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Retailer, Dave & Busters help fuel mall’s rebound.
From the beginning, the founders of Blu Dot wanted to make modern furniture at a reasonable price. “Design what you can actually afford,” said Chief…
On the northwest edge of the metro, a cineplex unlike any other has reopened
Entrepreneurs see a market in downsizing boomers, nesting millennials
Blu Dot, the Minneapolis-based manufacturer of modern furniture, said Thursday that its new outlet store will open July 18.The store will sell closeouts, samples and…
The Dayton brothers have attracted Warby Parker to their fashion outpost in the North Loop.
In an unfolding price war the cost of wine and spirits has plunged, and while a few sellers have closed, others have fiercely fought back, taking advantage of Minnesota’s quirky liquor laws.
Shareholders voted for directors despite criticism from major investor.
Yoxo building sets with chipboard cutouts of “X,” “Y,” and “O” have a retro-chic appeal. And when kids are done playing with them, they can recycle them.
The spotlight coming with the partnership with the world renowned auction house energizes artists and art enthusiasts.
Many consumers get ripped off by door-to-door contractors out of “convenience.”
As Kathy Daniewicz looked at photos of Sister Marie Thérèse Conaty to use on her funeral bulletin, she noticed all of them had something in…
The outdoor mall delivers a Disney experience, plus a touch of Minnesota, but without hefty admission and parking fees.
Americans dropped cable and satellite TV subscriptions at the fastest rate ever during the first three months of the year, new data showed last week, as viewing habits get shaken up in a manner last seen during the emergence of cable four decades ago.
Golden Valley-based Schussler Creative purchased licensing rights to the song and plans to open a themed restaurant.
Macy’s fashion show that raised millions to fight children’s cancer won’t return.
The annual fashion show raised millions for Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
Charities are finding new revenue sources from items they used to refuse.
Charities are finding new revenue sources from items they used to refuse.
Steve Schussler’s idea for the Boathouse began to form a few years ago when he drove his own Amphicar into Lake Minnetonka with his dog.
Minnesotans are in the midst of a whiskey craze. But liquor distributors view the state as a second-tier market.
Minnesotans are in the midst of a whiskey craze. But liquor distributors view the state as a second-tier market and allocate smaller quantities of whiskey to retailers in it, leading to scarcity of some popular labels.
Target Corp. cut 1,700 people at its corporate offices in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, the largest downsizing of its headquarters staff ever and the biggest at any Minnesota company since 2002.
Scores of newspapers and magazines have been affected by false subscription billings.
No category in apparel retailing is more volatile than plus-size women’s clothing. And none is more bereft of action than small-size men’s clothing, a niche without a national chain devoted to it.
In January, I wrote that people can’t expect great customer service and low prices. American shoppers want low prices and that means lowering our customer…
Macy’s flower show still attracts large crowds, but some worry about its future.
The new outlet will also include a showroom for full-priced, new items.
The new policy includes store brands and bridal, baby and college registry purchases.
The new products include leather goods, T-shirts and soap from various designers including Duluth Pack and Locally Grown.
Warren Buffett made billions of dollars buying on sale. “Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks,” the Oracle of Omaha has said, “I like buying…
In designing masks that are more stylish than surgical, a local company hopes trend will catch on in the U.S. and help limit spread of infections
Swedish outdoor retailer Fjällräven will open a flagship store, its first Minnesota location, at Mall of America this spring, hoping to attract the large number of Twin Citiians with Swedish backgrounds.
St. Paul store, opening Saturday, affirms bargains’ popularity but also showcases more inviting decor and merchandise
The Mall of America said it beefed up already-complex security measures Monday in the wake of a weekend terror threat and sought to assure shoppers that everything possible is being done to keep them safe.
