holiday time in Center City

Season’s Greetings!! from Alan Honn Glass Showroom and Al’s Center Saloon

Heading into the holidays, and nearing the January finish of our pop up project, we’re expanding showroom hours and focusing on Center City goods: Alan Honn handblown glass, Travis Greene repurposed wood work and Delia Jurek original prints.

FRIDAYS 12-8pm
SATURDAYS 10am-5pm
SUNDAYS 12-3pm

CLOSING EVENTS in JANUARY, to be announced …

black & tan glass



Next door to Al’s Showroom, Al’s Center Saloon is celebrating 16 years of fantastic food and fine spirits and is open 11am-1am, every day. FIND MORE INFORMATION at

Paul Mayasich Trio
Real American made (Minnesota) music, live @ Al’s Center Saloon

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321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012

November shows

For the holiday season, Al has been busy supplying galleries with new work. In the Twin Cities, find Al’s glass at FOCI-Minnesota Center for Glass Arts in Minneapolis and The Grand Hand in St. Paul. South of the Cities, visit Austin ArtWorks; north of the Cities, visit Gustaf’s Galleries in Lindstrom.

Until Christmas, Al’s Glass Showroom is open in Center City EVERY FRIDAY 3-8pm and SATURDAY 10am-3pm: shop handblown glass, handmade prints and wood pallet goods from local makers!

November 14: the Showroom will be open AND Al will participate in the Annual Artisans & Friends Show at the Taylors Falls Depot.


Later in November, we’ll welcome two local makers for a pair of trunk shows at the Showroom – Happy Shopping!!


Center City Book Exchange




Center City Book Exchange at Al’s Showroom

Energize your book stack for the season at this no cost event: bring up to 10 volumes in good condition to trade for up to 10 new-to-you titles. Enjoy book talk, treats and check out Center City’s new Little Library!

Friday, October 23 3-8pm
 & Saturday, October 24 10am-3pm

Mary Cutrufello at Al’s Saloon

Rockin’ blues from a St. Paul favorite

Friday, October 23 9pm

James Silas Rogers Reading at Al’s Showroom

The St. Paul writer addresses his experience of burial grounds in the essays and poems of Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead. More information at

Saturday, October 24 1:30pm


321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012, 
next door to AL’S CENTER SALOON


Fridays 3-8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm,
 by appointment or by chance

Glass Studio Touring

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Hearts for giving, chakras for a healer, and a plate for fresh picked apples. Al makes cool stuff, and his current inventory will be on view at the Showroom EXTENDED HOURS during the Annual Glass Studio Tour. During this event, demos and displays at eight Minnesota locales will feature the work of twelve accomplished artisans. Find a map and more information at

Al’s Glass Showroom will be open during the usual hours, as well as the hours of the Studio Tour:

Friday, October 16 3-8pm
After the Showroom, hear the Paul Mayasich Trio at Al’s Center Saloon!
Saturday, October 17 10-6
Sunday, October 18 12-5

For more information on attractions and amenities in the area see


321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012
, next door to AL’S CENTER SALOON

NOW THROUGH 2015: Open Fridays 3-8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm, 
by appointment or by chance


Center City on the Swedish Quilt Square Trail

The Swedish Barn Quilt Trail has reached Summit Avenue in Center City MN:
two colorful, painted squares are now installed at Al’s Center Saloon and Moe Auction Service!

Join us as we celebrate Michele Jordet’s “Days & Nights at Al’s” and Al Honn’s “Goblet Tapestry”
Friday, October 9, 6-8:30pm

See the squares, enjoy sweet treats and meet the artists from 6-8:30pm at Alan Honn Glass Showroom. At 8:30pm, Drunk’n Stupid plays Al’s Center Saloon next door.

The Swedish Barn Quilt Trail is a project of The Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation. For more information, see

321 Summit Avenue
Center City MN 55012
next door to AL’S CENTER SALOON

Open Fridays 3-8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm,
by appointment or by chance

















Days & Nights at Al’s
Al’s Center Saloon, 321 Summit Avenue, Center City MN
Michele Jordet earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University with a major in painting and a minor in ceramics. She has lived on South Center Lake for the past ten years.

















