MOA Entices Holiday Customers With Experience ShoppingMany malls are struggling for customers in the lead up to one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Online sales and fast checkouts have people staying at home -- and that is why the Mall of America in Bloomington is trying something new to lure customers.
Minnesotan To Meet: Jewelry Designer Jen SchefflerHobbies usually fill our time between work hours. But what if a hobby turns into a job? Jen Scheffler had it happen. Tinkering and taking a part vintage jewelry turned into a full-time career in 2008, just as the recession started to hit.
Minnesotan To Meet: Dr. Josh SandellWhen your car needs a tune-up, you take it to a mechanic. When you need a tune-up, you head to the doctor. But when a professional athlete needs a tune-up, it's sometimes a little more complicated than that. That's where Dr. Josh Sandell comes in.
Minnesotan To Meet: Arc's Value Village's Rich VosepkaArc's Value Village in New Hope is often busy. Donations get sorted in the back fast and end up out on the floor for shoppers. The organization helps those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, but it's one volunteer who is often spotted for going above and beyond.
Minnesotans To Meet: The Pair Behind 'Dogs Of Instagram'They have nearly 2 million followers on Instagram and a healthy enough business that they would walk away from full time jobs, all because of a dream about a dog. Lucy the pug and Boston terrier mix became the first ever post to the Dogs of Instagram account. But her owners are quickly becoming behind-the-scenes stars.
Minnesotan To Meet: Bob Emfield Of Tommy BahamaPalm trees, the smell of coconut oil and a nice loose fitting, comfy shirt. You must be talking about Tommy Bahama! While the company may have a tropical sounding name, its roots are deep here in the tundra of Minnesota!
Minnesotan To Meet: Todd Lehman Of Cre8PlayMost of us go to work each day, but not many people call it going to "fun."
Minnesotan To Meet: Outlet Store Mogul Lyn OpitzMarried with children, a local man thought it was his destiny to be a social worker. When that career ran its course, he started antiquing, eventually running his own Estate business.
Minnesotan To Meet: FutureDude's Jeffrey MorrisScience, education and the arts -- you say those three words and you probably think of teachers or researchers. How about comic book writer and sci-fi movie producer? That's the idea behind local company, FutureDude.
Minnesotan To Meet: Allison Wagner Of Savvy LushAfter a long day, it's sometimes nice to unwind with a glass of wine. But then figuring out what to buy can sometimes launch you right back into the stressful zone. That's why Allison Wagner started the Savvy Lush. At first it was a joke with friends and then morphed into helping people find tasty wines, cheap. But that's not all that makes Allison a Minnesotan to Meet. Her day job also raises significant money for a disease that hits our population hard.
Minnesotan To Meet: Crank Sisters' Martha FlynnLife can take so many twists and turns. For instance, imagine going from a nurse to an IT project manager, or from an inline skater to bike enthusiast. In both cases, that's Martha Flynn, who is now so dedicated to getting other young women to ride bikes, she's in charge of the Crank Sisters.
Minnesotan To Meet: Chuck Runyon, CEO At Anytime FitnessSome of us don't know what we want to do even as a grown up. But one St. Paul native knew right after high school when he jumped into the fitness industry. He could travel the world while learning the in's and out's of the trade. Now Chuck Runyon is the chief executive officer of Anytime Fitness.