Local Businesses

Bubble Tea at 'The Tea Garden'

the tea garden - grand avenue Bubble Tea isn’t something many people hear about often in the Midwest. I myself had no idea what it was until a few months ago, and even then I wasn’t aware that there are plenty of places to find it in Minnesota, especially around the Twin Cities area. One of the more popular locations for bubble tea is The Tea Garden in St. Paul. The Tea Garden is located on Grand Avenue in one of the most interesting and artistic areas of Minnesota’s capital. Located next to an arts and crafts store, a ballet studio, and an Ace Hardware store, the tea bar/café gets a lot of traffic from all different sorts...

'Primp Boutique' -- Cheap, Chic and Dog-Friendly

Primp Boutique The Minnesota-based Primp stores look like high-end, high-priced boutiques, with clean interiors filled with fashionable, trendy clothing. One thing, however, sets Primp apart from the typical high fashion stores: the prices. Everything at Primp is under $100, quite a feat for quality stylish options.  
Providing affordable style was one of the main concerns for owners Michele Gudmundson and Wesley Uthus.
The two have backgrounds in apparel design and met through a mutual friend years ago. They started designing and selling handbags together, giving...

The 2014 'Minnesota Renaissance Festival' Almost a Month Away

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The season of summer in Minnesota is a few short months when people like to spend their time outside before the season goes cold once again. Summer also brings festivals that entertain with anything from music to food to themed get-togethers. Speaking of themed get- togethers, that leads me to announce the 44th Annual Renaissance Festival. Held at the Shakopee fairgrounds, this on-going attraction has gathered crowds as large as 300,000 in the past years and is considered the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States.

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Landslide Leaves Jordan Nanobrewer with Uncertain Future

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An aspiring and historic renovation of the old Jordan Brewery (Jordan, MN) has been hit hard by recent rains: a landslide brought tons of mud and debris into the third floor apartments of the building on June 19th. A small batch brewery and taproom, the Roets Jordan Brewery, was in the process of moving into the space. Serious doubts have risen on whether they'll get to stay. The Jordan Brewery has origins dating back to the 1850s. Caves connecting with the building allow for constant cool temperatures, which are...

Winter Market Coming to Minneapolis

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The announcement that 2013 would be the last year of the Holidazzle Parade came as a head-scratcher to many (including myself). Why would Minneapolis abandon its event of more than two decades? Didn't it annually attract 300,000 spectators? The official "tough economic situation" line didn't stick. The real answer: the Minneapolis Downtown Council wanted to create a much more lucrative...

The 'Twin Cities Trapeze Center' Offers a Unique Way to Exercise

twin cities trapeeze - things to do Twin Cities Trapeze Center was born just a couple years back in August 2012. The Twin Cities Trapeze Center, nicknamed TC2, is an activity center for all ages (well, once you have mastered walking). It is one of a few circus inspired activity centers in the Twin Cities, just like Circus Juventas! TC2, like Urban Organics, is one of the organizations that has found home in the old Hamm’s Brewery in Saint Paul. This young company taking home in a historic building...

'Glam Doll Donuts' - Vintage, Funky and Delicious

Glam Doll Donuts Walking into Glam Doll Donuts on a dreary weekday morning creates quite a contrast between the gray weather outside and the vibrancy inside. The shop shines with bright colors and vintage decor. With its bright pinks, blues and greens, vintage furniture and pin up art (with a doughnut twist, of course), Glam Doll Donuts is nothing short of funky. The place has a comfortable, relaxed seating (the teal couch was my favorite), good music and, since this is still modern day, Wi-Fi. The shop is open until 1 am on weekends, perfect for late night cravings. It all comes together to...

Take a Ride Into the Past at the 'Minnesota Street Car Museum'

minnesota street car museum It’s warm, the top is down (the car windows open for those without the luxury) or perhaps you are enjoying the warmer temperatures by not being outside at all and basking in an air conditioner’s relief. Now imagine it is 1908, a sweltering 95 degree day and you’re in a full suit with hat or bustle and corset. Where do you go to escape the heat? In the earliest part of the twentieth century, before air conditioners and convertibles, the only way to cool oneself was to hop on the streetcar. Of course, the streetcars were not just for catching a cool breeze, but for heading to work downtown or heading out to Lake Minnetonka...

Solid Specials at 'Big Ten Restaurant and Bar'

[caption id="attachment_252614" align="aligncenter" width="550"]22oz Mugs of PBR, $2.25 22oz Mugs of PBR, $2.25 each[/caption] To prove that I'm not a complete Minneapolitan food snob, I find it necessary, from time to time, to write about the places I frequent in a place known as "suburbia." This foreign land of ample parking, dive bars with booths that aren't sticky and a regrettable frequency of Applebee's (I know, starting to sound like a snob, sorry), possesses a few proverbial diamonds in the rough. One of these diamonds is a happy hour gem found in Hopkins; it's known as the ...

The Wonderful Haley Anderson of 'Curious North'

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Last month I had the privilege of connecting with Haley Anderson, the Director and Podcast Host over at Curious North, a fantastic Minnesota website. Her and I sat down to record a podcast together, and the results were spectacular -- see for yourself. We had a great time talking about Minnesota Connected, a little about myself, the Minnesota Wild, Zach Parise's abs, you know, the basics. Since...