In Our February, 2017 Issue:

The Midtown Global Market—A New Experience

The historical  Minneapolis building housed the Sears, Roebuck, and Company  Warehouse and Store until it closed in 1994.

For over 20 years, a build­ing sat vacant on East Lake Street in Min­neapo­lis. After many years of busi­ness, this awe­some feat of con­struc­tion closed its doors in 1994. It was an active site that con­tained the renowned Sears, Roe­buck, and Com­pany Ware­house and Store. A prop­erty known as a bea­con of oppor­tu­nity was now des­o­late and abandoned.

Today, with the help of many sup­port­ers, the build­ing is open and ready for busi­ness! In 2006, the Mid­town Global Mar­ket became ten­ants of this his­tor­i­cal loca­tion. This unique mar­ket includes sev­eral small busi­nesses that have brought energy and new life to this area. These estab­lish­ments have great sat­is­fac­tion in serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties and bring­ing cus­tomers excel­lent prod­ucts and services.

If you have never vis­ited the Mid­town Global Mar­ket, I rec­om­mend that you check it out soon. It is a fun place to visit and behold some­thing new. For me, the Mid­town Global Mar­ket expe­ri­ence reminded me of my time going to the Min­nesota State Fair — with­out the added entrance fee. This Mar­ket has an abun­dance of food choices and many things to notice.


If you are tired of the same old foods, the Mar­ket will have many food vari­eties to sat­isfy your “adven­tur­ous appetite.” There are tasty foods with from a diver­sity of eth­nic cuisines, includ­ing Mid­dle East­ern, Korean, Moroc­can and Cam­bo­dian. There are also many inter­est­ing menu options for you to try, includ­ing “The McFly” from Taco Cat and camel burg­ers from Safari Express.

If you pre­fer famil­iar foods, the Mar­ket has many delights for you. Andy’s Garage has burg­ers, sand­wiches and wraps. There are also many healthy choices avail­able. For instance, Fresco’s Pasta Bar has a great salad selec­tion. If you love break­fast, La Loma, known for their tamales, has an all-​day break­fast menu. There are also many value meal options. Los Ocampo, for instance, has daily spe­cials for the weekdays.

The Mid­town Global Mar­ket also fea­tures meals from award-​winning restau­ra­teurs. Jakeeno’s Pizza and Pasta received a recog­ni­tion cer­tifi­cate in the Mar­ket for their soup. Restau­rants, such as Manny’s Tor­tas, had arti­cles in well-​known pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing the Star Tri­bune and the Best of the Twin Cities.


If you have a “sweet tooth,” the Mar­ket has many deli­cious treats for you. The Salty Tart Bak­ery has cakes, cook­ies, cup­cakes and their “World Famous Coconut Mac­a­roons.” Grand Ital­ian Ice and Cus­tard gets great reviews for their home­made ice cream. Pham’s Rice Bowl pro­vides an assort­ment of bub­ble teas. If you are a cof­fee fanatic, the Mar­ket has Mapps Cof­fee and Tea.


Once you are ready to leave, the Mar­ket sells items you can take home. The Pro­duce Exchange stocks many organic foods and clean­ing sup­plies. They also have fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles avail­able. Holy Land Brand’s gro­cery has a meat show­case and an impres­sive menu selec­tion. Grass Roots Gourmet car­ries food from local farms and the “best apple dip ever.” Most restau­rants in the mar­ket had take-​home products.

Gifts and Souvenirs

Valentine’s Day is com­ing soon. You might find that spe­cial gift at the Mid­town Global Mar­ket. The Mar­ket has jew­elry, crafts, pot­tery, bags, sun­glasses and much more. Rit­u­als is a cos­met­ics store with nat­ural beauty prod­ucts and soaps. The Art Shoppe dis­plays many paint­ings and photographs.

There is also global mer­chan­dise. Simba Craft­ware sells authen­tic home dec­o­ra­tions by African Artists. There are also cloth­ing items from var­i­ous cul­tures. For instance, there are Tibetan dresses, Native Amer­i­can tops and fash­ions from East Africa. View­ing these items will help you learn and appre­ci­ate the diver­sity of Minnesota.

Things to do and see

The Mar­ket is known for their events and hap­pen­ings. For the Chi­nese New Year, there was a Lion Dance Per­for­mance. There are also live music per­for­mances at var­i­ous times of the year. Var­i­ous artists and writ­ing groups have pre­sen­ta­tions in the Mar­ket. There are con­tests and pro­grams for the children.

If you are look­ing for some­thing to do or a new place to go, the Mid­town Global Mar­ket is a great des­ti­na­tion. The place has a great atmos­phere with appeal­ing lights and col­ors. It is a great place for a meal and con­ver­sa­tions with friend and fam­ily. There are plenty of inter­est­ing things to look at; includ­ing East­lake Craft Brewery’s brew­ing process and Hot Indian Food’s dia­gram for Bol­ly­wood Danc­ing Tech­niques. You can also get green tips from Do it Green! from their edu­ca­tional kiosk.

The Mid­town Global Mar­ket is at 920 East Lake Street, Min­neapo­lis, MN 55407. Free park­ing is avail­able on the street. Ramp users can receive one hour of free park­ing when they make a pur­chase from the Mar­ket and val­i­date their ticket. The Mar­ket is open Monday-​Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sun­days, the Mar­ket is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some busi­nesses have extended hours. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit their website.