|E Katie Holm|
|Does this look like the site of a bust?|
The charming and authentic Lynden's Soda Fountain
in St. Paul's Highland Park area announced via Twitter that it will no longer be stocking their retro sweets shelves with candy cigars or cigarettes. Apparently there is a hard and fast legal reason that you rarely see them sold at gas stations, sweets shops, or anywhere in the city of St. Paul these days.
We found out It was really more of a slap on the wrist than a bust when we reached out to owner John Lynden to find out what exactly went down. Lynden writes: "The DSI (Department of Safety and Inspections) inspector came in and had us pull the inventory from the shelves and gave a copy of the ordinance which we were not aware of. No fine - they just sent us a warning."
The city passed an ordinance in 2009, championed by a group of St. Paul teens, that banned the sale of "imitation tobacco products" and "novelty lighters" or any similar products that seem aimed at children.
Lynden's decision to carry the candy smokes and cigars was based on the owners' shared love of retro candy and a desire to create an air of authenticity and nostalgia in the old-fashioned soda shop, but the owners willingly removed them following their run-in with the city of St. Paul.
490 Hamline Ave. S., St Paul, MN