Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to reach out with thoughts, questions or other feedback over the past week since we released the Downtown Investment Strategy. The report represents the culmination of more than a year of research and analysis but the true work of implementation is only beginning and we have a long, but exciting, road ahead of us. This past week has demonstrated that our community leaders are profoundly invested in downtown with more than their words.

If you're interested in learning more about the report I'd encourage you to join us Monday evening for a discussion and Q&A about the Downtown Investment Strategy hosted by our friends at Sustain Saint Paul. More details about that event are below.

Keep reading this week for more news from around downtown this week including two great stories about exciting things coming to Union Depot, a reminder that the Saints season opener is right around the corner (snow dependent suddenly!) and all the info you'll need about the NCHC Frozen Face Off happening this weekend at the X.

Take care and enjoy the weekend,


Downtown Investment Strategy Discussion hosted by Sustain Saint Paul

Monday evening, join us with Sustain Saint Paul for a presentation by Joe Spencer about the future of our downtown. Joe will walk through the report’s findings and what they mean.

Monday, March 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Osborn370, 4th Floor Meeting Space

Access the 4th Floor Event Space via the main lobby elevator bay.

Light snacks provided, presentation starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by Q&A discussion.

Learn more from Sustain Saint Paul

Study: Conversions could help revitalize downtown Saint Paul

With office building owners struggling to find tenants in the post-pandemic era, conversions are fashionable again — and downtown Saint Paul is in a good place to capitalize on that trend, according to a new report from the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance.

The Downtown Investment Strategy report — which was based on market analysis, community input, stakeholder feedback and an economic impact analysis — cites public realm improvements and robust predevelopment efforts as keys to improving downtown.

But conversions stand out in the 115-page report as perhaps the most impactful way to increase density and vitality.

“I think we have a number of good conversion candidates, and it’s worth pointing out that we’re not new to this,” Joe Spencer, president of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, said in an interview.

Read more from Finance and Commerce

April festival at Saint Paul Union Depot is second act for the Wrights

The founders of the Selby Avenue Jazz Festival are taking their show downtown on April 6.

After selling their Selby Avenue coffee shop they ran for more than 20 years, Mychael and Stephanie Wright planned to do some cooking at home, maybe build a pizza oven. Instead, the founders of the Selby Avenue JazzFest are launching a new community event at downtown Saint Paul's historic Union Depot.

The Capital City Village Bazaar Extravaganza, scheduled for April 6 and free to the public, will feature food trucks, craft vendors and local jazz bands. Mychael Wright said he hopes this new venture proves as popular and long-lasting as the couple's previous efforts.

Read more from the Star Tribune

Choo Choo Bob's Train Store to close Saint Louis Park location, reopen at Saint Paul's Union Depot

Choo Choo Bob's Train Store, the popular train-themed train store and play space, will close its location in Saint Louis Park and move back to Saint Paul, opening a new location in Saint Paul's Union Depot this spring.

The Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority approved the store's Union Depot lease agreement Tuesday.

"I think this is cool," said Regional Railroad Authority Chairman Rafael Ortega, a longtime Union Depot advocate who represents downtown Saint Paul on the Ramsey County Board.

Read more from the Star Tribune

St. Paul Saints' new menu items for 2024 include gigantic hot dog, sundae

The St. Paul Saints have announced their new menu items for the 2024 season, and excess seems to be the theme.

From a foot-long hot dog topped with brisket hash and pepper gravy to a giant sundae featuring three full-sized candy bars, Oreos, peanut butter cups, caramel and whipped cream, you’ll not walk away hungry.

Click below to se what's new and where to find it at the stadium during the upcoming season, which kicks off with opening weekend on Friday, March 29 (the first 2,000 fans Friday and Saturday get a free Saints hoodie).

Read more from the Pioneer Press

Here's a glance at what's happening downtown this week.

A full look at what's coming up can be found on our event calendar. Check it out!

Mar. 22-23

NCHC Frozen Faceoff

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 23

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 23

Classic Albums Live performs Fleetwood Mac: Rumors


Mar. 23


Palace Theatre

Mar. 24

2023 Northland Cup


Mar. 24

PWHL Minnesota vs. Montreal

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 25

Downtown Investment Strategy Discussion


Mar. 27

Craft Circle

George Latimer Central Library

Mar. 28

Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 29-31

St. Paul Saints Opening Weekend v Columbus

CHS Field

Mar. 30

Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 30

Matt Maltese: Touring Just To Tour 2024

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Mar. 30



NCHC Frozen Face-off 2024

March 22-23

Back for another year of exciting hockey, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is returning to Saint Paul for the Frozen Faceoff at Xcel Energy Center.

The NCHC Frozen Faceoff is the culmination of the NCHC Tournament, with the two semifinals taking place on Friday followed by the third-place game and championship on Saturday.

Read more from Visit Saint Paul

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Make sure you're following the Downtown Alliance on social media to stay up to date on all the latest downtown events and news. Plus, we do love giveaways, so you never know when you could end up with tickets, swag or other great downtown prizes. 



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