Roseville is a suburb of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and it is known for its strong core in the business area. There are two major malls in Roseville, Rosedale Center and Har Mar Mall, and it's home to the first Target (now a SuperTarget). The first McDonald's in Minnesota is also in Roseville, as is the first in-state Dairy Queen. There are plenty of other places to shop as well, and you can find nearly anything you need in this city.
There are roughly 34,000 people and over two dozen parks, including Reservoir Woods Park, Central Park, and Lexington Park. They also have the busiest local library--Roseville Library--that has the second-most amount of volumes in the state--just behind the Downtown St. Paul library. The Minnesota Department of Education is based in Roseville as well.
The first inhabitants of this area were the Ojibwa and the Dakota. The first non-Indian settled in 1843, and then Roseville became a territory 6 years later. It was established as Rose Township in 1850, named after one of the first white settlers, Isaac Rose, who did the area survey. Rose Township included what is now Roseville, Lauderdale, and Falcon Heights plus parts on St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Farming was one of the primary sources of income in the early days of Rose Township, up until the 1930s. Then came the railroad and easy travel, and people were attracted to the area because it was open and located near both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The township was growing at a rate that outpaced the ability to govern, so in 1948, Roseville incorporated as a village, then did Falcon Heights and Lauderdale. Thus, Rose Township was dissolved and became a part of history.
It was in the 1950s and 1960s that the commercial sector of Roseville really took off. The first Dairy Queen in Minnesota was built in Roseville in 1947. The first in-state McDonald's in 1952. The first Target store was built in Roseville in 1962. Now, Roseville is a commercial hub of the northeastern metro area with Rosedale Center, built in 1969, as one of the shining stars.
Green / Environmental
Roseville's 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update includes a chapter on Resilience and Environmental Protection. It describes how they joined the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program in 2014 and became a Step 2 City in 2015. The program is based on 29 best practices, each of which is implemented by completing one or more actions at the level of 1, 2, or 3 stars.
They also have a focus on sustainability, which they are constantly updating. Their policy outlines their goals, then details the concrete steps they are taking to meet these goals. Some of the areas in which they are concentrating are developing new parks (Cleveland and Marion), SolSmart program--City Hall solar installation, and their Complete Streets policy, to name a few.
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Harriet Alexander Nature Center - (2520 Dale St. N,, 651-765-4262, website) The Harriet Alexander Nature Center is located in Central Park, and it offers a natural haven in the midst of a busy day. It has 52 acres of marshes, forest, and prairies with a boardwalk and trails upon which you can meander as you appreciate the great outdoors. There are plenty of birds and animals to admire as you walk as well. They host several events during the year to showcase different aspects of Minnesota life including the Holiday Craft Fair and the Wild Rice Festival.
Lake Josephine County Park - (3027 Lexington Ave. N,, 651-748-2500, website) Lake Josephine County Park is situated on Lake Josephine, of course, which affords a gorgeous view as you walk around the park. There is a boat launch as well as a fishing pier, so if you enjoy boating or fishing, you'll find plenty to do here. There is also a swimming area with lifeguards if swimming is more your style. For those who prefer to stay on land, there is a playground area for the kids and a picnic area with grills for when you want to have an outdoor barbecue.
Lexington Park - (2131 Lexington Ave. N,, 651-762-7006, website) Lexington Park is a quiet and meditative park to which you can take your kids and/or dogs to play, romp, and meet up with other people--with or without kids and/or dogs. There is a playground area for the kids to enjoy, and there is a fenced ball park where you can play softball or baseball with your friends. There is a climbing rock for the more adventurous, and there is an ice rink for skating in the winter. There is a park building that is available for rental for family gatherings or other occasions.
Reservoir Woods Park - (1901 Alta Vista Dr.,, 651-792-7006, website) Reservoir Woods Park is a 115 acres of wetlands, prairie grass, savanna, and hills. There are miles of trails, including the Trout Creek Trail, on which you can go walking, running, and biking. There is also an off-leash dog area in which your canine friend can frolic and make friends with other dogs. The nature of the park is pristine, and the City is invested in making sure it stays that way. It's a bucolic haven in the middle of the city.
