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November 21, 2013

Cowboy Jack's may win Western logo shoot-out

Western-themed restaurants and bars have been hot lately in Rochester.Texas-roadhouse1

We now have Texas Roadhouse, Wild Bill's Sports Saloon, Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill, Whiskey Bone's Roadhouse and the latest high plains drifter to ride into town is Cowboy Jack's Eatery. 

Cowboy Jack's is part of a Twin Cities chain and is slated to open soon within the former America's Best Value Hotel on South Broadway.

LEach has its own take on a rough and ready Western atmosphere.

 

However, going just by logos alone, it looks like the the latest addition to the Med City corral could be the toughest hombre ever seen in these parts.

 

• Texas Roadhouse has kind of 60's diner look with a cowboy hat wearing state. Eyecatching.

•  Wild Bill's invokes the whole tin star thing with sort of sheriff/ U.S. marshall/ ranger feel. That's a strong logo. 16418249_BG1

• Whiskey Creek goes with a flaming campfire design invoking cowboys around a fire after a day of driving cattle across the prairie.

 

 

• Whiskey Bones has an Elvis in a 50's diner thing going on, sort like the restaurant that John Travolta took Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction."

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And then there's Cowboy Jack's.

• There's a skull of a Texas longhorn steer with

glowing red vengeful, demonic eye sockets and fangs. Very macho and a little spooky.

And then there's the crossed meat cleavers behind the skull that are actually DRIPPING BLOOD.

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Uh... yeah... OK. That's an insanely intense logo.

That's the roughest, toughest logo of the crew. That logo paints Cowboy Jack's as the guy in the black hat who shoots first and then stands with one scuffed boot on the chest of his victim while he casually lights a cigarette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 25, 2013

Spooky store gears up for the scary season

Travis Mueller wanted to know about this store, so I jumped up and checked it out for him. If it matters to Travis, it matters to me. Heh. Anyway, here's what I found out:

09252013spirithalloweenSpirit Halloween is opening its doors this evening in the former Best Buy South store in the Shoppes on Maine area.

The store was just putting the final touches on its front decoration at about 4:30 p.m. today. I was told that they'd be open by 5 p.m.

This seasonal retailer will sell masks, costumes, fake blood and everything other ghoulish thing needed to celebrate All Hallow's Eve through Oct. 31 (AKA Halloween).

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Med City, Halloween Express, is has moved into the former Amish Furniture store on Bandel Road.

November 05, 2012

Of hot dogs and hotels

It weighs five tons, is 11 feet tall, is 27 feet long and has four wheels.

What is it? The most famous food-shaped vehicles in history, of course, the Wienermobile. The iconic vehicle that is as recognizable as the Batmobile, Bigfoot or the Mystery Machine is rolling along the Med City's streets yet again.

05012012weinermobileVery early this morning (the Daylight Savings switch had me out a lot later or earlier than usual. Heh.), I spotted massive fiberglass hot dog proudly parked across Second Street Southwest from Saint Marys Hospital.

Even more interesting than the brightly-colored vehicle was the hotel sign at 1211 Second St. S.W.

In a column last week, I teased that a Med City hotel was looking at making a change. That seems to have happened, since the sign over the Oscar Mayer car says Aspen Suites instead of Staybridge Suites.
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The 83-suite hotel, along with the Fiksdal Hotel, is owned by Blue Stem Capital of Sioux Fall, S.D., and Glen Fiksdal of Rochester.

I guess I should stop hotdogging and give them a call to find out the details.

 

October 17, 2012

Skyway clinic opens its doors

Thanks to my esteemed colleague Jeff Hansel for the Raptor photo. Here's the caption he wrote to go with it:

"I can speak for myself and I can speak for other students. We are very excited to have you guys here," UMR bachelor of science in health sciences sophomore Joe Inhofer, standing next to school mascot The Raptor, tells Olmsted Medical Center Skyway Clinic nurse practitioner/physician assistant Barb Malat.

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Here the piece I scrambled together for today's dead tree edition on this:

Rochester's newest downtown clinic opened its doors for business Tuesday.

Olmsted Medical Center Skyway ClinicOlmsted Medical Center launched its new Skyway Clinic to serve University of Minnesota Rochester students as well as the general public.