Decorative hardware retailer Brass Handle, latest to leave, moving to Market Square
Former Star Tribune Publisher Roger Parkinson on Wednesday received one of the University of Minnesota’s highest honors, the Award of Distinction.University President Eric Kaler said…
James Zimmerman’s adult life could easily have been defined by tragedy. When he was 36, a freight train killed his wife and their six children as she drove them to school in Waseca, Minn.
Mattress buying is more complicated than ever, but it doesn’t have to be.
The sporting goods store will open in the fall in City Center, along Nicollet Mall.
Consumers face many options that are difficult to compare when light-bulb shopping.
Intuit's nationwide halt of state income tax returns lasted about 24 hours for identity theft investigation. Minnesota revenue officials still were reviewing the new security measures.
As Americans update digital devices more frequently, Device Pitstop and others want to rescue last year’s models from the junk drawer.
Saks Off 5th, which closed its downtown Minneapolis location this month, said Tuesday that it will return in April 2016 -- in City Center, across the street from its former location.
Lakes Entertainment of Minnetonka will be renamed in merger with Vegas company.
Retailer says it’s quicker than waiting for a check.
Chuck & Don’s enters the challenging world of home pet food delivery
A decline in the teen apparel market has created trouble for several retailers in the sector.
With many Americans taking Friday off work, the traffic to return the unwanteds on the day after Christmas is expected to be especially frenetic.
Entrepreneurs lease unused space and get to test demand for products.
Doing business on the phone and online resources can help ensure a good deal.
Customers at the grocery store for the truly frugal needed to pay with cash or debit cards. Now, in a new test, they can hand the cashier a credit card.
Christopher & Banks saw a huge change in September, about the time the new iPhone appeared.
Local vendors, daily deal sites offer big discounts.
When Dealnews.com polled its readers recently and asked for whom they were shopping on Black Friday, 38 percent said “myself.”
Despite temperatures that dropped into the single digits Thursday night and overnight snow around the Twin Cities, throngs of shoppers still lined up outside of stores in the earliest start yet to the Black Friday shopping bonanza.
Merle Minda walked into the main downtown Minneapolis post office with a package one day last week and got in line behind nine other people.Fifteen…
Would you listen to a guy talk about Social Security for a free meal at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse? Count me in.
Arc’s Value Village, Hope Chest and Bridging all opened new stores this fall.
Rosedale dethrones MOA as the #1 place where shoppers plan to do most of their shopping.
In his role as wholesale manager at Minneapolis-based Coastal Seafoods, Brian Nelson arrived at work at 4 each morning and usually found messages from 25…
During the holiday season, small retailers feel like the little kid in a big family, jumping up and down to get attention. They can’t match…
The Friday before Saturday’s firearms deer opener is becoming nearly as hyped as the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s even more lucrative than that day for some retailers.
Superstore is expected to open in Bloomington next week.
Halloween. That’s done. Now, the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. So what’s hot this year? And what changes should shoppers expect during the busiest time of the year?
Faribault fans can get versions of throws, scarves and bags at Target.com through the holiday season.
Now in its 125th year, the largest independent shoe store west of the Mississippi keeps growing.
All are invited to the Twin Cities Financial Planning Day, a free event held on Saturday.
The prolonged class-action suit is reaching its final stage: delivering the money.
Total Wine’s delayed license for the store now awaits approval from the City Council.
The Minneapolis store on 26th Av. and the one in West St. Paul are now discounting items ahead of closing on Nov. 9. Both stores are expected to close Nov. 9 but may close earlier if the shelves are bare.
After initial success, the Wisconsin retailer opened a second Twin Cities store.
Better Business Bureau raises flag on fraudulent bills being sent in the name of many publications, including the Star Tribune.
The owners of the Askov Finlayson men’s shop in downtown Minneapolis are often told that they should have named it “Dayton’s.” But Eric and Andrew Dayton shrug it off.
The Minneapolis-based retailer sells alcohol in other states but not here, until now -- in Otsego. The liquor store that Target announced in June has opened at a SuperTarget 35 miles northwest of Minneapolis.