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John Ewoldt

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Second helping for Golden Corral is in Maplewood

Second helping for Golden Corral is in Maplewood

Opening is set for 10:45 a.m. Thursday, in time for lunch.
Steeple People Thrift Store to close unless it can find affordable space

Steeple People Thrift Store to close unless it can find affordable space

If the thrift store closes by Jan. 31, it will be at the busiest time in its history.
Books, beer, and brisket as Barnes & Noble reopens in the Galleria

Books, beer, and brisket as Barnes & Noble reopens in the Galleria

The bookseller's "retail-tainment" concept includes a restaurant and bar at its new spot in the Galleria.
Indie toy store owner finds her place among big box stores

Indie toy store owner finds her place among big box stores

Small Business Saturday kicks off a holiday season that for many retailers can make up 40 percent of revenue.
Black Friday still demands attention, and for good reason

Black Friday still demands attention, and for good reason

The National Retail Federation says 68 percent of stores reported the Friday after Thanksgiving as their biggest sales day of the holiday season last year.
Used electronics retail market boots up in the Twin Cities

Used electronics retail market boots up in the Twin Cities

Amanda LaGrange dumped the title “Tech Dump.” When the CEO of the nonprofit Tech Dump, a St. Paul-based collector and recycler of used, obsolete and…
Arthur Eaton, horse breeder and Apple Valley developer, dies at 87

Arthur Eaton, horse breeder and Apple Valley developer, dies at 87

As his life grew short, Art Eaton thanked his doctors and nurses in the hospital for their kindness and care. His politeness and good humor…
Tim Hortons now open at Mall of America

Tim Hortons now open at Mall of America

A new go kart/gaming space and a Sugarfina candy store also are planned.
Famous Dave's profit is cut to the bone amid revival efforts

Famous Dave's profit is cut to the bone amid revival efforts

"This is a pivotal time in Famous Dave's history," Chief Financial Officer Dexter Newman said, as he and other new executives begin the latest effort to revive the barbecue chain.
TheShops.TV searches for a new shopping host with video contest

TheShops.TV searches for a new shopping host with video contest

No audition is needed, just a video shot on a smartphone.

The mother of holiday pop-up sales debuts at U.S. Bank Stadium

Consumers are attracted to the sales for their exclusive "here today, gone tomorrow" concept.
Thrift stores for building materials ride the re-use wave

Thrift stores for building materials ride the re-use wave

With remodelings on the rise as U.S. homes age, repurposing and reselling the outgoing materials is in demand.
MyPillow gets rude awakening with $1M suit settlement

MyPillow gets rude awakening with $1M suit settlement

The pillows are sold on QVC, infomercials and in malls, but claims of a health benefit have been dropped.
Lowe's challenges Menards with its own 11-percent rebate offer

Lowe's challenges Menards with its own 11-percent rebate offer

The rival's new offer is simpler to get, but it's still not instant.
More Twin Cities residents put down the rake, pick up the smartphone

More Twin Cities residents put down the rake, pick up the smartphone

The Twin Cities region is just starting to see competition among app-based services that offer snow removal, lawn mowing and leaf raking.
Halloween entrepreneur: Years of collecting, months of planning and one month to make money

Halloween entrepreneur: Years of collecting, months of planning and one month to make money

Scream Town in Chaska is getting national recognition, but it's far from a part-time job for its founder.
Tim Hortons opens in Mall of America, Dinkytown next month

Tim Hortons opens in Mall of America, Dinkytown next month

Twin Cities' fans of Tim Hortons coffee shop and restaurant, your Timbits and Triple Triples will arrive next month.
Sales, earnings continue to fall at Supervalu

Sales, earnings continue to fall at Supervalu

Executives expect revenue to begin growing again in the second half of its fiscal year.
Why more folks aren't cutting the cord on cable TV

Why more folks aren't cutting the cord on cable TV

Switching from cable and satellite TV to streaming services is more difficult than most people expected.
Supervalu sells Save-A-Lot chain for $1.37 billion

