Unique Places in Downtown Rochester: Part 2

The Peace Plaza, 1st Ave SW and 1st ST SW, provides a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the ambiance of downtown Rochester. This two block street was converted into a walking plaza. Several smaller venues are found near here, including the SEMVA Gallery. Local artists display their works – paintings, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry, woodworking, sculpture, folk art, wearable art, collage, printmaking, drawing and more…

Also on the plaza is Mac’s Café-Restaurant – recently renovated, this locally-owned restaurant has been serving Rochester residents and many guests from around the world for over 60 years. American and Mediterranean cuisine is all prepared onsite. They offer many healthy choice options, and it is a popular breakfast place. Vice-President Joe Biden stopped buy furosemide online australia here for pie (mmm, pie!) on a recent visit to Rochester!

Directly across the plaza is the charming Barnes and Noble Bookstore, created in the former Chateau Theater. It is a two story facility that shows off many of the original features of the theater including the dark blue ceiling and the constellations which once sparkled, providing a very unique backdrop. It once had a moon machine and a cloud machine which pushed shadows of clouds across the ceiling. The unusual ornate walls replicate an early French village. Imagine yourself in a comfortable chair settling in to read in this uniquely positioned space. It is a one of a kind BN. Psst-Starbucks is on level two!

Unique Places in Downtown Rochester to Shop and Browse: Part 1

Take a stroll: Just minutes from the Double Tree Hotel! Head south on Broadway Street, and turn right on Historic Third Street, a brick-fronted business district. This one block street has the fabulous Sontes Restaurant (Tapas style) now available for lunch and in the evening.

Keep heading west on 3rd St. SW and you will come upon the Nordic Gypsy Bead Shop. What a wonderful treasure trove of unique beads and related products. Imagine it. Create it. Wear it!

Right next door is John Kruesel’s General Merchandise & Auction Company. The storefront is the 1874 Williams Building. While it specializes in antique lighting, you can also view estate jewelry, furniture, photos and “the unusual.” Tuesday –Friday 10:00am-5:00 pm CST

Bring your own conference bag!

To keep registration costs down, and since the last thing any of us need is another tote bag, we’ll be providing your conference materials in a lovely folder. So, bring along your favorite conference bag to hold all your stuff! Exhibit extra awesomeness by using one from one of the previous Midwest Chapter meetings in Minnesota!

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