St. James offers truly unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences. Start your day off with a hot latte or mocha at Encore Coffee Cafe in the historic opera house building. Relax and enjoy the architectural features of this beautiful space. Housed within the opera house building is also a boutique, Collage St. James, which offers unique gifts, specialty home decor, and a wide variety of other items that will keep you browsing for hours. After shopping head over to the Schmidt’s Bakery, which is a third-generation family-owned business. Indulge your taste buds with a delicious variety of donuts, pastries, and other tasty treats.

St. James is home to several unique retail stores. Whether you are looking for antiques of a deal on a previously-owned item, Collectibles and Thrift has it all. The Gem Den jewelry store offers a distinctive blend of fine jewelry. If you’re hungry for a snack, or planning on grilling, you won’t regret making a stop at Johnson’s Meat Market. Johnson’s has only the finest cuts of meat and mouth-watering smoked snacks including: sticks, jerky, and summer sausage.

After a day of shopping, discover authentic Mexican food at Plaza Jalisco, where you can enjoy an outdoor patio or a fun ambience inside. St. James has many dining options, which you can find in our directory here. Don’t miss the show at the historic Princess Movie Theater. This one-screen theater offers showings Friday through Monday at 7pm.

End your night with a glass of wine or a cold brew. If you feel like staying in, browse the aisles at St. James Liquor, which features many local wines and brews from Minnesota. Or, enjoy St. James downtown nightlife at one of the three clubs: the Eagles, VFW, and American Legion. Check out our community calendar here for a schedule of events such as bingo, karaoke, pool league, darts, and live music.

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