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My new best friend, Euphorbia Trigona.

My new best friend, Euphorbia Trigona.

The time of year where the pasty skin that has been in hibernation for months is exposed to the rays of the sun. The first sunburn of the year is almost brag worthy. Whether that be a terrible farmers tan *Sam Isaacson* or bright red shoulders. We are proud of that first sunburn just like that nostalgic feeling of being proud to end that last day of school. Summer is here and oh we are so ready for it.

For most Minnesotans this means we are outside. Any chance we can get because we do not take this for granted. So let’s talk about how to bring that summer vibe into your beautiful home. There is a new shop in town that is a haven for desert vibes in the middle of industrial Minneapolis. An exceptional pocket of sunshine with a cement exterior that holds lush and prickly life inside. Mother (formally known as Madre) is exactly what Minneapolis needed. A smooth and eye pleasing interior that holds and houses multiple cacti and other plants. Each one with their own personality and attitude to match any homes interior decor. But, which one to choose?

It was a difficult decision. We found ourselves saying, “Oh, he’s so cute…Oh wow, she’s a statement!” It was a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday in the heat picking out a cactus just right for the interior of the home we were purchasing it for. It had to have character, class, be a little funny and extremely tough.

Finally, we found it. A Euphorbia Trigona. Also known as an African milk tree. It was perfect. Planted in a terra cotta pot and standing upright with about 3 different stems. This guy was ours. Upon purchase you will receive a booklet on how to take care of your beloved new friend, no over watering. This is our kind of plant. This is a “non-planters” dream!  

Not only is this unique cactus a great addition to a home, but will be in your family for yours to come. Like a child, but not really, but kind of.  So with that, we left Mother with a new family member and buckled him in safely in the back seat and onto his new home.

Check out their instagram page @shopmother

Location: 2400 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN

Tues – Sat 11am – 7pm & Sun 12pm – 6pm

Content Creator: Leah Isaacson

Ginger Bros

Ginger Bros

Ah. The season of giving is here. The lights are up, the snow has officially fallen, and we have opened up the boxes full of Christmas decorations that have been patiently waiting for their triumphant return to fill our bare walls. In which they make every house a cozy scene from a movie.

Holidays are also for family traditions. Every family has their own. Whether that be grandma’s famous sugar cookies, great grandpas tales of seeing Santa for the first time, or like most Minnesotan’s, checking out A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie.

The Isaacson’s brought back a long standing tradition this year that honestly never really received the attention it deserved. The Gingerbread House.

Oh, yes. This was never planned, but always anticipated. Mom would come home with two boxes that were filled with gingerbread pieces, candy canes, gumdrops, and gummy trees. What began as an innocent Saturday afternoon holiday craft always turned into a friendly competition, because if you know the Isaacson’s, we love to get competitive. We were missing our oldest brother and his wife, but they would have probably made us all look bad with their perfect little gingerbread homes…

Sam really needs to step up his game next year. His North Loop Condo theme was a good idea…on paper…

In honor of our great family holiday tradition we brought it back this year. This time, with a modern twist, we sat down as adults on a Saturday night and put our decorating skills to the test. To bring you houses that are all in our market. Sam decided to build a bachelor pad condo. Tony and his wife, Audra created a magnificent two story duplex, and Leah, our sister, created a single family home. This time you get to be the judge, the client, the new home buyer. Which house would you pick? Happy Holidays. Keep the traditions alive. You’d be surprised that the magic of Christmas is alive and well even as an adult.

Sam’s absolutely pathetic North Loop Condo. Sam stated. “It’s an historic building with lots of charm…” I mean the windows are not even installed correctly?!
Tony’s Duplex. Both units will certainly cash flow – until one of his tenants starts eating the walls and roof….
A PERFECT single family home created by our sister, Leah. Watch out for those ice dams! 

Content Creator: Leah Isaacson

ICE. CREAM.

ICE. CREAM.

It’s time Minnesota. It’s finally that time. Where we can finally feel the warmth of what is that? Oh yes, the sun! It’s officially summertime and we couldn’t be more ready. Every year we deserve an award for getting through those unforgiving winter months and then the tease that is called spring. What better way to treat yourself than to an ice cream? Even though we will for sure eat ice cream when its -20 degrees out, but it’s more fun when you can actually sit outside and enjoy it. We scooped out (punny!) two uniquely different ice cream shops in our beloved Twin Cities that will have you drooling by the end of this blog post.

