Winter Fun in the Twin Cities

January 10, 2022 4:35 pm

While Minnesota’s winter weather may be a bit discouraging when it comes to outdoor fun, the Twin Cities embraces its northern roots with a wide variety of family-friendly activities throughout the season.

From the St. Paul Winter Carnival to a kite festival (yes, in the winter!), an art sled rally at Powderhorn Park and so much more. Visit Family Fun Twin Cities’ comprehensive list, and make some fun winter plans!

Click HERE for the list

Sela Investments: Give and Receive This Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021 3:39 pm

Thanksgiving is a holiday of abundance, but after another year of the pandemic, many are still struggling just to make ends meet. Fortunately, there are plenty of food banks in the Twin Cities committed to making sure everyone’s plates are full.

Whether you’re looking to make a donation, to volunteer, or need a helping hand yourself, the following organizations have you covered.

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project – Food Bank Map

Second Harvest Heartland

Open Arms Minnesota – Annual Turkey Drive

Groveland Emergency Food Shelf

Meals on Wheels

Affordable Weekend Getaways: Minnesota Festivals & Events September 2021

September 8, 2021 5:28 pm

Looking to squeeze in an affordable family get-away or day trip before the chill sets in? Exploring our home state of Minnesota won’t break the bank and offers a glimpse into the cultural heritage of our many different regions, their history and traditions. Check out some of our favorite picks for festivals and events in greater MN this month:

Defeat of Jesse James Days
Northfield, MN
Sept 8th – 12th

An annual event that began in 1948, the residents of Northfield, MN have been reenacting the famed Jesse James robbery and celebrating their legacy in his defeat, since. Enjoy food, live music, rodeo, car show, arts and crafts and more. Learn more HERE.

Taste of Hutchinson
Hutchinson, MN
Sept 16th – 17th

A large annual arts festival held in beautiful downtown Hutchinson, MN, this event boasts 12,000 attendees each year. Shop a plethora of artists, makers, and craftspeople’s wares in Library Square Park, and partake in delicious food and live music through the weekend. Learn more HERE.
Boats & Bluegrass Festival
Winona, MN
Sept 23rd – 25th

Head to Winona, MN for a family-friendly fest on the shores of the Mighty Mississippi featuring 3 days of live music! Camping and boat rentals are available for your enjoyment, plus, kids 16 and under get in FREE with a paying adult. Learn more HERE.

To search dozens of other Minnesota-based destination events and festivals, visit Explore Minnesota HERE.

Decor on the Cheap: Valentine’s Day Craft Activities

February 8, 2021 4:28 pm

Living in a small space might be limiting in some ways, but to make an apartment a home, it’s the personal touches that matter. Add some seasonal panache to your place with cheap, easy craft ideas that you can do with the kids or on your own. Since we’re still staying home due to the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to put some “heart” in your Valentine’s decor.

Tissue Paper Hearts

Any easy and cute craft activity, you decorate a wall, fridge, or door with these pretty tissue paper hearts with just a few simple supplies.

Potato Stamp Heart

A classic DIY project, creating poster prints, framed art, v-day cards, gift wrap, and more from a simple potato print is a sure way to add a little sweetness to your space.

Paper Heart Garland

Beautiful year-round, these handmade heart garlands take a bit of patience, but add a cute, romantic pop to any room. Hang across a window, above a bed or across the top of a doorway for a little extra love.

Looking for more craft ideas? Check out this huge list of cute V-day crafts they’ll love HERE

Sela Investments Local Virtual Gift Guide 2020

December 9, 2020 8:35 pm

The holiday season is in full swing, but the way we shop and interact has changed significantly. We’ve sussed out some of the best ways to shop virtually and affordably — with a local twist! Check off your holiday gift list and support the little guys at the same time with our local guide.

