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.

Sportsman’s Warehouse May Scoop Up Gander Mountain Stores, Sources Say

The outdoor products retailer from Utah is said to be looking into the purchase of roughly 130 Gander Mountain locations.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell: Company was “Forced to Lay Off” 140 Workers

He added that the layoffs were “very unexpected.”

Industrious Opening Coworking Space in the North Loop

It's the company's second location in downtown Minneapolis.

The Tile Shop Sets New Sales Record In Q1

New stores and increased spending on outdoor tile projects contributed to the strong sales growth, the company said.

Carlo’s Bakery from Cake Boss to Open in Mall of America

The famous bakery is set to open its first Midwest location this summer.

2nd Wind Founder Opening Patio Furniture Store

Dick Enrico latest project, 2nd Shade, follows a model similar to the second-hand exercise equipment chain he founded.

Pawn America Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

The pawnshop chain owes tens of millions of dollars to creditors, including local TV stations.

ILEA Quick Tips For Event Planners: April 2017

Enhancing your event with entertainment.

Minnesota’s Fastest Growing Retailer? Select Comfort

While others struggle, company plans 60 new stores in 2017.

Can The Lexington Survive A Second Time Around?

The St. Paul restaurant will need to rake in millions to offset start-up costs.

Preserving Minneapolis' Retail Legacy

Surprisingly little is being done to safeguard the former Dayton's department store.

Chuck & Don’s Breaks Into E-Commerce Market With Acquisition Of Fetch

The pet supplies retailer will now have the ability to better compete with Petco, PetSmart and Amazon, all of which offer online ordering and home delivery.

City Slaps Surdyk's With Suspension For Sunday Sales

The store won't be able to sell liquor for 30 days starting July 2—just as other stores can begin opening Sundays.

Gander Mountain Files For Bankruptcy, Will Shutter 32 Stores

The retailer is currently taking bids from potential buyers and plans to announce a deal by early May.

ILEA Quick Tips For Event Planners: March 2017

Working with a transportation partner to make your event a success.

Product Recalls, Shortages Hurt Best Buy During The Holiday Period

The electronics retailer will initiate its next growth strategy phase this year, which aims to improve its multi-channel business and presence in Canada and Mexico.

First-Class Accommodations For Your Dog

An airport pet hotel is one business concept that can’t help but fly.

Store Closures Cost Macy's $230M In Q4

The department store chain is closing its Nicollet Mall location this spring.

Target Unveils $7B Makeover Plan After Weak Q4

The company set its sights on digital retailer Amazon after its fourth quarter profits sank by nearly 43 percent year-over-year.

Red Wing On Cusp Of Winning Small Town Revitalization Competition

If the southeastern Minnesota city wins, it gets a half-million dollars and will host the next season of Deluxe Corp.’s “Small Business Revolution” series.

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