Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ax-Man Surplus and Vados Bait and Tackle are among the unconventional stores where Fridley residents do their holiday shopping.
At Ax-Man Surplus, you can pick up a disembodied baby doll torso, acres of electrical wire and a Bill Clinton-shaped corkscrew. Vados Bait and Tackle offers custom-made fishing poles and live bait popular throughout the state. Both stores' owners say they are popular for holiday shopping.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Aldi's new store spurs talk of how discount retailing affects business.
At Aldi, the discount grocery store that just opened a new location on 50th and Central avenues NE in Columbia Heights, customers buy their bags, check out carts on loan, and pay for their groceries without the convenience of credit cards or checks. Aldi’s business model keeps prices low, and it's catching the attention of local grocery stores. Mike Schroer, an owner of Bob’s Produce Ranch, said he does not see Aldi as a direct competitor. “We’re not a low-cost store,” he said. “We go to their store quite frequently, and we’re astonished that they can sell that product. ‘You sell that? It doesn’t look very good.’ We’re at the opposite end of the spectrum--premium quality, good service.” He said that the new Aldi store, three miles from Bob…
Sunday, November 13, 2011
None are in Fridley itself but more than a dozen are nearby.
As the season for garage sales and yard sales comes to a close with the first few flakes of snow, where do hardcore thrifty people head? To the local thrift stores, of course! The city of Fridley itself is strangely lacking in these frugal family stores, so Fridley Patch went on a scavenger hunt to surrounding areas. There are 13 such stores close by on the east side of the Mississippi River. Before heading out, check out Hennepin County's Choose to Reuse and their Facebook page for their online coupon book that is good until Nov. 30. It includes a 15 percent off purchase coupon at the Eastside Thrift, a 25 percent off purchase coupon at The Salvation Army, a 25 percent off your purchase at Hidden Treasures, and a 50 percent off one item …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Mall of America had outsized Xmas orbs fixed locally.
You may have seen them at the Mall of America: Giant, shiny red, silver, blue and white balls in their original pyramid in front of the mall, or hanging from the ceiling at Christmas time. Weighing 500 pounds each and measuring seven feet across, the original 26 Christmas ornaments used as the pyramid were in pretty ratty condition after a Minnesota winter. The owner of JB Millwork in Fridley, Jason Beckman, had done custom work at the Mall before, so he was the go-to guy to repair and refurbish the big balls. He fixed, repainted and returned 17 of the balls to the mall, but designers there so far haven't shown interest in having the same work done on the remaining nine that reside in back of the JB Millwork shop at 140 Osborne Rd. "I don'…
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The guitar-building, -customizing, -repairing, -teaching, -supply store is just up the road.
Madison's Luthiers has opened its doors on the southeast corner of 81st Avenue NE and Hwy. 65, in the same building as Caribou Coffee, moving about a mile north of its old location. The new location, 8097 Hwy. 65 NE, Spring Lake Park, is just up the road from its old Fridley location at 6319 Hwy. 65 NE. Aaron Madison's service will continue to build, repair and sell guitars and parts, as well as give lessons in the new space. Replace That Bass On a recent day, a couple brought in a pair of guitars that their sons were taking lessons on. They were difficult for the youngsters to play so they brought them in to Madison for adjustments. While they were discussing it the phone rang. Madison took the call. As he hanged up, he pointed to the …