Mall Of America
In the season where hundreds of homes are decorated with holiday displays, there’s one residence in Bloomington that always draws a crowd. An oak tree in Bob Little’s yard shines bright every year, attracting spectators from all over. In the light of day, an old oak tree may not inspire the holiday spirit. “There isn’t Santa Clauses moving, and things spinning, and red this and green that,” Little said.
Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season, and it started earlier than ever — 8 p.m. at the Mall of America. A new report by the University of St. Thomas says this is the mall where most Minnesotans will do their holiday shopping. “We love the bonding experience, hanging out with each other,” said shopper Nicole Klinkhammer, who was at the mall Friday. There was a lot of buzz about starting Black Friday too early, but the Mall of America team says as long as people want to shop, they will be open. And it’s working out fine so far. They project a higher turn-out than last year, when the mall opened at midnight.
A Thanksgiving tradition returns Thursday with the sixth annual Walk to End Hunger inside the Mall of America. This year’s event has been expanded beyond its 5K family-fun walk to raise money for 12 Twin Cities area hunger-related charities.
While many of us are looking forward to that big Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, there are thousands of Minnesotans who struggle putting food on the table on a daily basis. Marcia Fink with the United Way joined the WCCO This Morning show on Tuesday to tell us how we can make a difference during the holiday season.
Imagine having to dress up an almost five-million-square foot space for the holidays! The daunting task is a reality for Brett Baudette, design manager at MOA. He says they “kick in to holiday gear” in mid-September, contracting out to about 100 workers who normally build inside the stores. “It’s a team of construction workers,” Baudette said. “It’s kind of a fun change for them.” They’ll spend $250,000 on new decorations and labor, with most of the work executed in the middle of the night.
Being located inside a popular mall and being considered a “hotel restaurant” — two things that can go hand-in-hand with dining only for convenience and necessity. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar had both hurdles to overcome when they opened earlier this spring.
Just in time for the holidays, a new kind of store is opening at the Mall of America. Earlier Tuesday, Verizon Wireless unveiled what it calls its first “Destination Store.” The store opens Wednesday night and replaces the old Verizon store on the second floor of the mall.
All this week at WCCO-TV, we’re highlighting small businesses here in Minnesota. For Tuesday, we’re highlighting a new store at the Mall of America where boys can be boys. J.M. Cremps already has a store west of the Twin Cities in Dassel, but the owners have opened a new store at the Mall of America in Bloomington.
A Twin Cities company has quickly grown from the owners’ New Brighton home to an online retailer to a retail store at Mall of America. The New Brighton-based business Sigma Beauty was started online by a veterinarian and an engineer, and now they have claim $25 million in annual sales.
Don’t let entertaining the out of towners daunt you. Check out these local places for great Thanksgiving weekend entertainment.
Typically, Tuesday isn’t a huge day to schedule weddings, but this week is a different story. Because this Tuesday is 11/12/13, some couples have decided to take the plunge. Across the country, David’s Bridal estimates that 3,000 couples will exchange vows on the day.
Visitors to the Mall of America can have the chance to write letters to members of the military in honor of Veteran’s Day. Thousands of letters expressing thanks and encouragement will be mailed to members of U.S. armed forces, veterans and military families — both at home and abroad.
Cast members from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” stop at the Mall of America Tuesday as part of their National Victory Tour. Cast members appearing include Jena Malone, who plays Johanna; Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick; Meta Golding, who plays Enobaria; and Bruno Gunn, who plays Brutus.
While many other consumers will simply avoid holiday crowds at shopping malls or even wait until Cyber Monday, retail stores across the nation will be buzzing with activity on the day after Thanksgiving. The following are five of the best American cities for Black Friday deals.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is rarely short on opinion, and he weighed in on the federal government shutdown with WCCO’s Nina Moini on Sunday. Ventura was at the Mall Of America, signing copies of his latest book.