Set high on a hill in downtown St. Paul, the Cathedral is a definite beauty. The roof copper roof was replaced a few years ago, so it's not green anymore. Takes some getting used to if you haven't visited St. Paul for a few years!
I went to the midnight Christmas mass here about 5 years ago. I will not do that again. A bishop was ranting on and on about the evils of abortion. I felt that a Christmas sermon should have been more uplifting. Just an opinion.
Gold N Treasures is hard to find - corner of Grand and Avon in the basement of an old apartment building. It's a really nice local jewelery store with a good selection Tiffany-style lamps as well.
My husband bought my wedding gift there - a diamond necklace. He walked in, said how much he wanted to spend, and let the owner (Todd) choose the gift. Very friendly & I loved the necklace!
Moeller Jeweler in Highland Park is second to none. The quality of jewelery and the service is stellar. A definite stop for anyone looking for a gift for someone special.
Also, they support the band (usually Marin Zellar or GB Leighton) and the fireworks at the local Highland Fest each summer. I like to support companies who see importance in contributing locally.
My family has had a membership to the Children's Museum for 4 years now! Great bargain at $75 per year. (usual admission for ages 1+ is $7.95).
Some things to note: 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month are "Habitot Tuesdays". This means school groups are not allowed & there are activities geared towards toddlers and pre-school aged kids.
The 3rd Sunday of each month is free - very busy. Be sure to avoid this date if you're a member!
Also - street parking in St. Paul is free Sundays!
St. Paul is a great place for kids, much due to the Science Museum of Minnesota. Adults happen to also be lucky to have this fantastic museum!
The exhibits change a few times per year. The omnitheater is also wonderful.
Can get expensive for a family to visit often at $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids- I recommend the annual Household Membership for $95.
Loads of parking. NOTE: parking on the street is free on Sundays in St. Paul
One Saturday morning, I woke up to my cat peeing blood! I was unable to get him into my usual vet, however Feist was able to see him. They did some quick tests & gave a prescription. Feist continued to send coupons for money off a subsequent visit for a cat check up. Great follow up!
Prices were typical vet costs for St. Paul area.
I've been using Ficocello's Hair Academy for a few years and have very good luck. I've haircuts ($18), foils (about $55) and my eyebrows waxed ($10).
A supervisor always has to check before your hair is dried (and they make any necessary fixes).
I use the Highland St. Paul library most of the time, for convenience sake. However, it's not a very impressive library compared to others in the Twin Cities.
The selection is only fair (however, other titles can be ordered to this site via the web).
Parking is very good & site is easy to get to.
Hours are good - late evening & Saturdays and Sundays.
Also, there is a park on the premisis, so it's a great outing for kids.
The Merriam Park branch of the St. Paul libraries is nice. I have only used the "Children's Section."
There are not as many DVD's as I'd like to see in a kids section. Also, not many toys out for kids (which has become so popular in the suburban libraries).
My boys love to sit in the window seats of the children's section on a sunny day.
Big con: The parking lot if teeny and difficult to maneuver in.
That being said - it's still a nice little St. Paul library.
I have only used the "Children's Section" of the downtown St. Paul Library. It's pretty good - not as many DVD's as I would like to see for kids.
They have some puzzles, puppets & a doll house for kids to play with.
Big plus of this library: Coffee shop within so Mom is happy while kids play.
Big con of this library: Parking - I plugged the meter but this meant we were on a schedule, which is never fun with 2 small kids at the library.