Goblet Tapestry
Moe Auction Service, 324 Summit Avenue, Center City MN
Alan Honn, Swedish on his mother’s side of the family, is the proprietor of Al’s Center Saloon in Center City and is also a glassblower with over 30 years of experience. Al earned his BFA at the University of Minnesota and practiced his craft in Colorado and Washington before returning home to Minnesota. Currently, he is a studio artist and teacher at Foci-Minnesota Center for Glass Arts in Minneapolis.

summer scenes and Minnesota State Fair

Summer is yawning: we’ve enjoyed a great season that will close with the fun of the Minnesota State Fair. Al will be doing glass blowing demos with Foci-Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, 2014 Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Attraction at the Fair! Visit the mobile glass studio and gallery in the West End Market (see the map HERE)

Al’s schedule at the Fair:

Thursday, August 27; 2:30-9:30pm
Sunday, August 30; 2:30-9:30pm
Monday, August 31; 8am-3pm
Tuesday, September 1; 2:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, September 2; 8am-3pm
Thursday, September 3; 2:30-9:30pm
Sunday, September 6; 2:30-9:30pm

pilsner smoothie

pilsner smoothie

Showroom visitor parking

Showroom visitor parking

sidewalk decor

sidewalk decor

Center City in prints

Center City in prints

artists & friends

artists & friends

mixing clay & glass

mixing clay & glass

summer at The Showroom


The sun is shining through the window as we prepare to open The Showroom on this first day of summer vacation. A group of local teachers took a break from classroom clean up to enjoy burgers at Al’s Center Saloon next door while the guys at Moe Auction Service received fresh goods for the next sale across the street.

Al continues to bring in boxes of glass to unpack, and most recently pulled out very vintage pieces, made as a beginner during his college days. The vases offer a wonky charm and provide a contrast to the technical mastery of Al’s current work.


• A second story sign post is under construction – our banner is scheduled for installation next week.
• We’ll be open most summer Saturdays from 10am-3pm in addition to Fridays 3-8pm. We’ll also be open “by chance,” and when we say “by appointment” we mean it! Please feel free to message us via the Contact page to arrange a showing that meets your availability.
• We’re scheduling events through the summer – find updates here on the website.
In the meantime, mark your calendars for
⁃ Friday, June 26: Travis Greene will be on hand to answer questions and take orders for his fabulous wood pallet goods, always on view at The Showroom and available at etsy.
⁃ Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2: Center City Days!!

Our Chisago Lakes region is glorious in summer, and there is plenty of fun to be had in the neighborhood (more info at Chisago Lakes Chamber.) If you’re not local, plan a road trip!! Hope to see you then –

Alan Honn Glass Showroom
321 Summit Avenue
Center City, MN 55012

Summer Hours:
Fridays, 3-8pm, most Saturdays 10am-3pm,
by appointment or by chance




art, community, gratitude – Friday nights in Center City

Many thanks to everyone who visited Al’s Glass Showroom this month! We’ve had the door open for the past three Fridays – up until the music starts next door at the bar – and have had a great time welcoming friends and neighbors.

We’re lucky to have the company of two Center City artisans who’ve contributed work to this project. Travis Greene quickly created fantastic wood pallet display pieces for the space. His repurposed, rustic instant organizers are available at the Showroom and at etsy. Delia Jurek, in the midst of organizing her studio up the street, has shared a trio of large monoprints and has placed a selection of unframed work for sale. Familiar places are reflected in this longtime local’s imagery.

Friday night feels right in Center City. Al’s Center Saloon, as always, is serving awesome burgers until midnight and hosting live music or karaoke each week. Scenic North Center Lake is blooming and Cotton Candy Ice Cream Shop has opened for the season across the road. Throughout the summer, Al’s Showroom will be open Fridays from 3-8PM. Please join us to kick off each weekend with art, music, great food and good spirits.

Alan Honn Glass Showroom
321 Summit Avenue
Center City, MN 55012

Fridays, 3-8PM and by appointment

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