Two love-centered business retreats will be taking place in the Philadelphia area this February.

DillonMarcus, a consulting firm in Cherry Hill, N.J., that created a business curriculum built upon the idea of love, is offering both retreats. The first, taking place Feb. 3 at the Beneficial Bank’s Training Center, is called Unstoppable Selling and will focus on instructing sales people to be missionaries of help.

The second, Creating Loyal, Loving Fans for Life, will be held Feb. 12 at the Citizens Bank Park. This retreat, created in partnership with Tom Burgoyne (known for his portrayal of Philadelphia Phillie’s Phillie Phanatic) will teach attendees to ask the question, “What if your customers loved you the way people love the Phillie Phanatic?” Seven loyalty fundamentals will be shared.  

“We visit great companies with our SoundingBoard CEO group and we see the direct correlation that being loving has on business results,” says Evan Marcus, partner, DillonMarcus. “We get such a positive reaction to our programs because most people see the value—the long-term payoff—in doing the right thing.”

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A farm implement warehouse built in 1897 in Minneapolis’ North Loop may have seemed like an odd choice to rehabilitate into an upscale hotel. The warehouse, then called the Jackson Building, was empty for several years when Aparium Hotel Group LLC bought the property in September 2015. Although the Chicago-based company did a full rehabilitation of the building over a little more than two years, it sought to maintain the historic charm. 

 

The Premier Executive River View Suite bathroom on the 25th floor of the new Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis has likely the best view from a bathtub in the city. Beyond the tub, the floor-to-ceiling windows reveal the Mississippi River, a large swath of the northern and western Twin Cities, and the meandering lines of Interstate Highways 394 and 94.

 

At Chankaska Creek Ranch, Winery & Distillery, the biggest allure isn’t the event center, where hundreds can mingle under its rafters, lofted ceiling, and two-tiered chandeliers. It’s not the barrel room, where up to 75 guests can converse amid the barrels lining the walls. Nor is it the myriad other spaces, including the creek-side tent with its floor-to-ceiling paned windows or the rustic atmosphere of the spirits room with its corrugated metal bar and pendant chandelier.