Star Tribune names MidModMen+friends “Best in MN” (and we’re blushing)

Best of MN_collageThe Star Tribune, Minnesota’s largest daily newspaper, has named MidModMen+friends as the best “Midcentury Furniture and Accessories Store.” The accolade is in the paper’s 2013 Best of MN special section.

MidModMen+friends launched in October 2012 as a pop-up shop with an expected life span of three months. But customer and neighborhood response was so positive — and sustained — that just one month into the retail experiment the store’s partners decided to transition from pop up to permanent.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to be located in an area that’s a hub for vintage style,” said store owner Neal Kielar. “This informal ‘retro loop’ along the Green Line light rail route has long been anchored by Succotash, one of the most highly regarded retro stores in the region.

‘We owe a lot of our success to the trail that they blazed over the past two decades, and also for the incredibly warm welcome they’ve extended us,” he added.

Shag, Spinario and Classic Retro @ Pete’s – along with MidModMen+friends – are all part of the retro loop and within blocks of each other. Only a little further away are even more vintage stores with a mid-century focus, including Up Six Vintage and Sideshow Vintage.

MidModMen+friends is located at 2401 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55114, one-half block west of the Raymond Avenue intersection. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Special store hours, events, inventory postings and other information is available at

Further reading on this topic at the Mid-Century Vibe blog.