Shoreview is a suburb of St. Paul and has approximately 26,000 people. It was voted the fourth best city to live in for families by Family Circle magazine in 2008, and the City is committed to improving the lives of all its community members. They have fifteen city and county parks with more than 1,400 acres of open space. In addition, there are 55 miles of city and regional trails for anyone who enjoys a good walk/run in nature. They have a off-leash dog park as well where canine companions can run free. In addition, they were the first Minnesota city to be recognized as a 'Bicycle-Friendly Community' by the League of American Bicyclists for their comprehensive sidewalk and trail system.
For other activities, there are several places to visit. They include Shoreview Skatepark, Island Lake Golf Center, and Shoreview Community Center's Tropics Indoor Water Park. There is also a public archery range for those who like to try their hand at shooting a bow.
The City is a nice mix of getaway and close to the action. It has plenty of green space for outdoor activities as outlined above, but it's close enough to both Minneapolis and St. Paul to access city life is that is desired. The City offers several community events throughout the year to draw neighbors closer together, such as the annual Slice of Shoreview Days, Shoreview Farmers Market, and music in the Commons in the summer.
Shoreview, like many other surrounding cities, once was the land of the Dakota and the Ojibwe. In 1850, Socrates A. Thompson, a white settler set out from St. Paul and found what is now known as Shoreview with the help of a Native American. His aim was to find fertile land, and once he did, he began farming. Soon after, others followed, and an agriculture community was born. Mounds View Township was formed in 1858 on the same day that Minnesota became a state. It was named after the range of hills that ran through the center of the township. Shoreview was part of Mounds View Township as were neighboring communities.
The railway system expanded into Shoreview in 1888 with what is now known as the Soo Line (Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway at the time), and it was called Cardigan Junction. Shoreview grew steadily over the years, and one interesting tidbit is that the Snail Lake Tavern, which was built in the early 1900s as a stop on the Mounds View Pony Express, became a hot spot in the 1930s for gangsters from Chicago.
In 1957, a group of community members presented a petition to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners to incorporate as the Village of Shoreview because they felt the township was inadequate. There was much contentious debate over the petition, but it eventually passed. It was officially incorporated in April of the same year. In 1963, Highway 694 was placed through Shoreview, and three broadcast towers to the north of Highway 694 were built in the early 1970s. They are very familiar local landmarks.
The city's population grew rapidly in the next few decades with housing tripling. In the 1990s, the growth slowed as it had to do eventually, and the focus of the city shifted from growth to redevelopment and improving the current infrastructure. They are known nationally for their innovations in these areas and have been awarded the Standard and Poor's bond ratting of 'AAA'.
Green / Environmental
Shoreview is dedicated to promoting sustainability, and they have received recognition for their efforts. In 2011, the Shoreview Maintenance Center was updated and received the LEED Gold Certification by the Green Building Council. The program started in 2009, and this was the first building to receive the certification. The rating system is based on points awarded for achieving different green building practices.
The city is also part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, which is a voluntary program that focuses on assisting cities to improve their sustainability. It is based on a list of 29 best practices, and each best practice consists of completing one or more actions that are at a 1, 2, or 3-star level. There are four to eight actions listed. Shoreview is a Step 5 City, which is the highest level available.
In 2019, the city was presented with the Sustainability Award by the League of Minnesota Cities. The annual award is for sustainability efforts made by a city that is participating in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program mentioned above. Shoreview was bestowed the award for their Water Consumption and Groundwater Awareness Project.
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Island Lake County Park - (3611 Victoria St. N,, 651-748-2500, website) Island Lake County Park is a haven for anyone who likes water. There is a fishing pier as well as shoreline fishing. There is also a boat launch for those who enjoy being on the water. There is a playing field as well as a walking trail if you prefer being on the land and not on a lake. There is a playground for the kids, and there is a picnic shelter nearby. It has a grill in case you want to have some barbecue along with your day in the park. There is another picnic shelter by the lake, which also has a grill. There is one more shelter, a small one, that has a grill as well.
Rice Creek Off-Leash Dog Area - (5959 Lexington Ave. N,, 651-748-2500, website) The Rice Creek Off-leash Dog Area is located within the trailhead of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail. It is 13 acres, fully-fenced, so there is plenty of room for the dogs to run around and enjoy themselves. There is a pond/pool that the dogs can play in, and there is a water in the parking lot for humans and dogs. There is also a dog wash station for when your canine friend has had too much fun in the mud. It's a great place for dogs to freely express themselves and make a few friends in the process.
