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Best of the Twin Cities 2011

Variety is the spice of life, right? Sure, but we think the wondrous mix of things to do, eat, drink, buy, and enjoy in the Twin Cities is better described as, well, pretty sweet. It’s a veritable Candyland out there, and on the following pages we highlight the things that make us feel good as gumdrops. The tastiest focaccia (the best Dara’s ever eaten). The hippest cover band (they know Weezer’s The Blue Album front to back). The most honest auto-body shop (they do exist). And, yes, the best candy store. Admit it, we’re spoiled rotten here. And that’s a good thing.



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Jewelry Repair and Custom Design

Consumer Direct Jewelers

No jewelry woe is too great for Allen Lenz and his team at Consumer Direct Jewelers. Since 1981, they’ve designed, repaired, cleaned, restored, and created one-of-a-kind pieces, all in-house. From helping you design the engagement ring of your dreams to fixing broken clasps, their jewelry prowess knows no end. No wonder customers continue to return—and bring their friends with them.
2575 Fairview Ave. N., Suite 210, Roseville, 651-628-9944
 

Furniture Upholstery and Repair

Grahn’s Upholstery

Walter Mondale trusted them with his desk from Washington, D.C. Interior-design firms trust them with all their furnishing needs. And you should trust them, too. Al and Nancy Grahn started Grahn’s Upholstery in 1973, and their five-person team has been refinishing, reupholstering, and redesigning furniture ever since. They even do custom work: just bring an idea or photo, choose from their abundance of fabrics, and they’ll do the rest. Grandma’s rocking chair never looked so good.
14 27th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-333-1446, grahnsupholstery.com
 

Auto Body Shop

Halvey’s Body Shop

We have the lock on an honest auto-body guy. No, really. (We’ll wait a minute until your laughter dies down.) When you get into a fender-bender—or worse—David Halvorson is the guy to see. He’s a top-notch technician, he’ll commiserate about the other guy’s bad driving skills, he’ll go out of his way to make sure you’re happy with the results—he even works with your insurance company so you don’t have to. In addition to being the best in the biz, he’s also an extraordinarily nice human being. Now isn’t that someone you want to give your business to?
3527 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-9114
 

Pet Portraits

Sarah Beth Photography

Anyone who says pets don’t have expressions hasn’t seen Sarah Beth Ernhart’s photography. Joyous, pensive, adoring—all those are there and more, conveying the individual personality of a four-legged friend. Even more poignant, though, are her “Joy Sessions”: photos taken before a beloved pet must say goodbye. These photos capture the true love between a pet and its person. Additionally, Sarah Beth donates 10 percent of her proceeds to a rotating list of shelters, rescues, and animal advocates.
612-804-2518, sarahbethphotography.com
 

Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning

Mulberrys

Call it magic. Call it science. Either way, Mulberrys’ non-toxic cleaning methods get garments squeaky clean while keeping the earth nice and green. The only dry cleaners in the Twin Cities to zap stains with pressurized carbon dioxide, Mulberrys also has excellent customer service, an iPhone app (MyDryCleaner, to track and pay for orders), and an eco-friendly home laundry-care line, The Laundry Collection. What can your drycleaner do for you?
Four metro locations, see mulberryscleaners.com
 

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

Aaron’s Green Cleaning

Lots of cleaning services claim to be green, but only Aaron’s Green Cleaning channels the power of essential oils and elbow grease to get your house squeaky clean. In 2006, musician Aaron Barnell decided to upgrade house cleaning from side job to full-time gig. With the help of Melissa Farris, essential-oil guru to such stars as Robert De Niro and Madonna, Barnell concocted his omnipotent all-natural product line, then gathered his artist friends and flexed his customer-service chops to build his client base. Today, he and his staff service hundreds of homes and commercial buildings every month.
612-386-2793, aaronsgreencleaning.com  
 

Bike Repair

Full Cycle

You need a bike fixed and at-risk youth need a break from street life. Where’s the overlap in this Venn Diagram? Full Cycle, a nonprofit bike shop run by the Pillsbury House, that teaches homeless youth bike-repair skills under the guidance of pro mechanics. The program offers paid internships and access to outreach workers, and you get reasonably priced bikes and repairs, plus a place to recycle tubes and tires, gratis. Remember the thrill of your first two-wheeler? Full Cycle gives away some 150 bikes a year to kids in need, providing an instant passport to those who need it most.
3515 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-7581, fullcyclebikeshop.org
 

Dog Training

Maureen, The Canine Coach

Maureen Haggerty might not have a TLC reality show, but she is a true dog whisperer, dispatching solutions to all manner of pet (and owner) behavior problems, from housebreaking to barking to aggression to separation anxiety. Take Spot to group classes or boot camp, or have Maureen or one of her genius staffers come to you to tackle the nitty-gritty problems. They’ll even come back for follow up. They use gentle reinforcement methods, leading not only to better behavior on the part of your dog, but also a better relationship between you and your dog. Call it puppy love.
612-202-4732, thek9coach.com
 


