5 Questions to Ask Every Event Caterer: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

There are no stupid questions when it comes to coordinating your event's catering, but don't forget to ask these five.

Caribou Coffee Announces Amy’s Blend 2019’s Charity of Choice

The coffee company chose Girls on the Run International to receive a portion of proceeds this month.

Walmart’s New Pickup Towers to Expand Throughout Twin Cities This Year

There’s no shopping cart necessary with this high-tech addition.

From Bold North to True North—Explore Minnesota Unveils New Campaign

“Find Your True North” ads launch this spring to promote the state’s $15.3 billion tourism industry.

How Twin Cities Restaurants Stayed Hot During the Deep Freeze

Record low temps? Nothing more than a great marketing opportunity in the north.

Target Attracts 10 Beauty Startups for Third-Annual Target Takeoff Accelerator Program

Participating brands set to receive assistance with pitch and product through the annual program include skincare companies from Australia, a New York-based haircare company, and more.

Even Hell’s (Kitchen) Is Freezing Over

Grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses are closing their doors to the record-setting cold this week.

Downtown Council Launches Effort to Boost Minneapolis Retail

The plan focuses on drawing retailers to a five-block stretch of Nicollet Mall.

Target to Begin Accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay and Other Contactless Cards

Stores across the country will be able to use the service at Target in the next several weeks.

Salons by JC to Fill Columbia Sportswear Space in Uptown

JC's lease marks its third metro location for local franchisees.

With Bachman's CEO Retiring, the Family Business will be Passed on to a Fifth Generation

The flower and gardening company will restructure its leadership organization leading up to Dale Bachman's retirement as CEO.

Twin Cities Airbnb Hosts to Earn $3.7M During Super Bowl Week

The room rental company is helping fill a gap between the Twin Cities' available hotel accommodations and the number of Super Bowl visitors.

Why a Local Startup is Going Brandless (Literally)

Two entrepreneurs are taking their business back to the basics.

Victoria's Secret Closes in Uptown

The owners are seeking a new "unique" tenant for the high-profile retail space.

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.

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