Ichiddo Ramen - (2100 Snelling Ave. N, #70,, 651-797-3284, website) Ichiddo Ramen is a local chain of Japanese restaurants that focuses on, naturally, ramen. This one is located in HarMar Mall. The decor is contemporary and warm, and the staff is also warm and friendly. The menu includes takoyaki, seafood stir fry ramen, shredded char sui donburi, and niku soba ramen. That is just the tip of the ramen menu, and you'll want to go back to try them all. They also have online ordering so your order will be ready when you get there. They have takeout, too.
India Palace - (2570 Cleveland Ave. N,, 651-631-1222, website) India Palace is a local chain of Indian restaurants that strives to bring the best of both northern and southern Indian cuisine to Minnesota palates. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and the service is friendly. The menu includes chicken shahi korma, beef biryani, shrimp sag, and lamb vindaloo. They also have naan, of course, samaosas, and pakora. They have an extensive vegetarian menu which has dishes such as palak paneer, chana saag, and aloo gobi. They have catering as well and a buffet.
Khan's Mongolian Barbecue - (2720 Snelling Ave. N,, 651-631-3398, website) Khan's Mongolian Barbecue is a restaurant that offers a tasty experience with Mongolian barbecue. The atmosphere is cheerful and welcoming, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The fun part of Mongolian barbecue is filling your bowl with whatever ingredients you want, then bringing it up to the chefs to barbecue. They will suggest the perfect sauce for your bowl, and you're guaranteed to find something tasty. They have rice, soups, and a Chinese bread called baotse as accompaniments, and you'll want to have a cup of Chinese tea to balance out your meal. There are endless combinations, and you'll want to try them all.
La Tapatia - (1237 Larpenteur Ave. W,, 651-253-6175, website) La Tapatia is a Mexican restaurant that is bringing the taste of Guadalajara--and a food truck--to the Twin Cities. The decor of the restaurant is homey and inviting, and the service is cheerfully friendly. The menu for the restaurant include the torta ahogada (a Guadalajara classic), burritos, and nachos. You can pick your salsa, your meat, and your style. They also have a vegetarian option. You can order ahead for takeout, and they have catering as well. Check their website for the schedule of their food truck.
Osaka Japanese Restaurant - (1675 Cty. Rd. C W,, 651-633-3188, website) Osaka Japanese Restaurant is an upscale, contemporary Japanese restaurant with elegant decor and a friendly staff. They have a wide array of sushi, including ikura, maguro, tamago, and tako. They also have rolls such as the crispy shrimp tempura roll, the spicy snow crab roll, and the spicy salmon roll. Their menu also has don buri, hibachi, katsu, tempura, noodle dishes, and rice dishes.
The Grateful Table - (2804 Fairview Ave. N,, 612-839-8272, website) The Grateful Table was opened in 2015 by a mother and daughter team, Mary Robideaux and Christine Robideaux Roach. The former runs the restaurant and the latter runs the kitchen. The bakery is located in a nondescript strip mall, but the products more than make up for the simplicity of the environment. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and the food is delicious. They have croissants, danishes, Eggs Benedict, muffins, croissant sandwiches, and so much more. All their breads are made from hand, and you can taste the difference in every dish.
HarMar Mall - (2100 Snelling Ave. N,, 651-631-0340, website) HarMar Mall is anchored by Barnes & Noble, Marshall's, Cub Foods, HomeGoods, and Famous Footwear. It was opened in 1963, and it has been serving the community of Roseville ever since. It's a low-key experience if you want to shop in a relaxed fashion. The stores include Tuesday Morning, Elements Massage, and K & G superstore. If you're hungry, you can check out Chianti Grill, HotPot 7, and Old Chicago.
Mainstream Boutique - (1635 County R. C W,, 651-636-1221, website) Mainstream Boutique was started in 1991 by Marie DeNicola after she and her husband, Nick, moved to Minnesota for Nick's career. Marie decided to start selling women's clothing out of a small bedroom in their home, and the business grew exponentially over the years. She appeared on Oprah in 1995, and the rest was history. Mainstream Boutique now has franchises all over the country. The store in Roseville is cozy, and the service is friendly. The clothing is chic, yet comfy and casual. They can be dressed up or dressed down, and they look fabulous either way. They also sell jewelry, and they have created an exclusive brand, Mac and Me named after the founder's daughter, and that has both clothing and jewelry.