Sitzer Park - (4344 Hodgson Rd.,, 651-490-4750, website) Sitzer Park is a neighborhood favorite with plenty to do for everyone. For the kids, there is a playground with a lot of brightly-colored equipment to play on. For people who are sports-minded, there are 2 youth baseball fields, 2 tennis courts, a skating rink, and a hockey rink. There is also a basketball court as well. For the more leisurely types, there are walking paths on which you can enjoy the nature around you. There is a picnic shelter where you can rest and have something to eat when you want a moment's respite.
Turtle Lake County Park - (4979 Hodgson Rd.,, 651-748-2500, website) Turtle Lake County Park is a neighborhood favorite with it's calming atmosphere. There is a small swimming beach (unguarded) and a boat launch for those who enjoy fun in or on the water. There is a ball field with a backstop for the sportier types, and there is a large playground for the kids. There is a picnic shelter near the playground that can be rented. It has two grills in case you want to have some BBQ in the middle of your day at the park.
Vadnais-Snail Lake Regional Park - (4191 Snail Lake Blvd.,, 651-748-2500, website) Vadnais-Snail Lake Regional Park is a halcyonic retreat that allows you to take a moment to breathe as you're surrounded by breathtaking foliage. If you're the contemplative type, you can sit on the shore with your line cast (shoreline fishing). There is a sand volleyball court as well if you're feeling a bit more active. There are plenty of interesting flora and fauna to look at as you walk along more than five miles of walking trails. There is a large playground for the kids to play in. There is also a pavilion available for rental, and it includes four grills and a kitchen.
Fresh Picked Pizza - (1048 Hwy. 96 W,, 651-494-3706, website) Fresh Picked Pizza is a locally-owned pizzeria that opened in 2008. All their food is made daily and to your customization. It is located in the Shoreview Village Mall, and while the decor is plain and simple, the service is cheerful and friendly. The menu includes pasta, wraps, desserts, and salads, but the star of the show is, of course, the pizza. You can build your own or choose one of the house specialties, such as Outlaw, All American, and Moon Rocket. If you love your toppings, you can order a Pizzamus Maximus with more toppings, including Tater Tot Hot Dish. They also have options for people with dairy and/or gluten sensitivities, and there are vegan options as well. You can eat in, take out, or take and bake.
Pizza Man - (5999 Rice Creek Pkwy.,, 763-784-2642, website) Pizza man Opened in 1987 and has been a neighborhood favorite ever since. It's an unassuming place that has friendly service and a casual atmosphere. They focus on fresh ingredients, and they make their dough by hand. They have generous portions, and they're happy to serve up quality pie. Their pizzas include Loaded Potato, Veggie, and Deluxe. They have pasta as well, including Chicken Alfredo, spaghetti, and Mostaccioli. You can order online, and they have delivery as well.
Red Ginger China Bistro - (5999 Rice Creek Pkwy., Suite 102,, 651-784-3200, website) Red Ginger China Bistro is a warm and vibrant Chinese restaurant with colorful decor and friendly service. It has a casual feel to it, and they serve many of your favorite familiars. They focus on fresh ingredients and are committed to making healthy and nutritious food that is also delicious. The menu includes Oyster Wings, Seafood Pan Fried Noodles, Hong Kong Beef Chow Fun, and Triple Crown with Satay Sauce. You can order online so it's ready for you by the time you reach the restaurant.
The Winkin' Rooster - (3600 Lexington Ave. N, Suite 106,, 651-484-2585, website) The Winkin' Rooster is a sandwich shop that was opened in 2017 by Doug McCulloch (also the chef) who had had a lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. The decor is colorful; the service is friendly; the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. They have breakfast and lunch menus with lunch being served all day long. For breakfast they have breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and bagels. For lunch, the menu includes California (cold sandwich), New York Pastrami (hot sandwich), and wraps and sandwiches. You can order online and go there or order home through Bite Squad or Uber Eats.
Wok Cuisine - (1035 Hwy. 96 W,, 651-482-8151, website) Wok Cuisine is a casual Chinese restaurant that has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and friendly service. It is located in the Shoreview Village Mall. It has many of your favorites, and the food is from several different regions of China, such as Shanghai, Canton, and Szechuan. The menu includes BBQ Roast Pork Noodle Soup, Chicken with Eggplant in Garlic Sauce, Roast Duck, and Honey Pepper Beef with Vegetables. There is also a vegetable menu which features Mock Duck with Mixed Vegetables and Buddha's Delight. They also have chow mein, fried rice, and egg foo young. They have take-out as well.
