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Doors Open Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis will be opening up their doors to the public during the weekend of May 18-19. It’s a chance to check out buildings in the city of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. The Doors Open event is free and gives everyone the rare opportunity to see areas and buildings we might not normally see.

I’m excited for this event, first because it’s on a weekend so it means that more people can attend. Secondly, I really enjoy architecture and history. Some of the buildings that will be open for the event include:

  • Hewing Hotel
  • Manhole Entrance – City of Minneapolis Public Works Surface Water and Sewers Division
  • Kingman Studios at Case Beer Warehouse
  • IDS Center
  • Hennepin Island Powerhouse
  • JB Hudson Jewelers
  • K&K Metal Recycling
  • Minneapolis City Hall & Hennepin County Courthouse
  • PLUS sooo many more

The list is long and fascinating.  I want to visit ALL of them and hope this event can be an annual thing or maybe even twice a year.  There are so many great places to visit and just not sure a weekend is long enough to try to fit them all in.  We are sharing this early so you plan accordingly. It’s probably a good idea to make a list of your top places and make sure to visit those first in case they don’t do this again.

Doors Open Minneapolis Event

A few more details and how and why this event is taking place: 

Doors Open Minneapolis is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give visitors a FREE behind-the-scenes look at over 100 exciting venues.  We’re hoping to enrich experiences by presenting meaningful conversations with many of the people who make these venues the marvels that they are.

National Get Outdoors Day – Saturday, June 8th

This Saturday, June 8th is National Get Outdoors Day! To celebrate the fun day, ALL of the Minnesota State Parks have free admission. With 75 state parks and recreation areas offering free admission, there is sure to be one close enough for you to visit and enjoy!

Many of them have planned special activities to introduce you to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities. To help you decide which park to choose, take a look at what they are offering here.

Free Fishing and Other Free Stuff
Wet a line while you’re out for the day! Minnesotans don’t need a license to fish at most Minnesota state parks. You can even borrow free loaner fishing kits at many state parks, along with loaner birding kits, GPS kits and Kids’ Discovery Kits.

School’s Out – Camp Out Challenge
DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen is issuing a statewide challenge to all school-aged kids and their families: Start summer break off right by spending the first weekend out of school under the stars with your friends and family. Hike the trails, splash in the water, and sit around a campfire making s’mores with your loved ones. The goal is to fill every campsite in Minnesota State Parks on June 8.

Come Explore!
Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outdoors, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime, and you can use your new skills for the rest of the summer.

There’s a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans, so take advantage of the opportunity to get out there and explore one!

National Get Outdoors Day


This Saturday, June 9th is National Get Outdoors Day.   Care to share where your favorite outdoor spot is?  We’ve enjoyed several of the Minnesota State Parks, too many to choose from to say which one is our favorite.  You can get in free this Saturday, a special way to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day.

Then there’s the north shore, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate it’s still fun.  Or maybe you own some land and enjoy walking in the woods or along the river somewhere?  Wherever you decide to go, take a few minutes to enjoy the wildlife and scenery.  Take a couple extra photos or just sit and take it all in.

National Get Outdoors Day Event

This Saturday June 1oth is National Get Outdoors Day.  REI is stepping up and helping those of us in the twin cities, enjoy the day. You can head to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis from 11-3 for a whole list of free fun:

  • canoeing
  • fishing,
  • archery
  • roast marshmallows
  • play camp games
  • wilderness camping etiquette
  • fire arms safety at the laser shooting range
  • kids’ outdoor activities
  • climbing wall
  • cool off in the wading pool
  • enjoy food, live music, prize give-aways and more!

National Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide event that offers those new to outdoor activities an opportunity to try them out for FREE. Join us at Powderhorn Park to play outside! We are ready to have some fun outside and hope that you will join us. The event is completely free. There are numerous bus routes to reach the event by public transport. Plenty of parking is available on side streets.


Grand Opening today for Pacifier in St. Paul


It looks like another great store opens up in St. Paul.  Pacifier has been located in Minneapolis on Hennepin Ave.  You can join in the fun at the Grand Opening today for Pacifier in St. Paul.  Located in the Highland Hills area of St. Paul.  Doors open at 10am for early shopping.  20% purchases all day today.

