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” and Star Tribune Magazine for 5 Hottest Small Town Destinations in Minnesota. Exciting things are happening here…please excuse our dust!
Stillwater welcomed the following NEW businesses in the last year or two:
NEW PLACES TO STAY
Hotel Crosby – boutique hotel with large suites, restaurant and rooftop salt water hot-tub on the north end of Main St. (Opened November 2018)
Lora Hotel – boutique hotel and restaurant on the south end of Main St. (Opened June 2018)
Water Street Inn – renovation to expand 20 more rooms, a rooftop restaurant and new entrance (summer 2019)
Vacation home or loft rentals now legal in Stillwater. See the full list of 20+ options:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites– located off highway 36 in Oak Park Heights, construction begins summer 2019, opening summer 2020.
St. Croix Crossing Bridge & Loop Trail – the new bridge construction project was completed in August 2017 and the historic lift bridge closed to vehicle traffic as it undergoes renovations to welcome pedestrians and bikes as part of the St. Croix Loop Trail. Three-quarters of the trail is complete, so you can enjoy biking or walking from downtown Stillwater over the new bridge to Wisconsin. See our new bike trails maps. Historic Lift Bridge/trail completion is delayed to early fall.
DIRO Outdoors – bike rental downtown at self-rental station and snowshoe rental packages via the hotels.
Big River E-Bike & Kayak Rental – downtown rental located behind Hotel Crosby.
Stillwater Escape Room – team puzzle solving experience in JX Event Venue with 3 different rooms to choose from for your group
Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary and Serenity Lounge at Just for Me Spa (Healing Mineral Pool also under construction)
Stillwater Zephyre Theatre – live performance theater downtown Stillwater
Stillwater Segway Tours – now there are two companies in Stillwater offering tours
GullyWubbles – walk-in arts & crafts, gift boutique and birthday parties for kids
Comfort Cruiser Electric Bike Rental – Park at Gateway Trailside Food Truck and ride into downtown
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
Carriage Rydeen LLC– Horse-drawn Carriage Rides downtown
Operatunity Theater – opera productions and outdoor music
Lift Bridge Cowork – co-work space for professionals above the bakery on Main Street
Coming soon: Mike’s E-bike rental downtown, The Stills Liquor Lounge & bridal suite behind Hotel Crosby, The Lumberjack Ax Throwing, MN Nice Cream, St. Croix Brewing Co, 45th Paralell/Lolo Distillery. ,
Smith + Trade Merchantile – Minnesota & St. Croix Valley artisans & classes (Opening in May)
Kenzington Boutique – clothing, home decor & gifts. Opening in May inside the historic grand garage building
Minnesota Made – moved from pop up on north hill shop to permanent store front downtown. Opening in May.
Magnolias – clothing and wool shop & classes
Jori & June – women’s clothing boutique
Luya – shoes and other fine things, moved down the hall from Main Street store front
St. Croix Finery Consignment Shop – designer clothing and artwork
Uncommon Cents – Coin Collectors Shop
T-Shirt Factory – moved locations to further south on Main Street to 232 S. Main
Tatts by Zapp – Under new ownership and remodeled
Scandinavian North – new name, same great imports from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland
Enchante – same fabulous women’s fashion boutique moved from Chestnut St. to Main Street
Mon Petit Cheri – bakery from Minneapolis (opening in May)
Lolito – new owners and fresh re-brand with new menu and lots of tequila, Same owners as LOLO American Kitchen,In the Pearl & The Thief’s location.
Matchstick Restaurant – inside Hotel Crosby
Brian’s – new owners and remodeled when long time Stillwater Brine’s family retired. 3rd floor venue space to be remodeled soon as well
Brick & Bourbon – restaurant with rooftop
The Velveteen Speakeasy – underground at JX Event Venue
Oasis Cafe – remodeled to now include full bar and outdoor patio- See article
LOLO American Kitchen – expanded a new upper level lounge open weekends only- See 360 tour here
Feller Restaurant & The Long Goodbye Bar and MADE Coffee- located inside Lora hotel
NEW SALONS & SPA
Spa 810 – located inside Hotel Crosby offering on-site lazer, skin and massage services as well as adjacent bridal suite for hair & make-up.
JBelissima Hair Salon – intimate downtown hair and make up salon
Essential Esthetics – Facials in She Fancy salon suite of the historic Grand Garage mall
St. Croix Valley Segway – new St. Croix Crossing Bridge Tours, Culinary Tours, and shorter 1 Hr. Gateway Jr Tour
JX Event Venue and The Loft at Studio J aren’t just for weddings – watch our calendar for live music, acoustic listening sessions, comedy and more in this beautiful venue downtown. JX Event Venue also has two new break out room spaces – Connelly Conference Room and the Bourbon Room
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
Wahoo! Adventures – Guided Stillwater Bicycle Tours and Learn to Kayak events…find your eco-therapy in Stillwater
Rivertown Inn – new executive meeting room and Friday night chef’s dinners (you don’t have to be a B&B guest)
NEW WEDDING BUSINESSES
Photo Collective – located in JX Event Venue
Make Up by Mindie – new location in She Fancy salon downtown
Amazzing Race by Reunion – custom races and riddles for bachelorette parties or groups.
NEW 360 TOURS OF KEY MEETING VENUES
Tour Stillwater venues right from your desk – new tours for Lora’s hotel meeting space with a glimpse of the historic caves as well as Hotel Crosby’s executive conference room
Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com for a complete list of boutiques, restaurants, and unique things to do! Curious what was new in 2015, 2016, 2017 , 2018– 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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