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Since 1962, Thunderbird Aviation has nested at Minneapolis?s Flying Cloud and Crystal airports, sending on-demand charters skyward, offering aircraft repairs and parts, and training new pilots. Composed of Cessna planes, the aviation agency?s fleet runs the gamut from light, sport aircraft to twin-engine Seminoles, and encompasses one of the state?s largest selections of instructional aircraft. Certified flight instructors accompany student pilots on their journeys. As novices approach pilot certification, they can augment their hours in the cockpit with time in an FAA-approved flight simulator, which is more useful than its unapproved counterpart, jumping on your bed while cawing.

5800 Crystal Airport Road
Minneapolis,
MN
US

The year 1927 saw Babe Ruth’s Yankees dominate pro baseball and the precursor to Big Louie's Bar and Grill—Main Street Tavern—open in Minneapolis. In addition to depicting athletes from that bygone era, the Big Louie’s menu catalogs an array of traditional American bar and grill fare. From boneless wings to fish ‘n’ chips, the cuisine roster has even more depth than the famed Yankees lineup of ’27. The restaurant further establishes its entertainment value by hosting karaoke and bingo and by not allowing recitations of real-estate-law books.

5216 W Broadway Ave.
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Googly eyes. Gas masks. Mannequin arms. Blowguns. Ax-Man Surplus Stores dares crafters, DIY enthusiasts, and tinkerers of all stripes to dream bigger, better, and weirder with an enormous stock of new surplus items. Each shop's collection of oddities and odds-and-ends resides in open-air barrels and on easily browseable shelves. Bins entice shoppers to rummage through metal bits in search of the next piece to a welded sculpture, and other aisles hold several decades? worth of electronic wiring, fans, speakers, and fuses, perfect for building a robot that every generation can relate to. Frequent shoppers are rewarded with a new truckload of treasures every week, along with an ever-changing collection of signs that artistically warn of the hazards of shoplifting and suggest off-label uses for the merchandise.

6600 Bass Lake Rd.
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Having opened over 900 locations in the United States since its inception in 1972, Meineke Car Care Center's steadfast staff revamps vehicles during a slew of automotive maintenance and repair services. Meineke's technicians will drain oil laden with built-up impurities or 3,000 miles of emotional baggage, or outfit rides with new brakes, batteries, tires, or mufflers. For customers' convenience, Meineke is open in the early morning, in the early evening, and on Saturday.

5259 Douglas Dr N
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Crystal Carwash Center beautifies vehicles 24 hours a day with two automatic, touchless car-wash bays. For more in-depth cleansing, they invite customers to stop by on weekdays for thorough detailing with soaps, waxes, and polishes by Car Brite and 3M that leave vehicles as spotless as a weather forecaster’s crystal ball. The rest of the combustion-fluent technicians at the 21,000-square-foot facility devote themselves to repairing cars and returning them to owners with written guarantees of lifetime warranties.

5120 W Broadway Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Most popular service: Tanning & Infrared Body wraps

Brands Used: Devoted Creations, MR International, Formostar & Norvell

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Established: 2014

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Stop in for a full tour of our salon, services & products by one of our Tanning Consultants.

317 Willow Bnd
Minneapolis,
MN
US