We stopped in to a well known fixture in Lowertown Saint Paul recently and spoke with the owners of the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar; Sara, Stacy, and Andy Remke. We asked them to give us a brief description of the "Black Dog" as it's affectionately known in these parts.
I laughed out loud when Bobbie finally confided to me the thought that struck her when she first heard my voice on the phone: “Oh, Lord. Another white woman looking for a Black care provider for her Black child.”
“I had found my spot on the roof of a red woodshed in the back yard shaded by an overhanging apple tree. An inveterate reader, I found that by lying flat on my stomach, I could remain concealed, safety ignoring any voice calling me from below.”
—Blanche Yurka, Saint Paul-raised actress
“Life is beautiful... drink every last drop. Kindness manifests it's own majesty, and love is smiling at someone on the street that you don't know.”
—John Wozniak, rock musician
“As long as the children need me, I’ll be there; and unless we mess up their minds and visions of the future as adults, they are our hope for the future.”
—Mabel Cason, Saint Paul African American educator