CLT Thrift Store - (1037A Hwy. 96 W,, 651-621-7965, website) CLT Thrift Store is run by CLT-SV, a community-driven coalition between Roseville and Moundsview Public Schools. CLT helps students with special needs between age 18-21 who are transitioning from school to life after school. The store accepts gently-used items such as clothing, books, and household items. Staff members are friendly and helpful. The proceeds go to directly support the students, be it in curriculum or in after school programming.
Hummingbird Floral & Gifts - (4001 Rice St.,, 800-407-3281, website) Hummingbird Floral & Gifts is a cozy florist filled with colorful floral arrangements. They have a friendly staff who are eager to help you customize the perfect floral arrangement for any occasion from birthdays to funerals to weddings. They offer bouquets, baskets, and more. They have a special selection of roses as well as several other kinds of flowers. They offer premium arrays and premium service.
Lexington Floral - (3414 Lexington Ave. N,, 651-483-2786, website) Lexington Floral is a florist, but they are so much more. It has 2,000 square feet filled with pillows, towels, and other decorative touches designed by local artisans. Staff members are knowledgeable and friendly, and they are eager to match each client with the perfect arrangement. They have sprays and baskets, plants, and roses. They have new vases and retro vases as well. They have wreaths, crosses, and hearts as well. They have a bouquet or arrangement for every occasion, ranging from weddings to funerals to 'just because'.
Odds & Ends Again - (1080 County Rd. E,, 651-717-4323, website) Odds & Ends Again is a shop that handles the resale of pre-owned high-end furniture and other home furnishings. They handle estates and separate what is worth keeping from the rest, and they only sell the former. Their offerings include art, clocks, patio sets, couches, beds, and more. You can order online and then pick up your item(s) in the store. They also provide a downsizing service callod 'Sort Toss Pack'.
Pacabelly's Treat Shop - (5932 Lexington Ave. N,, 651-797-4384, website) Pacabelly's Treat Shop is a vibrant yogurt shop with a friendly staff and a warm atmosphere. The decor is colorful and fun, and they have a free library (take a book/leave a book) to encourage kids to read. They serve frozen yogurt, edible cookie dough, and home-spun cotton candy made from your favorite hard candy such as Jolly Ranchers. It's a tasty time for everyone in the family.
Concert in the Commons - (4580 Victoria St.,, 651-490-4700, website) Concert in the Commons are free concerts in the park, in the summer of course, arranged by the City. The concerts are held in the Shoreview Commons next to the Shoreview Community Center. It's a great way for the members of the community to gather, chat with some friends, and listen to a variety of music. The music includes swing, blues, and brass. There are concessions from the Wave Cafe available, and dogs are welcomed as long as they are leashed and well behaved.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar - (1000 Gramsie Rd.,, 651-482-1600, website) Green Mill Restaurant and Bar is a local (and Wisconsin) chain that has a casual and relaxed atmosphere. The space is open and inviting, and the staff members are friendly. The original Green Mill in Saint Paul opened in 1935, and they have been going strong since. They are known mostly for their pizza, and they favor the deep-dish style of Chicago. Their pizzas include the Windy City, the Impossible Pizza, and IL Primo Pizza. You can also choose your own crust (there is a gluten-friendly crust) and pile on the toppings! They also have pastas, calzones, burgers, sandwiches, and more. They have a gluten-friendly menu, take-out, and ordering online as well. On the drink side, they have cocktails, wine, margaritas, and beer. They have box lunches and large group orders, too.
Shore96 - (1056 Hwy. 96 W,, 651-482-8829, website) Shore96 is a family-friendly restaurant and bar that has a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The staff members are friendly and attentive, and they have patio seating when the weather is sunny and warm. The menu includes Ski Dip with Chips, Bleu Cheese with Bacon Jam (burger), Chicken Fried Steak, and Fettuccine Alfredo. The breakfast menu includes Scottish Breakfast, Biscuits & Gravy, and Build Your Own Omelette. The drinks menu has a variety of drinks such as Castle Danger Cream Ale, Chemistry Rose, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale.
Community Arts & Recreation
Autumn Art & Craft Fair - (4911 Hodgson Rd.,, 651-486-6243, website) The Autumn Art & Craft Fair is an annual art fair that is hosted by Elevat and Hope Christian Church in October. It is also held at the Hope Christian Church, and it's a way to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. There are several arts and craft vendors who sell homemade crafted items, such as jewelry, knits, and wood carvings. You can buy something for yourself or for someone else, and it's a wonderful way to support local crafts people who are fair trade.
