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.

Omnia Fishing Raises $1 Million to Launch Shop-By-Lake Concept

From the founder of Able Brewing, a new hyper local digital platform designed to assist anglers.

Minny & Paul Expands Corporate Gift Offerings

The startup’s Minnesota-inspired gift boxes are gaining traction with big corporations

Are Fairgoers Actually Buying Trucks, Tractors and Other Big Ticket Items?

While the short answer is no, the reason why is more complicated and dependent on a vehicle or appliance seller's interest in letting the Minnesota State Fair’s organizers take a cut of the sale.

The Ice Mafia Keeps It Cool at the Minnesota State Fair

One family business is responsible for virtually every cold refreshment consumed at the fair.

New Ridgedale Owners Look to Add More Retail

Malls in Rochester, St. Cloud and Mankato were also sold.

Sleep Number Rings Nasdaq Bell, Launches Youth Sleep Initiative

Using the Nasdaq ceremony as a platform, the growing Minneapolis-based mattress company announced on Monday an effort to improve the sleep of one million youth by 2025.

Target Posts Best Sales Numbers in More Than a Decade

The big-box retailer’s digital sales were up 41 percent in its second quarter.

Minnesota State Fair’s Biggest Money Makers

Who will crack the top 10 grossing food vendors this year? History says big buzz does not equal big bucks.

From Norway Gas Stations to MN State Fair: The Sweet But Savory Story of Nordic Waffles’ Migration

The road to becoming one of four new vendors at the 2018 Great Minnesota Get-Together isn’t easy, even if you’re Norway’s “Waffle Queen.”

Restaurant-to-Business Delivery Service Foodsby Raises $13.5M

Foodsby, a company that coordinates deliveries to employees of 100-or-more-person office buildings, is well on its way to hitting the $13.75 million goal set in its Series B round.

Q. Cumbers Works to Keep Its Relevance

The restaurant of the ’90s works to keep its relevance.

Two Department Stores Exit Duluth's Miller Hill Mall

Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall is losing two of its three department stores, and the last is endangered. How will it stay afloat?

Best Buy Purchases Smartphone for the Elderly Provider GreatCall for $800M

Best Buy’s acquisition of GreatCall, which sells products helping connect elder consumers with health and emergency response services, supports Best Buy’s need-focused growth plan.

Mall of America is Making It Easier for Chinese Visitors to Shop

Once Citcon’s system is implemented in parts of the mall, shoppers from China will be able to pay with Alipay and WeChat Pay—two digital payment solutions that are popular overseas.

Target Partner, Mattress-in-a-Box Seller Casper to Open 200 Stores in Next 3 Years

The young New York-based mattress company shook up the industry with its online-order-shipped-to-your-door business model but it will enter a new era with brick-and-mortar growth.

This Couple in Duluth Founded a Retail Collective in a Former Motorcycle Shop

Ian and Mary Scherber currently works with about 20 local artists at Flagship, their local-focused retail shop in Duluth.

United Natural Foods Inc. to Acquire Supervalu in $2.9 Billion Deal

The agreement aims to enhance growth, efficiency and productivity of both brands. A potential side effect: the sale of Supervalu retail assets including Cub Foods.

Rochester Awash in Hotel Development Spurred by Destination Medical Center

Three proposals would build or renovate 529 guest rooms around Mayo Clinic.

Target Sees Best Single-Day Online Sales for 2018 in Tuesday Sale

Minneapolis retailer offered deals to compete directly with Amazon’s Prime Day

After Warby Parker: Askov Finlayson Plots Brand Expansion

A remodeled store and wholesaling are in the works for the North Loop menswear retailer.

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