John Ewoldt | Star Tribune
Reporter | Consumer news

John Ewoldt searches the Twin Cities and beyond for bargains and strategies to spare consumers time, money and hassles.


Hy-Vee will open in Plymouth this fall, taking a spot that was a Cub Foods

Cub had closed the store last week, just as it finishes remodeling another location in Plymouth.


Shinola resurfaces in the Galleria after North Loop closure

The watch retailer is expanding into electronics, jewelry and leather goods.


The new Alamo Drafthouse movie theater has strict 'no talking, no texting' rule

Woodbury theater opens Sunday with lounge seats, a restaurant and a bar.


Teacher, educator and administrator Susan Brostrom Romane dies at 54

Romane, who taught English and occasionally let out a schoolmarmish scold, died June 30 at age 54 after a three-year battle with cancer.


Famous Dave's chain will get makeover after success in Coon Rapids

Maple Grove will be next, then a corporate location in New York.


Sterling sequels aren't the only thing bringing people back to movie theaters

Movie theaters and Hollywood studios are having a near-record year, rebounding from a difficult 2017.


Trader Joe's downtown Minneapolis location will open next month

Downtown Minneapolis will have four supermarkets after Trader Joe's opening.


Costco shoppers will still find big things, but different and orderly, in 'business' outlet

Small business center opens Wednesday with a focus on a new market.


Casual look gaining a foothold at Fisher+Baker

Fisher+Baker menswear offers guys classic, sophisticated lines that are deceptively rugged — and attracting customers


Restoration Hardware quietly opens an RH Outlet store in West End

Restoration Hardware quietly opened a new outlet store in St. Louis Park.