Rochester business leaders, university officials and even UMR's Raptor mascot gathered for the symbolic ribbon cutting in the skyway level of the 318 Commons building on First Avenue.

For easy access, the walk-in clinic is located inside the building where the majority of the University of Minnesota Rochester students live and where many UMR staff offices are located. It is directly above above The Loop Bar + Restaurant.

"This is a great partnership between OMC and the University of Minnesota Rochester," said Jay Hesley, UMR's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.

This new convenience clinic evolved from what began in 2010 as two-days-a-week medical services for students at the downtown campus.

"I believe it will complement our other clinics," said Dr. Randy Hemann, who is a director of Olmsted Medical Center's two popular FastCare retail clinics based in Rochester's Shopko stores as well as the new skyway location.

The skyway clinic will offering a wide-range of non-emergency, non-urgent care — such as strep tests — to students, as well as the general public. A Skyway Clinic visit costs $49 and is billable to health insurance. Extra charges may apply for vaccinations and lab services.

Skyway clinic opens its doors

Thanks to my esteemed colleague Jeff Hansel for the Raptor photo. Here's the caption he wrote to go with it:

"I can speak for myself and I can speak for other students. We are very excited to have you guys here," UMR bachelor of science in health sciences sophomore Joe Inhofer, standing next to school mascot The Raptor, tells Olmsted Medical Center Skyway Clinic nurse practitioner/physician assistant Barb Malat.

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Here the piece I scrambled together for today's dead tree edition on this:

Rochester's newest downtown clinic opened its doors for business Tuesday.

Olmsted Medical Center Skyway ClinicOlmsted Medical Center launched its new Skyway Clinic to serve University of Minnesota Rochester students as well as the general public.

Rochester business leaders, university officials and even UMR's Raptor mascot gathered for the symbolic ribbon cutting in the skyway level of the 318 Commons building on First Avenue.

For easy access, the walk-in clinic is located inside the building where the majority of the University of Minnesota Rochester students live and where many UMR staff offices are located. It is directly above above The Loop Bar + Restaurant.

"This is a great partnership between OMC and the University of Minnesota Rochester," said Jay Hesley, UMR's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.

This new convenience clinic evolved from what began in 2010 as two-days-a-week medical services for students at the downtown campus.

"I believe it will complement our other clinics," said Dr. Randy Hemann, who is a director of Olmsted Medical Center's two popular FastCare retail clinics based in Rochester's Shopko stores as well as the new skyway location.

The skyway clinic will offering a wide-range of non-emergency, non-urgent care — such as strep tests — to students, as well as the general public. A Skyway Clinic visit costs $49 and is billable to health insurance. Extra charges may apply for vaccinations and lab services.

September 07, 2012

Ghoulish seasonal shops to scare up business

0962012halloweenexpressNow that fall is here, it's time for the seasonal costume shops to migrate into town with temporary stores packed with masks, make-up and all things macabre.

Look for Halloween Express, which has been a familiar visitor to Rochester for many Octobers, to open in the Apache Mall parking lot in a temporary tent-like structure this year.
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Signs are also up for another retail transient — Spirit Halloween — in the storefront by Kohl's in south Rochester. That's spot that was left vacant when Old Navy pulled up anchor and sailed farther south to Shoppes on Maine in November.

It looks as if Spirit is cut from the same black cloth as Express. It's a national operation that has seasonal stores selling scary and fun costumes and decorations in every state.

August 08, 2012

Dance studio waltzing to a new home

It might take two to tango, but you also need plenty of room to dance.

A Rochester dance studio is waltzing towards a new address with a special new dance floor.

Construction is underway at 4204 U.S. 52 North for a new home for the Dahl Dance Studio.

426760_359275134093564_2064734104_nOwners April and Gary Dahl hope to move in October to the spot next to Harbor Freight Tools. Jaguar Communications last occupied the 2,800-square-foot space.

Darci Fenske, of Paramark Real Estate, brokered the deal for the space.

For the last seven years, the Dahl's have been teaching ballroom dancing and coaching a competitive team at 1619 N. Broadway in the Riverview Center.

So why pack up their dancing shoes to move to a new studio?

"We needed a larger dance floor. For competitive ballroom dancing, you need a 60- to 70-foot run of dance floor," says April Dahl.

In their current studio, the Dahls have two separate smaller dance areas.

