St. Paul Realtor, Bonnie Erickson, has put together some observations on St. Paul coffee shops and takes a swipe at Minneapolis in the post:
If a business associate suggests meeting at Caribou, you know they’re not local. They’re probably from the other side of the river where our sister city sports more brand names than independents.
Bonnie, we have quite a few independents on our side of the river too. The Longfellow Community alone has Blue Moon, Riverview, Minnehaha Coffee, Hiawatha Coffee, and the only chain is Dunn Bros. Much of South Minneapolis follows similar patterns with unique places like Nokomis Beach, Tillie’s, Java Jack’s, Anodyne, Caffe Tempo, etc.
I’m sure Northeast has a fair representation of independents too.
I’m just trying to decide which St. Paul Coffee Shop I should go to on my next trip to St. Paul:
The Caribou at Snelling & Grand?
The Caribou at Lexington & Grand?
The Starbucks at Lexinton & Grand?
Or the Dunn Bros at Snelling & Grand?