Fulton is a neighborhood that strives to feel like a small town (friendly and welcoming) while maintaining the amenities of a big city. There is something for everyone here, including lovely homes, the great outdoors with parks AND recreation, and quality schools. It's a quick jaunt to downtown Minneapolis as well and to the Southdale area, which is a target destination for savvy shoppers. There is something for everyone in the Fulton neighborhood!
You can visit the neighborhood website at www.fultonneighborhood.org.
Fulton was named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat and is in Southwest Minneapolis. There's not much known about the history of Fulton other than most of the homes were built in the 1920s & 1930s. What it lacks in history, however, it makes up for in personality. It has charming Craftsmans and Bungalows, and its walkability is one reason people enjoy living there. It's a great place to get to know your neighbors!
West 47th Street to the north, Penn Avenue to the east, West 54th Street to the south, and France Avenue to the west.
Armitage, Linden Hills, Lynhurst, and the suburb of Edina.
The Fulton neighborhood is home to Pershing Park, named after General Pershing and was dedicated on Armistice Day in 1931. It has the Pershing Recreation Center, and there are activities, indoor and out, for everyone--ranging from crafts to baseball to walking paths. There are team sports for the kids, too. It's a popular place for neighbors to gather!
There are several restaurants that server the Fulton neighborhood, and if you're a fan of Italian food, you'll find plenty to love. One of these is Broders' Pasta Bar (5000 Penn Ave. S., 612-925-9202, a charming Italian restaurant that is as popular as the food is tasty. They change their dishes to fit the season, and they have a daily menu as well. As the weather is getting warmer, their patio is bound to be as full as the restaurant itself. There is also Broders' Cucina Italiana (2308 W. 50th St., 612-925-3113), owned by the same people. It's a deli that imports specialties from all over Italy. It's dine in, takeout, and delivery all rolled up in one. Both offer classic Italian fare at reasonable prices.
Arezzo Ristorante (5057 France Ave. S., 612-285-7444) is an elegant restaurant that serves authentic Italian food, including brick oven pizzas. They have seasonal menus as well as different specials days/nights several times a week. It feels like you're walking in a valley in Italy and visiting a nearby bistro in order to indulge in some mouth-watering Tuscany-style pastas and pizzas. It's a mini-vacation you can achieve any day of the week!
Pig & Fiddle (3812 W. 50th St., 612-354-2678) is a neighborhood pub that specializes in beers (American craft beers, Belgian beers, and beers from around the world), but they also have plenty of wine and other spirits if you're in the mood for something other than beer. They also have a quirky menu including lobster mac 'n cheese, the juicy lucy (a quintessential Minneapolis burger), and tempura vegetables. This is a great place if you just want to chill with your friends, toss back a few, and nosh on a plate of poutine!
There are also a few nearby places that specialized in baked goods. The first is Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique (5013 France Ave. S., 612-353-6230). Who doesn't love a good, fluffy cupcake? It's happiness in your mouth, and eating one is an instant day-brightener. They were voted the #1 cupcake shop by City Pages, a respected alternative Minneapolis newspaper, and it's easy to see why. Each cupcake is lovingly created, is pleasing to the eye as well as the mouth, and they rotate them on a regular basis. They have seasonal cupcakes as well, so make sure to check out their website if you have a favorite in mind. They have cakes as well, which are made to order.
Wuollet Bakery (3608 W. 50th St., 612-922-4341) is well-known all over the greater Twin Cities for their variety of delicious baked goods. They are a family-owned business, and they are dedicated to serving the neighborhoods in which they are located. They are not just a business; they are part of the community. They offer an amazing variety of cakes and cupcakes, pies, breads and buns, and pastries as well. They have something for any lover of baked goods, and they give you a good reason to return time and time again.
There are a few hidden gems in Fulton if you're a shopping maven with an eye for quirkiness. The first is Hunt and Gather (4944 Xerxes Ave. S., 612-455-0250), a thrift shop that is a visual feast for your eyes the minute you see its exterior, then step inside. Once inside, there's an explosion of color and a vibrancy that will change how you think about antiques. They are a vintage store with an upbeat and funky attitude, and anything you buy there, whether it's furniture or a snazzy dress or a dazzling bangle, will have your friends clamoring to know where you got it.
Loft Antiques (3022 W. 50th St., 612-922-4200) is, oddly enough, another antique store in Fulton. They pride themselves on their high-quality antiques, and whether you have an interest in early to mid-century furniture, retro, shabby chic, or more, you'll certainly find something to pique your interest here! If you're looking for a unique vintage item for yourself or as a gift for a friend, you'll want to stop by.
