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Who was here before the current business expanded into this area?

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  1. Looks like maybe the Refinery/Urban Ground?

    Karasu | Nov 23, 2012 | New Comment
  2. After Urban Ground it was the Orpheum, then Browsers NEt Cafe before Downtown Computer took over the space.

    Dugglass | Nov 23, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Yeah, the shot was taken in 2005 just after Browsers closed and before Downtown expanded.

    Les F | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  4. And, if you think you commented on this already and don’t see your comment, it seems there is a phantom posting floating from when I posted. Not sure what happened. I don’t see it listed but can hit it with emailed link.

    Les F | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Four comments showed up on the page where the image is stored, including the first correct answer:

    Downtown Computer.
    adam | Nov 23, 2012

    I took the picture in 2005 just after other business had mostly cleared their stuff out and before Downtown expanded into that part of the building. Who was there before this?
    Les F | Nov 23, 2012

    Browsers Net Cafe. I thought posts were already started on this … weird.
    Dugglass | Nov 23, 2012

    Oh I see. There are comments on the post and comments on the picture. Ha! Silly me.
    Dugglass | Nov 23, 2012

    Typically when someone mistakenly comments on the photo page we delete it to keep things from getting confusing, but this time we took longer than usual.

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  6. Oh! Wow!! Browsers N’Ect! Have to admit that I stopped in there a few times and paid by the minute to use their “high speed” connection. LOL. Good times!

    Tomasz | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  7. I had an office in that building for about 10 years, and Browsers was my “meeting room.” Loved that place, even though the owners could be quite grouchy at times.

    Claire | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  8. Ditto exactly what Claire said. I’d walk down with my empty cup and the owner would start my double espresso without me saying a word.

    Had many meetings in the loft area, including a memorable one with Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult.

    Bret | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  9. I have fond memories of Colder by the Lake shows and the experimental new music series when it was the Orpheum Café.

    TimK | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  10. …Owner would start making double espresso, and then the spousal yelling.

    adam | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  11. During my years working at the NorShor it was the Dumas Hair Salon. (I guess I’m showing my age.)

    Bob L | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  12. Morgan was great. Her husband -- well -- he was the guy Eric let live in the basement.

    Carla | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  13. I miss the guys living in the basement. They checked the building every night to make sure it was secure and kept the place clean and safe for all of us office tenants. They were kind and quiet but down on their luck and both would otherwise have been homeless.

    Bret | Nov 25, 2012 | New Comment
  14. Yeah. Working there--and I did often--was like being a kid in a house with divorcing parents. You kept your head down and pretended you didn’t hear. Until one day when M. threw a glass mug out the front door onto Superior Street.

    The Urban Ground/Orpheum was so smoky I think I shaved some years off my non-smoking life by hanging out in the window seat. Now whenever I think of it, I can’t help remembering that the proprietor was the kid who burned down Old Main. Many hours spent talking to some very interesting people. Richard One-tooth. Oh… and dammit. Can’t remember the name of the new age transvestite with the bear-claw necklace… who died. He was marvelous.

    hbh1 | Nov 27, 2012 | New Comment

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