In 1996 a scene from the film That Old Feeling was shot in the lobby
of the Royal York Hotel. The Empire Room at Chicago’s Palmer House
was a legendary supper club that feature vocal greats from Frank Sinatra
to Peggy Lee.
The first pancake mix in a box was made by Pearl Milling Company, but soon other
companies would follow such as Pillsbury and General Mills, which came out with the multipurpose Bisquick in 1931.
In 1988, Pussy Galore released a tape covering the entire Exile on Main Street. Not long after that, the Minneapolis trio Zuzu’s Petals performed their own cover of a Stones song at the 400 Bar.
The building for the old Minnesota Club is now occupied by a restaurant dedicated to Herb Brooks. The St. Paul Athletic Club building now hosts wedding receptions and special events, and guests can stay in its boutique hotel.
The Music Man got his start in Rock Island, Illinois. The horns he sold likely came from Elkhart, Indiana, the drums from Gretsch, the pianos from Wurlitzer and the violins from a Sears catalog.