A five-minute drive from downtown, Uptown’s public spaces entice visitors with bike paths, sculpture gardens, and locals blasting impressions of Björk's pet swan over a megaphone. Nearby, rented canoes crisscross Lake Calhoun’s calm waters, and restaurants serve eclectic cuisines from fresh seafood to Japanese cuisine on outdoor patios. Visitors to Uptown can feast on American fare at restaurants such as Primebar, which serves up sandwiches, steak, and seafood with largely local brews; The Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Lyn-Lake, known for its small batches of craft beer; and the Uptown Cafeteria, offering trendy contemporary meals. Evenings out at Bar Louie tempt guests with martinis, margaritas, and other cocktails accompanied by pub food, and Chino Latino delights palettes with dishes small and large, spicy and explosive. Wayward mermaids dining at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar can enjoy a feast fit for the sea with raw, grilled, and baked items, or step on shore and visit moto-i in Lyn-Lake to sample the food you’d find on Japanese streets.
Safeway Transit entertains riders with a fleet of seven custom buses, each coated in a unique color of paint and stocked with upgrades including club lights, powerful speaker systems, and keg holders. Their fleet features both smoke-friendly and smoke-free vehicles, some with LED poles presumably for firefighters that detect unusual billows. The bubblegum-colored Pink Bunny bus features these illuminated support beams in its aisles, as does the Black Pearl—a sleek city bus with black lights, black paint, privacy windows, and room for 40 passengers. In addition to the mobile nightclubs, Safeway Transit also situates passengers in its neon green Night Rider, which features a checkered floor plucked from a retro diner and wood paneling along the ceiling and the base of its seats.
Whether seating pairs or quartets, the whimsical vehicles from Papa Wheelie's Surrey Rental let riders bask in the open air as they trundle along serene paths. Colorful canopies shade pedaling sightseers as they explore downtown Stillwater. Riders may choose to follow the banks of the St. Croix River, taking in the relaxing, melodious sounds of lapping water or glimpsing the dark mirror universe of Wisconsin on its opposite shore.
For nearly three decades, Feldmann Imports has taken care to pamper its vehicular and human clients equally with a full spread of conditioning, tire, and repair services, as well as a variety of creature comforts. ASE-certified technicians deal swiftly with road-related difficulties and detail rides while patrons lounge in the waiting room stocked with Starbucks coffee, cookies, and WiFi. On Thursdays and Saturdays, free shoe shines, massages, and manicures put an extra spring in visitors' steps and high-fives. A complimentary airport or Mall of America shuttle allows clients to drop off vehicles before traveling or shopping.
Bobby & Steve's Auto World repairs, maintains, and spruces up autos across eight Twin Cities locations, each decked out in vintage Coca Cola and Chevy memorabilia. On-site mechanics tackle all kinds of transportation-related jobs, from oil changes and flat tires to broken glass and sputtering exhaust pipes. The specialists can also tow your car, replace feeble batteries, and calmly persuade doors to open after extended lock-outs. At the detail shop, a team of highly trained reconditioning techs uses specialized tools to gussy up your car. They'll remove oxidation with orbital polishers or deep-clean carpets with hot water extractors. The shop also has an arsenal of more than 20 chemicals to treat all types of surfaces; enlist their help for vinyl and leather conditioners or Rain-X solution, which fends off stains due to precipitation or truck beds full of sports mascots with super soakers.