Restoring Community 


Old School Lives seeks to restore community to Central St. Louis County. In our goal of restoring community to the area, we do so through providing a coffee shop, Art Exchange Gift Shop, Retreat Center, various events, and more. We are also an incubator for small businesses as well. We also offer classes on the arts, and suuport local artisans. 

Local Businesses

Old School Lives is a small business incubator

Check out the various local businesses inside Old School Lives: Prairie Muffin Candles, Hairway 53, 2nd, and more. 

Arts & Artists

"Every artist was first an amateur."   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go to our artist page to find our more about what we offer in our Art Studio and the local artists in our building. 

Art Exchange Gift Shop

Handmade by local artisans

Our Gift shop is mostly all handmade by local artisans or by staff and volunteers at Old School Lives. Proceeds from this gift shop go towards our operating costs. Check out the beautifully hand crafted bird houses, quilts, pottery, soap, jewelry and more.

Open during regular business hours.

Coffee Shop

Self-serve coffee shop, free WIFI, and provides a neutral meeting space for friends, families, Bible studies, meetings, or just relax in front of the fire place with a cup of coffee!

Retreat Center

Relax, be encouraged, or create!

Looking for a place to relax with a group of friends or family for the weekend, need a place to scrapbook, quilt, or hold a conference than Old School Lives Retreat Center is the place for you! 

Contact us for more information!

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9165 Hwy 53
PO Box 156

Cotton, MN 55724



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