Here’s a quick line up of the newest shops, experiences, restaurants, venues, places to stay and events you must see this year. We’ll continue to update so check back for more as summer nears. Thank you to the Pioneer Press newspaper for this wonderful recent article: “With the Lift Bridge Closed, Stillwater’s Main Street is Booming!” and KSTP for this TV spot: “Developers Drop $30 Million on Downtown Stillwater“. Exciting things are happening here…please excuse our dust!
Stillwater welcomes the following NEW businesses:
Lip, Lash, Brow Bar Glam Parties at Just for Me Spa
Healing Mineral Pool and serenity lounge also currently under construction at Just for Me Spa (Opening in summer)
Airy Fitness – aerial silks fitness classes and parties
St. Croix Crossing Bridge & Loop Trail – the new bridge construction project was completed last August and the historic lift bridge closed to vehicle traffic as it undergoes rennovations to welcome pedestrians and bikes in 2019 as part of the Loop Trail. Half of the trail is now complete, so you can enjoy biking or walking from downtown Stillwater over the new bridge to Wisconsin.
Zephyre Theatre & Studios – live theatre venue in the works
Ice Castles – back on our riverfront this winter with new design including a skyslide and rainbow LED wall. (Closed for the season).
Stillwater Segway Tours – now there are two companies in Stillwater offering tours
GullyWubbles – walk-in arts & crafts, gift boutique and birthday parties for kids (Opening May 3rd)
Comfort Cruiser Electric Bike Rental – Park at Gateway Trailside Food Truck and ride into downtown. Starts April 28th!
JBelissima Hair Salon – intimate downtown hair and make up salon
Essential Esthetics – Facials in this intimate salon suite of the historic Grand Garage mall
Madline Horseback Riding – trail rides just outside downtown in the woods and fields of the valley
LensFlare History Tour App – view what places downtown looked like in history while standing in front of the building!
Thor’s Hard Cider Tasting Room – locally produced hard cider at Aamodts family apple farm.
Stillwater Escape Room – team puzzle solving experience in JX Event Venue
All American Segway Tours In the St. Croix Valley – new St. Croix Crossing Bridge Tours, Culinary Tours, and shorter 1 Hr. Gateway Jr Tour.
JX Event Venue isn’t just for weddings – watch our calendar for live music, acoustic listening sessions, comedy and more in this beautiful venue downtown.
Stillwater Trolley – Bed & Breakfast Tour, Kayaking Tours, Storytime Trolley
Literature Lovers Night Out – Valley Bookseller hosts this monthly event at The Grand Banquet Hall downtown featuring national and local authors, light refreshments and drawings for prizes.
DIRO Outdoors – Fat tire biking tours, multi-person stand-up paddleboards for rent
Wahoo! Adventures – Guided Stillwater Bicycle Tours and Learn to Kayak events…find your eco-therapy in Stillwater!
Tatts by Zapp – Under new ownership and remodeled!
Uncommon Cents – Coin Collectors Shop
A Little Candle Shop – soy candles & luxury bath items tucked inside the historic grand garage mall
St. Croix Finery Consignment Shop – designer clothing and artwork
Loome Theological Books – rare collection of religious books is back downtown again!
Jori & June – clothing boutique (Opening May 4th)
Brick & Bourbon – restaurant with rooftop
The Velveteen Speakeasy – underground at JX Venue
Pearl & The Thief – restaurant in the completely redesigned Pub 112 location (Opening Late May)
Oasis Cafe – remodeled to now include full bar and outdoor patio also coming soon. See article.
LOLO American Kitchen – expanded a new upper level bar open weekends only.
NEW PLACES TO STAY
Vacation home rentals now legal in Stillwater. See the full list of homes and downtown loft options: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/lodging/house-loft-rentals/
Lora Hotel – boutique hotel and restaurant on the south end of Main St. opening June 18th.
The Crosby – boutique hotel, restaurant and rooftop pool on the north end of Main St. opening this fall 2018
Holiday Inn Express & Suites– proposal to start in Oak Park Heights this fall, opening summer 2019.
NEW WEDDING BUSINESSES
Photo Collective – located in JX Event Venue
NEW 360 TOURS OF KEY MEETING VENUES
Tour Stillwater venues right from your desk!
Lion’s Tavern – more live music Thursday-Sunday come May and an updated menu this spring/summer!
Portside Restaurant & Bar – new chef (Shawn Smalley) and menu just launched in April!
Kids Oasis – new ownership. Indoor play and party center on Main Street.
Rivertown Inn – new executive meeting room and friday night chef’s dinners (you don’t have to be a B&B guest)
Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com for a complete list of boutiques, restaurants, and unique things to do! Curious what was new in 2015, 2016, or 2017 – type ‘what’s new’ in our home page search bar. There is always something new and old to discover in historic Stillwater!
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