Grand Opening for pacifier

Come join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of pacifier Highland Park!

We’re excited to finally open our doors and welcome you into pacifier‘s first St. Paul store. Sign up in-store for a drawing for a $250 gift card!

Doors are open at 10 am for early shopping. Enjoy giveaways and 20% off your purchases all day.

Sugary treats and snacks will be provided from 3-6PM by some of our St. Paul neighbors & of course some bubbly and beer!

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Grand Opening – Bloomington MN

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With our strong history of farming in the state, I think we Minnesotans have a strong affinity for fresh foods. My grandparents were all farmers and my dad always had a 1/2 acre garden, so I grew up being used to lots of fresh food being readily available. Now that a lot of us have moved away from farming roots, it can be harder to find great fresh, healthy, delicious foods. So, it’s pretty exciting that Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is officially opening their newest location in Bloomington!

This week they are celebrating that opening at 7 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, where the first 250 shoppers will receive a free reusable shopping bag filled with $50 worth of healthy, delicious groceries!!  Throughout the event there will be giveaways, free samples and more family fun.

The celebration will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:45 a.m. along with $2500 community partners checks presented to both the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and Bridging. A Boar’s Head hot dog cart will raise funds for Good in the Hood throughout the weekend.

Fresh Thyme Grand Opening

Additional activities include:

Wednesday, Sept. 30

7 a.m. Doors open/grocery giveaway to first 250 shoppers. Line up early to reserve your spot!

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music by King Wilkie’s Dream

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Face painting with TAG

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head hot dog cart

5-7 p.m. Meet and greet with Miss Minnesota Rachel Latuff

Saturday, Oct. 3

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music by King Wilkie’s Dream

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boar’s Head hot dog cart

12-2 p.m. Animal sculptures by TAG


Vendor demos, entertainment and giveaways

The Bloomington Fresh Thyme, located at 2100 W. 80 1/2 Street, will mark the first Fresh Thyme to open in Minnesota. It will be led by Store Director Greg Beckers, a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years.


Fresh Thyme

About Fresh Thyme

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products. Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open 60 stores by 2019. Learn more at Keep in touch by liking us at and following us at

Explore Outdoors Saint Paul

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Who doesn’t like to explore the outdoors?  What is more fun than exploring with chances to win prizes? This summer, find outdoor fun and adventure in Saint Paul while earning chances to win prizes! For the Calendar of Events, go here. Some are limited in size of participants and others are open to anyone.This looks like a great thing to do with kids during the summer. Could make it into a scavenger hunt, and have them find things along the way.

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The more Explore Outdoors Saint Paul events you participate in, the more chances you will have to win prizes. At each event, look for the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul clipboard and sign in to enter the drawing. You may enter the drawing once per event. The prize drawing will be held at the National Public Lands Day Celebration on September 26. You need not be present to win, but why not join us to celebrate the wonderful activities, parks, and trails Saint Paul has to offer?


Edina Whole Foods Market Grand Opening April 18th

Celebrate the the Grand Opening of the new Whole Foods Market in Edina at 7401 France Avenue South on Wednesday, April 18th. Check out all the festivities:

  • Traditional bread-breaking ceremony at 8:45 a.m.
  • Be one of the first 200 customers and receive a reusable Whole Foods Market® bag! (Doors open at 9 a.m.)
  • Enter to win a free Whole Foods Market gift certificate ($500 value).
  • Stop by the customer service desk and register to win 5 months of fresh produce from Featherstone Farms ($635 value).
  • Enjoy live music and free samples throughout the day.

Whole Foods Market in Minnetonka Grand Opening October 12th

The new Whole Foods Market in Minnetonka is having their Grand Opening this Wednesday, October 12th.  The doors will open immediately after a traditional bread-breaking ceremony at 8:45 am.  The first 200 customers to enter the store will receive a reusable tote bag.  There will also be samples and prize drawings too for everyone.

Forever 21 Grand Opening at Rosedale – 2/5/11 – Free Gift Cards to First 200

Forever 21 is celebrating the Grand Opening of its new store at Rosedale Center on Saturday, February 5th. The first 200 customers in line will receive a free gift card! You can also enter for a chance to win a Forever 21 purse filled with accessories and a $210 gift card. Doors open at 10am.