Was just about to post the details of next week's Patina Odds & Ends Sale - always a popular and fruitful event for bargain seekers - when news broke about today's devastating fire that engulfed the Patina building at 50th & Bryant in South Minneapolis - also home to Patina's Shoppe Local, Stacey Johnson Jewelry and restaurants Heidi's and Blackbird. A Patina employee just told me no one was injured, but it appears the stores are a total loss. What a loss for a vibrant urban block, and for these locally owned businesses. For now, Patina plans to go on with the big sale next week, so pay them a visit - they're going to need the support. Details here.