 

Best Home Decor
 

Modern Accessories

I.D. Inside Design

212 Third Ave. N., Mpls., 612-317-0045, id-insidedesign.com
 

Scandanavian Clean Lines

FinnStyle

160 Glenwood Ave., Mpls., 612-333-2127, finnstyle.com
 

Eco-Posh

Natural Built Home

4020 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 612-605-7999, naturalbuilthome.com/about
 

Handmade

Grand Hand

619 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-312-1122, thegrandhand.com
 

Remade

Style Minneapolis

4501 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-377-3331
 

Blu Dot Hot Spot (and More)

Roam

2914 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-377-6465, roaminteriors.com
 

Traditional

Traditions

Two metro locations: 4245 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-285-2777; 1039 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-5253; traditions.com

 

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June 2015

Come to Big Sandy Lodge and Resort to get all the delicious pancakes you can eat for only $5.

Cost: $5

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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Come join us at the Skyway Theatre as we take over the block for the Pride Parade!  Drinks and brunch starting at 9am and DJs at 12pm! Get the best seat for the best parade of the...

Cost: No Cover

Where:
Bar Fly & Maruso
715 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Pride Parade Rooftop Viewing Party CRAVE Rooftop – Downtown Minneapolis Live DJ: DJ FANCY RESTAURANT Start time: 9am $5 from each ticket donated to OutFront Minnesota ...

Cost: $10 (includes free Absolute or Jameson cocktail)

Where:
CRAVE Rooftop
825 Hennepin Ave MN
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Pride Parade Viewing Party UNION Rooftop – Downtown Minneapolis Start time: 9am (presale tickets) / 10am (day-of tickets) Live DJs: DJ Lindsay ‘Shiek’ Earney and DJ Lenka...

Cost: $10 (includes a free mimosas, glass of champagne or Absolute cocktail)

Where:
UNION Rooftop
731 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55403
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YogaFit's Mind Body Fitness Conference is where students work towards a Yoga Alliance registry, earn continuing education credits, or simply deepen one's yoga practice and transform...

Cost: $329- $975

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN   55403
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Show your Pride by taking part in the Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run on Sunday, June 28th! Starting at Boom Island and ending near Loring Park, the route takes runners along Hennepin Avenue as...

Cost: $30

Where:
Boom Island Park
800 Sibley Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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Join YogaLean's author Beth Shaw in this new 1 day YogaLean Transformational Workshop during the Minneapolis Mind Body Fitness Conference.  Explore holistic modalities of weight loss,...

Cost: $129.00

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Join YogaLean's author Beth Shaw in this new 1 day YogaLean Transformational Workshop during the Minneapolis Mind Body Fitness Conference.  Explore holistic modalities of weight loss,...

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1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The 2015 Twin Cities Pride Festival features over 400 exhibitors, 40 food and beverage booths, 20 sponsors, and 300,000+ visitors who participate in this free celebration of the GLBT...

Cost: Free

Where:
Loring Park
1382 Willow Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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The 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 11 a.m. along Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. The Parade route starts at 3rd and Hennepin and ends at...

Cost: Free or $40 Grandstand tickets

Where:
Hennepin Ave in Downtown Minneapolis
Hennepin & 3rd to Hennepin & Spruce
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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The Twin Cities Pride Entertainment Team is excited to bring you over 50 local acts during Pride Weekend. The schedule is below, but know that things are subject to change.  ...

Cost: Free. $10 General/$75 VIP for Pride in Concert 6/27 5pm at Loring Stage.

Where:
Loring Park
1382 Willow St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-255-3260
Contact Name: Twin Cities Pride
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The celebration will be held in true Lurcat style, featuring music, dancing, festive food, cocktails and more! Café & Bar Lurcat is central to the Pride festival in Loring Park and found...

Cost: Free to enter

Where:
Cafe & Bar Lurcat
1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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What do you get when you explore the magical, yet tangled, intersection between the genius of art and the self-destruction of addiction; set it to catchy music against a backdrop of vivid visual...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Minnetonka Theatre
18285 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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Don’t miss one of Minnesota’s hippest and hoppiest events. This local craft beer tasting event includes live music and a ton of tasty appetizers paired with the best brews in the Twin...

Cost: $50

Where:
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St.
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Canvas Health
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The Minnesota Boychoir, under the direction of Mark Johnson, will be concluding their 2015 East Coast Tour with a Welcome Home Concert this Sunday, June 28 at the Graebner Memorial Chapel on the...

