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Historic St. Paul venue

What makes a historic venue “historic” is usually the story behind it. Black Bear Crossings on the Lake is no exception! This historic St. Paul venue has a wonderful story of hard work, passion and community behind it. It all started back in 1905…

venue St. PaulBlack Bear Crossings on the Lake is located inside the Como Lakeside Pavilion. The original pavilion was built in 1905. This pavilion stood for 87 years when it was rebuilt using the original blueprints.  The Pavilion is an integral part of St. Paul’s history, always having been a part of the community as a place to bring the family and spend a fun day walking the trails or enjoying the lake.

In 2000, David Glass and his wife Pam opened the Black Bear Crossings café inside the Como Lakeside Pavilion from its original location inside Como Park.  The name “Black Bear Crossings” came about because David is a member of the bear clan from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.  The railroad tracks located near the original location added the “Crossings”.

What distinguishes this St. Paul café and event venue from the hundreds of other around the Twin Cities is its mission: to celebrate positive American Indian identity, provide a venue for multicultural sharing, and to promote community.

Today, Black Bear Crossings serves as a wonderful gathering place for friends and family to enjoy coffee or a homemade meal, an inspiring place for community groups to meet and a beautiful venue for weddings and events. You can also find a beautiful variety of Native American arts and crafts for sale inside the café.

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So stop on by and say Aniin (hello!) to David, Pam and the rest of the team at Black Bear Crossings! If you have any questions about hosting a meeting, wedding or event at Black Bear Crossings feel free to fill out this form or call 651-488-4920.

Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings also hosts music and events in the park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.