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The front door at Shea, a design firm, that has relocated in the old Shinders building in downtown Minneapolis.

Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

A downtown Minneapolis icon: The Shinders newsstand, then at the corner of 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue S., in 1946. The site was part of downtown’s Block E, which later became a notorious symbol of urban blight. When Block E was razed in the 1980s, Shinders moved to 8th and Hennepin. The store closed for good in 2007.

, Photo Courtesy Of Joel Shinder

ales representative Kristen Bruner waited in the front lobby Friday at Shea, a design firm that has moved into the old Shinders building in downtown Minneapolis. Shea’s offices are on the second floor; a new restaurant called Union will open on the first floor later this month.

Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Hennepin and 8th goes from Shinders to Shea

  • Article by: JANET MOORE
  • Star Tribune
  • November 9, 2012 - 9:38 PM

Many Twin Citians may recall the former Shinders bookstore at 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue S. in downtown Minneapolis.

But now, Shea Inc., the nationally known marketing and design firm, has moved into the 65-year-old former Shinders digs. Shea's offices will be on the second floor, while a new restaurant called Union will open on the first floor, lower level and rooftop deck. Union will open later this month.

Shea has partnered with sculptor Zoran Mojsilov to create a unique sculpture for its office entrance on 8th Street. The installation of the piece begins Monday.

The sculpture is crafted from two carved pieces of stone salvaged from the Metropolitan building, a downtown Minneapolis icon that was torn down in the 1960s, as well as Kasota stone salvaged from demolished railroad underpasses at what is now Target Field. Mojsilov will hang the massive stones together with thin steel rods.

"We wanted to contribute to the commitment to art and improvement of Hennepin Avenue," David Shea said in a statement. "Our entrance, with Zoran's incredible art, will become another vital element to Hennepin Avenue's rebirth."

Shea will occupy about 8,000 square feet of the two-story building, including a portion of the first floor and the second floor. Original stone on the exterior and terrazzo floors inside have been restored, and the rest of the building got a complete overhaul, the firm said.

The quirky newsstand closed in 2007 when owner Robert Weisberg ran into legal troubles.

JANET MOORE

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