Jun 11, 2021

Axios Twin Cities

Happy Friday!

  • 🌡 We hit 97 degrees yesterday, which puts us at eight straight days in the 90s. We're six days away from the 1936 record and the forecasted high today is 90.

⛱ After more than a week of beating the heat, we're turning on "vacation mode" next week — it'll be a little shorter and lighter than our usual newsletter, but still with everything you need to get ready for your day.

Today's newsletter is 952 words, a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Vendors rejoice at festivals' return

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is the first big local celebration since the pandemic. Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival returns next weekend, and hundreds of artists and vendors didn't want to miss out on one of the first major gatherings in the Twin Cities since the pandemic hit.

The state of play: Event manager Sara Collins told Audrey they received over 500 applications for the annual festival's 190 artist spots.

  • Stone Arch gave returning vendors priority and a blind jury scored the rest to decide who gets an invitation.

Why it matters: The Father's Day weekend festival, which was canceled in 2020, is already offering a glimpse of what event organizers are facing after a 15-month hiatus for fairs, festivals and trade shows.

Details: The festival will have 27 food vendors, two live music stages with over 25 performances, and a Father's Day Ugly Tie 5K.

What they're saying: Heather Meyers, owner of returning vendor Doodletown Toys, told Audrey that Stone Arch is the first event her company has been able to attend since before the pandemic.

  • "We did things remotely, but the physical presence of being at a festival is hard to replicate on a website," she said.

Full story.

2. DFL endorsements send mixed messages

Elliott Payne scored a big win in the DFL endorsement process for Ward 1. Photo coutrtesy of Elliott Payne's campaign

After seven days of online balloting, 4,800 DFL delegates in 13 Minneapolis City Council wards endorsed seven candidates. And if you're looking for a clear picture of what that means, keep looking.

On the one hand: Three incumbent City Council members who pledged to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department — Jeremiah Ellison (Ward 5), Jeremy Schroeder (Ward 11) and Steve Fletcher (Ward 3) — were unable to gain enough delegates for endorsements.

On the other hand: Two candidates running with anti-MPD messages won endorsements for seats currently occupied by members who have more moderate stances on policing in the city.

  • Elliott Payne bested longtime incumbent Kevin Reich in Ward 1 with 78% of the delegates.
  • Jason Chavez, running for the open Ward 9 seat, got 69% of the delegates.

Why it matters: Getting the DFL endorsements brings credibility to candidates and gives them access to fundraising and campaign lists for this November's election.

Go deeper: Read our full story for more on what leaders on both sides are saying about the results. You can also look at all the delegate balloting here.

3. Trouble at the Dayton's Project

The former Dayton's still has just one major tenant. Image courtesy of The Dayton's Project

The developer of the former Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis is suing to block a lender from foreclosing on the iconic Nicollet Mall property.

Flashback: Developer 601W Cos. of New York bought the department store in 2017 and has been working on a $350 million renovation, only to run into trouble leasing out the massive building to office and retail tenants, even before the pandemic hit.

Between the lines: To date, the project has signed just one major tenant — accounting firm Ernst & Young — and is 98% vacant.

The state of play: Things continue to look bleak for The Dayton's Project.

  • 601W Cos. wrote in the suit that "two prospective tenants had backed out of commitments to lease space at the property, citing the continuing civil unrest in the area."
  • A buzzed-about Andrew Zimmern-curated food hall was supposed to open in 2019, but it hasn't. No opening date has been announced either.
4. Record Store Day is back

The popular Electric Fetus story can draw lines of customers. Photo courtesy of Craig Lassig/AFP via Getty Images

Saturday is 2021's first Record Store Day!

How it works: Record stores across the country will have exclusive content, rare reissues and special events for the 13th annual celebration of independent record stores.

  • Of note: Because of the pandemic's impact on supply chains, there are two Record Store Days in 2021: Saturday and July 17.

Plenty of shops around our metro are celebrating: Extreme Noise, Electric Fetus, Agharta Records, Down in the Valley and Hymie's Vintage Records, to name a few.

  • Tip: Prepare to wait in line at popular stores — Electric Fetus's line is often blocks-long.
5. 50th and France keeps booming

This project could be added to the 50th and France District. Image: Momentum Design Group via City of Edina

The Edina side of 50th and France has been booming with new apartments, restaurants and shops. Now the Minneapolis side is getting some action.

Driving the news: An unnamed developer is proposing to tear down several single-family homes on the 4900 block of France Avenue and put up a five-story, mixed-use building with 45 dwelling units and 16,506 square feet of retail space.

6. On tap: What to do this weekend

Music and movies are back at the Lake Harriet bandshell. Photo: Star Tribune via Getty Images

We're starting an events calendar! Every Friday, our newsletter will feature what's happening around town.

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Here's what we've got for this weekend:

  • 🥂 Alliday Weekend Party: Arcade bar Up-Down is recreating all the holidays we missed celebrating together in 2020: NYE Ball Drop on Friday, Halloween costume contest on Saturday and Valentine's Day redo with heart-shaped pizzas on Sunday. Friday-Saturday, free. (3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis)
  • 🎤 Improv Comedy at Finnegan's Brewing Co.: Seven local comics will take over Finnegan's for a night of improv. Friday, 8-9 pm. (817 S. 5th Ave., Minneapolis)
  • 🎥 Movies and Music in the Parks: Emerson Avenue Band will play and "Moneyball" will be on the big screen on Friday, followed by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the movie "Maria and the Coins" on Sunday. Free. (Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis)
  • 🎨 DARE Tiny Art market: 11 local vendors will sell art at Darling Amalgamated Retail Emporium, now known as DARE Minneapolis. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (406 E. 48th St., Minneapolis)
  • 🎵 Selby Fest 2021: Enjoy live music and explore the Selby/Snelling business district in St. Paul, with dozens of retailers and restaurants offering special discounts for the day. Saturday, 1-5pm. Free. (Selby & Snelling intersection)
  • 🪴 Twin Cities Houseplant Event: Plant shop PlantyQueens is hosting a lineup of vendors, food and a DJ. Sunday. 11am-3pm. (1729 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis)

And for us this weekend?

🏖 Two kids. Excessive heat. Nick's going to be at the beach.

  • And he's watching "Hacks" on HBO. Jean Smart is dominating TV right now.

🎳 Audrey is going bowling for her brother's birthday and will continue to score less than 50.

  • She's currently rewatching "Nathan For You," but probably skipping the series finale. Too emotional.