The first stop on our ice cream escapade was to Wonders Ice Cream Shop in Saint Paul. Wonders Ice Cream Shop is Minnesota’s First Rolled Ice Cream Shop. Now if that isn’t special, I don’t know what is. Not close to Saint Paul? No worries. Wonders Ice Cream has shops in Blaine, Maple Grove, Burnsville, and Mall of America! Woah. Why did we pick the Saint Paul location? Rolled. Ice Cream. Taco. You read that right folks! At the moment these fiesta wonders of the world are only available at their Saint Paul and Maple Grove locations. The Rolled Ice Cream Taco has a chocolate waffle cone in the shape of a taco shell that is then stuffed with your flavor of rolled ice cream and the toppings of your choice. We chose vanilla as our ice cream and toppings included bananas and strawberries.

 

What is rolled ice cream? It is a popular treat in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. The ingredients are laid out on a surface that is about -20 degrees Celsius. Once all the ingredients are prepped and evenly distributed, it is pushed with a spatula that turns it into rolls. They are placed in a cup and topped with any ingredient you could imagine. We also tried the Cookie Monster one of their signature menu items. Topped with Oreo’s, chocolate chip cookies, and we added Teddy Grahams for good measure. Get on the bandwagon because rolled ice cream is the treat of your dreams this summer. Plus it makes quite the Instagram post. Check out their website HERE!

 

Our second stop was to MN Nice Cream in Northeast Minneapolis. I mean the name in and of itself should make you smile. This place is all about the toppings. Glitter people. Glitter! Edible glitter! This place is Instagram heaven. Not only is every scoop of ice cream Insta worthy, you have plenty of backdrop options to choose from, adorable pastel striped colored walls, a neon ice cream sign, and not to mention their ice cream trucks that sit outside in the parking lot.

 

We ordered the waffle cone with Trix, vanilla soft serve ice cream, and loaded on those toppings with glitter, sprinkles, and Fruity Pebbles. I guess you could call this a breakfast dessert, not to mention the size of this thing was as big as our heads. Scrumdiddlyuptious! Location is prime here being next to Able Seedhouse + Brewery. There are plenty of benches to sit on outside and parking is ample with having a parking lot right across the street. Go simple with the ice cream or load on the toppings. They also offer Vegan ice cream! There is something here for any ones taste buds. Check out their Facebook page HERE!

 

So get out there and treat that sweet tooth of yours! You deserve it. Happy summer folks!

Brotherly love…??

 

Content Creator: Leah Isaacson

Hip-Hop Easter Tips

Hip-Hop Easter Tips

If you’re anything like us, we are all feeling the aching need for spring. That crisp air that gives you chills but the good kind, like, “oh hey, I can get out my sweet white sneakers that I bought last year. “ We’re almost there. This period of time before spring can feel like the last haul of a work out when you’re feeling exhausted and just want to lie down. But you keep pushing and like true Minnesotans, we keep pushing through Sprinter. Sprinter: When it snows on the first day of spring. But during Sprinter a beautiful holiday occurs, Easter, a time to get together with family, eat delicious egg bakes, and celebrate the miracles of life. Whether you’re hosting Easter or just showing up with a side, we have some trendy ideas for a different take on your typical Easter décor. Whether you’re a millennial that wants to decorate your open airy apartment or a new homeowner who is hosting their first Easter, we have the ideas for you to keep your focus during this time of transition from winter to spring, to make the most out of this holiday.

Chalkboards are our love. For our Easter brunch we’re using it as a menu. We bought this particular one at a local antique store. However, you can find a chalkboard at excellent price points at Target, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels. Chalk can get messy, so use chalkboard markers for a clean look. As Vanilla Ice would say, “brunch brunch baby.”

Here is a modern take on the classic Easter basket. We feel that Easter baskets are bought every year but there is no use for them after one day. So why not purchase a “basket” you can use year round. We love this one from Carver Junk Company. After Easter, use this in your bathroom to hold soap and any other small toiletries. You could also use this as a desert tower. Place cupcakes, cookies, and cake for another hosting event. Or use it in your bedroom for plants, jewelry, or even your remote. The possibilities are endless.

Try this! Take any candle stick holders in your house and place an egg in each one. So easy.

