Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / by Jason Stockwell
If you've got visitors with the stones to come to town during our infamous cold weather months, you'd best reward them properly, proving that just because we live here all year long, it don't mean we're nuts. We've got culture enough to keep us anchored, charms enough to hook those with the right constitution.
Here are 10 places to dazzle out-of-towners, even when it's cold outside.
10. Midtown Global Market
It's mean to expect the uninitiated to traipse around our slick, saltlick streets, and yet you want to pack in maximum opportunities for eats, so the MGM is a no-brainer. There's something here for literally everyone, and if you've got kiddies in tow they can run around the inner food court relatively unhindered. Ankle-biters will also enjoy the Mexican candy store that abuts it, tempting with colorful pinatas, Chupa Chups, and tamarind candies. For everyone else there's some of our finest Mexican (Los Ocampo), Indian (Hot Indian), Middle Eastern (Holy Land), pas ...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 / by Jason Stockwell
Entry Recipe: Warmth, Style and Privacy in Toronto
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 / by Jason Stockwell
With more manufacturers pushing the envelope in smart home design, homeowners can expect a fully connected home in the not-so-distant future. From donation-enabled laundry to intelligent kitchen surfaces, find out what the experts at top brands have in store for the “home ecosystem.” Expanding on the popular digital cook top concept, top appliance brands predict a concept cooking environment and fully connected, social media hub that syncs devices and all your kitchen appliances. One possible innovation is an interactive backsplash with the potential to:
Connect to social networks and favorite websites
Store recipe cards in digital format
Track refrigerator inventory and create grocery lists
Keep tabs on expected guests with GPS
Furthermore, we may also see the debut of thoughtful appliances that work for homeowners and the greater good. Laundry, for example, could become an act of charity with apps that automate donations for every load. Washers may al ...
Monday, January 19, 2015 / by Jason Stockwell
Small, Exterior Home Improvements Offer the Best Value Investments in 2015, Say Realtors®
WASHINGTON (January 12, 2015) – Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled annually in collaboration with Hanley Wood'sRemodeling Magazine, the report compares changes in home improvement project costs with Realtors®’ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a home’s price at resale.
“It can be a daunting task to even decide on what home improvement projects to undertake, let alone to physically tackle and complete them,” said National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker w ...
Thursday, January 15, 2015 / by Jason Stockwell
City leaders believe that Minneapolis should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here's a look at what makes the capital of the "North" tick.
It's been one year since Pete Kane founded Startup Venture Loft (SVL), a coworking hub and business accelerator in Minneapolis' North Loop. Since then, more than 30 early-stage companies have moved into the space.
Kane is developing a native startup financing ecosystem, centered on SVL and other Minneapolis coworking spaces and accelerators like CoCo and Treehouse Health, that rivals counterparts in San Francisco and Boston. Venture capital funds and angel investors are looking at SVL, too.
As Kane sees it, Minneapolis is a city with world-class urban assets, but the northern metropolis still suffers from a dated reputation beyond those in-the-know. Outsiders hear "Minneapolis" and think Fargo, Mary Tyler Moore, funny accents, long winters and ...