St. Paul Virtual European Christmas Market

An annual holiday shopping tradition, St. Paul’s European Christmas Market has gone virtual this year, with access to local vendors and fun Facebook performances of your fave seasonal tunes. Shop here and learn more: Visit Website

Julmarknad: Virtual Winter Market at ASI

The American Swedish Institute may be shuttered temporarily due to the pandemic, but their holiday cheer remains in tact. Shop unique finds by scrolling through a comprehensive list of artists and makers on the ASI site. From jewelry to artwork to ceramics and much more, this Scandinavian maker’s mart is a great gifting source. More details: Visit Website

Roho Collective Virtual Market

Support local artists and fulfill your holiday wishlist at the same time! Roho Collective features artwork, apparel, and more hand-crafted by black artists based in the Twin Cities such as Ron Brown, Christopher Aaron Deanes, Angela Davis, and more. Learn more: Visit Website

NEMAA Online Holiday Shop

Nothing says “I love you” like local art. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) has created an addicting database of member artists and their handmade goods. From original paintings to $5 artist-made keychains and much more, NEMAA artists are a sure-bet on anyone’s happy holiday gift list. Shop now here: Visit Website

Cabin Fever: 3 Minnesota Cures for the Winter Blues

February 23, 2020 10:40 pm

Though we’re entering the home stretch of winter, the cabin fever is real! We’ve compiled a list of indoor/outdoor activities to get you primed for the big thaw, even though there’s still a chill in the air.

Stop to Smell the Flowers

Visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park for a literal breath of summer air. This temperature controlled 70 degrees Fahrenheit plant sanctuary is the perfect cure to your winter blues. Explore the Tropical Encounters exhibit for a bit of humidity and color, then take a spin through the Sunken Garden, Fern Room, Palm Dome, and much more — and experience a lush, green respite from the dreary landscape.

For more info click HERE

Climb Up

Climbing and ice don’t make a good combination during the winter months in the Twin Cities. Luckily, we’re home to a number of indoor rock climbing gyms where everyone from beginners to experts can try their hand at (safely) scaling a wall without worry of ice, snow, or arctic temps. Many gyms have day passes available for a one-time experience or to try it out, as well as monthly memberships.

For more info click HERE

Take a Sauna

When the winter chill just won’t leave your bones, a sauna is a surefire cure. Having made a resurgence over the past few years, the classic sauna experience can be found at a number of locations in the Twin Cities, from the YWCA to the Hewing Hotel (yes, you can get a day pass!), and even at the trailhead to Theo Wirth Park. Grab some friends and put the cold behind you — for a little while at least.

For more info click HERE

Shop Local: Holiday Pop-Up Markets in the Twin Cities

November 25, 2019 3:37 pm

Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for the special people on your list? The Twin Cities is full of makers, artists, small businesses, and more, ready to share their wares. Shop local this holiday season, and get creative with your gift giving.

Mill City Holiday Markets

Over 40 local farmers and makers get together each week in December to offer handmade gifts and food to round out your holiday season.

Dec. 7, 14, Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls., Click HERE for info.

Black Friday on Broadway

Head to the North side this weekend for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals from local shops and businesses on the West Broadway corridor.

Nov. 29-30, NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls. Click HERE for info.

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend with a German-style open air holiday market and community festival. Shop unique holiday gifts from local vendors, sample holiday food, and enjoy outdoor entertainment — don’t forget to bundle up!

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Downtown Excelsior, Click HERE for info.

Hygge Holiday Market

Craft cocktails and handmade holiday gifts? Sign us up! Head to Lawless Distilling in South Minneapolis Sundays in December to shop a rotating lineup of local artisans — while sipping a fancy cocktail.

Sundays Dec. 1-22, Lawless Distilling, 2619 28th Ave. S., Mpls., Click HERE for info.

For more Holiday pop-up markets, visit MSP Mag’s comprehensive list HERE.

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Fall Fun in the Twin Cities

October 21, 2019 2:01 pm

From family-friendly festivities to romantic fall foliage drives, Minnesota has you covered. Get out and celebrate the season before winter arrives! Below you’ll find a few of our top picks, but you can also visit for a comprehensive guide to seasonal and year-round fun in the region.

