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Style Consultant Says North Loop’s Vibe Attracted Her – Minneapolis, MN

Style Consultant Says North Loop’s Vibe Attracted Her – Minneapolis, MN

Welcome to the North Loop, @mindfulstyling

Brenda Iris Rodriguez-Mendlik is a style consultant helping clients find clothes & accessories that match their personality, body shape and coloring.

North Loop Minneapolis: From her sunny studio in a converted North Loop warehouse, Brenda Iris Rodriguez-Mendlik is now helping clients see themselves in a new light as she selects clothes and accessories that are more flattering and more suited to their image than what they may have picked out for themselves.

“I try to truly honor the person’s personality as well as their body shape,” she said. “A lot of us have things that we don’t feel comfortable with whether it’s our arms or legs, so I really try to bring that into styling because I want the person to feel fully confident. And when we’re wearing the right undertone (color), it just kind of enhances our natural traits. Your eyes, your hair, your skin tone looks healthier, brighter and even younger.”

Earlier this year, Brenda moved her business, Mindful Styling, to the 3rd floor of the historic International Design Center building next to Spoon and Stable.

“I was always attracted to older buildings and I just really love the vibe, the energy of the North Loop,” she said. “It’s just very homey, a very beautiful community.”

In her one-to-one consultations, she first meets with their clients in their homes, checks out their wardrobes and then begins suggesting items she’s seen online and in local shops–including several in the North Loop. Then, when she has all the new items in her possession, she has the client visit her studio to try everything on. If anything isn’t right, she returns it.

She is also hosting a 2-hour Color Discovery workshop in September.

“It’s a skill that you can harness, that you can learn how to do for yourself,” she said.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer


Minnesota Renaissance Festival Celebrates Its 52nd Season! – Shakopee, MN

Maison Margaux: Paris in the North Loop – Minneapolis, MN

Maison Margaux: Paris in the North Loop – Minneapolis, MN

Maison Margaux Mpls

Paris in the North Loop
Brasserie • Underground Bar • Event Center • Terrasse
“In the midst of the storm we found a pearl”

Chef David Fhima goes big with new Maison Margaux restaraunt in Minneapolis

Star Tribune: The restaurateur is about to open his dream bistro, turning the historic Ribnick Fur building into a sprawling classic French wonderland.

Two years ago, the Fhima family acquired the former home of Ribnick Furs in the North Loop. The historic space has required painstaking feats of preservation to turn it into Maison Margaux, a grand new multilevel restaurant. When it opens May 12th, the French Mediterranean-inspired bistro will join Fhima’s Minneapolis in a portfolio that’s as ostentatiously big-thinking as Fhima himself.


Fhima Family Mission Statement

‘We have made a promise to our community and city to do things differently. By emphasizing our family roots, honoring historic ground, and partnering with our amazing and diverse community, we will achieve this promise.

We remain committed to our staff and to offering them living wages, health care options, and profit sharing.

We are dedicated to the hospitality industry, to female-owned small businesses, and to the BIPOC community. To express this dedication, we plan to create a food justice platform to showcase the cultural talents that exist in Minneapolis, and are enthusiastic about mentoring younger generations and spreading love for the food industry through in-house continual education and training.

We are devoted to supporting food-insecure areas by fostering our work with non-profits, donating meals, and spending our time and resources to lift up those in need.’


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Classically French. Think: onion soup, quiche Lorraine, steak frites and sole meunière. Starters begin at $12 and go up to $29, entrees start at $26 and go to $65. The lower-level brasserie has a shorter menu, with small bites and casual entrees, such as jambon beurre baguette and a burger.

Guacaya Bistreaux Guest Chef Series – North Loop, Minneapolis

Guacaya Bistreaux Guest Chef Series – North Loop, Minneapolis

 Guest Chef Dinner Series

The second installment of Guacaya Bistreaux’s chef dinner series. Chef Yia Vang of Union Hmong Kitchen joins Chef Pedro Wolcott of North Loop’s Latin-Caribbean tapas restaurant Guacaya Bistreaux to collaborate on a dinner. This dinner series will showcase the collaborative spirit, talent, and camaraderie that exists between talented and diverse chefs in the culinary scene in the Twin Cities.


