Twin Cities #3 On HuffPo’s Happiest, Healthiest Metros!

September 5, 2013 4:35 pm

We are pretty proud to live in the Twin Cities, but it is always nice to be acknowledged as  a great place to live! Today, in the Huffington Post, the metro area was number three on the list of its’ “Happiest, Healthiest Cities” – only being topped by San Jose, CA and Salt Lake City, UT.

It seems that our healthy lifestyles are paying dividends in making the Cities a great place to live and be healthy:

It’s not the rustic Nordic diet that catapulted the Twin Cities to heart-healthy superstardom. Credit city planners, local doctors, and area hospitals — and it’s been decades in the making. “It’s part of the fabric of our work here,” says Courtney Jordan Baechler, M.D., a cardiologist at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. “People have spent decades boosting heart health by making the area more bikeable, for example, and offering cholesterol and blood pressure screenings to everyone.”

You can read more and check out the full list here!

Buying The Basics: Great Shower Curtains!

August 27, 2013 5:21 pm

When you move into a new place, your budget may be a little tight. Some of the accessories that you may want to add are sometimes out of your price range. Our friends at Apartment Therapy have a great top ten list of some amazing shower curtains that should be well within everyone’s budget!

Here are a few of our favorites:



Check out the rest here!

Minnesota State Fair Is Now Open!

August 23, 2013 5:39 pm

It is that time of year we look forward to eating a bunch of new things on a stick – Minnesota State Fair time!

There is tons to do and and see, but be sure to check this schedule from the Fair that includes some great discount days!

Minneapolis Tops NerdWallet’s Best City For Recreation List!

August 14, 2013 5:12 pm

Okay, we love Minneapolis, but it is nice for the city to be acknowleged as the best place for recreation in the US. St. Paul came in third (falling short of Portland, OR). In both summer and winter, both cities provide almost limitless activities for its’ residents.

Congratulations to both cities!


From NerdWallet:

Minneapolis offers a bounty of recreational opportunities. You can lace up your ice skates and hit the ice at The Depot, an indoor skating rink inside a restored railroad depot. Avid skateboarders can check out the six skate parks in Minneapolis, while golfers can tee up on one of seven courses. There are even disc golf courses for Frisbee fans! Hiking, biking and skiing trails can be found at Fort Snelling State Park, an historic military site. Whether you’re looking to start a fall sports league or go camping for the weekend, Minneapolis has the perfect accommodations. The University of Minnesota runs youth programs for area children, as well.

Show Off Your Apartment to WIN!

August 2, 2013 4:09 pm

We are looking for photos of currently occupied units in our buildings. If you are interested in being considered, let us know! Every resident selected will receive a $50 gift card.

Please email to enter the contest.

Submission Instructions:

  • Enter “Apartment Photo” in the subject line
  • Include the following in the body of the email:
    Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Building, Unit Number & Photographs

New Tenant Portal: Email Address Drawing for a Free Gift Card!

August 2, 2013 3:51 pm

We will now be offering exciting new tenant conveniences all online and via email.

Benefits you will receive:

  • Paying Rent Online
  • Online Maintenance Requests
  • Access to your tenant file
  • Access to urgent notifications immediately

We need your email address to include you in our new and improved communications. We will be running a drawing for a $50 gift card to Target, Lunds or Cub Foods. We will randomly draw a name from each set of 50 new emails we receive as a winner. The more emails we receive the more gift card winners.

Please email to enter the contest.

Submission Instructions:

  • Enter “Email Address” in the subject line
  • Include the following in the body of the email:
    Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Building, Unit Number

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the contest and winner announcements. We will also contact the winner via phone and email.

Join in on the drawing and get connected with us!

Mother’s Day In The Twin Cities

May 9, 2013 4:44 pm

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday? Our editor put together a list of where to get your brunch reservations, order your flowers or send a gift if you can’t see your mother on her special day!

Mother’s Day Brunch: The Twin Cities are full of great places to have brunch on Sunday. Reservations are a must on one of the busiest brunch days of the year. You can find the perfect spot on Open Table (and get earn points toward free meals)! If you are going to Mom’s house, why not stop at Cafe Arnaud for a special treat.

