5 Questions to Ask Every Event Caterer: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

There are no stupid questions when it comes to coordinating your event's catering, but don't forget to ask these five.

Caribou Coffee Announces Amy’s Blend 2019’s Charity of Choice

The coffee company chose Girls on the Run International to receive a portion of proceeds this month.

Walmart’s New Pickup Towers to Expand Throughout Twin Cities This Year

There’s no shopping cart necessary with this high-tech addition.

From Bold North to True North—Explore Minnesota Unveils New Campaign

“Find Your True North” ads launch this spring to promote the state’s $15.3 billion tourism industry.

How Twin Cities Restaurants Stayed Hot During the Deep Freeze

Record low temps? Nothing more than a great marketing opportunity in the north.

Target Attracts 10 Beauty Startups for Third-Annual Target Takeoff Accelerator Program

Participating brands set to receive assistance with pitch and product through the annual program include skincare companies from Australia, a New York-based haircare company, and more.

Even Hell’s (Kitchen) Is Freezing Over

Grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses are closing their doors to the record-setting cold this week.

Downtown Council Launches Effort to Boost Minneapolis Retail

The plan focuses on drawing retailers to a five-block stretch of Nicollet Mall.

Target to Begin Accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay and Other Contactless Cards

Stores across the country will be able to use the service at Target in the next several weeks.

Salons by JC to Fill Columbia Sportswear Space in Uptown

JC's lease marks its third metro location for local franchisees.

Bibelot Shops Acquired By Another Longtime Local Retailer, GoodThings

White Bear Lake-based GoodThings will keep two top performing Bibelot stores open and rebrand them.

Target Boasts Holiday Sales Growth of 5.7 Percent, Outpacing Rivals

The retailer’s November and December sales grew as the average shopper spent more than a year ago during each trip. Target’s digital sales also saw a 29 percent boost.

Askov Finlayson to Close Temporarily; Stop Selling Third-Party Brands

The North Loop store will be closed for several months while the company works on expanding its product line, including women’s apparel.

Exit of North Face, Columbia Sportswear Highlights Uptown Retail Challenges

Market demographics are strong in the area, so why are stores struggling?

The Minnesota Phrase That Pays

Which signature Minnesota catchphrase moves the most merchandise?

The Bachelorette’s Becca Kufrin Teaming with Ridgedale Center for Fashion Show

The show will be co-hosted by Minnesota native Becca Kufrin and Jodi Mayers of Jodi Mayers & Style Partners. Kufrin’s favorite pieces from Ridgedale retailers will be featured, and she will also participate in a meet-and-greet opportunity.

Sears to Close at Mall of America

The last of the bankrupt retailer's anchor stores in the Twin Cities will close in March.

Nothing But Hemp Builds Metro CBD Retail Business

The concept opened in Maplewood Mall in November and a south Minneapolis store is set to open next week.

After Christmas, It's Time to Shop

What to buy now, and what to wait on until January, plus the biggest post-Christmas sales.

Pay-to-Reserve Parking Spot App MyPark Thriving at Mall of America One Year Later

Thousands of Mall of America shoppers are paying to park close to an entrance and in some cases booking their spot six months in advance.

Best Buy Introduces Child Care Employee Benefit to Help Parents in a Pinch

In response to staff feedback, Best Buy teamed up with Care.com to offer 10 days of child care to all employees for only a $10 daily co-pay. Other new employee benefits include paid caregiver leave, mental health resources and paid leave for part-time staff.

Minneapolis Meal Kit Co. Local Crate Launches Partnerships with Kowalski’s, Food52

Kowalski’s added Local Crate to its Dinner Pre-Paired meal kit lineup in 11 stores, and California-based chef and home enthusiast community Food52 will see Food52-inspired Local Crate dishes hit stores in the Midwest and California.

Mall of America’s Sea Life Aquarium Introducing “Brave the Rainforest” Adventure in 2019

The $1 million project, set to be completed by next spring, is transforming an existing exhibit space into a section that will feature close encounters with crocodiles, piranhas, cockroaches, snakes, and more.

Stuck on What to Gift? Mall of America’s Hologram Ellie the Elf Offers New Way to Shop

Powered by hologram software from California-based company VNTANA, the “industry-first” Ellie the Elf is a 3D-animated chatbot stationed at the mall’s Holiday Cottage on North, where it offers gift recommendations, directions, and more.

Two-Story Aquarium Coming to Rosedale Center Early Next Year

The 23,000 square-foot facility will be interactive and feature exhibits of marine animals, birds and reptiles from around the world. The project is expected to create 75 jobs.

The Founders of a Minneapolis Gift Box Business Pranked ‘Shark Tank’ and Won an Investment

Two sharks jumped on Prank-O’s pitch, but only one landed a deal. (Hint: The chosen shark also owns the Dallas Mavericks.)

Target Shakes Up Techstars Accelerator Program with New German Partner Metro Ag

The partnership, which involves the renaming of the program to Metro Target Retail Accelerator, aims to enhance the accelerator program’s reach.

First Avenue, Ragstock Ring in Holiday Season with Ugly Sweater Collaboration

Each company is claiming rights to their own sweater: Ragstock will sell the seasonal red sweater, while First Avenue will sell a black version.

The Hennepin Avenue Overhaul is Still Stinging Uptown Retailers

Uptown business owners blame torn up sidewalks and reduced parking for lost revenues.

How to Plan a Successful Business Event

Ten event veterans share tips for planning a business meeting, conference, or celebration.

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