"The new place won't have any walls or columns in the way," she says.

What it will have is a special new floor designed specifically for competitive ballroom dancing. The floor is being shipped in from the capital of fancy footwork, Las Vegas.

When it comes to competition, the Dahls have had students ranked among the top five dancers in the U.S. due to their performances in the Dancers Cup Circuit.

Gary Dahl has also been ranked among the top five dance instructors in the country.

Of course, the Dahl Dance Studio is about more than just competitive dance. They offer a wide variety of ballroom dancing courses — five to seven group classes a week — for children and adults.

"We're having a great time with it," says April Dahl of the couple's business.

Including the Dahls, the dance studio has five on staff.

July 25, 2012

Remembering Hanson - Chamber Golf

Today is the annual Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce golf bash at Willow Creek Golf Course.

It is quite a bash, if you haven't been before. And it is an event that I always associate with Denny Hanson, who we recently lost.

For many years, I worked with Denny as a source and as a friend. We had a friendly running competition over who had the freshest bit of business news.

DennyatgolftourneyI miss those exchanges. Beyond politics, which I truly have no opinion about, I know he was someone I always enjoyed interviewing.

Many years ago, I even tracked him around the golf course during the tournament for a quote on a business issue that was very sensitive at the time. Eventually, I got a very honest and blunt quote from him. He caught a lot of heat over that quote, but it never stopped him from talking openly to me.

Denny was always a super nova of energy right in the middle of the action at the golf tournament, laughing and joking with everyone orbiting around him. And yes, for those who remember last year's infamous costume, he sometimes crossed the line of good taste.

Like us all, he had lapses in judgement, but he was a very good man who cared deeply for his family and for community. Denny worked tirelessly doing what he thought was best for this community.

Hanson had a fierce appetite for life, which he embraced with a Captain and diet in hand and jolly laugh.

In memory of Denny and his love for the chamber golf tournament, here's a video of him butchering the song, "I Can See Clearly" back in 2009.

Thanks for the memories, Denny.

 

July 20, 2012

Comic convention coming to Rochester's ' Underground city'

Local comics and fantasy fans have long been envious of the attention that larger cities in warmer places get from pop culture conventions, like the recent San Diego Comic Con.

Now it looks like they will have their one piece of the action right here in the Med City.
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Bill Willingham, the creator of the wildly popular comic Fables as well as being a southern Minnesota transplant, recently told the Comic Con crowd that this was his last appearance at the San Diego event.

Most importantly for local comic and fantasy fanatics like myself, Willingham announced that he is organizing his own three day convention to be called, "Fabletown and Beyond."

It will focus on "mythic fiction" like his dark retelling of fairy tales and Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series.

Here's the happy ending to this tale. This young Midwestern sibling of Comic Con will be held in downtown Rochester in March.

I got a kick out of how the comics site, bleedingcool.com, described the choice of Rochester as a venue.

"… The show will be held in Rochester, Minnesota. The facilities that have been chosen have been chosen specifically for the expansive indoor space, an underground city built for the wealthy visitors of the Mayo Clinic. This space will enable convention goers to remain indoors in the bitter Minnesota March."

Heh.

The Post-Bulletin will have more on this as it gets nearer. For more information, check out fablescon.com.

January 02, 2012

New consignment shop specializes in special

In the (hopefully) happy aftermath of formal events like a wedding or prom, all of the work of planning as well as the costs are forgotten.

378537_331698380182104_320552464630029_1552106_1996523617_nHowever, all of those reception centerpieces and those fancy candles from the church are still around. And so are the dresses, veils and other accessories.

Just imagine all of the stuff sitting around Kim Kardashian's house.

"Those decorations kind of just sit there afterward. You don't want to throw them out, but no one knows what to do with them," said Diane Monaghan, of Kenyon. "It is kind of tough to have 16 hurricane lamps in your house."

In an attempt to help people with this dilemma, Monaghan is opening Special Day Consignment in Rochester at 608 Second St. S.W. That's where Kristen's Knits was located until it closed last summer.

While she is already accepting items for consignment in the store by appointment, it will open for business on Jan. 9.

It will be open Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment.

This is a sideline business for Monaghan, who has a day job with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. It is a family project and her son, Richard Monaghan, will help her run it.