Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CLOSED Temporarily (Wednesday 11/28)

It's much colder (than usual) at the ToolBox today as we're dealing with furnace issues......

we'll be closed for Wednesday - back open Thursday!

Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Updated Winter Hours

Welcome to winter! Though we love it (and will love seeing your additions to our mnICE garden) winter does get so cold and so dark.... Our regular hours are changing slightly (closing earlier Mon-Thurs).  Please be aware that we may shut our doors for a day or two if the weather is so bitter even Lucy wants to stay home in her jammies drinking hot cocoa and eating popcorn!

Monday - Thursday
10-12noon and 2-4pm


Every 3rd Saturday
We'll stick with this - weather permitting - and try to cook up some good weekend fun for you!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What's the Buzz? LOLA Art Crawl!

Just a year ago we were tossing stones and chips about, placing plants here and there,,, hoping to get our "Podners for Peas" Rain Garden in good form WHEN a friendly fellow stopped at the fence to ask if we might want to host an artist (or two) in our gazebo for the LOLA Art Crawl?!

It was the incentive we needed to get things pulled together and open doors to Belle's ToolBox :0)

So,,, a year later, we'd like to share some other connections made with the neighborhood and community. 
  • ELL 7th graders from Sanford came to the TBox once a week to build cardboard structures, design wood sculptures, and discover environmental possibilities!
  • Howe Leadership students visited several times to talk 'environment'; wood signs were painted for their Community Garden :0)
  • East Lake Library invited Belles to offer an activity highlighting the traveling environmental exhibit.
  • Share the RiverGorge signs made by kids in the park program were again spread thru neighborhood for the annual  event.
  • LongFellow Cornfeed 'table' offered a fun and yummy way to connect with the neighborhood.
  • City Programs related to the environment were adopted by Belle's - Trash/Recycle canisters and Adopt-A-Sewer! 
  • A number of other community programs have visited to discover how we might partner in our common goals.
  • The Messenger, StarTribune, and more recently, Kare 11, were kind enough to seek us out and offer info to the community about our project :0)

As engaging as all of these connections have been, our favorite were those with young families,,, each and every, who came to find some fun at the TBox,,, together!!!
So, here's hoping for another year of building community - with your help!!

Want to give a giant thanks to Team Jen/Nels n Nara - their energy is invaluable to the vision of the project as is that of my boyfriend of 39 years, Mark - he's a peach :0)

Always in Peace and Love from Lucy and the crew

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Belle's ToolBox will be closed today, Wednesday, June 27.... but you can still join us.....!

TODAY we'll be helping with a program about ReCycling at East Lake Library!
10-11:30am and 2:30-4pm

Back at the shop on Thursday.....
Join the Summer Fun!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Third Saturdays at The Hive

What's the Buzz at Belle's ToolBox? We'll be open every third Saturday this summer with special activities in The Hive (our gazebo that is nestled amongst the veggies and flowers of the Podners for Peas Learning Garden).
Stay tuned for more details, but get ready to bring the family to explore!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What's the Buzz at Belle's - May Saturday!

Just a little Buzz at the Hive (gazebo) happening this Saturday, May 19 from 10am-Noon
A little garden work, a little water work,  and a little ukulele! Bring an instrument or a shovel if you want, some here to use for those who forget or just happen to wander by!

Come Bee Happy at Belle's ToolBox!