I traveled to Minneapolis for five weeks to start an internship with Greenspring Media, publisher of flagship magazines Minnesota Monthly and Midwest Home. I worked remotely the next seven weeks of the internship, communicating with editors and making lots of phone interviews. Here are my published pieces, arranged by publication and date published:
Twin Cities Living
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Appreciate the Arts
Amp up your week with Twin Cities cultural events, from baseball to ballet, from museums to music
Hands-on exhibits in nationally acclaimed museums across the Twin Cities connect visitors to science, art and local history.
For history, head to the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, where the Mill City Museum features an eight-story glass elevator that shows every step of flour production, once a booming industry here. After your ride, the Baking Lab reveals the finished product, with cake demonstrations you can taste.
Designed for families, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children’s Museum present learning opportunities for kids. The Science Museum has hands-on experiments, like a tornado simulator and a wave machine, as well as dinosaur fossils to amaze the little ones. The Children’s Museum was renovated in 2017 to expand the amount of opportunities for kids, including a laser maze and a café. Its mission is to bring out creativity in children through play.
For more science-centered learning, head to the Bakken Museum or the Bell Museum. The Bakken Museum has a unique focus on electricity and the STEM field. The Bell Museum is localized to Minnesota with science, art and environmental subjects. It reopened with a new building last summer and introduced exhibits like a diorama showing Minnesota during the Ice Age. Enjoy a show at the new planetarium or gaze out at the green roof and observation deck.
The University of Minnesota boasts a large art museum designed by architect Frank Gehry. Marvel at the glittery silver loops on the outside of the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum and look at inspiring art on the inside. For contemporary flair, check out the Walker Art Center. With a clean and modern style, the Walker Art Center shows new forms of visual art, dance, music, theater, architecture and more. A newly opened exhibition highlights favorites from the museum’s collection; it will be on display until September 2021.
For the largest variety, check out the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It has a permanent collection of over 89,000 objects and a variety of seasonal exhibitions. Admission is free, but you can always donate to support the arts.
The American Swedish Institute is a two-building campus dedicated to Swedish heritage. Tour the historic Turnblad Mansion, former home of Swedish immigrant and newspaper owner Swan Turnblad, to be surrounded by intricate woodwork and stone. Inside the Nelson Cultural Center, browse new and old Swedish art and objects. An exhibit on Vikings will be showing until Oct. 27.
The Museum of Russian Art is located in an old Spanish colonial church and seeks to educate the public through engagement in Russian art. You can even watch the Nitka Russian Folk Group circle dance in their bright, patterned costumes.
Located in St. Paul, the Landmark Center is focused on preserving history and architectural feats in the community. The Ramsey County Historical Society has a gallery to show St. Paul and the county’s history, and you can even get guided tour of Gibbs Farm led by costumed interpreters.
The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul also brings local history to light. Exhibits are dedicated to learning about Minnesota. Recently opened “First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom” explores the local club that led to a rising music scene. Get a stunning view of the State Capitol through a large picture window and view the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections.
For a niche view of local history, visit the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. It has scaled reproductions of the Twin Cities’ railroad history. Then head over to the James J. Hill House to see the largest house in St. Paul, built for railroad tycoon James Hill. Guided tours through the stately home show the Victorian wealth and traditions of the family.
Not every city can brag about its literature scene. For bibliophiles and new readers alike, Minneapolis and St. Paul have many independent book stores, plus a plethora of libraries across the area. Minneapolis Central Library is the largest. With 353,000 square feet and 38.5 miles of shelving, reading resources abound.
Located in a three-story brick building downtown, Open Book is a center for literature, housing the Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a café and Milkweed Editions. Milkweed sells books and has published around 350 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, receiving many awards and recognitions. The Loft Literary Center helps writers advance, with classes, readings, presentations, and 2019’s new Minneapolis-wide book festival Wordplay in spring.
Take young readers to Wild Rumpus for a memorable experience. Along with many books, organized by subject, you’ll find plenty of animals in store. Pet a chinchilla and sit for a book reading. If you buy a Wild Rumpus canvas tote bag and bring it with you, you receive a 20-percent discount.
Eat My Words and Midway Used and Rare Books specialize in used, rare, out-of-circulation books. If you’re searching for a particular edition, these are the places to look. Eat My Words also has monthly open-mic nights, occasional concerts and book signings.
