The city of St. Louis Park, Minnesota is defined by its location in the Twin Cities metro area and its population size. With a little over 47,000 residents, and located just outside of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park joins it’s neighboring cities of Minnetonka and Edina as one of the larger suburban residential areas in Minnesota. The community is shaped largely by the events, businesses, and amenities that are offered within the city.
Some of the most popular events within St. Louis Park include the You Betcha! Minnesota Made Festival, the Penny Carnival, and the Parktacular! celebration. The You Betcha! Minnesota Made Festival is a celebration of everything Minnesotan. With live music, a classic car show, food trucks from metro favorites like Anchor Fish & Chips and West Indies Soul Food, a loon calling contest, and more, this fun event draws in big crowds each year. Another popular event is the Penny Carnival. An event geared towards younger audiences, the Penny Carnival features bounce houses, games, prizes, music, food and more. The best part about the event is that each attraction only costs between 2-4 pennies. This event is not only affordable but a ton of fun.
A final popular event is the Parktacular! celebration. With a grand parade, art treasure hunt, Belgian waffle brunch, and live music throughout, this celebration has been around since the 1990’s and is a staple of the St. Louis Park community. Its focus is on community fellowship and having a good time.
St. Louis Park has a number of businesses within its city limits. Many are found at the two shopping malls. The Shops at West End feature higher-end, specialty stores with an emphasis on style and elegance. A very popular shopping center for the more affluent, the Shops at West End offers some of the best products and brands. The other shopping center in St. Louis Park is the Shoppes at Knollwood. The Shoppes at Knollwood feature major national retailers like Old Navy and Kohl’s. Having access to national retailers not only adds convenience but makes living in St. Louis Park very desirable. One of the most popular restaurants in the area is Muddy Paws Cheesecake. Offering more than 222 different flavors, and specializing in coffee cheesecakes, Muddy Paws was recognized as a “Best of St. Louis Park” winner by St. Louis Park magazine, for its wonderful desserts. St. Louis Park is also home to celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern’s business, Food Works, Inc. Star of the hit show Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern makes St. Louis Park his home and runs a number of ventures, as well as his unique food truck, in the St. Louis Park area. St. Louis Park is also home to it’s own movie theater as well as many other local businesses.
Amenities within St. Louis Park are plentiful. St. Louis Park has its own library that belongs to the Hennepin County Library system. A library system that is consistently ranked in the top 10 libraries nationwide, residents have access to all of the books and resources that are a part of this network through an interlibrary loan program. It also has community education available through the public school system. Offering a variety of courses ranging in a number of subjects, community education is a great way to for community members to try out new hobbies or learn new skills.