Bench and Bow - (1017 Glen Paul Ct.,, 651-341-0353, website) Bench and Bow is an instructor of piano and violin for beginners and intermediate students. They provide one-on-one lessons that are individually tailored to each student, and they believe in providing a positive environment so that every student can succeed. They have many opportunities for the students to grow, including recitals, competitions, exams, and field trips.
Gallery 96 - (4560 Victoria St. N,, 651-724-6006, website) Gallery 96 was formed in 1997 by a group of people in Shoreview who enjoyed visual arts and wanted to share their passion with the world in the form of a non-profit art center. Their goal is to elevate local artists and to provide art education to the community. They have juried exhibitions every spring and fall at the Shoreview Ramsey County Library, quarterly newsletters, and monthly informal meetings at the Shoreview Community Center. They have showcased more than 300 artists in the exhibits, and artists can now display their work in the showcases of the Shoreview Community Center.
Metro Dance Center - (1057 Hwy. 96 W,, 651-482-1737, website) Metro Dance Center is a dance studio that was opened in 1975 and is now run by Danielle Wood-Twohy and Becky Jacobs. They offer classes for people of all ages and all skills in ballet, creative movement, jazz, and more. They also have competition lines that have won national awards. They keep the student-to-instructor ratio low, and they believe in nurturing a positive environment in which their students will flourish and grow. They have competition classes as well as recreational classes, and they have top-notch staff members to instruct all the classes. They offer the center for birthday parties that include a special dance related to the theme by one of the instructors. They also offer free trial classes if the dancer in question isn't sure what kind of dance they would prefer.
Shoreview Community Center - (4580 Victoria St. N,, 651-490-4700, website) The Shoreview Community Center is a gathering place for people in the neighborhood with a lot of attractive facilities. There is a waterpark with a tropical theme. It has areas named Bamboo Bay, Shipwreck Beach, and Tropics Waterpark. They offer swimming lessons, water aerobic classes, and the option to have parties in the swimming area. There is also a fitness center with cardio equipment, strength-training equipment, and personal trainers. They have rec programs and special events as well, so there is plenty to do here.
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center - (1057 Hwy. 96 W,, 651-410-6225, website) The Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center was established as a non-profit in 2002 to promote the understanding of Chinese culture. The goal is to preserve traditional Chinese dance while also encouraging innovation. The teachers are all impressively qualified, and they offer a wide array of classes, ranging from classical Chinese dance to ballet and Latin dance. They also offer fitness dance classes and taichi classes, too. They participate in competitions as well, and they have won several awards for their performances.
MAY: Annual Heal a Hound Dinner - (1000 Gramsie Rd.,, 763-785-4000, website) The Annual Heal a Hound Dinner is sponsored the Greyhound Pets of America MN (GPA MN) and is held at the North Metro Event Center in May*. There is a silent auction and a live auction, and all the proceeds go to benefit the Heal a Hound Fund. There is a Standard Experience Ticket and a VIP Experience Ticket, and the latter includes priority checkout after the live auction plus a glass of champagne with dinner (and more). This is a wonderful cause and a great way to spend an evening.
*In 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns.
JUL: Slice of Shoreview Days - (3611 Victoria St. N,, 651-490-4600, website) Slice of Shoreview Days is an annual festival celebrated in July at the Island Lake County Park. It was established in 1989 as a one-day celebration of a slice of life in Shoreview, reminiscent of Taste of Minnesota. The event grew and blossomed over the years, and, now, it's a three-day event that has many different fun activities. It is no longer officially sponsored by the City, but they are the biggest financial sponsor. Some of the activities included are Art in the Park, Tour de Trails, a parade, a classic car show, and so much more. There are food vendors for when you get hungry, and it'll be a good time for everyone.
OCT: Autumn Art & Craft Fair - (4911 Hodgson Rd.,, 651-486-6243, website) The Autumn Art & Craft Fair is an annual art fair that is hosted by Elevat and Hope Christian Church in October. It is also held at the Hope Christian Church, and it's a way to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. There are several arts and craft vendors who sell homemade crafted items, such as jewelry, knits, and wood carvings. You can buy something for yourself or for someone else, and it's a wonderful way to support local crafts people who are fair trade.
DEC: Christmas Crafts - (3382 Lexington Ave. N,, 651-484-3346, website) Christmas Crafts is hosted by the Presbyterian Church of the Way in their church as part of their Christmas activities. It occurs in December, and it's a fun way for kids and adults to unleash their creative side just in time for the holidays. PCOTW provides the materials and there is a $5 fee ($20 for the family) to cover for the materials. It's a low-key way to have a good time being creative and to get a jump-start on the holiday season.
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