Parking, Parking, Parking

By far, the most talked about topic in our shop, other than our 12 in 12,  is parking.

I totally get it.  It can be a pain the butt.  I think that parking is not the real problem though,  as much as people say it is.  I think the real problem is the traffic.  And lets be real here, traffic is only a problem on the weekdays during the evening commute and on the weekends in the afternoon.   If you come to downtown Stillwater…lets say between 10 am and 2pm  ANY day of the week, you will find easy traffic and you’ll find many spots to park free, probably even on the street right in front of our shop.
The majority of our traffic is commuter traffic.   I am not going to judge, as I am one of them.  I live about 8 miles across the Stillwater Lift Bridge in Wisconsin.   One way to avoid this commuter traffic, should you choose to come to Stillwater during peak hours is to come “the back way”.  If you are heading East on Hwy 36, toward downtown, you can take a left on Manning Avenue (cty rd 15) , then a right on County Road 12.  That changes into Myrtle and brings you right to Main Street.  There is a parking ramp off of Myrtle too, if you are like me and would rather park and walk than stress out about finding a spot.  We are a 3 block walk South down beautiful Main Street from the parking ramp.
Since you are walking anyway, you might as well check out some of our other great shopping and dining establishments.  Really, what is a trip to Stillwater without checking out Main Street?
If you choose to park close to us, trust us…we have parking!  We have a parking lot right behind our building that is FREE for our customers every day of the week.  If you turn towards the river on Nelson Street you’ll see our little parking lot…

Brick Alley Parking off of Nelson

As you get closer you’ll see this little building…never fear!

Brick Alley Parking Booth


So, this little building, from 3pm on Friday until 8pm on Sunday has a parking attendant.  Yahoo!  So, what does this mean for you?  It means you’ll still get free parking when you visit our shop and park in our lot.  But, you’ll need to have $10 cash on hand to pay our parking lot attendant.  We won’t have a little machine, so you can’t use a credit card.  It’ll be an actual human being collecting your money.  Then, when you come into our shop, we’ll reimburse you $10.  See…free!
Now, we can only reimburse if you park in the Brick Alley & Dock Cafe Lot.  We can’t reimburse for other city lots.  Remember, this lot is accessed off of Nelson Street, not Main!   So, make sure you can see this sign when you pull into the lot!

Brick Alley & Dock Cafe Lot

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4 Responses to “Parking, Parking, Parking”

  1. Jessica says:

    I concur with you Amy. It’s not the parking, It’s the traffic. I consider it all part of the charm of making my way to my favorite LYS! My suggestion, roll your windows down, pump up the tunes and think about all the wonderful yarns and people you are about to experience.

  2. Leah says:

    Really helpful! Thanks!

  3. Harriette says:

    Please, let’s not tell everyone about our “secret” ways of entering town….Traffic on 12 has gotten to be ridiculous, as has traffic on 15, and 96 north of town…. For those of us who live here, and know our way around, let’s just keep these routes our “dirty little secrets”. I don’t even LIKE to go into town in the summer anymore – too much traffic. Can’t wait for the bridge to go in to alleviate the congestion by those who are “just passin’ through”.

  4. admin says:

    Hi Harriete,

    It’s too bad you don’t enjoy downtown in the summer months. It’s so beautiful down here. If you are concerned about traffic, just park up the hill and walk down. You are missing out!

    Hope you come down this summer!


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