Shopping

Texa-Tonka Shopping Center

Originally built in 1951, Texa-Tonka Shopping Center has recently undergone a complete renovation, making it an innvoative neighborhood gathering spot. Sporting a mid-century modern façade, the center offers a unique tenant mix with public spaces for gathering and events, outdoor seating and outdoor dining.

view of Texa Tonka center courtyard

The eastern side of the Center has been painted with a beautiful mural, designed by artist Jake Dwyer, that pays homage to the history of the city and its residents, as well as that of the shopping center and its businesses. The design itself was influenced by the stylings of artists from the ‘40s-‘60s. The right-hand side of the drawing was based on images from the St. Louis Park Historical Society and features the original mall, Red Owl, Piggly Wiggly, Mike Zoss – a Coen brother pseudonym (the Coen brothers were born in SLP!), and classic cars. The left side reflects contemporary figures and life in St. Louis Park. A small portion on the south side is focused on bicycles and the timeless importance of skilled labor.

Texa-Tonka is still leasing space, with additional stores coming in the next few months. Current establishments include:

Shopping

Ax-Man Surplus Store – A unique stores that sells scientific, industrial, electronic and mechanical surplus, as well as arts & crafts supplies, tape, failed consumer products, and the weird and wonderful.

Erik’s Bike Shop – A full-service bike shop, ski shop and snowboard shop. They have all the latest equipment, apparel and gear. They also carry skateboards and performance scooters. They repair bikes, and service skis and snowboards, as well as leasing them.

Dining

Angel Food Bakery – A one-of-a-kind bakery where everything is made from scratch in small batches. They offer an array of sweets, from hot fresh donuts to exquisite wedding cakes.

Best of India – A fine Indian restaurant serving traditional and innovative Indian dishes with varying levels of spiciness, freshly made Tandoori chicken and naan, and daily lunch buffet.

Brito’s Burrito – Opened in 2021, this restaurant creates burritos with the best Tex Mex flavors rolled up in freshly made tortillas.

Revival – Fried chicken, plus other classic Southern comfort foods and cocktails served in relaxed surroundings, with patio dining in warmer weather.

Also Noteworthy

Next door to the shopping center, you’ll find Texa-Tonka Lanes, with a full bar and grill and 24 lanes of bowling. Across the street, be sure to check out Wok in the Park, a modern Asian fusion bistro serving fresh Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and French-inspired food.

You may also be interested in these stores located down the street from Texa-Tonka: Dreamers Vault Games, Eye of the Beholder Thrift Boutique, and Elequent Jewelry.