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  • EVEN TODAY, A SERVICE STATION KEEPS YOU SAFE

    Tuesday 22 May 2012

    It’s hard to believe now, but at one time the service station was actually seen as a literal safe haven – a place where experts would make sure that autos were running properly and in condition to make their trips without incident. In the 1940s, service station attendants really were the experts. They wore uniforms. In the early ‘50s, there was even a great government debate about self-serve stations; many of them were banned altogether because of the fear of fires, explosions or hazard... read more

  • A VALUABLE STOP FOR THE MECHANICALLY CHALLENGED

    Thursday 17 May 2012

    There’s a reason St. Anthony Mobil has been a fixture in NE Minneapolis for almost three decades, and it may or may not have anything to do with the great people that we’ve served in Columbia Heights, New Brighton, Roseville, St. Anthony, Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you’ve ever done work on an automobile, you might have learned how easy it is to drop an important part into the engine block and instantly turn a one-hour job into an all-day affair. You might have finished the job and fou... read more

  • THE SERVICE STATION VS. THE AUTO-MALL: TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

    Thursday 10 May 2012

    In our nearly 30 years of auto service in Northeast Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, we’ve seen the industry change quite a lot. At one time people got everything they needed in one spot – gas, an oil change, repairs and even a little friendly conversation. Back then people in Minneapolis and St. Paul didn’t rely quite so heavily on their cars. And cars were a lot easier to service; there were no computerized systems yet and the basics most people could do with an average set of to... read more

  • A LITTLE SERVICE STATION WHERE SOMETHING BIG KEEPS HAPPENING

    Wednesday 02 May 2012

    Even in Northeast Minneapolis, something mysterious happens when you stay in the same place for a while. Businesses, restaurants and housing developments pop up. The familiar landmarks on Lowry Avenue, St. Anthony Parkway and New Brighton Boulevard are still here, but the neighborhoods grow richer and more developed. If you’re not careful, you can start to feel almost small. In fact, we are not a super-sized convenience store and we are not a part of a larger chain. Instead St. Anthony... read more

  • GETTING YOUR CAR SERVICED ISN’T THE PAIN IT USED TO BE

    Monday 30 April 2012

    Actually, there was a time when getting your car serviced in NE Minneapolis wasn’t much of a pain at all. But that was a long time ago, before service stations went self-serve. Most people hardly even noticed at the time it was happening. But along with pumping your own gas, you slowly wound up doing everything else for your car except actually working on under the hood. That’s a pain. There are still a few Minneapolis auto service businesses that can spare you much of the pain of car s... read more