Rosedale Center - (1595 Hwy. 36 W,, 651-633-0872, website) Rosedale was built in 1969 and is the third of four 'dale' malls in Minnesota (Southdale Center, Brookdale Center, and Ridgedale Center). The flagship stores were originally a Dayton's and a Donaldson's. Since then, the mall has gone through many changes, expansions, and shakeups. A 14-screen AMC theater was added in 2006, and a Von Maur department store was added in 2018. Some of the other notable stores are JCPenney, Athleta, and The Walking Company. Zubaz, the inventors of Zubaz pants, can also be found here. On the food side, there is CRAVE, Maya Cuisine & Bar, Potato Corner, and more. There is also plenty of room for walking if you want to get some exercise in as you shop (or on its own).
Grumpy's Bar & Grill - (2801 Snelling Ave., 651-379-1180, website) Grumpy's Bar & Grill is a very chill place for friends to grab a burger and a platter of tater tots to share. The decor is contemporary, and the atmosphere is relaxed, yet bustling. The staff is friendly and helpful. The menu includes Tepanyaki Beef Tidbits, Grumpy's Mac 'n Cheese, Build Yer Own #%@$ Chicken Sandwich, Thai Pizza, and Chicken Pot Pie. They also have vegetarian options, and you can order online. Their drink menu is vast as they have nearly 2 dozen Minnesota craft beers such as Surly's Furious, several rotating craft beers including a peanut butter milk stout, and plenty of domestics such as Grain Belt Nordeast.
Lucky's 13 Pub - (2480 Fairview Ave. N,, 651-330-9257, website) Lucky's 13 Pub is a regional chain pub, and it has a modern look and feel to it. Despite the polished decor, the atmosphere is relaxed and convivial, and the staff is warm and welcoming. The menu includes chicken & waffles, buttermilk pancakes, Cajun hash, smoked rib tips, and a pub fish fry. They also have handcrafted and specialty burgers such as a Creole burger, a cheese curd burger, and a stuffed jalapeno popper burger. They also have soups, salads, and sandwiches. They have a full bar, and one of the standouts is the ability to make your own Bloody Mary.
New Bohemia Wurst and Bier House - (2730 Snelling Ave. N,, 651-797-4149, website) New Bohemia Wurst and Bier House is a local chain that is a take on the traditional bier hall. The decor is woodsy and warm, and the service is cheerful. They are all about the sausages--handmade in Minnesota--which are free of additives and nitrates. They have over two dozen kinds of sausages, and you're sure to find one that fits any given mood. They also have three dozen kinds of local, regional, and international craft beers for the quenching of your thirst. The buns and pretzels are also handmade, and the condiments are made daily in each location. The menu includes a giant Bavarian pretzel with pepper jack cheese, a Surly hell fire brat, a New Orleans Cajun brat, and a lamb gyro brat served with cucumber sauce. They also have burgers, hand-cut Belgian-style fries, and they have vegan wursts as well. On the drink side, they have the Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Nitro, Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, and Uncle John's Blueberry Apple Cider.
Community Arts & Recreation
Arts Roseville - (2660 Civic Center Dr.,, , website) The Roseville Arts Council, a nonprofit arts organization, was founded in 1984 with the purpose to support and nurture local arts in various ways. In tandem with the City of Roseville, it promoted art in various places around the city, including the popular Sculpture in the Park. It also helped found the Roseville Strings Ennsemble of which it was the fiscal agent when it was just getting off the ground. The Roseville Arts Council was on hiatus for several years, but now it has reformed as Arts Roseville, and with new leadership, it is enthusiastic about continuing the work started by the Roseville Arts Council. They are committed to highlighting the diversity of the community through many forms of creative mediums.