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular

@ Minnesota Zoo
Now through Nov 3rd

Pack up the fam and head to the Minnesota Zoo, where you’ll stroll the grounds taking in over 5000 carved, illuminated pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, from ground to tree top. Also explore the zoo’s straw maze and on the weekends, enjoy special entertainment such as live music, costumed characters, carousel rides, and more.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time via the MN Zoo website HERE.

Scenic Fall Colors Drive

Take a leisurely drive to see the fall colors changing before it’s too late. Up North the color rate has accelerated due to early frost, but we’ve still got plenty of colors popping in the middle and southern regions of the state. Check Explore MN for their weekly Fall Color Update — a guide to where to see the best fall colors by area. A nice romantic day trip with your partner or a treat for the kids, a fall foliage drive is a seasonal must-do.

Click HERE for the Fall Color Update

Fall Brew Tour

While not an “official” tour expedition, Autumn is the perfect time to hit up local and regional breweries to sample their hand-crafted wares. Keep it local within the city limits (Northeast Minneapolis is a mecca for craft breweries) or take a jaunt in just about any direction in the state of Minnesota to discover new brews. In fact, the Growler Magazine has a “Land of 10,000 Drinks” map to help you figure out your destination — from breweries to distilleries.

Click HERE for the Growler’s 10,000 Drinks Map

5 Tips to Make Moving Day Easier

August 26, 2019 7:29 pm

Whether you’re moving in or moving out, organization is key when the big day comes. There are a variety of things you can do to pre-plan and keep yourself on task. Below we’ve laid out tips and tricks for a smooth, hassle-free move:

– Start a running list of tasks a month before the big move, and slowly check things off your list such as downsizing your closet, donating items you don’t want to bring along, and making plans such as securing a moving company, enlisting friends, reserving a van, having a place for the kids and pets to go for the day, and more.

– Instead o buying expensive moving boxes, head to your local grocery or liquor store and ask for any empty boxes they may have — odds are they’ll have plenty. Also a great tip for moving books and other stackable objects: open-top cardboard totes available at bigger grocery stores make carrying and sorting easy.

– Don’t be stuck the first night in a new home without your toothbrush! Figuring out what goes where can be overwhelming after a hard day of manual labor, so pre-packing an essentials bag will ensure you have everything you need the first night. Pack medications, a fresh change of clothes, hygiene products, device chargers, and more — you can unpack the rest tomorrow.

– Power up on moving day with healthy snacks while you work — your body and mind will thank you for it. Pack a small cooler full of high-protein snacks, fruit, veggies, and beverages to help keep you going and save time. Save the pizza and beer for AFTER you’re done!

– Ensure you leave your old home spic and span, and alternately, have a few supplies immediately on hand at your new place by putting together a caddy of basic cleaning supplies. Paper towels, spray cleaner, garbage bags, and more will come in handy as you do a final pass prior to turning in your keys.

Summer Fun: 4 Cant-Miss Twin Cities Festivals

July 16, 2019 1:35 am

Summer in Minnesota is a beautiful thing. Make the most of it before hibernation season returns by exploring what the Twin Cities has to offer — from neighborhood-wide art experiences to quirky hometown festivals. Here are a few of our top picks for epic summer fun this July:

Hopkins Raspberry Festival

July 13-21st (Main events 19-21st) / Hopkins, MN

Apparently Hopkins used to be a Raspberry growing mecca, and to this day the metro area suburb still celebrates its history with gusto. From parades, street fairs, and fireworks to fishing competitions, “Raspberry Royalty” coronations, a classic car show and oh-so much more, this quirky hometown festival is definitely worth experiencing. Learn more HERE.

Open Streets Minneapolis

July 21st / Lake St. & Minnehaha Ave.

