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.

CoCo Rebranding as Fueled Collective in Bid to Franchise Their Concept Nationally

The local co-working operators and their partners believe the new venture could lead to the creation of up to 250 Fueled Collective locations across the country.

John Gantert, Visionary Mind Behind Dayton's Eighth-Floor Displays, Dies at 90

The Minneapolis artist created annual holiday exhibits and flower shows that became a fixture of the Nicollet Mall during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Gene Munster Explains Prediction that Amazon will Buy Target in 2018

Muster believes that the future of retail is a mix of online and offline, and Amazon needs a bigger brick-and-mortar footprint to compete with Walmart. The logical step: Buy Target.

Workplace Nap Time

Tenants sleep it off at Fifth Street Towers.

Target Purchases Same-day Delivery Platform Shipt for $550M

The service will cost $99 a year for unlimited deliveries on orders over $35. It works via a network of contracted shoppers who use an app to fulfill orders and deliver them to customers using their own cars.

How One Small Town is Trying to Solve Greater MN’s Day Care Crisis

“Several people here have had to quit because their home-based day care closed,” said Lynda Everson, HR director for Brunswick Boat Group. “It’s a constant frustration in our employee base.”

Gander Outdoors Opens New Location in Lakeville, Initiating Rebrand

Gander Outdoors still promises to service the hunting and shooting markets, but also seems to position its brand in a way that would make it more directly competitive with companies like REI or Cabela’s.

ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners: December 2017

How to be stress-free when planning your next holiday party.

Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Moving to New, Larger Taproom Across the Street

They expect to finish 2017 having brewed roughly 17,000 BBLs, or barrels of beer—up from 15,680 BBLs last year.

Building Tourism

Minnesota's hospitality industry is leveraging the Super Bowl, new hotel capacity and public investments to expand economic activity.

Nicollet (Outlet) Mall

Has Downtown got a discount for you.

The Beanie That Gives Back

How a local apparel company is using hats to improve the lives of children battling cancer.

Why Chuck & Don's Owners Decided to Sell to Their Employees

The decision was about valuing creating a legacy over the get-rich-quick approach.

Target Closing 12 Stores, Including Two in Minnesota

The affected locations, including ones in Hastings and Fergus Falls, will officially shut down in February.

Chris Homeister Steps Down as The Tile Shop CEO

Earlier this year, Homeister had been picked as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for his turnaround work at the Plymouth-based retailer.

Introducing... Your Furry Cubicle Neighbor

Pets at work is going mainstream, whether older employees like it or not.

2017 Business Events Dining Guide

Twin Cities-area restaurants offer a range of cuisine and ambience for company meetings, parties and special events.

Rosedale: A Contrarian Bet

A big expansion during a structural retail downturn...that may just work.

How Makers Mercantile is Empowering a Craft Business Revival in West Duluth

Makers of artisan goods have a new location to sell their one-of-a-kind products.

Target Opens Uptown Location in Minneapolis

Retailer has not closed a single store location in fiscal 2017.

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