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American Swedish Institute's Museum Store, Nordic gifts, mother's day gifts, father's day gifts, gifts for mom, gifts for dad

Whether you love shopping or are the kind of person who’d rather do almost anything else, the Museum Store at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a great place to get gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other occasion.

With the rise of shows like Game of Thrones to last year’s explosion of Pokémon Go, it’s clear that geek culture is officially cool. Dedicated gamers are stepping out into the open, and newbies are joining in the fun, too.

The Needle Doctor was just a twinkle in Jerry Raskin’s eye when he was selling blank cassette tapes out of his backpack as a student at the University of Minnesota.

Before wife-husband duo Jen and Andrew Fleury decided to open their own Board & Brush studio in January, neither had much experience with woodworking—or teaching, for that matter.

Down in the Valley and Mill City Sound are two vastly different record stores, but both are benefiting from the resurgence in vinyl LP’s being fueled by the next generation of music lovers.

When the Sports and Health Club opened November 23, 1959, it was the first time anyone had ever seen a family-oriented exercise facility. Located at the northwest corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Quentin Avenue, the $250,000, precast-concrete building was the brainchild of Arthur W. Owens.

At Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School (HMJDS), kindergartener Sam Hunt was the new kid. It was the start of a new year, and he didn’t know anyone.

On the University of Minnesota campus, standing at a street corner, a woman stops students walking by with an offer. “I’ll give you $5 if you can tell me what this means,” she says. She shows them a picture of a red flag on her iPad.

Brad Benyas, owner of EVOLVE Segway, says that a favorite part of his job is seeing people light up as they take their first ride on an electric bike.

Jonny Rock Bikes owner Jonathan Minks stresses the importance of making bikes accessible to everyone, not just experienced road racers.

Although she has loved to bake since she was a child, Amy Brace admits she first started taking baking seriously when she became obsessed with the show Cupcake Wars in 2011.