Was just about to post the details of next week's Patina Odds & Ends Sale – always a popular and fruitful event for bargain seekers – when news broke about today's devastating fire that engulfed the Patina building at 50th & Bryant in South Minneapolis – also home to Patina's Shoppe Local, Stacey Johnson Jewelry and restaurants Heidi's and Blackbird. A Patina employee just told me no one was injured, but it appears the stores are a total loss. What a loss for a vibrant urban block, and for these locally owned businesses. For now, Patina plans to go on with the big sale next week, so pay them a visit – they're going to need the support. Details here.

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