Open Streets pops up in various neighborhoods all summer, with the most timely edition landing in South Minneapolis’ Lake & Minnehaha area. In an event that allows the community to take back the streets, literally, you’ll be free to traverse a mapped-out expanse of city streets closed down to automotive traffic. Ride bikes, walk, rollerblade, enjoy food vendors, community activities, fun, and games throughout the neighborhood. Learn more HERE.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

July 27th / Various Locations

Head over North for this vibrant community-wide art crawl, with artists, galleries, theaters, and businesses opening their doors to showcase the colorful work of creatives living and working in North Minneapolis. Enjoy performances, food vendors, and original art by over 300 artists of various backgrounds, ages, and mediums. Learn more HERE.

Loring Park Art Festival

July 27-28th / Loring Park

Take a stroll through Minneapolis’ Loring Park to discover over 140 artists showcasing their wares over the course of two days. Peruse original works in a wide variety of mediums and price points. A fun experience for the whole family, the Loring Park Art Festival also offers tasty food and drink options from local faves such as Anchor Fish & Chips, Sarah’s Tipsy Pies, and more. Learn more HERE.

4 Minnesota Road Trip-Worthy Events in June

June 3, 2019 5:28 pm

Summer in Minnesota is full of unique, off-the-beaten-path experiences. From music festivals to small town novelty events, there’s always something fun (and often, weird) to discover in the land of 10,000 lakes. Take an affordable, close-to-home weekend adventure to check out something new. Road trip, anyone? Below you’ll find a few suggestions on cool and quirky events happening during the month of June:

40th Annual Woodtick Races

June 8th / The Woodtick Inn / Deerwood, MN

Only in Minnesota could you expect to find an event based on a woodland parasite. At the Woodtick Inn in beautiful Deerwood, MN, these bloodsuckers definitely get their moment in the sun. For 40 years, people have been showing up to “race” ticks on the Inn’s custom-made tick course. Human “jockeys” compete for cash and prizes, and also enjoy food, beer, entertainment, vendors, crafters, and more.

Click HERE to visit the Woodtick Race’s Facebook event page

Nisswa-Stamman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival

June 7th-8th / Nisswa, MN

Experience Scandinavian cultural music and traditions at this annual festival, which features over 150 folk musicians performing on five stages. Enjoy two all-day dance floors, a children’s activity tent, and traditional Scandinavian food (hello, Smörgåsbord) set to the backdrop of beautiful Nisswa Pioneer Village.

Learn more about the Nisswa-Stamman festival by clicking here

Turtle Fest

June 12-16th / Pelham, MN

Leave it up to Minnesotans to come up with a festival revolving around…turtles. Yes, Turtle Fest in Pelham, MN is an annual tradition that’s as cute as it sounds. A five day extravaganza, Turtle Fest features live music, food, kids activities, a street fair, a parade, a classic car show and of course, the town’s famous turtle races.

Visit the Turtle Fest website by clicking here

Paul Bunyan Days

June 28-29th / Akeley, MN

The town of Akeley aka “The Birthplace of Paul Bunyan” is well-known for its annual festival honoring this iconic figure of American folklore. For the 71st year in a row, you can partake in Akeley’s celebration, with food, music, a tractor pull, Paul Bunyan look-a-like contest, parades, minnow and turtle races, a flea market, art show, and much, much more.

Click here to learn more about Paul Bunyan Days

Bring the Outside In: 4 Ideas for Growing Plants Indoors

May 28, 2019 1:44 am

When you don’t have access to your own garden, but still want to bring the outside in, look into creating your very own container garden indoors. There are a wide variety of houseplants that can survive happily year round in your apartment. Not only do they bring a bit of vibrancy to your home, but they also purify the air — a great benefit for small spaces. In this post, we’ll fill you in on the hardiest houseplants and some fun ideas for indoor summer gardening to inspire your green thumb.

Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors

Head to your local nursery or Home Depot store to peruse their wide selection of starter plants — they’re already well on their way to healthy growth and are easy to transplant into pretty terracotta or plastic planters. In a sunny window, try your hand at growing hearty herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint, chives, and chervil. Learn some handy tips on indoor herb growing HERE.

