Three Best Places to Shop for Handmade Goods in Minneapolis

From world class font artists to jewelry designers, there are many talented people artisans who live in Minneapolis. Luckily there are a few stores in the city that carry products that showcase this local talent (as well as the work of some national artists as well). Here are my three top picks.

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Five Great Areas to Shop in Minneapolis/St. Paul

While they are not Paris or New York, the “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul have vibrant shopping areas that offer top-notch designs for lower prices than you might find in other large cities. There is also a focus on “shopping local” and supporting independent boutiques that you don’t often find in large cities. The next time you’re in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I recommend heading to these five prime shopping areas.

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Five Ways to Ring in the New Year in Minneapolis and St. Paul

2013 is right around the corner. Have you thought about how you’re going to ring in the New Year? If you’ll be in the Twin Cities, there are plenty of options to choose from, most of them involving live music. You’ll most likely see me at one of these great places on New Year’s Eve:

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Three Midwestern Lakeside Resorts for Families

I felt a chill in the air as I was getting the mail this morning, which immediately prompted me to book a long weekend at a lakeside resort to savor what is left of summer. As I was confirming my reservation, I was soothed by the fact that not only are lakeside resorts fun in the summer, they are also great in early fall. Here are three family-friendly Midwestern lakeside resorts to help you make the most of the late summer and early fall.

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Summer on Lake Minnetonka

Lake Minnetonka made the headlines last summer when Kim Kardashian and her then fiancé, Minnesota-raised Kris Humphries, spent the 4th of July with friends there. However, Lake Minnetonka is more than just a passing celebrity fancy; it's been a popular tourist destination for more than one-hundred years.

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