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Sidewalk chalk ads violate Stillwater ordinance

May 23, 2014
Associated Press

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — The owners of a Stillwater coffee shop have been advertising their business with colorful chalk art on city sidewalks. That's until they got a visit from police.

The Daily Grind Espresso Cafe is tucked out of the way behind a building on Main Street. So owners Tim and Megan Palm thought some sidewalk art could draw customers to their out-of-the-way location.

An anonymous complaint brought a police officer to the business recently to tell the Palms that the artwork violated the city's "off-site signage" ordinance. Megan Palm posted the dilemma on Facebook and dozens of customers stopped by. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) says one even started a Facebook page on the city's ban on sidewalk chalk advertising.

City officials agreed to allow the cafe owners to draw pictures on the sidewalk, but they can't use the name of the business.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,



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