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.


MOA movie theater will feature food hall; owner backs off pricey tickets

It's the first movie theater in the country with an eatery concept inspired by food halls.


Supervalu reports small gains in profit, same-store sales, and sells some property

The company aims to pay down more debt by selling and leasing back warehouses.


Sears will close Maplewood store; down to four in metro

The Maplewood store, which opened in 1974, is one of about two dozen stores being shuttered in 17 states as Sears continues to struggle.


Herberger's customers sorry to see a beloved store close

The 129-year-old department store firm began a liquidation sale Friday that is expected to last 12 weeks.


Famous Dave's tests a new menu and new look in Coon Rapids

The company's founder, Dave Anderson, played a key role designing the food and dining room.


Fresh Thyme opens its seventh Twin Cities store in Minneapolis

The next store to open in Minnesota will be Rochester in 2019.


Did your snow-removal contract expire on March 31? Try an app

Shoveling out from a 10-inch snowstorm is no big deal in midwinter — for people with a snow-removal contract.But many of those seasonal contracts ended…


To survive, dry cleaners hit refresh

With eco-friendly products, self-serve kiosks and home delivery, Minnesota cleaners are rethinking the experience.


Rosedale's winter indoor dog walks are going year-round

Rosedale Center in January started allowing people to walk their dogs inside the mall for two hours on Sunday mornings before the stores open at 11. It appears to be the only mall in the country doing such a thing.


Fleet Farm quietly changes policies for selling guns

It will stop advertising assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines, but will still sell them.