Column: The Dig

  • Tom Horgen: The Dig

    Baristas seeking coffee perfection. DJs spinning real vinyl. Dive bars in the ’burbs. Tom Horgen unearths mild obsessions at the leading edge of popular culture in Minnesota in the Dig.

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Augie's owner Brian Michael monitors the inside and outside of the downtown Minneapolis strip club, looking for signs of trouble.

Tom Kaczynski, publisher of Uncivilized Books, in his home studio in south Minneapolis.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub is a dream come true for the operating partners: manager Amy Johnson, brewer Jamie Robinson and chef Bryce Strickler.

Dean Phillips.

  • The Dig: Bottle business

    Article By: TOM HORGEN , Star Tribune Publish September 23, 2012 2:00 AM / Update September 23, 2012 12:43 AM

    Phillips Distilling Co. saw its future in rainbow-colored vodka, but its prodigal son would rather obsess over dusty old liquor bottles.

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Spencer Wirth-Davis sat in the mixing room at Waterbury Studios.

Jaida Schweiger, 10, visited SS Billiards with her parents. Owner Lloyd Olson's dog, Prada, likes to run around the legs of the machines.

DJs Brian Engel and Greg Waletski at the Kitty Cat Klub.

Katie Hill with her two cats Ron (brown) and Max (gray) at her home.

Nathan Barten of Quixotic in St. Paul made a pour-over coffee.

Raw denim purveyor BlackBlue.

  • Jeans: In the Raw

    Article By: TOM HORGEN , Star Tribune Publish August 5, 2012 2:00 AM / Update September 13, 2012 3:07 PM

    Why are some guys wearing the same pair of $200 jeans for six months? The answer lies in the story of raw denim.

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