Photo by Stephanie Colgan
MidModMen + friends
Arne Jacobsen Egg chair reproduction: circa 1957, $695
It’s become so easy to test a retail concept before committing. Buoyed by their success selling midcentury furnishings online, four friends and longtime collectors decided last fall to try a pop-up store in St. Anthony Park. MidModMen+friends did so well its first three months that the owners have decided to stick around and be part of what they’re hoping will be a reawakening of University Avenue along the new Central Corridor light rail.
A neighborhood in need of revitalization is fitting for a shop that restores and refinishes midcentury furnishings. Open weekends and by appointment, MidModMen is small but neat and driven by an appreciation for good, clean design rather than strict adherence to a period. So you’ll find the expected Scandinavian pieces alongside the occasional early American chair or pop of Hollywood Regency. 2401 University Ave., St. Paul, 612-234-1201, facebook.com/midmodmen