Supervalu sells Save-A-Lot chain for $1.37 billion

Supervalu had been trying to split off or sell the discounter for about a year.
Southdale at 60: Nation's first enclosed mall flourishing again

Southdale at 60: Nation's first enclosed mall flourishing again

Edina's Southdale is again blazing a trail for shopping malls, this time in how to reshape themselves amid competition from online shopping and home delivery.
Famous Dave's pushes out another CEO, hires fourth leader in four years

Famous Dave's pushes out another CEO, hires fourth leader in four years

The new CEO is a longtime franchisee and former senior vice president of operations.
Thymes merges with maker of Aspen Bay, Capri Blue fragrances

Thymes merges with maker of Aspen Bay, Capri Blue fragrances

Thymes and Mississippi's DPM Fragrance are now called Curio and the firm is based in Minneapolis

Buffalo Wild Wings chief strategy officer exits, weeks after pressure from activist shareholder

Benning's exit comes as an investor seeks changes.
With Commons, is Eagan becoming a retail powerhouse?

With Commons, is Eagan becoming a retail powerhouse?

Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra Trading and Total Wine join Hy-Vee and Hobby Lobby
Twin Cities not dried out, as Hwy. 169 flooding shows, but brighter week is a

Twin Cities not dried out, as Hwy. 169 flooding shows, but brighter week is a

Minnesota remained awash in water Saturday in the wake of last week’s heavy rains, with lakes and rivers brimming and roads still closed in some…
As Terrace Theatre demolition begins, an order arrives to halt it

As Terrace Theatre demolition begins, an order arrives to halt it

Crews with a bulldozer punched a hole in the building before court order stopped demolition.
Ryder Cup fans, with or without tickets, can start shopping this weekend

Ryder Cup fans, with or without tickets, can start shopping this weekend

The Ryder Cup megastore is open four days before the golfing begins.
Famous Dave's BBQ chain — and its founder — get a new look

Famous Dave's BBQ chain — and its founder — get a new look

Famous Dave's gives menu, look, takeout a refresh
JonnyPops retools their 'smoothie on a stick' for local schools

JonnyPops retools their 'smoothie on a stick' for local schools

As a way to gain consumers, JonnyPops worked its product into cafeterias.
Canadians (and donut lovers) rejoice! Tim Hortons coming to Dinkytown

Canadians (and donut lovers) rejoice! Tim Hortons coming to Dinkytown

Tim Hortons, the coffee and doughnut shop Canadians love, is set to open its first Twin Cities location in Minneapolis' Dinkytown.Steve Young, owner of a…
TheShops.TV, a new service with Minnesota connections, offers home shopping products on demand

TheShops.TV, a new service with Minnesota connections, offers home shopping products on demand

Customers watch videos online instantly, instead of waiting with cable shows.
If the Terrace Theatre survives, can it thrive?

If the Terrace Theatre survives, can it thrive?

If it were remodeled inside and its roof repaired outside, the revenue it is likely to get from just three screens is not enough to pay a mortgage and other costs, owners of other Twin Cities theaters say.
Golden Corral, buffet of the South, opens first spot in Twin Cities Thursday

Golden Corral, buffet of the South, opens first spot in Twin Cities Thursday

Maple Grove Golden Corral plans to fill in the gaps that Old Country Buffet left behind.

J.C. Penney adds major appliance showrooms in Minnesota

Six showrooms will open Friday, with more to open in early fall.
Smart shopping: What customers really want is not always what they say they want

Smart shopping: What customers really want is not always what they say they want

Consumers can be very irrational beings. We say we want good customer service and locally owned retailers, for instance. But I'm not so sure.
Famous Dave's sales slip, but restaurant chain squeaks out a small profit gain

Famous Dave's sales slip, but restaurant chain squeaks out a small profit gain

Executives trimmed expenses sharply but couldn't keep up with the decline in revenue.
Jack Rajala, generational leader of Minnesota lumber family

