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A Walking Tour of St. Paul's Summit Hill Neighborhood

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Nina's Coffee Cafe: An independent coffee shop in St. Paul's Summit Hill

Nina's Coffee Cafe: An independent coffee shop in St. Paul's Summit Hill

Clara James

On the southwest corner of Selby Avenue and Western Avenue is one of Summit Hill's most impressive structures. The Blair Arcade, or the Blair Flats, was built in 1887 and was originally the Angus Hotel. It's one of several buildings in Summit Hill to appear on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Several businesses operate from the first floor and basement, and the rest of the building is apartments. Nina's Coffee Cafe occupies the corner of the building, and right downstairs from Nina's is local author, resident of Summit Hill, and host of Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor's bookstore. Common Good Books is where you can pick up "Classic American Literature or Quality Trash." It's a cosy, inviting space where a book lover can browse for hours.

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