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On May 28, 1958, Bob Kinnan welcomed patrons to his new bar, Bob's Lookout, with 30-cent beers. Two years later, Bob's mother contributed a concise menu complete with hamburgers, fries, and a porterhouse steak dinner. These days, Bob's joint?now known as The Lookout Bar and Grill ??offers a much wider array of drinks and comfort food. To create their from-scratch meals, the grill's chefs draw on Bob's family recipes as well as their own, which range from jumbo mushrooms stuffed with sausage and cream cheese to burgers infused with Cajun spices.

Not everybody shows up to The Lookout for food, which is now as renowned for its cuisine as its entertainment. The award-winning eatery's outdoor patio stands amid palm trees and a flower garden, not to mention a children's play area, cozy hammocks, and a horseshoe pit. The Lookout's backyard even hosts its very own volleyball court, where visitors can play pickup games or devastate newly-built sand-kingdoms. More festivities await inside, including weekly rounds of bingo, karaoke, and eclectic live music every Thursday?Saturday night.

8672 Pineview Lane North
Maple Grove,
MN
US

Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression?she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura?s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego?s foamy beaches to Denver?s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest?s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.

9655 Grove Circle
North Maple Grove,
MN
US

Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.

7498 E Fish Lake Rd
Osseo,
MN
US

As proud holders of the gold, silver, and bronze medals from the United States Dressage Federation, instructors Anne McKay and Suzanne Wepplo bring a wealth of equestrian expertise to Pegasus Riding School. The duo helm all manner of courses, including dressage, jumping, and combined training lessons in classical European equestrian philosophies. They educate riders of every age and skill level at their large, onsite outdoor arena and racetrack, as well as from within the comforts of a heated indoor training arena.

4550 Pioneer Trl
Hamel,
MN
US

With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.

11200 93rd Avenue North
Maple Grove,
MN
US

Established: 2014

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Brands Used: Artist Loft canvases, paints, and brushes

Pro Tip: No experience is necessary.

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: Adults

Q&A with Shelley Miller, Artist/Instructor

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

There is no experience required. All the paintings are impressionist, so even being able to make a straight line is not necessary.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

Everyone will paint the same picture, but none will end up exactly the same. Everyone will have their own twist on how they put paint to canvas.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

This is a great way to share a date night, girls' night out, or bridal shower.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

The best part is looking at the other paintings and asking the painter how they got a flower to look just so, or how they made the water look like it's moving?the sharing of ideas and processes. Also, having a cocktail while painting lets the creative juices fly.

1805 Gladview Lane
Maple Plain,
MN
US