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Jonathan Adler returns to Mpls, now in North Loop

When home furnishings designer Jonathan Adler closed his upscale store in Uptown in early 2016, he said that the company was still exploring other options in the Twin Cities. There was speculation that he might land his collection of colorful, playful chic in the Galleria.

Instead, Adler's people approached Greg Walsh, co-owner of Martin Patrick 3 in the North Loop with a store-in-store opportunity. "We obviously jumped on the opportunity," said Walsh. "We will have access to the full line and will be showing furniture, accessories, art, rugs, and lighting. It’s pretty cool stuff!"

The Adler section has been incorporated into design studio in the back of Martin Patrick. A few furniture pieces were on display Wednesday plus a large selection of Adler's signature pottery.

Other news at MP3: Colette Jaffe's bedding department that opened a year ago in MP3 has moved out. Jaffe is exploring other options with speciality stores and wholesalers. Her former space is now filled with more men's apparel.She is selling her high-end bedding from her website and her studio above Martin Patrick (by appointment). 

Gas below $2 a gallon at several Twin Cities locations

Earlier this week reports surfaced of gas averaging below $2 a gallon at places around the country such as Amarillo, Texas. 

Twin Cities' prices aren't averaging below $2 but a few stations around the Twin Cities were selling gas at prices from $1.96 to $1.99 per gallon on Wednesday, according to Gas Buddy.

Costco in St. Louis Park is at $1.96 and Sam's Club in St. Louis Park and BP in Minneapolis at 35th and Lyndale are at $1.99. 

In places around the Twin Cities where gasoline is often cheapest, Burnsville and Fridley, for example, prices were still above $2 per gallon, according to Gas Buddy. The national average for a gallon of gas is $2.28.

"Another week, another nearly country-wide decline in average gasoline prices as crude oil prices struggle near the lowest levels of the year," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. A barrel of crude oil closed at $43.23 yesterday. 

Don't expect prices to go much lower, DeHaan said. Hurricane season is about to start, threatening refinery supplies.