A new “St. Paul Shopping” experience has been added to Union Depot’s popular online campaign, “Choose Your Own Experience,” that launched in 2015 to promote a variety of experiences around the Twin Cities in which guests can participate when they visit Union Depot. Each experience includes a visit to Union Depot, whether simply to park in the venue’s parking garage while exploring amenities in the neighborhood, to partake in an event in the space, to ride the Green Line to cultural, entertainment, shopping and sports events along the route, or to catch a bus or Amtrak® train for a getaway.
A series of short videos produced by Visit Saint Paul introduce shoppers to an eclectic mix of stores, restaurants, galleries and more. “As a gateway for Saint Paul visitors, Union Depot is the perfect place to begin a shopping adventure through our unique neighborhoods. We are thrilled that the Union Depot team is inspired by the Retail Insider video series and we are grateful for their ongoing support and partnership,” said Magdalene Nitschke, Member Marketing & Communications Manager, Visit Saint Paul. The video tour begins in the vibrant Lowertown neighborhood, then moves on to explore Grand Avenue, followed by a transfer to the picturesque Highland Park neighborhood.
Walking to Lowertown Shopping Highlights:
The Lowertown Bike Shop at Union Depot offers cycling enthusiasts a wide variety of bicycles and accessories. Nearby, shoppers can fuel up with delicious fare at the Handsome Hog restaurant overlooking Mears Park, then head over to the renowned Saint Paul Farmers’ Market for baked goods, meats, cheeses, flowers and more. Art lovers will find a vibrant assortment of local art at the AZ Gallery artists’ cooperative in Lowertown, and shoppers can get a gourmet pick-me-up with fine confections at Legacy Chocolates.
Taking the Bus to Shop on Grand Avenue:
The Grand Avenue shopping and entertainment district is one of the Twin Cities’ most popular areas, full of charm, history and unique mix of shops and restaurants. Shoppers can take the Metro Transit Bus Route 63, which picks up at the corner of Broadway and Kellogg near Union Depot, from Union Depot to Grand Avenue. Jahna Peloquin, style editor for Minnesota Monthly magazine and co-founder of Fashion Week MN, loves the variety at fashion house Atelier957 and is a regular at the hair salon The Wow Bar. Little readers will find a delightful assortment of children’s books at the Red Balloon Bookshop, and connoisseurs of regional American craft and fine arts will find abundant options at The Grand Hand Gallery. The Grand Ole Creamery offers weary shoppers a cool, delicious respite in its vast array of ice creams.
Moving on to Highland Park with a Bus Transfer:
From the 63 Metro Transit bus, shoppers can take the A-Line bus rapid transit service for a quick trip to the Highland Park neighborhood and its many choices of great shops, restaurants, parks, and an annual art fair. The A-Line stops at Snelling and Ford Parkway, delivering riders to the heart of this vibrant neighborhood. Stephanie’s Shop is a favorite for those seeking on-trend, fine women’s clothing and accessories. Stylish youngsters and their parents will find a wide assortment of clothing and accessories for babies and children at nearby Pacifier, an urban baby + kid boutique.
Other “Choose Your Own Experience” options, which begin at Union Depot, include:
- State Fair Scavenger Hunt
- Red Wing R&R
- Twin Cities Music Tour
- Afternoon Bike Adventure
- Duluth Weekend Getaway
- Date Night in St. Paul
- Chill Out in Chi-Town
For more information about the St. Paul Shopping experience, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/visit/choose-your-own-experience/st-paul-shopping/. To view all of the “Choose Your Own Experience” options, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/visit/choose-your-own-experience/.
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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|