Saddle shop remembers when horses strolled down Lake Street

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In 1927, Emil Schatzlein photographed his son Ed with a miniature handmade horse, saddle and bridle. The picture has been the trademark of Schatzlein Saddle Shop ever since.
Photo courtesy of Schatzlein's

If you drive down Lake Street near Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, you'll pass the usual array of fast-food joints and bars. But one business doesn't seem to fit in.

Schatzlein's Saddle Shop opened a century ago, when Lake Street was a much different place.

This weekend Schatzlein's is celebrating 100 years in business by bringing Lake Street back to the days of the horse and carriage. The block in front of the shop will be roped off starting at noon on Sunday for the party.

Horses and riders will be there, and so will Jerry Schatzlien, who took the business over from his father in 1958. MPR's Cathy Wurzer met Jerry and his daughter Janet at the shop this week. and they told her how it all began.

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