Michael's Hip Hop Shop, 736 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Michael's Hip Hop Shop

Address: 736 Lake Street E
Neighborhood/s: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Current Function: Business

Powderhorn Park Minneapolis Hennepin

Michael's Hip Hop Shop, 736 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Where Has All the Hip Hop Gone?

The hip hop scene in Minneapolis has a well established history, as well as a visible presence in the streets. Lake Street, a cornucopia of diversity, would not be complete without at least one representative of hip hop culture. Michael’s Hip Hop Shop, owned by Michael Reese, is the only business that sells hip hop apparel on Lake Street.



Michael Reese, Owner
Michael Reese grew up in North Minneapolis with five brothers and one sister, went to North High School, and has lived in Minnesota his whole life. His first business, Michael’s Apparel, opened in Saint Paul in 1988, and in five years he had three storefronts. Three stores is a lot of ways to stretch one man who tends to all business matters himself, so in 1996 he consolidated his interests into one storefront on Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis.

Business in the Beginning
“It was a quiet little corner where we had buses and people walking around. . . . At that time there was a lot of walk traffic, busses. There was a bus stop right in front. . . . When I first came here . . . the big Sears was open, so a lot of people were going into Sears and coming in. . . . That’s all gone now.”

Where Did the Shopping Traffic Go?
The construction on Lake Street over the past year has really affected business. “The parking is scarce, the buses don’t stop here, they stop a block away. . . . The reason why they moved [the bus stop] was they said there [were]. . . . People hangin’ around the corner sayin’ they’re waitin’ for the bus . . . my belief is that they moved the bus to help their new Sears building, ‘cause the bus stop is right in front of there . . . it really wasn’t about who they were doing something to, it was about what they wanted to do.”

The Shoppers of Lake Street
“When I first came, there was a lot of hip hop people moving around . . . but now, it’s moved to a kind of a higher clientele, not the hip hop. You’ve got this upscale Sears building over here. . . . Things are more expensive in there . . . it’s changed into a kind of upscale corner. Uptown. I did a couple little things down there . . . there’s no hip hop in Uptown, and I think that’s what they’re trying to change this into.”

Hip Hop is…
“I don’t think there’s a certain name or a certain way to explain hip hop. . . . It was a fashion, it was a fad, it was a little bit of everything, you know? Dress, look, talk, walk, you know. It’s kind of hard for me to just say, you know, “Hip hop is ‘this.’” No, hip hop’s a lot.”

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