After reading the horrific story of Mark Andrew's brutal mugging at Starbucks for his iPhone, a reader asks a plaintive question in a Letter to the Editor:"Why did no one help Mr. Andrew?"
The structure Mpls St. Paul Magazine calls "the saddest square block in the upper Midwest" will soon suck a whole lot less.RELATED: Block E blight: With AMC theater closed, there's only one business left inside [PHOTO]Today, Block E's owner, Camelot LCC, unveiled plans for a renovation project that ... More >>
Look out, chefs! Six Twin Cities-based bartenders are locking and loading their liquor bottles, ready to battle it out for the title of "Absolut Mixologist" at this year's Iron Fork. On November 7 at International Market Square, these barkeeps will compete to create the best signature cocktail. We c ... More >>
As Minneapolis prepares for a downtown Whole Foods opening in September, we look to its stores on the West Coast, which are in the midst of a strange transition to vinyl retailers. This story originally appeared on LA Weekly's music blog, West Coast Sound."Pile on that kale salad," sings Taylor Gold ... More >>
MNGOP Senate District 24 candidate Vern Swedin thinks Democrats are rats, and likes to make teenage girls cry at Starbucks. Other than that, we're sure he's a great guy and a worthy successor to the impressive legacy left by Mike Parry, the outgoing District 24 Senator.SEE ALSO: Vern Swedin, MNGOP's ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain gets grumpy on Paula Deen. Was the summer heat and humidity going to celebrity foodie heads? For whatever reason, the last few months have been especially rife with famous-types doing regrettable food-related tweeting, including Alec Baldwin's diss of an Upper West Side Starb ... More >>
Scrumptious? New year, new breakfast option at McDonalds: the much-advertised "100 percent natural" Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is being touted as a "portable, affordable and balanced breakfast solution to help customers start their day right." Considering these are the same folks who invented th ... More >>
Starbucks tries to look more "local."This week, Starbucks reopened its Olive Way store in Seattle as an expression of the company's new approach to store design and their commitment to reducing their environmental impact. In an effort to seem more relevant to their communities, the design inc ... More >>
Caribou Coffee may be a distant second in coffee production in the nation, but the Minneapolis-based company plans to be first when it comes to ethically grown beans. But it depends on how you look at it. Caribou announced today that it will be the first major U.S. coffeehouse to sell 100 perce ... More >>
Caribou Coffee's new logo looks less like a caribou than one of the strangest looking animals on the planet.
Coffee's as fast food as Quarter Pounders these days, with burger outlets competing for morning beverage seekers.
Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Looks like proposed legislation to ban trans-fats in the cities won't pass this year. Guess we'll all just get to stay chubby as we shovel in ice cream to soothe our woes about the economy.
Starbucks is now serving all-day breakfast items, including thinly veiled adaptations of Egg McMuffins.
Bad choice: A Wisconsin man traded a Starbucks gift card for a fatal dose of heroin.
When Starbucks decides to close their location in your hometown, well damnit, that's a travesty. Let's rally to save it!
More than 9,000 Minnesotans are homeless. I decided to join them.
Rooting returns to the Metrodome
The Industrial Workers of the World filed labor charges Wednesday against the Mall of America and Metro Transit after an incident Aug. 31.
At least one witness reports FBI agents were present at confrontation.
The effort to organize local latte-slingers could hurt the ailing chain
The songs we can't escape
New York Times still shopping "Choice Feminism" I've blogged before about the curious and circuitous path the New York Times has taken with regard to following up on reporter Lisa Belkin's controversial 2003 Sunday magazine piece, "The Opt-Out Revolution." The story, which described the decisions o ... More >>
Lynn Swann runs for PA governor, Rhode Island legalizes medical marijuana, Starbucks is the house blend for a Chinese court, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
[THESE DAYS] The number of Americans who oppose a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to punish flag-burning as protest is up sharply from 2004, according to a survey released by the First Amendment Center. [via Undernews] Retail giant HMV has pulled all albums and DVDs by ... More >>
Welcome, former Babelogians, to our new home at The Blotter... [THESE DAYS] "Slime worlds" may prove excellent targets for the search for extraterrestrial life, according to new calculations. The research suggests future space missions may be able to detect the signature of microbial life around as ... More >>
Another cliche whose time has come This spring's congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball ratcheted up the standing of one of the sturdiest cliches of journalism and webloggery: the habit of calling something extreme or remarkable by referring to it as "[some other thing] on steroids." A G ... More >>