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Flashback: A Look Back at the Machine Shop

The historic Machine Shop has returned in full force as one of the hottest venues in the city. Originally built in 1916, the building was originally used a machinery shop for the Pillsbury A-Mill. Now, it’s an industrial-chic event space as of July 2016. “The building has been carefully restored, keeping the surviving original 1916 architectural details intact,” says Stephanie Guidera, director of sales and marketing.

Minnesota has a Slew of Zesty Wineries and Vineyards to Wine and Dine

Minnesota is known for its scenic beauty—from its many lakes to its beautiful forests to its western prairies—much of which is captured on the properties of numerous wineries throughout the state. From a winery in Winona that overlooks the rolling ridges of the bluffs of the Mississippi River to one in Red Wing that sits on a working farm to another in St. Louis Park that gives visitors a “view” of the world, Minnesota is stockpiled with wineries that not only offer picturesque views but also private meeting and event space. 

Skyrock Farm & Carousel is a Hidden Gem Waiting to be Discovered

At first, Skyrock Farm & Carousel looks like any other farm on the winding country road. Horses grazing beside the barns and a yellow farmhouse are the picture of rural charm. Only a miniature train track offers a hint that this isn’t a typical homestead. But waiting inside the event space are horses of a different kind. Step inside and be transported to a Parisian street carnival from the 1900s, where ornate organs and carousels of every size create a grand visual and musical feast worthy of a museum.

Hop21 Serves up a Stellar Team-Building Activity

The first of its kind in the Twin Cities, Hop21 is a table tennis club and bar that doubles as an ace team-building outing. The 4,500-squarefoot space is fit for 20-125 guests. “Anybody can play; you don’t have to be a super athlete … that’s what’s great about pingpong,” says CEO and Chief Manager Max Vinogradov, a self-deemed pingpong amateur who grew up playing in Russia.

Network and Create Craft Cocktails at coup d'etat

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a mixology class at coup d’etat in Uptown Minneapolis. The class was held in one of their semi-private dining areas, where 18 of us had the pleasure of creating five signature cocktails with our mixologist Alex.

Take Business to One of Minnesota’s Many Lakefront Venues

Get away and get business done. Being the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota has no shortage of lakefront retreats. These resorts are located on lakefronts and are able to accommodate corporate meetings and conferences.

Ludlow’s Island Resort, Cook

No cars. No motorized traffic at all. Gilligan’s Island? Nope. We’re talking about Ludlow’s Island Resort, located on Lake Vermilion.

Head upstairs and outside to some of the finest rooftops and patios in Minnesota

Spectacular rooftop views abound in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. From the very tops of restaurants, hotels and event centers, visitors enjoy sights such as skyline glimpses and picturesque lakes before, during and after private events. With a charming atmosphere on an outdoor patio included for good measure, the following are six local spots with views that take your breath away.

Union Rooftop, Minneapolis

Imagine enjoying a scrumptious dinner with snow falling all around you.

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