Q & A with Amber

May 3, 2011

Q & A with Amber! 

The CityPages came out with their ‘best of’ list a couple weeks ago, so why can’t we do the same thing?  When Amber was asked, “what’s your favorite…” Here’s what she had to say…

A few of Amber's faves...

1. Artist  Mondrian. I love his use of bold color and black lines to distinguish space.

2. Bar for unique cocktails Bradstreet Crafthouse in the Graves Hotel.

3. Color Red. The color red makes me happy; it adds a snappy pop of color to any outfit!

4. Chair My favorite is an orange mid century modern chair I got from my grandma. I love the shape and the color. My grandma has great taste!

5. Design period Mid Century Modern. I love the clean lines and innovative use of materials.

6. Flower Gerbera daisies and Spider Mums… they remind me of springtime.

7. Gift shop Patina; they have something for everyone. 

8. Guilty pleasure watching Glee… shhh don’t tell anyone! 🙂  

9. Hobby Being crafty; I am in a “Stitch N’ Bitch” club – we get together once a month and create everything from candles to sock monkeys! 

10. Jewelry anything vintage – usually found at Hunt and Gather in Edina or other thrifty places.

11. Museum Milwaukee Art Museum; designed by Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava. It even has ‘wings’ that open and close during the day!

12. Musical Artist Dessa – she is a lyrical acrobat!

13. Restaurant of the Moment I’ve been really digging Urban Eatery. They took over the old ‘View’ restaurant in Calhoun Beach Club, and it’s run by the Crave guys. They have yummy food, a sexy atmosphere, and a great happy hour!

14. Summer Activity Spending time at the lakes. Depending on your mood, you can bike, play volleyball, have a picnic, or just relax and people watch. I love it.

15. Spot for retro furniture and accessories Spinario Design in Northeast. They have it all!

16. Spot for new and trendy home accessories Roam on Glenwood in Minneapolis. 

17. Winter Activity Seeing the British Advertising Awards presented at the Walker Art Center; they are always so interesting. I’m not much for the cold outdoors!

What are some of your favorites? Stay tuned for Holly’s answers…

not-to-miss winter to-do list

December 28, 2009

Just as we posted this summer, we have come up with some fun things to do, eat, and see while out and about in the great Twin Cities area during the winter… enjoy!

1. Snow shoe at French Lake Park… Snow shoeing is a fun winter activity that the whole family can enjoy. One of Holly’s favorite places is Clifton E. French Park; it is located on the North shore of Medicine Lake. Here is a link:   http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/french-park.aspx

2. British Advertising Awards… Holly and I have gone to this event for the past couple years. It’s interesting to see what the Brits come up with. Some are racy, some are touching, and some are histerical! Enjoy the show! It runs until January 2nd. Catch the show at the Walker Art Center at 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.   http://calendar.walkerart.org/event.wac?id=5347

3. Kitchen Window… I took a  cooking class this fall with my boyfriend at Kitchen Window and loved the experience! The instructors were very knowledgeable and the food that we ate was amazing! These classes work great for a gift, for a date night, or for a day with the gals. Check out all the upcoming classes at the link!    Kitchen Window is located in Uptown, at 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis in Calhoun Square. http://www.kitchenwindow.com/CC_CookingClassHome.asp 

4. The Modern Cafe… If you are in the mood for divine, local food, this is the place!  If you’re there during the day, they offer a happy lunch with 1/2 off wine. You must try their grilled cheese, you’ll love it – I promise!  You’ll find it at 337 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis.  http://moderncafeminneapolis.com/

5. Art Shanty Project on Medine Lake…  Stop out at Medicine Lake  in Plymouth January 16th – February 7th for some fun on the ice. Every year artists built creative shanties on the lake for the public to see. It’s fun to see all of the beautiful and crazy ideas. For more information check out the website:  http://www.artshantyprojects.org/

6. I Like You… This is a really fun store in Minneapolis – it even has a grass turf floor in the front window where you can swing! Everything here is made by local artists, jewelry makers, print artists and more. When you stop by, you are sure to walk out with a new, fun treasure. It’s located at 501 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis.  For hours and directions:  www.ilikeyouonline.com

7. Il Gatto…   The old Figlio space in Calhoun Square in Uptown is now Il Gatto… one peek at their menu and you’ll be dying to drop in for dinner. It’s  perfect date night, or if your the happy hour type, they have specials on drinks and food from 4:30-6:30. You’ll find it at 3000 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis. Check out their menu at:   http://www.ilgattominneapolis.com/

8. Showplace ICON theater …  When you are out shopping at the new Shops at West End in St. Louis Park off of 100 & 394, be sure to take in a movie at the ICON Showplace theater. They have VIP Sofa seating, AND bacon popcorn. Yes – Bacon Popcorn! For showtimes: http://www.kerasotes.com/Showtimes.aspx?OptionTheater=Go&TheaterSearch=8863

9. Shoppe Local… The people behind the quirky gift store, Patina, have opened up a new store at 50th and Lyndale. Everything is locally made with Minnesota goodness. Check it out today! You’ll find it at 813 West 50th Street, Minneapolishttp://www.patinastores.com/pages/stores.cfm?store=13

10. City of Lakes Loppet/ Snow sculpture… Here is a perfect outing for the whole family. If you haven’t been the City of Lakes Loppet before, I recommend it. There are dog sled races, ski races, snow sculpture contests and more! It’s a fun time and admission is free!   http://www.cityoflakesloppet.com/

cheers, amber