Flowering Houseplants

Houseplants don’t need to be all leafy green varieties (though we love those too!). You can add a pop of color with low-light flowering plants such as Bromeliads, which have a tropical look and brightly hued, waxy flowers (Ikea carries these, and a great selection of other low-light thriving house plants, at affordable prices). We also love delicate African Violets, whose thick, fuzzy leaves and tiny purple blooms are both cheerful and charming. Click HERE for more flowering houseplant ideas.

Bonsai Trees

The beautiful Bonsai tree has long been connected to ancient customs and mind-balancing, zen practices. They thrive in warm environments, so in Minnesota, growing them indoors is ideal. Place in a sunny spot and enjoy incredibly low maintenance care and infrequent watering responsibilities. If you really want to get into the bonsai spirit, regularly trim and prune your tree to influence its shape. Find Bonsai online or head to Ikea’s garden department.

Hardy Leafy Varietals

Your local garden center is rife with good, hardy houseplants at affordable prices. Add some lush greenery to your apartment without worrying about needing full sunlight or dealing with finicky plants that need a lot of attention to survive. Fiddle Leaf Fig plants offer dark, waxy green leaves and grow high, not wide, saving you floor space. Pothos plants can be hung in a basket or potted normally, with tie-dye looking leafy vines that are known for their air purification properties. Learn more about many other wonderfully hardy houseplants HERE.

3 Ideas for Updating Your Apartment for Spring

April 22, 2019 4:16 pm

Spring is the perfect time to add some color and life to your space. Play with floral prints, tropical hues, plants, and more to bring energy and good vibes inside, and reflect the colors of the season. Here are a few suggestions:

Ikea Plants & Decor

Redecorate without breaking the bank by raiding Ikea for cute home decor, accent pieces, and yes….plants! We particularly love Ikea’s seasonal selections, from hardy house plants and succulents to delicate orchids and more. Their artificial flower and plant selection is nice as well, if you don’t have a green thumb. Pick up cute pots, baskets, and accessories to bring the outside in this Spring.

Artist-Designed Decor

A one-stop-shop for artist-designed art and decor, Society 6 allows you to select from thousands of creative options in the realm of art prints, pillow cases, shower curtains, furniture, and more. If you fancy yourself an artist, you can also upload your own designs and personalize your interior in more ways than one.

Mirror, Mirror

The easiest way to open up your space, create a brighter mood, and reflect color and light is by decorating with mirrors. Create a salon-style wall hanging installation with small vintage mirrors, or go big with an over-sized piece that you can lean against the wall. Mirrors make any space feel bigger, so if you’re feeling a bit claustrophobic in any room, try this stylish, functional, and easy solution.

Things to Do: Ice Castles in Excelsior

February 18, 2019 4:40 pm

Photo credit: AJ Mellor for

Embrace the deep freeze and celebrate the Minnesota way — by bundling up and exploring the great outdoors. Get together with family and friends to explore the Ice Castles attraction in Excelsior, MN, a winter wonderland that’s fun for all ages. Wander among hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by ice artists and marvel at LED-lit sculptures throughout. Wind your way through the ice caves, climb a tower, and take the fun way down on a solid ice slide. A unique winter adventure, close to home!

You’ll warm up with fire dancers and hula hoopers from Insphyre Performance, who beautifully contrast the icy backdrop with their fiery talents from 6-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. For the kids, come on Saturday or Sunday afternoons between 12-5pm to take a photo with the enchanted Frozen sisters.

For more info, hours of operation, and to purchase tickets in advance (recommended) click HERE.

Winter Rules & Tips from Sela Investments

January 14, 2019 8:54 pm
When inclement weather strikes, please take extra care and caution when navigating the property and the streets.
– After a snowfall, please refrain from parking in the lot until it has been completely plowed
– Report any slick or icy patches on sidewalks, steps, or entryways
– Report any unplowed/unshoveled/blocked areas or other dangerous conditions
– Driving can dangerous with black ice and we advise you to take precautions while on the road
If you have any questions or want to report ice patches or dangerous conditions, please contact our office at (952) 925-3878.