Scallop Ceviche

Bay Scallops / Leche de Tigre / Mango Amba / Watermelon Radish

Hmong Boudin

Pork/ Lemongrass/ Ginger/ Garlic/ Thai Chilies/ Rice / Kua Txob

Papa Huancaina

Purple Potato / Aji Sauce / Quail Egg / Olives / Queso Frito

Crispy Chicken

Chicken Thighs/ Fermented Sweet and Sour Crab/ Garlic Fried Rice

Alligator Grattons

Trini callaloo / Alligator Cracklings / Creolaise


Coconut Milk/ Rice Flour/ Mango Chili

Diners can select either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. seatings. Tickets are $90 per person, and optional beverage pairings can be added for an additional $50; otherwise, cocktails and mocktails created by Guacaya’s partners from Meteor Bar, plus beer, wine, and other NA options, can be ordered à la carte.

Pairings by Meteor Bar & Tattersall Spirits are available optional with purchase of tickets:

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Upcoming Events

January 24, 2024:

Sean Sherman (Owamni)

February TBD:

Jon Wipfli (Animales)

March TBD:

Linda Goh (Zen Box Izakaya)

Advance Reservations

Guacaya Bistreaux
337 North Washington Avenue
 Minneapolis, MN
The New Luminary Arts Center Opens – North Loop, Minneapolis, MN

The New Luminary Arts Center Opens – North Loop, Minneapolis, MN

Luminary Arts Center is next to MN Opera’s offices on 1st St.

Northloop: With its extensive transformation nearly complete, the new Luminary Arts Center on 1st Street North recently held an open house for with food trucks, live music and open tours with the North Loop invited.

“We really wanted to be able to open it up and invite people in, both of the direct neighborhood community as well as the wider performing arts community before we opened,” said Julia Gallagher, Luminary Arts Center Director.

Formerly known as Lab Theater, the performance venue has undergone a massive renovation, with a new entry and concession area, lighting, seating and acoustic upgrades. Minnesota Opera purchased the building in 2019, in part, to have a smaller venue in addition to the 1,800 seat Ordway Center in St. Paul where most of its performances are held. The Luminary will have seating for about 220.

Minnesota Opera’s first show in this space, Rinaldo, is “a baroque chamber opera that we could never do successfully in The Ordway,” said Gallagher. “So it provides a different type of intimacy and allows for a different type of staging and an expansion to our programming.”

New panels, angled walls and an overhead reflector have been installed to provide better acoustics for the facility, with the historic stone and brick walls in the front and back of the room staying uncovered and unpainted.

The newly-remodeled space won’t just be used for opera. Other arts companies will still use it for theater, dance and variety shows. The theater group Ten Thousand Things will be the first to use the new stage with its play Iphigenia at Aulis September 21st – 25th and September 28th – October 2nd.

“Obviously our industry is one that was hit incredibly hard (by the pandemic),” said Gallagher. “So to be able to open a space, to feel fairly confident we’re going to be able to have people and performances and make that live art, that’s really exciting.”

New concession area

By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer


A Summer Berry Streusel Cake Recipe Inspired by an Ice Cream Icon



MartinPatrick 3 Table Top Trunk Show – North Loop, Minneapolis

MartinPatrick 3 Table Top Trunk Show – North Loop, Minneapolis

MartinPatrick 3: Whether you’re looking to freshen up your tableware or in need of a great wedding gift, you’ll find something to love at our Table Top Trunk Show. You’ll get the chance to see brands and styles in person, which will ensure that you find exactly what you’re looking for. Stop in to see table and barware from brands like @hermes @saintlouiscrystal @vistaalegreofficial @nudeglass @nashihome and more!

MartinPatrick3 is an internationally recognized boutique located in the North Loop of Minneapolis that offers inspired men’s and women’s apparel, home furnishings, and interior design services. Everything we do is a matter of bringing out the best in every person who walks through our doors.

Apparel ranging from elevated casual garments and sneakers to custom suits is intermingled with accessories, contemporary furnishings and artwork, The Loupe by JB Hudson Jewelers fine jewelry and watches, an array of men’s and women’s apothecary, even modern literature and gifts, all presented as styled moments across our 22,000 square foot space. We also offer personal shopping, All Seasons custom tailoring, our own barbershop Marty’s styled by Jon Charles, and mid to high-end residential design services through our interior design firm MartinPatrick3 Studio.

Our space is always evolving, but our intention remains the same. We’re dedicated to building a one-of-a-kind experience where the curious are rewarded, where style is limitless, where everyone is welcome to find pieces of themselves amongst our distinctive assortment, and where life is celebrated as the greatest form of art.

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