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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.

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.

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.

Toronto Firm Buys Outstate Shopping Centers

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

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