Flowers: Yes, you can literally phone or click it in with the standard FTD bouquet, but for something a little more special you might want to use A Johnson & Sons or Fleur de Lis.

If you can’t be with your mother, there are some great e-tailers to get a gift to her in time. One of our favorites Dragonfly Cakes has beautiful petit fours for the occasion or you can send your love in the form of an Amazon gift card – for everything from books to electronics!

Most of all enjoy the date and celebrate the mothers in your life!

Spring Flowers! Finally!

April 30, 2013 7:54 pm

With all of the local farmers’ markets finally opening up, now is a great opportunity to fill your apartment with the gorgeous (and inexpensive) flowers available. Enjoy the smells in your apartment that only cheery flowers can provide.

To help you make your bouquets last longer, check out the great tips at Apartment Therapy!

Nice Ride Expands With 24 New Stations This Spring!

April 9, 2013 7:49 pm

It is finally getting to be spring in Minnesota. Really, don’t let those flurries discourage your spring dreaming! As part of the rite of spring in the Twin Cities, we see those cute neon green Nice Ride bikes all over the cities. This season the program is adding 24 new stations bringing the total to 170 across the metro area.

So Happy Spring and enjoy biking through the spring and summer.

Below is a  map of the current locations of all the stations in the Twin Cities!

Weekend Events: Catch Soccer Fever!

April 5, 2013 2:45 pm

For the last two years, professional soccer has been on the verge of extinction in Minnesota. However, last November Minnesota executive Bill McGuire stepped up and bought the struggling team. It has been re-invented as the Minnesota United FC (Football Club). This season the team will play its first five games at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The season kicks off this Saturday, so if you have kids in soccer or love the sport be sure to check out their website for tickets and dates!

DIY Project: Outdoor Wine Bar

March 25, 2013 7:28 am

Okay, we not be the handiest of  people, but when we saw this project on Apartment Therapy it made us want to break out the toolbox.

For relatively little money, you can create an outdoor wine bar and have a great entertainment space right on your patio! Check out the instructions here!


Minneapolis Restaurant Week

March 1, 2013 4:13 pm

It is that time of year! Minneapolis Restaurant Week is finally here and it is great time to explore the foodie scene for a very reasonable price.  Not only are their dining options downtown in both cities, but also some great places in the suburbs.

Be sure to check out all the restaurants and their menus at the MPLS St.Paul website and grab your forks!

Apartment Hunting 101: Water Pressure

January 8, 2013 5:50 pm

Have you ever moved into a new apartment and had a disappointing first shower…and second…and third? It is very important to test out the water pressure of any apartment you are thinking about renting.

Two sure fire ways to check the pressure?

1. Flush the toilet

2. Run the water in the bathroom sink

These two simple acts will let you know that you won’t look like a character in Seinfeld!

Holidazzle…It’s That Time Of Year!

November 26, 2012 4:34 pm

As a native of the Twin Cities, you always know that Black Friday begins the winter fun season in Downtown Minneapolis! Yes, it is Holidazzle parade time again.

If you are new to the area, the Holidazzle parade is worth making the trip to check out. It helps to be prepared though!

For a successful parade we have a few tips for you:

  • Dress warmly and in layers. If you think you have too many layers…add one more. For the uninitiated, Minneapolis is very cold at night and to keep warm for up to an hour, you are going to need some serious winter gear.
  • Make a dinner reservation. If you are planning to eat before or after the parade, it helps to have a reservation at one of the many restaurants on Nicollet Mall. Since the parade is prime time in downtown, not having a reservations may mean not getting a table at your first choice. Of course there are always hot dog stands on the street, but you may want to warm up!
  • Pick your parking ramp in advance. Downtown Minneapolis has many free parking incentives if you are planning to shop at one of the big department stores. However, some stores only validate in some ramps, so be sure to check out where you want to park before you go to the parade.
  • Visit the Holidazzle website for all the details on when/where to get the best views!