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History Comes to Life as a New Mural at Candyland in Downtown Stillwater

If you’ve been on the north end of Main Street this week, you may have noticed a new mural on the Candyland building in downtown Stillwater. The mural — based off of a photograph taken of the nearly complete Lift Bridge in 1931 — was painted by local artist Randy Raduenz. “Randy did an amazing job, as always,” Brandon Lamb, owner of Candyland said. “It looks great.” When the Lambs first bought the building on North Main Street, they always saw the north block wall as an eye sore, Brandon said. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater City Council to Discuss Parking Commission’s New Recommendations to Solve Budget Gap This Week

The Stillwater City Council will discuss the Parking Commissions new recommendation to address the downtown parking lots budget deficit during Tuesday’s council meeting at City Hall. According to city records, the downtown parking lot system has an average budget deficit of $25,000 per year. The downtown parking lot budget is separate from the parking ramp budget, which is also currently operating with a deficit. The parking ramp discussion will happen at a future date. In order to cover that shortfall, the Parking Commission on Feb. Continue Reading →

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‘Brick Alley Bash’ Features Spring Fashion Show, Live Music & Lots of Merchant Specials


A group of downtown merchants are teaming up to throw the “Brick Alley Bash” on March 1. Stillwater’s historic Brick Alley building on the south end of downtown will have live music, food, shopping and a spring fashion show in the foyer of the building from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. This is the first year for the event. Here are a few things you can expect:

A spring fashion show by Mainstream Boutique with accents by Allure Jewelry will begin at noon. Live music by Minnesota Music Hall of Fame winners, The Rhythm Roosters, will be at Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ from 1 – 3 p.m.

There will also be prize drawings, food sampling and specials from Brick Alley merchants, including:

Create a tye-die scarf at Darn Knit Anyway for $10

Allure Jewelry is featuring all diamond rings at 20% off

Sample Minnesota grown Ruby Red Popcorn, Minnesota-made wild rice soup, & orange cranberry cheese ball at Betty June’s

A hot cup of River Moon Coffee roasted upstairs in the Brick Alley

Mainstream Boutique will have winter clearance with items 30 to 70% off 

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‘Best Burger in the Valley’ Tour: Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque’s Pirate Burger

For the past five years a group of downtown Stillwater restaurants has put on the “Best Burger in the Valley” contest benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To date, the contest has raised more than $50,000. There are less than 20 Best Burger in the Valley cards left, so if you want to get in on the action, act now.  KLBB AM 1220 is sold out, so the only place to get your cards is Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop. In support of the cause, I’m going to stop at each of the seven restaurants in the contest–and without inserting my opinion– tell you what you can look forward to in the coming weeks if you have a Best Burger card. The second stop on Stillwater Current’s “Best Burger in the Valley” tour took me to Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque, where I found this:

Smalley’s entry into the contest is their build-your-own Pirate Burger. Continue Reading →

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3 Valentine’s Day Ideas in Stillwater: Paint the Town Red, Moonlight Skiing & ‘Foods of Love’


Valentine’s Day weekend is right around the corner, so here’s a quick look at a few things going on around town. Get an early start on the weekend with a  Foodies on Foot, “Foods of Love” progressive dinner in downtown Stillwater, Thursday,  Feb. 13.  

The Main Street Stillwater Independent Business Association is hosting the annual “Paint the Town Red” event over Valentine’s Day weekend. From Feb. Continue Reading →

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6 Things To Do This Weekend in Stillwater


It’s winter in the valley, and there are all sorts of things happening this weekend in Stillwater. Here’s a list of a few things you may want to check out if you’re around town:

From noon to 4 p.m. today (Jan. 18) the Washington County Historical Society is hosting an Ice Cream Social in Lowell Park. When you’ve finished with the Ice Cream Social, “Come in from the Cold” (noon – 5 p.m.) for sales, live music and free food, beer and wine samples in the Grand Garage. Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is throwing their second annual Silhouette Imperial Stout Special Release Party this weekend at the brewery. Continue Reading →

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Grand Garage Businesses Invite You to ‘Come in from the Cold’ on Saturday


The shops and restaurants of Stillwater’s historic Grand Garage are inviting you to “Come in from the Cold” on Saturday to warm up–and hang out for a while. Several downtown shops, restaurants and a salon are collaborating for their fourth annual, one-day event inside their warm mall at 324 S. Main St. in downtown Stillwater. There will be live music, drawings, sales, and free food, wine and beer samples. The event is from noon – 5 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Ice Cream Social: ‘We don’t expect too many vintage swimsuits, but you just never know’


On Saturday, January 18th from Noon to 4pm, the Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) will hold an old-fashioned ice cream social at downtown Stillwater’s Mulberry Point (at the end of Mulberry Street) on the St. Croix riverfront. The public is invited and encouraged to wear historic garb appropriate for the occasion. (The National Weather Service is predicting partly-sunny skies with temps around 19 degrees). Via the Washington County Historical Society:

“We might see some interesting lumberjack outfits that have been in the attic for decades,” WCHS Executive Director Brent Peterson said in a news release. Continue Reading →

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