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For the estimated 18% of real-tree buyers who opt to cut their own Christmas tree, the ritual is as much about the experience as it is about the perfect pine. Local tree farms have worked hard to make that experience merry and bright, by adding extras like Santa Claus visits, gift shops, craft classes, bonfires for making s’mores and sled rides featuring live reindeer.
More than a century of downtown Minneapolis shopping came to a halt in 2017 when Dayton’s successor Macy’s moved out of the historic building. While the old department store is long gone, the project’s developers revived an old Dayton’s tradition: the holiday display windows.
A look at what's been accomplished thus far in 2021, and what to look forward to!
Maverick offers clothing for women, girls, infants

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“Face coverings will continue to be strongly recommended for guests and team members who are not fully vaccinated and we’ll continue our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing, throughout our stores,” the Minneapolis-based retailer announced in a news release.
It has been a year since COVID-19 came to Minnesota, and community members are learning to make things work.
Where many industries are struggling to keep viable, outfitters are making hay during an unusually prosperous January.
What the word "local" really mean to the American public these days?
City of Lights events curtailed, but stores were open, Santa saw kids and everyone enjoyed fireworks
When you spend at a local business, tell the owner about your commitment to it. It can give both a monetary and emotional boost when store operators most need it.

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There are lots of options for tech gifts to make this season more enjoyable at home from a smart light bulb to 75-inch ultra high definition TVs.
The virus spreads most often when a person is symptomatic, but it’s important to quarantine or isolate even when no symptoms are present after testing positive or being around someone who has.
A number of businesses are making things work and finding options and thriving even with the challenging conditions.

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