Vinaigrette (5006 Xerxes Ave. S., 612-922-9192) sells...you guessed it, vinaigrette dressings! It started with one couple's passion for different olive oils, and now, they have two shops in which they sell the finest vinaigrette. If you like to drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on your salad, you will be right at home here.
Fulton Farmers Market (4901 Chowen Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from May to October, adjusted every year) was established in 2011 as a place for people in the Fulton to meet up with each other and to support local businesses.
Fulton is not known for its nightlife, but downtown Minneapolis is close enough to offer plenty of activities for those who like a little entertainment after a hard day at work or on the weekends. For those who don't want to venture too far from home, they can stop in at the Pig & Fiddle (3812 W. 50th St., 612-354-2678), the neighborhood pub with a wide variety of beers and an eclectic collection of foodstuff to enjoy with their friends.
Gallery 360 (3011 W. 50th St., 612-925-2400) is a charming gallery situated in the Fulton neighborhood that highlights local artists and brings in exhibits as well. Their aim is to support and encourage local artists, and they urge the community to do the same as well. In addition, they sell a wide variety of beautiful crafts by different artists, including (but not limited to) jewelry, houseware, and, of course, art.
Fulton is dedicated to the arts, so much so that they set up the Fulton Art Committee in 2009 to support and promote the arts locally. They give out art grants and are currently involved in the Utility Box Wrap trend of using art to cover utility boxes around the neighborhood. In addition, they have donated money and food to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf as a way of giving back to the community.
The Fulton Fall Festival (Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th St.) is a highly-anticipated event every year. It's crammed pack with activities, ranging from yoga in the park to face-painting to a bike rodeo. There's food, too, of course, and a silent auction, a used book table, and a marketplace (which includes art). They also encourage donations to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, both food and money.
Love your fresh produce all-year round? Fulton has a Winter Farmers Market once a month during January, February, and March. It's hosted by Bachman's Garden Center on Lyndale and includes vendors from the Fulton, Kingfield, and Nokomis Farmers Markets, as well as some who only sell at the Winter Farmers Market.
The Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA) organizes networking events for members of their community. By far, the most popular has been their Fulton Networking/Happy Hour Event at the Pig & Fiddle.
There are plenty of ways to get around Fulton and beyond. Here are a few of them.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are easily accessible from Fulton via the variety of bus routes that run through the neighborhood. You can get to the U of M through the Uptown Transfer Station (bus #6) or expressly (bus #152), Downtown Minneapolis (bus #146), St. Paul (through the light rail, bus #46). Visit the Metro Transit website for more information about schedules and fares.
Biking is a major way of life for many people who live in Minneapolis. If you don't have your own bike, Fulton is served by Nice Ride (2701 36th Ave. S., 977-551-6423), which allows you the freedom to rent a bike, enjoy your ride, and then return it to any of the stations located around the cities. You can then rent another bike for your ride home. They are seasonal, of course, because this is Minnesota, after all.
The Fulton neighborhood is committed to education. There are several options that serve the neighborhood.
Lake Harriet Community School, Upper (4912 Vincent Ave. S., 612-668-3310, in Fulton, 4th-8th grade) and Lower (4030 Chowen Ave. S., 612-668-3210, in neighboring Linden Hills, K-3rd grad) Campuses. LHCS is a public school dedicated to providing individualized and focused education for every student. In the earlier years, they want to instill a love of learning. In the later years, they wish to help every student reach their potential in a supportive environment. They have an Advanced Learners program as well as Extended Day Programs. The former is for students who may need a more creative and extensive program than the one offered, and the latter is for students who may need a more thorough teaching of the subjects studied. Whatever the student's need, LHCS will strive to fulfill it.
Carondelet Catholic School, Upper (3210 W. 51st St., 612-927-8673, in Fulton, 3rd-8th grade) and Lower (2900 W. 44th St., 612-920-9075, in neighboring Linden Hills, K-2nd grade) Campuses. Carondelet Catholic School is a private school that focuses on providing an exemplary education in a Christian setting and on community service. They encourage their students to be creative and thoughtful scholars as well as stewards of their community. They have plenty of extracurricular activities as well; there is something for everyone.
Southwest High School (3414 W. 47th St., 612-668-3030, 9th-12 grade) is located in the neighboring Linden Hills and serves the Fulton neighborhood. They are well-respected in Minnesota and renowned for their International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and for delivering a quality education to each and every one of their students. They offer several extracurricular activities ranging from a Break Dance Club to sports to a Dungeons and Dragons club. They are dedicated to ensuring every student succeeds, and not just in academics.
Preschool and before and after school care
There are several options in this category. A few of them are listed below.
There are some things that every needs at one point or another in their lives. Here is a list of where you can find some of those basic necessities.
Fairview Southdale Hospital (