• Dinner, Drinks and Virtual Reality in St. Louis Park

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

    The new virtual reality lab boasts cutting-edge technology, in-house pizza, and local beer and wine. 

REM sleep is characterized by rapid eye movements, dreaming and bodily movement, and by using virtual reality, REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory is trying to simulate exactly that.

Since opening in St. Louis Park in September 2018, REM5 has sought after clients who cofounder Amir Berenjian deems “the other 99 percent—folks who would not consider themselves gamers, but who are interested in a unique experience.”  

The space was built to be flexible for all types of people and events. With 6,000 square feet of event space and a maximum capacity of 125 people, REM5 is a venue well-suited for teambuilding activities.

“Going into VR takes everybody out of their comfort zone,” says Berenjian. “It’s an excuse for people to let their guard down and just act like kids. What’s better than looking at your boss being all silly and taking fun pictures and videos?”  

Perhaps one thing that’s better is experiencing VR technology along with fabulous food made in-house and a balanced list of local craft beers and wine. The space is a headache-free, turnkey solution. REM5’s goal is to break down the stereotypes surrounding virtual reality. “VR is for everybody,” says Berenjian. “It’s a unique, fun experience. Everybody’s looking for something fun to do these days, and we fit that bill.” 

A beautiful new $12 million venue, located between two quarries in Waite Park, Minnesota, is now available to host up to 6,000 guests for outdoor entertainment. The Ledge Amphitheater is a must-see attraction for guests to experience the beauty of this region while enjoying national and local events such as music concerts, comedians, movies in the park, vendor shows, community events and several other acts and performances. 

 

Sustainability and a broad range of uses are at the heart of the newly redesigned Minneapolis Convention Center Plazalocated on the south side of downtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 30 to celebrate the 2.5-acre plaza that is built atop an underground parking ramp and includes a lawn area for events, updated lighting, and new walkways and seating options. 

 

Making the most of Minnesota’s ideal (and ever-fleeting) outdoor event season is a time-honored tradition, but outdoor venues hold a whole new appeal in a post-pandemic landscape. 
Plein air events can offer planners plenty of space to safely distance their guests as well as peace of mind to attendees still wary of in-person gatherings—as well as some much-needed screen-free interaction.