For more literature events, check Moon Palace Books’ calendar. The Minneapolis book store hosts concerts, readings, trivia nights, different book clubs, and more interactive events. Inside is Geek Love Café, a spot for wine, pizza, salad and breakfast food. Moon Palace speaks out against inequality, much like another local store. Boneshaker Books has a highly motivated volunteer staff that is passionate about social justice. They even deliver books to locals by bicycle, conserving energy in kitschy fashion. How cute is that?
Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction & Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstores is a two-in-one location for lovers of science fiction and mystery. Uncle Hugo’s is the oldest independent science-fiction bookstore in America. For more mystery, there’s also Once Upon a Crime. It has author events most weeks and a charming southwest Minneapolis storefront.
Birchbark Book & Native Arts celebrates the Native population by selling jewelry and other handmade goods in addition to books by indigenous makers. It has a real local focus. Another local favorite is Magers & Quinn Booksellers, a large store in a walkable location uptown. It has a little (or a lot) of everything. You can even bring your used books to consign at Magers & Quinn.
Common Good Books has been carrying a large selection for almost 13 years and an annual poetry competition. SubText Books offers book clubs so customers can get involved. Enjoy cookbook club or “Books and Bars.” Either side of the river provides wonderful opportunities to learn.
April 13 marks the first Minnesota United FC game at Allianz Field. Watch the Loons in our newest stadium, in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, where 19,400 seats put you within 17-125 feet of the pitch. And the Twin Cities have more than major league soccer to experience, with athletics for every season.
The Minnesota Twins finished second in the American League Central division in 2018. Fireworks burst over Target Field after 49 home wins last season. Enjoy the game with uncommonly delicious concessions overseen by chef Justin Sutherland, St. Paul native and Iron Chef winner. Grab a classic, like a bag of peanuts, or head to Bat & Barrel for everything from Red Rabbit chicken Parmesan to Baja Haus ceviche.
Super Bowl LII venue U.S. Bank Stadium houses the Minnesota Vikings. The first time you see a home game, you’ll be amazed at the indoor setup. A glass roof evokes an outdoor stadium while shielding you from the elements. Look out at the skyline while the Vikings score. Last season, they went 8-7-1 and finished second in their conference. The team also gets involved with the community, providing opportunities to meet the players and hosting a 5K in the fall.
As skilled on the icy roads as Minnesotans are, our hockey players truly conquer the ice. The Minnesota Wild plays at the Xcel Energy Center, the same four-tiered venue that hosts Ariana Grande, the Backstreet Boys, and Queen this year. Otherwise, put on red and forest green and check out a home game.
At Target Center, catch the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). The Lynx are tied with the Houston Comets for the most titles in WNBA history, making our team one to watch. At a Wolves game, get a picture with Crunch, the team mascot, and get used to Target Center, because it also hosts big-name concerts and performances.
The University of Minnesota has 25 Division-One teams, with some of the best facilities in the nation. Williams Arena, home to Golden Gopher Men’s and Women’s Basketball, has tradition and prestige dating back to 1928, boasting the largest capacity of any U.S. college basketball arena from 1950 to 1971. TCF Bank Stadium, the 80,000-seat home of Gophers football, is the first college football stadium to be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
With so many performances in the Twin Cities, there’s no reason not to have a date night. We have more than 75 theater companies, 20 dance companies and serious musical talent. You can catch anything from a one-man show to a symphony.
The Guthrie Theater catches your eye in downtown Minneapolis, with its blue façade and 170-plus-foot, cantilevered observation deck jutting out toward the river. Inside, nationally acclaimed plays earned the Guthrie a regional Tony Award in 1982. The theater was born out of an ad Sir Tyrone Guthrie put in the New York Times in 1959. He was looking for a city to build his dream theater in, and he chose Minneapolis. He became known as the “most important, British-born theater director of his time.” Head to his dream, check out the three stages and see if his vision exceeds your expectations. “The Bacchae” directed by highly acclaimed Anne Bogart as well as an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma” are soon to hit the stage.
Originally called “the Hennepin,” the Orpheum Theatre, in west downtown, is the face of performing-arts nonprofit Hennepin Theatre Trust. Watch for a large, touring Broadway show at this local staple. Concerts, celebrity speakers and comedians also take the stage at the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s venues, which include State Theatre and Pantages Theatre just blocks away. Upcoming shows include “Rent,” an adaptation of Mean Girls and a performance by the Piano Guys. They set themselves apart architecturally, too, flaunting art deco style and old-school marquees glittering over Hennepin Avenue.
