Monthly Archives: June 2016

Lowertown Bike Shop Grand Opening Celebration

June 20, 2016


Lowertown Bike Shop at Union Depot (retail shop on the main level of the Head House in Suite 160; indoor bike storage facility with shower services on the lower level of the Head House); Mobile Comedy Suitcase will also be there.


Lowertown Bike Shop, which relocated to Union Depot in May, is hosting a Grand Opening celebration June 22-25 with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on June 23 at 4:45 p.m. Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt will cut the ribbon.

Lowertown Bike Shop opened in 2011 and specializes in bringing new life to used bikes by supplying a wide range of quality bicycles and parts. Operators Jeremy Wagner and Crystal Sursely believe that biking can change lives. Sursely emphasizes, “We focus on discovering the thing that makes each person excited to ride a bike – whether they ride five blocks or 20 miles.”

Mobile Comedy Suitcase, created with support from a Knight Art Challenge St. Paul grant, is a four and a half-foot by two and a half-foot stage built on a bike trailer, designed to resemble a suitcase.  The set up includes a stand-up microphone, amplifier, sign and backdrop creating a traveling comedy club.  Mobile Comedy Suitcase representatives will be there and guests will also have the opportunity to try their hand at standup comedy.  The Mobile Comedy Suitcase will be at Union Depot every Wednesday from June 22 through August 31 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Head House.


The Grand Opening celebration will run June 22-25.  Hours are Wednesday from noon to 9:00 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 1:00-9:00 p.m. The Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, June 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with the ribbon being cut at 4:45 p.m. Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt will cut the ribbon.


Union Depot Head House, Suite 160 (on the west end of the Head House)


The June 23 celebration will include free refreshments and Lowertown Bike Shop will have registration for prize drawings all four days of the celebration. The Grand Prize is an All-City Space Horse Frameset value at $600.

Getting to Union Depot

Bike:  Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus: Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street
  Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 94, 262, 417 | MVTA buses 480, 484, 489
Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar and Car2Go

Union Depot to Serve as “Official Transit Hub” of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

June 14, 2016

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will serve as the “Official Transit Hub” of the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon that will happen Sunday, October 9.  Beginning Friday, October 7 the historic venue will provide free shuttles to the Health & Fitness Expo happening October 7-8 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.  During the marathon, Union Depot will offer convenient parking for visitors and easy access to the METRO Green Line for people wishing to be at the starting line in downtown Minneapolis and finish line at the State Capitol grounds.  Metro Transit will also offer free rides to all runners and volunteers of the marathon and other related races when they show their race bib.

To kick off the festivities, the historic venue is holding a marathon entry giveaway through an online Facebook registration. From June 1-8, two lucky winners will each receive a complimentary entry into the Marathon and two winners will each receive an entry into the 10-mile race.  Visit beginning June 1 to enter.  In the spirit of the marathon, Union Depot’s free Saturday yoga class on October 1 will be themed “Yoga for Runners” with movements specifically tailored to endurance runners.

This is the third year in a row that Union Depot is the “Official Transit Hub” for the marathon.  “Twin Cities In Motion is eager to again partner with the Union Depot for the 35th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend,” said Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director of marathon organizers Twin Cities In Motion.  “Union Depot provides a vital service for the participants, spectators, and volunteers who will be on the move marathon weekend. The access Union Depot provides to parking, Health & Fitness Expo shuttles, and the METRO Green Line serving our start and finish lines makes our event more accessible with reduced traffic impact on the general public.”  For more information about the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, please visit

The Java Express to Open Coffee Shop at Union Depot

June 8, 2016

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will soon be able to offer its visitors an on-site coffee and snack option when The Java Express opens there on June 20.  The coffee shop, owned by Crystal Scott, will operate for 60 days from a temporary space located along the original ticketing windows in the Head House. The Java Express will then move into its permanent location, Suite 120, which was once a fine dining location and used as an American Red Cross canteen, in the northwest corner of the Head House.

Scott, a first-time entrepreneur, completed small business management and marketing courses and received mentoring and start-up funding through the Neighborhood Development Center, Inc. (NDC) program that assists minority business owners in launching their ventures.   The Java Express will offer a variety of coffees, teas, smoothies, pastries, and other grab-and-go items. Hours of operation while in the temporary space are expected to be 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for a minority-owned and woman-owned small business to launch in Lowertown,” said Rafael E. Ortega, Chairman, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority. “The Java Express, owned by Crystal Scott, will offer coffee at Union Depot and create a welcoming community space for travelers and locals.”

When the coffee shop moves to its permanent space, it will offer occasional live music performances and will have a conference table area where community groups and individuals can hold meetings. The menu offerings will expand and include chicken and waffles.  The shop will also have tables for outside seating on Union Depot’s North Plaza.  More information about The Java Express will be available soon upon the launch of their Facebook page, The Java Express, and their website.