieland is her hubby and he works at Tiger Oak Publications in downtown Minneapolis. They share their home with their furry family, Bogie and Bacall, kittens extraordinaire and Koszi, a rescue dog and the inspiration for Bedtime Bones. When Karlene is not promoting, selling or researching the market for her next product, she's at an art opening with Jeremy and friends, in the backyard with her puppy or at the barn playing with her horse. Karlene and I have known each other for approximately four years as she used to work for my current employer.
The Tour Route
I met Karlene at her home, a Queen Anne which was featured on the 2009 Minneapolis St. Paul Home Tour. Even though it seemed it would start raining any moment, we took our chances and started our tour on foot.
Vegas Lounge, 965 Central Avenue NE, is known for its karaoke, offered 7 nights a week! Jimmy K. wrote a love note about this unassuming bar on Yelp: Beloved Vegas Lounge. When I eventually leave Minneapolis, I might miss you most of all.
Clare Housing is an organization whose mission is to provide affordable, safe and stable house and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS to lead dignified and satisfying lives.
This sign "Butterfly Garden" sign caught my eye during our walk and I almost passed it by without capturing it. When curating the photos to be featured on this post, I almost passed it by again. Then, I did a quick internet search because I wondered about Marilyn Benjamin and who she is and what happened to her memorial. I found someone else wonders about Marilyn. Robin Russell, a guerilla gardener, has been bringing this memorial garden back to life.
We ended our walking tour at Moose on Monroe, where I met owner, Larry Ranallo, who bought the bar and grill in 2000. Larry grew up in Northeast (Nordeast) and told tales of the days when neighborhoods had names like "Dog Town", "Polish Flats", and "Norwegian Hill" and reflected on the Polish, Ukranian, German, Scandinavian and Lebanese immigrants who built the neighborhood and its many churches and bars.
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Karlene did a great job of guiding me through the neighborhood, but I want to hear from you! What are your favorite parts of St. Anthony East? Do you know some of the history of the neighborhood? I'd love to get to know you and take a walk around the neighborhood to continue to highlight your neighborhood gems.