Reporter | Consumer news

John Ewoldt is a business reporter for the Star Tribune. He writes about small and large retailers including supermarkets, restaurants, consumer issues and trends, and personal finance.  

A Midwesterner who grew up in Nebraska, went to college in South Dakota, and taught school in Iowa and Minnesota before becoming a consumer reporter, Ewoldt lives in Minneapolis with his partner. He likes looking for a bargain wherever he may be but is learning restraint to avoid hoarder status. He's starting to believe that maybe less is more.


On Small Business Saturday, stakes are high for small Twin Cities retailers

On Small Business Saturday, owners are gearing up for a critical fourth quarter.


Small Twin Cities retailers plan virtual events

• The Metropolitan Economic Development Association offers its first virtual shopping experience at meda.net/medas-marketplace through Dec. 6 to support Black, Indigenous and people of…


Twin Cities grocers prepare for holiday run on goods; supplies remain strong

Supermarkets around the country are implementing limits on paper products.


Chicago Lake Liquors reopens after Minneapolis looting

Riot-damaged Chicago Lake Liquors reopens after $3 million rebuild.


Dorothy Holmes, who advocated for the mentally ill, dies at 98

In 1977, more than 280 people showed up in Madison, Wis., to start an alliance for the mentally ill, later named NAMI, the National Alliance…


Red Wing Shoes suffers cybersecurity incident

The company hired a forensics firm and is still investigating.


Owner of Famous Dave's sees promise as shift to takeout pays off

CEO of BBQ Holdings is optimistic, but says company could be in for a difficult winter.


Eagan outerwear company building brand comparable to Patagonia, North Face

Storm Creek in Eagan is having a warehouse sale to increase recognition, give to charities.


Rising COVID-19 cases heighten worker safety concerns for Minnesota retailers

Retailers and stores are ramping up precautions ahead of the holiday season.


Minnesota's independent, family pharmacies struggle to survive

Minnesota has more pharmacies that have closed in the last decade than any state.