Chamber Celebrates New Stillwater Speakeasy, The Velveteen

Dariush Moslemi cuts the ribbon to celebrate his new venture, The Velveteen. Photo courtesy Artistic Product Photography.

September 2017. Stillwater, MN. The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce welcomed new Stillwater business, The Velveteen at a ribbon cutting celebration on September 20. Chamber Ambassadors and other local business owners joined in the celebration as they were introduced to the concept of the new speakeasy by owner Dariush Moslemi. The Velveteen opened in early August after much anticipation in Stillwater.

Owned and operated by entrepreneurial locals, Dariush and Sarah Moslemi, The Velveteen is located underground in the old boiler room of the original 1906 Connolly Shoe building. Dariush and Sarah, who also own Studio One Yoga in downtown Stillwater, had the vision to bring a speakeasy to Stillwater. “We have traveled to many cities and experienced the cool vibe and unique experience of speakeasy establishments. We decided that Stillwater was a perfect city in which to move forward with our venture.”

Along with the help of a dedicated professional team, Dariush and Sarah spent over two years renovating the space and finding or building the perfect period specific décor to bring their concept to life. “If you could have seen what this looked like before we started, you would not recognize the place – it’s been completely transformed and we’re thrilled with the outcome!” stated Sarah. The original 1906 tunnel is being re-purposed to be used as a liquor tunnel.  As well, the tunnel will have private segments that will be offered to members only.  These segments will allow private members (limited to 20 slots) to store their personal high-end liquor and or wines on the premises.

The Velveteen offers craft cocktails, and an extensive beer and wine menu. They serve small plates from cuisines around the world including Mediterranean, Americana, Latin, and Asian, as well as salads and desserts. They boast exemplary service and an environment that is both beautiful, and interesting with 1920’s period-specific decor.

The Velveteen is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am. Their space is available for private party rentals. Contact them for more details.

The Velveteen

123 North Second Street, Level 1

Stillwater, MN 55082


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