Jack Rajala, generational leader of Minnesota lumber family

Jack Rajala was the rare timber man who was able to build a bridge between his family's logging business and those who wanted to conserve…
Edina's Evereve enlists experts to expand brand

Edina's Evereve enlists experts to expand brand

Crate & Barrel founder, others advise Edina-based women's store.
Sunday conversation with Wayne Zink of My Sister

Sunday conversation with Wayne Zink of My Sister

Wayne Zink, chairman of My Sister, and Mandy Multerer, CEO, formed a Twin Cities benefit corporation to bring awareness to sex trafficking and help women and girls affected by it.
Fresh Thyme opens two more stores, in Vadnais Heights and Savage

Fresh Thyme opens two more stores, in Vadnais Heights and Savage

The stores are the third and fourth on the way to a dozen that are planned for the Twin Cities.
Muller suburban movie theatres sold to Detroit company

Muller suburban movie theatres sold to Detroit company

The family-owned cinema chain stayed on top of the trends.
Edina's Galleria adding space for as many as 12 new stores

Edina's Galleria adding space for as many as 12 new stores

In other moves, Free People just opened, to be followed soon by Tory Burch and Vineyard Vines.
Lower food prices add to challenges at Supervalu

Lower food prices add to challenges at Supervalu

Conditions that have hurt sales and cut into profits aren't expected to go away this year.
Buffalo Wild Wings announces higher profits, but per-store sales remain under pressure

Buffalo Wild Wings announces higher profits, but per-store sales remain under pressure

Restaurant chain ended a streak of missing the profit mark analysts had set.
Retirement on credit?

Retirement on credit?

Credit cards are not the answer for securing retirement income.

Buffalo Wild Wings stock rises with new stakeholder disclosure

Marcato Capital says it wants a say in the company's strategy to boost its slumping shares.
Tile Shop recovers, builds momentum with product innovation

Tile Shop recovers, builds momentum with product innovation

Do-it-yourselfers and rehabbers help Plymouth retailer turn the corner.
Golden Corral will open in 2 former Old Country Buffets in Twin Cities

Golden Corral will open in 2 former Old Country Buffets in Twin Cities

As many as seven restaurants could open in Old Country sites throughout the Twin Cities.
Tile Shop shares drop as turnaround momentum slows

Tile Shop shares drop as turnaround momentum slows

The retailer's profit jumped sharply but slowing sales growth prompted a stock sell-off.
Meijer grocery chain drops plans for a Lake Elmo superstore

Meijer grocery chain drops plans for a Lake Elmo superstore

Superstore chain was exploring locations for four Twin Cities operations.
Local entrepreneur adds color in the bedroom

Local entrepreneur adds color in the bedroom

Local designer and entrepreneur Colette Jaffe finds a retail home in the North Loop
Buffalo Wild Wings launches Fast Break lunch guarantee

Buffalo Wild Wings launches Fast Break lunch guarantee

Most Americans have only 30 to 40 minutes for lunch from the time they arrive to the time they leave, according to research from Buffalo…
Albertville outlet mall stakes a bet on Finnish brand

Albertville outlet mall stakes a bet on Finnish brand

It's a test that's unusual for both the sportswear brand and the outlet mall.
Sam's Club takes advantage of Costco's Citi Visa fumble

Sam's Club takes advantage of Costco's Citi Visa fumble

There's a new salvo in the competition at the biggest big-box stores — and it may pay off for consumers this weekend. Sam's Club will allow people who have just a Costco membership card to shop its stores through Monday.
Want a beer with your book? That will be an option at Barnes & Noble

Want a beer with your book? That will be an option at Barnes & Noble

The expanded food and beverage service will open late 2017. The Calhoun Village location will close.
New Lakeville Hy-Vee grocery store will offer clothes, too

New Lakeville Hy-Vee grocery store will offer clothes, too

Hy-Vee adds even more grab-and-go items in its new Lakeville store opening Tuesday, as well as a fast fashion boutique.
Don't give away the family jewels; ask an expert what they're worth