We are obsessed with succulents. Succulents are easy to maintain and their colors and different shapes and sizes are perfect for centerpieces. For pots, take old bowls or other plant holders you haven’t been using. Fill with dirt and add small rocks or sand to fill it in at the top. We made ours at Carver Junk Company during their Succulent Bar.

Enjoy, friends!

Author & creator: Leah Isaacson

Super Bowl Extravaganza

Super Bowl Extravaganza

With all of the festivities here for the Super Bowl and you don’t know what to do?! Have no fear! The Isaacson Brothers are here to highlight FIVE things you need to do before Tom Brady and Nick Foles leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

One: ‘Sota Pop

Looking to up your Instagram game or take some amazing pictures with friends? This is dubbed the most Instagrammable spot in the Twin Cities during the Super Bowl, according to MPLS – STP Mag. It’s a really neat pop-up exhibit with many colorful murals and attractions. Who knows, you may be able to take a selfie with Tom Brady? – 500 Nicollet Mall.

Two: Prince Exhibit

Give us some purple snow and I will die a happy man. This is a must see if you are a Prince lover – 500 Nicollet Mall area

Three: Kitten Bowl

Sometimes all those crazy cat people get a bad rap. Tony and I wanted to take all these kittens home. Enjoy some laughs and watch some of the greatest feline athletes this world has to offer. You will be surprised that some kittens take the event more serious than others. One team is known to run the 3-4 defense.

Four: Music

Put on your dancing shoes (and maybe 27 layers of clothes) and watch some great outdoor concerts throughout the week. If the cold is not your thing, there are still tickets avalbile for Imagine Dragons, J-Lo (personal fave), and some more amazing bands. We encourage all of you to check out The Armory & First Ave, our favorite venues. For a complete lineup of music acts CLICK THE LINK BELOW.

Five: IDS Building Celebrity Watching

If you want to take a break from the cold, chill out in the IDS building. There are pop-up Super Bowl shops, many cafes and restaurants. You can watch LIVE broadcasts of ESPN and look for some famous people. *Randy Moss*

We will be downtown throughout the weekend enjoying the events, came hang with us and we’ll buy you a beer! It will be an exciting week and we are looking forward to seeing you there! PS (anything more than one drink and it will be charged to Sam…)

For the full lineup of Super Bowl events, check out the calendar HERE

HOLIDAY MARKET ROUND-UP

HOLIDAY MARKET ROUND-UP

We *love* this time of year! There is so much going on and everyone seems to be in a festive mood. Here is a round-up of just some of the markets you’ll find in the Twin Cities this holiday season! Merry everything!

HOLIDAZZLE MARKET

Where: Loring Park 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis MN

When: Thursdays-Sundays until December 23rd

Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Fridays from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

What: A holiday market with food and activities for the whole family!
EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET

Where: Union Depot: St. Paul

240 E Kellog St. Paul, MN

When: Friday-Sunday until Dec. 10th

Friday, Dec. 1: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3: 12-6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10: 12-6 p.m.

What: A free event that is based on the traditional Christmas Markets in Europe. There will be a variety of local vendors.

GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND

Where: The Norway House: Minneapolis

913 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

When: November 21st- January 7th

Monday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday’s – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday’s – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

What: Display of beautiful gingerbread houses for everyone to enjoy!
GRAND MEANDER

Where: Grand Ave St. Paul, MN 55105

When: Saturday,December 2nd

What:

Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 – 10:30am: Join Santa during a pancake breakfast provided by Tavern on Grand! Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Annual Art at Ramsey, 10am – 5pm: A juried holiday art fair of quality fine crafts and fine art. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education in cooperation with Artists’ Circle.

Classic Trolley Rides, 11am – 4pm: Take a ride along Grand in style. Trolleys will stop at bus stops.

Holiday Petting Zoo, 10am – 3pm: Swing by Frattallone’s Ace Hardward, 650 Grand to visit some fun, friendly creatures.

Soup Tasting/ Competition, noon – 3pm: Get a taste of Grand ave and sample soups at participating restaurants (until supplies last).
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LOCAL MAKERS | ARTISAN MARKETS:

No Coast Craft-o-Rama: Friday, December 1 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, December 2 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Midtown Global Exchange building 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

The Island of Misfit Makers: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017, (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the FOOD BUILDING 1401 Marshall Street Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55413

A Handmade Holiday Market: Saturday, December 16 (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company 1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Holiday Market: Saturday, December 16 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at Studio 125 Mpls 1621 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

 

Published By: Katherine Jensen