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.

Coming Soon: Mall of America Introducing Ice Skating Rink Outside North Entrance

The 12,000-square-foot “Skate the Star” rink will be built around the entrance’s star sculpture. Rink use will be free, while a skate rental fee will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities Shoppers Will Spend More Online This Holiday Season

Holiday sales are expected to surpass $1.1 trillion, Deloitte says. But Minneapolis-St.Paul area shoppers are more frugal than most and likely to spend as much on experiences as gifts this year.

E-Commerce Payment Solutions Provider Sezzle Raises $100M

The financing came entirely from Bastion Capital and will go toward growing the Minneapolis-based company’s retail payments business.

Local Shopping Returns to City Center for Holidays

North Local Market opens November 15 featuring 35 makers. Now under new management, City Center hopes to highlight the downtown opportunity for small retailers.

Championship Rings, Yearbooks Maker Jostens Sold to Platinum Equity for $1.3B

With the sale by Newell Brands, Jostens, known for its class rings, yearbooks and championship sports rings, gets its third new owner in three years.

Toronto Firm Buys Outstate Shopping Centers

Lured by strong fundamentals, Brookfield Property Partners now owns malls in Rochester, St. Cloud, and Mankato.

Target Announces Black Friday Plans — Including “Skip-the-Line” Technology

The retail giant will equip employees with devices enabling customers to check out with any employee anywhere in the store. Black Friday hours and deals were also announced.

Women Engineers Conference Could Be a Boon to Twin Cities Employers

More than 13,000 engineers are expected to attend the three-day professional event at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which kicks off Thursday.

Minnesota Artisans Lead Amazon’s Digital Pop-Up Shop for Handmade Goods

About a quarter of the products being sold on the Amazon Handmade digital pop-up shop come from Minnesota businesses.

Lunds & Byerlys Boosts Same-Day Delivery Service with Instacart Partnership

The Minneapolis-based grocer adds a new marketplace and increased on-demand capabilities through the partnership, for service in all of its 27 Twin Cities-area locations.

American-Made Heritage Brand J.W. Hulme to Outsource Manufacturing—Likely Overseas

The company announced layoffs of 28 employees today as Minneapolis-based Softline Brand Partners takes over manufacturing operations for the leather goods maker.

Target Opening First Store in Vermont, Giving the Retailer Presence in All 50 States

As the Minnesota retailer opens its first Vermont location, it is celebrating its 50-state milestone with an online series highlighting Target’s history and current activities across the country.

King of the CEO's Cut and Shave

Located in the back of MartinPatrick 3, Marty's is the barbershop of choice among executives.

Can Experiential Retailers Survive Long-Term?

Building a loyal customer base will be key.

Mighty Spark Food Is Sprucing Up the Meat Aisle

The Minneapolis craft meat startup is gearing up for a nationwide launch into Target stores.

Bachman’s and Galleria Announce Three-Year Agreement to Co-Produce Floral Experience

High attendance at this year’s spring show inspired the continuation of the long-held Twin Cities tradition.

Love Your Melon Set to Open North Loop Studio—And Challenge Traditional Retail

The LYM Studio will be used for product launch events, influencer and brand collaborations.

Target to Hire 120,000 Team Members for 2018 Holiday Season

To fulfill expected, rising demand, Target will hire 20 percent more staff for the holiday rush period than in 2017, boost hours of existing employees as desired, and offer all employees primetime wages and perks.

Minnesota Retailers Association Joins Campaign Against Trump Tariffs

Trade group has 250 member businesses, including Target and Best Buy.

Serena Williams Serves Up Excitement in Speaking Appearance for Target

A glimpse inside Target’s National Meeting in Minneapolis, where the tennis superstar and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, spoke to 3,000.

Good Housekeeping and Amazon to Launch Pop-Up Shop at Mall of America

The “digital boutique” won’t accept cash or credit. Pay by Amazon App only.

Minnesota State Fair ‘Food Czar’ Dennis Larson Retiring Following Historic Year

Citing age and a desire to have more fun and family time, Larson retires from his role leading the food and beverage component of the fair after another record-setting year.

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