roseville's roadside attraction

roseville's roadside attraction

There are 112 comments on the story from May 9, 2009, titled roseville's roadside attraction. In it, reports that:

Maybe you can remember - as I do - when Snelling Avenue in Roseville was dominated by family businesses.

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Anonymous Radio Caller

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 9, 2009
Ramsey High. Snelling. My main drag.
Best chocolate cake doughnuts ever at the Mister Donut. Great coffee, too. Loved that neon sign.
Enjoyed some great dinners with Mom and Dad and the sibs at the Arden Inn.
Mann's Har Mar theater glistened with 60s ersatz gold and pulsing lights. Across the mall, the mighty pipe organ in Cicero's Pizza blew you out the door before the Metrodome blew you out the door. Farrell's. The House of Large Sizes next door to that.

Minneapolis, MN

#2 May 10, 2009
Great piece, but you forgot half of the TARGET story. That would be the Applebaum family. TARGET started out as a full service operation, much like SUPER TARGET is today. It had a full service supermarket that was operated by Applebaums, the owner of supermarkets around St. Paul. I worked in the grocery dept. as a teen ager. The concept of groceries with the rest of the merchandise did not catch on and lay dorment till a fellow named Sam Walton revived the idea. An interesting note is that a couple years later Applebaums opened a store at 45th & Central, in Columbia Heights and put in a smaller clothes and housewares section. That store prospered.
Rosie on the Range

Saginaw, MN

#3 May 10, 2009
I grew up in St. Paul, lived several years in Roseville before making the move to Northern Minnesota. I loved Cicero's! That was such a treat for us when we were kids to go there for pizza and even more of a treat if we were allowed to go up to the organ player and request a song. If I recall, the organ player - a really NICE guy, was blind. I was just at HarMar earlier this week - it sure has changed, but still the same in some ways.
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#4 May 10, 2009
I didn't know that Harold and Marie Slawik made their money from Midway Ford on University ave.

I wonder if the writer knows that Marie is personally responsible for that green bathroom-tiled monstrosity that's on the corner of Snelling and University. I guess Harold must have been the brains of the operation.
Hey Now

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 10, 2009
He forgot the gas station by Har Mar and the Rose Car Wash (still there but called something else). Looks like they finally chased out the lawyer who was flying the pirate flag!
Hey Now

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 10, 2009
And they want to run light rail down University when a million cars go down Snelling???

“Things can only get better”

Since: May 08


#8 May 11, 2009
Hey Now wrote:
And they want to run light rail down University when a million cars go down Snelling???
The article said that a million cars passed by on Snelling, Highway 36 and County Road b. Not just on Snelling.


#9 May 11, 2009
Great story down memory lane

Minneapolis, MN

#10 May 11, 2009
My husband was friends with Slawik's son, they made that building on Snelling and Univ green because the Mrs. was Irish. & yes, even the family thought it was kind of hideous. I believe they've all moved out of MN now. Sure left us with a landmark, no one misses that green tile building when you give directions.

PS: According to my husband, they were a very "interesting" bunch.
Carbon Bigfoot

Eden Prairie, MN

#11 May 11, 2009
The writer mentioned, but didn't follow-up on the Rose Drive-in Theatre, missed Paul's Place Motel/Restaurant.

How about doing another article on South Robert St. in W. St. Paul? Back in the 70's, there wasn't a fast food chain in the Twin Cities that didn't have an outlet on South Robert!

Saint Paul, MN

#12 May 11, 2009
What about the Countryside?

Green Bay, WI

#14 May 11, 2009
Wasn't there a guy who used to play the might Wurlitzer organ there by name Tony Tallman???
Ramsey Grad

Hopkins, MN

#15 May 11, 2009
The other classic spot was the Ground Round, with Leroy Larson and his sidekick Ross, and free peanuts on the floor. Loved the pitchers of Schlitz beer or Harvey Wallbangers.

Farrell's was the best - espeically the big show that they made for birthday parties and the "Incredible Zoo". Wonder what happened to the gang that worked at Farrell's?
GTO man

Saint Paul, MN

#16 May 11, 2009
Thanks Tom, great article!! Brings back alot of memories. Grew up right behind Har Mar Mall in the late 60's / early 70's. Loved going up there every day in the summer to buy baseball cards at the drugstore and play pinball at Kresge's.

Loved Mister Donut. Had a morning paper route, would go after delivering my papers. Still trying to find a Blueberry Donut with powdered sugar like the ones Mister Donut had. They were the best!!

Had a blast racing up and down Snelling Avenue in my dad's '66 GTO going past all the places you mentioned. Glad you included some pictures, sure would love to see some more.
Gal Friday

Eden Prairie, MN

#17 May 11, 2009
I loved this story. I grew up in St. Paul and spent a lot of my teen years in Roseville.(Was in the Target in '81 when the tornado came.) I had forgotten about Cicero's and Farrells!This is off the beaten path, but I used to go roller skating at Saints Roseville on Fairview. Now I got to the Petco there. Where exactly was the Rose Drive-in?

Saint Paul, MN

#19 May 11, 2009
Fascinating look at local history and the entrepreneurial spirit. Thanks.

Saint Paul, MN

#20 May 11, 2009
Actually Old Timer there were several chains that tried being both a discounter and a grocery store, but they did not work out at first because of a number of problems. One was before scanners, groceries took a long time to ring up an order, this discouraged the shoppers that came in for higher profit non grocery items. Another was that grocery workers were unionized, while discount workers were not, this made the costs of these combined stores higher. A third item was that until credit card fees came down, you couldn't charge groceries like other items. Thus, you ended up having two transactions, or paying cash for everything. Sam Walton happened to try when factors favored him (non-unionized south). Even so I remember that they had designated lanes for gorcery vs. non-grocery purchases.
Barbie Doll

Cottage Grove, MN

#21 May 11, 2009
The Rose Drive-In was at the corner of County Road C and Snelling, where Olive Garden, Slumberland and other businesses now sit. The screen faced north, and we could see it from our yard near Asbury and C2. There wasn't much in between, back then in the late 50s. It was a big deal for the family to go to dinner at The Last Frontier or Arden Inn - usually something special like Mother's Day or a visit from Grandma.

I went to school in both New Brighton and Shoreview, since Roseville didn't have an elementary school closer to home. Mom took us with the wagon down to Foodtown (C2 and Hamline) to shop; we had to walk back, since the wagon was full of groceries. A really special treat was catching the bus on Lydia and riding to downtown St. Paul for a Disney movie.

“Live Life with GUSTO!!!”

Since: Jun 08

St. Paul, MN

#22 May 11, 2009
When I first came to live in the Twin Towns, Har Mar was the place to go on my student budget. I came too late to enjoy the eclectic atmosphere you folks remember. However, Farrell's Ice cream Parlor, the Ground Round, Shakey's Pizza, and Dino's were the places to have cheap food and treats. I miss the Mann Theater complex also.

You folks, that remember those good old days, must have had a blast enjoying yourselves. Too bad such wonderful places and times are just memories. This crazy world could use a few fun places like what is being remember here in Roseville and Har-Mar.
The Big Bopper

Saint Paul, MN

#23 May 11, 2009
The break up of the family businesses... followed by the break up of the traditional families.

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