Theater here isn’t just for adults. Children’s Theatre Company puts on colorful, big-production blockbusters, like Cinderella and Annie, and adapts classic children’s literature to entertain the youngest members of your family. You’ll enjoy it, too; the Children’s Theater Company was the first theater for kids to win the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. If your little ones are particularly taken, the company has camps and programs to bring kids into the theater world.
At Jungle Theater in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood, neon palm trees welcome you to a venue of critical esteem helmed by intrepid artistic director Sarah Rasmussen. The theater seats 150, bringing actors in close. Theatre in the Round, in Minneapolis, and Park Square Theater, in St. Paul, also peddle acclaimed, small-theater experiences.
Penumbra Theatre, the nation’s largest African American theater, brings black stories to life and through powerful performances and playwriting. Mixed Blood Theatre promotes diversity while History Theatre highlights Minnesota’s past. The Fitzgerald Theater, owned by Minnesota Public Radio, is the oldest active theater in St. Paul. It seeks to enlighten the community through thought-provoking programs like “National Geographic Live.”
While in St. Paul, check out the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts centers. Here, you’ll find Broadway, classical, and cultural performances. Mike Birbiglia’s The New One comes to the Ordway in October to wow audiences with humor in a show Lin-Manuel Miranda called “as perfect of a night as you’re gonna get.” The Ordway is partnered with the Minnesota Opera, the Schubert Club and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra—the nation’s only full-time professional chamber orchestra. For more strings, head to Orchestra Hall and listen to the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra. The hall has been beautifully renovated to provide comfort and amazing acoustics for a timeless sound. For more musical talent, hear a performance by decorated choral group VocalEssence or the Bach Society of Minnesota. Dance companies also fill the area, including James Sewell Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, the TU Dance contemporary dance company, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Anaya Dance Theatre for contemporary Indian dance and Ragamala Dance Company for a more traditional take on Indian dance.
Living in Luxury
High-end condominiums and apartments make the Twin Cities a great place to call home.
You don’t have to move to the suburbs to get square footage and a dream kitchen. Enjoy a spacious floor plan in downtown condos with added amenities like skyway access, saunas, and stunning views. From penthouses to studio apartments, the city has many options to live in style.
Restaurant and entertainment hub Mill District has a variety of high rises and units available for purchase. The Humboldt Lofts sits next door to the Mill City Museum and across the street from the Guthrie Theater. Expect exposed brick, 12-foot tall ceilings and up to 4,000 square feet. Expect prices from $500,000 to $2 million. Look to Stonebridge lofts for impeccable views of the Mississippi River and a clean, modern feel. The lobby doubles as an art gallery, bringing the amenities as soon as you walk in the door.
Also in the Mill District is Park Avenue Lofts, a 24-unit complex featuring townhomes and condos. Residents all have access to a fabulous rooftop cabana and an interior courtyard for top-notch outdoor living. Neighboring complex The Carlyle is no stranger to luxury. The 39-story building has amenities like a rooftop pool and guest suites. Recent sales start at $325,000 and go to $4.3 million. The newest development in the neighborhood is The Legacy, a complex with modern design and high-end finishes. It is overflowing with amenities for you and your pet, from a golf simulator to an indoor pet relief area. They both might come in handy during our cold winters.
For new construction outside of the Mill District, check out Portland Tower. It is a 10-minute walk to U.S. Bank Stadium and close to light rails, making everything accessible. If you prefer to drive, your car will be warm and ready in the heated parking spots. Few units are remaining, but a new project is beginning in the Northeast. Alia, a planned 40-story complex, is projected to have six penthouses and bright, airy spaces. Live among the arts scene but enjoy the luxury of a highrise in this new project.
An established complex in the Northeast is Village Lofts at St. Anthony Falls. There’s lofts, penthouses and townhomes, so you should find the right size for you. It is also a great option for space, with units over 4,000 square feet. Plus, you won’t miss out on a gourmet kitchen and extravagant finishes.
Over the river and connected to the Skyway is the Ivy Residences. This complex is tied to Hotel Ivy and incorporates the historic Ivy Tower giving it that old-school charm among the many modern conveniences. Make use of the Salon Ivy Salon and Spa or walk through the Skyway to any of the nearby businesses. Did I mention it’s connected to the Skyway?
