The owners of a Minnesota pizza franchise are making an unusual business move this holiday season — raising the pay for all their minimum wage workers to $10 an hour. The move at Punch Pizza comes as debate is sharpening over whether to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage statewide.
This frigid December weather has Minnesotans flocking to stores, buying lots of new and traditional winter items. At REI, Wendy Oskey was debating Wednesday between two of their high-end booties for her golden retriever Yoffi. One pair was $70, the other was $50.
TCF Bank is closing its bank in downtown Minneapolis and 37 other branches in Chicago. In a release on Wednesday, the corporation announced its plan to consolidate, saying it’s so the company can grow in different ways.
All week we’re unwrapping some of our favorite gift ideas for the holidays on the WCCO This Morning show. And Jason’s is an all-American story. He carries a bag every day made out of leather by the St. Paul company J.W. Hulm. It’s a company that’s growing in hiring.
‘Tis the season for shopping, and one study says that we in the Twin Cities sure do like our stuff. A dating website ranks Minneapolis as the second-most materialistic city in the country.
Year-round golf with a skyline view? It might sound too good to be true, but the project took a big step toward reality on Tuesday. The Minneapolis City Council approved a measure to lease the air space that sits above a parking ramp.
The proposed Minneapolis downtown east project — which would transform five city blocks of mostly surface parking lots into office space, housing, retail, and a city park — is closer to being approved.
When the snow falls and the temperature drops, we all grumble a bit. But as a whole, Minnesotans embrace the winter weather, and now there’s a statewide scavenger hunt to encourage it.
The sub-zero temperatures have some people looking to get out of town for a bit. And there’s a good chance the airfare they pay now could vary by hundreds of dollars in just a month from now. Travel expert Terry Trippler, of ThePlaneRules.com, says there are several variables that cause airfare to go “up and down,” and make a fixed rate nearly impossible. “Number one … airports pay different landing fees at different airports,” Trippler said. “Different landing and take-off fees.”
Tucked inside of Dan’s Car Wash in Minneapolis on 59th and Nicollet, is a small auto repair shop with a bare bones crew. A volunteer receptionist and two mechanics with a mission to fix cars and to give folks like Judy Hegrenes a lift in life.
The Minnesota Vikings and Wells Fargo have reached a preliminary agreement to resolve a conflict surrounding a development near the team’s new stadium. Vikings vice president of stadium development Lester Bagley says the agreement was reached on Saturday night. It establishes parameters for roof signage on a new Wells Fargo tower close to the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings were concerned that the proposed signing violated city ordinances and would deter other companies from pursuing naming rights deals for the new stadium.
The same week thousands of workers protested across the nation to raise the federal minimum wage, one Minnesota company decided to do something about it. John Puckett, co-owner of Punch Neapolitan Pizza, says all eight of their Twin Cities’ locations now have minimum wage set at $10 an hour. “My business partner and I decided to invest in our people because we are growing our company in the Twin Cities,” Puckett said. “We really believe to have the best quality product and service, it’s the right thing to do.” Minnesota’s minimum wage is $7.25. Puckett hopes the pay will keep good workers and attract valuable employees to their company.
Body shops are a busy place to be after that first major snow and ice combination of the year. They’re busy now, and it will likely stay that way until spring. Bob and Carl’s Auto Body and Glass in Osseo looks like a car infirmary, with broken headlights, missing taillights and everything in between. Tony Smith, co-owner at Bob & Carl’s, says the work is piling up. “Still spinning out and we’re still getting work,” Smith said. “Cars are being towed in.”
Store owners at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes are hoping for a warmer weekend. Unlike traditional malls, where it’s always 70 degrees, customers at these shops occasionally have to venture outside, going door to door. Liz Schiller is the owner of Juniper, a small boutique that features local designers and artists. “We do see a decrease in business when the weather is frigid like today,” Schiller said. When the temperature drops, so do the prices at a lot of Arbor Lakes’ stores. Discounts and incentives are offered to those willing to spend a little time outside.
A Minneapolis neighborhood is taking on General Mills in two class-action lawsuits. Residents in the Como neighborhood of Minneapolis say chemicals dumped years ago at an old General Mills research facility near their homes lowers property values and puts their health at risk.
Following months of anticipation, Target and Neiman Marcus unveiled their unprecedented holiday collection. The collection, which features 24 of America’s preeminent designers — all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America — will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com.
WCCO’s Esme Murphy went shopping at five popular stores for the same five makeup products and found price differences as great as 50 percent. See the price changes for yourself!
Sever’s is one of the biggest corn mazes in Minnesota. Check out their from the past 15 years!
The Minneapolis Farmers Market runs down Nicollet Mall from 5th Street to 10th Street. It starts at 6 a.m. and goes till 6 p.m. every Thursday. The market has a plethora of shopping options: locally […]
Check out which companies started in garages and as tiny start-ups, and which heavyhitters owe their riches to a lucky break.
There’s no doubt about it. Celebrity sells. That’s why companies that make everything from drinks to makeup to credit cards pay millions for stars to endorse their products. Here is a look at some recent […]
Clint Eastwood just passed over the opportunity to film a Minnesota-themed film in Minnesota. Take a look back at some of the successful movies that have made us their production home.