Cost: Free

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Graebner Memorial Chapel
Saint Paul, MN

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Open Window Theatre is making a children's event of fantastical proportions with their summer youth theater production of James and the Giant Peach.  Roald Dahl's imaginative adventure...

Cost: ADVANCE: $6/child (lap child free), $8/student, $12/adult

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Open Window Theatre
Metropolis Minneapolis Building
1313 Chestnut Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-615-1515
Contact Name: Jeremy Stanbary
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Cost: Free to attend

Where:
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Sponsor: Silver Creek Paddle
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Join us for an afternoon of stories, music, and poetry that evoke and express a profound connection to place — places we’ve lived, struggled, thrived, seen changed or destroyed, or...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ox Coffee Co
3740 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Kairos Earth
Telephone: 405-365-8796
Contact Name: Chelsea Scudder
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We know it's the height of summer, so we think it's the perfect time to get a SUP you'll love. Get your board now while there is still plenty of summer left. Some of our hottest selling...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
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Sponsor: Silver Creek Paddle
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RN’s and LPN’s for Evenings, Nights & Weekends - $2,000 hiring bonus Trillium Woods, a brand new continuing care retirement community, is opening on July 6th and we are having an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trillium Woods
14633 Country Road 4
Plymouth, MN  55446
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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you'll learn: How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The two...

Cost: free

Where:
Online Trading Academy
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-814-4410
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Bring your lunch and learn more about the opportunities to live, learn, and work with a community overseas through Peace Corps service. Peace Corps is a federal agency which provides U.S....

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Drive
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 612.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
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Bring your lunch and learn more about the opportunities to live, learn, and work with a community overseas through Peace Corps service.   Peace Corps is a federal agency which provides...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Dr
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 651.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
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Enhanced and engaged learning, creating and sharing ideas, and forming partnerships are just a few benefits of collaborative classroom learning. Now, with tools like Office 365, OneNote for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
162 South Ave
Bloomington, MN  55425
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 Join us for a 4th of July barbecue, yard games, and outdoor movie hosted by Mary Mother's Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together group. All are welcome! Bring a dish to share. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville
3333 E. Cliff Road
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together
Telephone: 952-890-0045
Contact Name: Kosi Onyeneho
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OneNote is a free cross-platform app that helps students and teachers save time, stay organized, and collaborate more effectively in and out of the classroom. Students can build portfolios of...

Cost: Free

Where:
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Summer is the sweetest time to savor the river, so sign up now for River City Revue! It's a delectable blend of live music, cool history, and hands-on art adventures, all happening at the Saint...

Cost: $10 - $15

Where:
St. Paul Yacht Club
375 W Water St
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mississippi River Fund, Works Progress & the National Park Service
Telephone: 651-291-8164
Contact Name: Katie Nyberg
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Enter the halls of Casket Arts to encounter the work of 20+ artists working in paint, sculpture, light, fibers, and sound. A one night only event with several site specific...

Cost: Free

Where:
Casket Arts Carriage House
1707 Jefferson St Ne
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The flipped classroom is an innovative method of teaching that allows for multimedia lessons and in-class exercises. Now you can “flip” your own classroom using familiar tools like...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
162 South Ave
Bloomington, MN
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The foundation of Jillian's country-esque, classically trained songwriter-style musicianship was built on northern Minnesta's Iron Range. Under the talented eye of Helina Pakola, who has...

Cost: 5

Where:
Mankato Brewery
1119 Center Street
, MN  56003
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One of the most highly sought-after skills in the workforce today is coding. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to create an app from a template, add content, and upload an app to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

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The 90’s alternative rock band – The Mallrats – will take the Amphitheater stage at Grand Casino Hinckley on Friday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Following the show will be a spectacular...

Cost: $10 general admission

Where:
Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
777 Lady Luck Dr
Hinckley, MN  55037
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Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill Presents Award Winning Vocalist Patty Peterson & Friends with Special Guest Melanie Rosales Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:30pm 761 Washington Avenue N,...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Bunker's Music Bar and Grill
761 Washington Ave N
#325
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bunker's Music Bar and Grill
Telephone: 847-624-5087
Contact Name: Carrie Miller
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It’s almost that special time of year again, where you pull out your flag, grab your lawn chair, and put on that sunscreen…the 68th annual Saint Anthony Park 4th of July Parade and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Anthony Park/Langford Park
Saint Paul, MN  55108


Sponsor: 4th In The Park Committee & The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation
Telephone: 651-343-7365
Contact Name: Josh Becerra, Jeanne Hansen, & Emma Seeley
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Mystic Lake’s Rock and Rockets Fourth of July Celebration returns this year with another spectacular fireworks display. The free, all-ages event will take place outside Mystic Lake beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Telephone: 952-496-7388
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