dalemall.com) in Edina, which opened
in 1965 as the nation’s first completely
indoor shopping mall. Fast-forward to
today, and Southdale houses more than
130 stores, including Michael Kors,
Madewell and Gap. The entire city of
Edina lends itself to great finds, as the
suburb offers a treasure trove of shopping choices. Across the street from
Southdale Center, the Galleria (www.
galleriaedina.com) is home to Pumpz,
Hammer Made and Twill by Scott
Dayton, among others. A bit north in the
50th and France (www.50thandfrance.
com) neighborhood you’ll find luxury
casuals at Grethen House, as well as premium denim, unique tops and vintage
jewelry at bluebird boutique.
Outside the cities, Albertville Premium
Outlets ( www.premiumoutlets.com/
albertville) and North Branch Outlets
( www.northbranchoutlets.com) offer
prime bargain hunting. If you’re looking
to make a day trip, take the scenic 40-min-
ute drive east to Stillwater, where you can
shop for antiques, clothing, accessories
and home furnishings, then dine along
the town’s picturesque riverfront in the St.
Croix River Valley.
Boredom is just not in the cards while
living in the Twin Cities. With an affinity for craft beers, dance floors and live
music, the nightlife in Minneapolis and St.
Paul is anything but lacking. Dance the
night away at Honey (www.honeympls.
com), explore the beer and sausage list
at New Bohemia Wurst and Bierhaus
( www.newbohemiausa.com), or mingle
with other cocktail lovers at Moscow on
the Hill ( www.moscowonthehill.com).
Whichever seems to be the perfect fit, the
Twin Cities has enough music, drinks and
dancing to keep the fun going all night,
and year, long.
First, you should know that the
Minneapolis St. Paul nightlife scene has
a few claims to fame. For instance, The
Happy Gnome ( www.thehappygnome.
com), a cozy craft-draft beer and culinary
adventure, offers 76 rotating taps and
more than 250 selections of whiskey, making up an impressive drink selection for
the thirsty crowd. Music lovers will want
to stop at First Avenue and 7th Street
Entry ( www.first-avenue.com), the iconic
bus depot-turned-music club, not only for
some great live music, but also because
it was immortalized as the backdrop for
Prince’s Purple Rain. View the wall of
stars on the exterior of the building that
point out previous big names that played
on the stage, including The Ramones, U2
and Beck. Another downtown music hot
spot that’s created a buzz is the Dakota
Jazz Club ( www.dakotacooks.com),
which USA Today called one of the 10
great places in the nation to “get jazzed
about jazz.” And any conversation about
nightlife in the Twin Cities would be
incomplete without mentioning Nye’s P H
Uptown Selby & Snelling