Don't give away the family jewels; ask an expert what they're worth

It's possible that somewhere in a lifetime of accumulation lies a down payment on a new car, a weekend getaway or dinner at a nice restaurant.
Extreme Sandbox in Hastings lets adults play with really big toys

Extreme Sandbox in Hastings lets adults play with really big toys

The business is part of a growing industry that aims to provide thrills by letting people try out machinery that would normally be available only to trained specialists. In Minnesota, you can operate a battle tank, fly in a fighter jet simulator or drive a firetruck.
Tory Burch boutique coming to the Galleria

Tory Burch boutique coming to the Galleria

Burch's brand, which personifies a preppy bohemian look, has ascended quickly since she launched in 2004.
Cruising the Rhine the Viking way

Cruising the Rhine the Viking way

A springtime trip shows that Viking River Cruises is upholding its quality of service, even as it expands.
Frothy Minnesota market might not bear much more craft beer

Frothy Minnesota market might not bear much more craft beer

But even as beer drinkers celebrate their constantly growing range of choices, caution signs are starting to appear.
Coastal Seafoods sold to Chicago's Fortune Fish & Gourmet

Coastal Seafoods sold to Chicago's Fortune Fish & Gourmet

The new owner, a Chicago company, will retain locations and employees.
Anselmo was judge, mental health advocate

Anselmo was judge, mental health advocate

Arthur Anselmo recognized himself in Rudyard Kipling's poem "If.""If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same/ … Yours…
Glen Nelson, health care innovator and ex-Park Nicollet exec, dies at 79

Glen Nelson, health care innovator and ex-Park Nicollet exec, dies at 79

The husband of Marilyn Carlson Nelson went from the operating room to boardroom.
Prince's estate highlights the value of creating a will

Prince's estate highlights the value of creating a will

The taxes and financial hassle of an estate going through probate court ought to be enough to convince anyone -- even those with modest estates -- to have your affairs in order.
Mulberrys Garment Care launches app for delivery service in Minneapolis

Mulberrys Garment Care launches app for delivery service in Minneapolis

If Uber can transport Dan Miller when he travels, and Instacart delivers his groceries, why not a mobile app to pick up dry cleaning in…
Saks Off 5th outlet store opens Thursday in City Center

Saks Off 5th outlet store opens Thursday in City Center

Saks Off 5th, the outlet store of the Saks Fifth Avenue, is reopening Thursday in downtown Minneapolis, just across the street from a location it…
Scolding and shaming: The best retirement savings motivation?

Scolding and shaming: The best retirement savings motivation?

Are we in the middle class wearing blinders about retirement? We’re told that more than 60 percent of Americans have less than $25,000 saved for…
Soup biz heats up in Shakopee

Soup biz heats up in Shakopee

After almost 30 years, the Maggie and Mary's line is close to an overnight success with help from QVC and Sam's Club.
Minnesota-inspired Boathouse to open in Shanghai Disney

Minnesota-inspired Boathouse to open in Shanghai Disney

Schussler Creative is expanding its Boathouse restaurant to China after a successful year in Orlando's Disney Springs.
Oldest men's store in Minneapolis celebrates century in business

Oldest men's store in Minneapolis celebrates century in business

As Hubert White menswear turns 100, its longevity can be traced to staff, luck and a willingness to expand beyond suits and ties.
Solar `speed dating' matches consumers with firms that are building solar gardens

Solar `speed dating' matches consumers with firms that are building solar gardens

At Saturday's event, consumers can meet with six vendors and compare their contracts.
More stores join trend of charging customers for loyalty programs

More stores join trend of charging customers for loyalty programs

The vast majority of loyalty programs are free to consumers, but Restoration Hardware home furnishings stores recently joined a growing number of retailers to start charging a fee to get the rewards of shopping loyalty.
John Goodman, builder of senior-living communities, dies at 66

John Goodman, builder of senior-living communities, dies at 66

He designed homes that aimed to enhance residents' well-being
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