‘Tis the Season

This past week Minnesota has taken a deep dive into winter weather with below-average temperatures, snowy days, and cold winds. We are also approaching the bustling holiday season, when restaurants and shops stay busy with customers going in and out all day. The traffic is great for businesses, but with it often comes snow, ice,…

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Fresh Look for St. Paul Staple

Midway Books at University

Midway Used & Rare Books sits at the busy intersection of University and Snelling Avenues, “midway” between St. Paul and Minneapolis and right along the LRT green line. Established in 1965, the store serves readers, collectors, scholars, educators and more. The current owners, Tom and Kathy Stransky, have always loved books and jumped at the…

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Large Entrance Canopy – Lake Minnetonka Shores

Custom Entry Canopy MN

Acme Awning works on jobs both big and small, and recently had the opportunity to build and install a rather large entrance canopy over the main driveway at the Lake Minnetonka Shores community. Stretching out nearly 30 feet to cover the full drive, and spanning about 16 feet over the entrance doors, this project requires…

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Old World Charm on Main Street

Brians Stillwater Awning

A stroll down Main Street USA typically features historic brick buildings, small Mom & Pop shops, good restaurants and an Old World feel. Walking down Main Street in Stillwater is no exception. Stillwater’s Main Street is just off the river, is on the National Historic Register and includes over 100 shops and restaurants. Brian’s Bar…

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New Look for Rochester Bowling Alley & Tavern

Colonial Lanes Rochester Front View

The Colonial Lanes bowling alley in Rochester, MN has been providing fun and entertainment for over 60 years. With 20 lanes, room for parties and private events, and The Guild Tavern & Social House, it is no wonder this is a busy spot for locals and visitors alike. Recently the building underwent a top to…

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Before & After: Fresh Look for New Owners

Main Awning at All Seasons in MN

All Seasons Garment Care and Tailoring has been in business since 1971, managing locations throughout the Twin Cities. Recently, they took over operations at a local dry cleaner/laundromat on Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park. All Seasons reached out to Acme Awning to not only change the name of the business, but to also refresh…

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Enclosed Patio for Flexible Year Round Dining

Dukes on 7 Protected Patio

In October 2021, Acme Awning’s Project of the Month featured Duke’s on 7 and their newly installed motorized pergola over their patio (see the blog post here). While the motorized pergola is a fantastic addition to Duke’s patio, the Minnetonka restaurant wasn’t done. The goal: create an outdoor dining space that can be enjoyed in…

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Entrance Canopy with Graphics

New entrance canopy in Rosevill

Kids In Need Foundation (KINF)  is a national non-profit that believes every child in America deserves equal opportunity and access to a quality education. By partnering with teachers and students in under-resourced schools, KINF provides the support needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn. In 2021, the foundation supported 5 million students and…

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Seasonal Solution: Vestibule

Our Kitchen Vestibule Minneapolis

As the weather turns cooler, some businesses may find that their entrance is not as warm and dry as they’d like. Customers coming in are wonderful, but the cold air and rain or snow that comes in with them? Not so desirable. So, what can you do? A traditional awning can help keep folks dry, but…

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Motorized Pergola for Patios

Dukes Louvered Roof

During the warmer months, Minnesotans often prefer dining at restaurant with a nice patio or outdoor space. Since Covid, outdoor dining has become even more important for many customers and business owners. But what happens to business on those days when the sun is bit too much, or it’s sprinkling on and off? One solution…

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