Fairview Community Center - (1910 Cty. Rd. B W,, 651-604-3500, website) The Fairview Community Center is located near the Rosedale Center and is the information hub for the members of the community. It holds the offices and programs for the district administration, and it holds ten nonprofit agencies as well. Some of the important district programs include community education (whose administration and programs are housed here), early childhood special education classes, the Adult Learning Center, the Fairview Alternative High School, and more. Some of the other nonprofit agencies include Avivo and the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative.
Guidant John Rose MN OVAL - (2661 Civic Center Dr.,, 651-792-7121, website) The Guidant John Rose MN OVAL is an outdoor ice rink/recreational facility that is 110,000 square feet and run by the City. It is one of the largest in North America, if not the largest artificial outdoor-surfaced ice rink on the continent. It was constructed in 1993, and it has been the site of many prominent events ever since, such as the US Speedskating Championships and the World Cup Speedskating. It is open to the public for recreational ice skating in the winter, and it's turned into a skating park in the summer. Some of the summer activities include aggressive skating, BMX biking, and inline skating.
Holiday Craft Fair - (2660 Civic Center Dr.,, 651-765-4262, website) The Holiday Craft Fair is an annual event hosted by the Harriet Alexander Nature Center, and it's located at City Hall. It is in the 16th year, and it's a great way to meet some creative local people and get your holiday shopping done at the same time. All the proceeds from the vendor fees go to the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. There will jewelry, photography, handmade crafts, pottery and sculptures, jams and jellies, and more.
Midwest Youth Dance Theatre - (2480 Fairview Ave. N,, 651-644-2438, website) The Midwest Youth Dance Theatre opened in 1994 with the intent to teach students of all talent and skill to perform to the best of their abilities. They take all comers, and the age range is from 3 to 63.They take all students as they are, and the teachers tailor their teaching to meet the needs of their student. Whether someone wants to dance just for fun or is preparing for a career in it, MYDT will provide the necessary teaching to make that happen. They choreograph two major performances a year, one is for all their students, and the other is for their Level 3 - 6 students. The Level 3 - 6 students also have the opportunity to compete one to two times a year, based on their teacher's discretion. The classes include tap, modern, ballet, jazz, musical theater, acrobatics, hip hop, and improv.
Rosetown Playhouse - (2660 Civic Center Dr.,, 651-792-7414 x2, website) The Rosetown Playhouse came into being in 1999 when a group of local theater lovers dreamed of jazzing up community theater and igniting a creative fire within the community for theater. They wanted to get everyone involved, whether it was backstage, as an usher or ticket taker, or in acting. They produce two shows a year, and they are willing to go outside the usual community theater repertoire box. They welcome people of all talent and skill levels to participate.
SEP: Tapped & Uncorked - (2661 Civic Center Dr.,, , website) Tapped & Uncorked is an annual event hosted by the Friends of Roseville Parks (under the name Pour for Parks) as a way to raise money for the betterment of the local parks. It is held in the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL, and there is a general admission ticket that includes unlimited responsible sampling of wines, ciders, and beers. There will also be food trucks (not included in the general admission price), and the return of the ever-popular Human Foosball is confirmed. There will be live music all night long, so you can dance as you sample the drinks--all in the name of a good cause.
SEP: Wild Rice Festival - (2520 Dale St. N,, 651-765-4262, website) The Wild Rice Festival is a celebration of Native American culture, the Minnesotan history of harvesting, and wild rice, and it's hosted by the Harriet Alexander Nature Center in September. The food has been supplied by Pow Wow Grounds (a partner of the event), including fry bread, wild rice brats, and wild rice yogurt parfait. There will be food trucks as well. The programming is the past has included Native American cooking demos, Little Thunderbirds Drum & Dance Troupe Village Games, Bluedog Native Blues Band, and traditional crafts.
DEC: Holiday Craft Fair - (2660 Civic Center Dr.,, 651-765-4262, website) The Holiday Craft Fair is an annual event hosted by the Harriet Alexander Nature Center, and it's located at City Hall. It is in the 16th year, and it's a great way to meet some creative local people and get your holiday shopping done at the same time. All the proceeds from the vendor fees go to the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. There will jewelry, photography, handmade crafts, pottery and sculptures, jams and jellies, and more.
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