There are many skyway-connected rentals in Minneapolis. The Nic on Fifth is no exception and is also next to the skyrails for easy trips to St. Paul. A studio apartment starts at $1,500 per month and works its way over $9,300 for a 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom unit. There’s plenty of options in between, for there are 25 floor plans total. Nearby, 365 Nicollet offers a spread of amenities, from a shuffleboard court to a dog agility park. With 39 floor plans and a wide range of prices, this dog-friendly complex could be your new home.
You can gaze at the Guthrie from the rooftop deck of The Encore in the Mill District. Take a stroll around the neighborhood, or relax in the spa or on the outdoor yoga deck. Located nearby is Latitude 45, located above the top-tier dining of Eastside restaurant. Your dogs will love the rooftop pet oasis, and you can enjoy the wine bar with private wine lockers. Studios start at $1,500 per month while 2-bedroom go up to almost $4,000.
Mill & Main follows suit with luxurious amenities and beautiful upgrades. With 64 floor plans including townhomes, there’s surely a unit to fit your lifestyle. Common areas include a coffee bar, heated pools, a car wash station, and there’s even suites for guests. In the Northeast, the M on on Hennepin promises a high-end experience in an up-and-coming community. There’s amenities to fit your hobbies, like a workshop, a library, a bike repair station and a yoga studio. Minneapolis apartments and condos should blend into your life.
St. Paul mirrors Minneapolis’ plethora of options with its own real estate gems. Expect a historic twist in this city, providing more exposed brick and ornate detailing. The Great Northern Lofts are in the refurbished 1888 James J. Hill Office Building. The result is beautiful units with 11-feet tall brick barrel vault ceilings. This complex has a quaint charm, including a brick courtyard arched windows throughout.
The Lowry Lofts give that true loft feel, with exposed ductwork meeting luxe materials. This 14-floor historic building contains mostly one- and two-bedroom units, but sizes vary up to a 5,100-square-foot penthouse listed at $1.9 million. Plus, who wouldn’t want to live in this lovely building? If you’re more akin to renting, you can also rent in the Lowry.
Park Towers keeps its luxury residences at the top of the 25-story Landmark Tower. This skyway-connected building is adjoined to the St. Paul Hotel and makes use of the concierge and valet services. Units vary from 1,500 to over 4,000 square feet, making your home spacious as well as lavish.
Located in historic Ramsey Hill, Western Row Condos is a new development with loads of potential. Choose any of the eight floor plans and choose your finishes. There’s options for one, two and three bedroom units. Once you’ve made your home, explore the area and local boutiques and cafes. It’s a beautiful corner of a big city.
If you’re not quite ready to purchase your piece of the Twin Cities, you can still rent in one of our fabulous apartment complexes. St. Paul is full of pet-friendly, high-end apartments to fit your every need. Vintage on Selby has 36 floor plans named after favorite mid-century stars. Take the Hepburn, for instance; this penthouse rents for around $7,000 per month and includes 3 bedrooms, 2-and-a-half bathrooms and 2,585 square feet. The complex includes a spacious backyard and dog park.
What is more Minnesota than an apartment complex equipped with a Caribou Coffee? Check out the amenity-packed Penfield Apartments. There’s everything you could need—grilling stations, a dog washing station, bike storage and a Lund’s grocery store on site. A studio apartment starts at $1,100 per month, and large three-bedroom units top off the complex.
Skyway-connected 333 on the Park joins Penfield in Lowertown and has a similar feel with extensive amenities and high-end finishes. There’s 24 floor plans to choose from, most containing one or two bedrooms. Extra space is in community features like a sky lounge with a full kitchen and a rooftop deck. Nearby Lofts at Farmers Market features soaring ceilings and clerestory windows for a fresh, well-lit space. Relax by the rooftop firepit or in the lobby with a cup of coffee. Mears Park is across the street and hosts many family-friendly events and summertime concerts.
Lowertown Lofts boasts exposed beams and charm in a multitude of floor plans. Rent ranges from $1-3,000. These lofts claim a pet culture like no other with local dog parks and a dog spa. For non-pawed residents, enjoy an arcade with classic games and a yoga studio. There are even dedicated music rooms with pianos ready to be played.
No matter if you rent in a highrise or buy a townhome, the Twin Cities welcomes luxury in our urban real estate scene. Experience the lavish perks of living in the city and enjoy the beautiful views.
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