Every morning, the bakers at Solomon's Bakery set their alarms to wake up before the rest of Uptown Minneapolis. As the sun slowly rises into the sky, they work diligently to create the loaves, pastries, and cakes that have made their bakery a popular stop on morning commutes since 2012.
Their secret—besides the dedication it takes to stare down a baguette until it cooks—lies in their organic ingredients, which find their way into everything from pumpernickel bread to fruit horns topped with Bavarian cream. Besides breads and pastries, Solomon's specializes in fresh, made-to-order juices.
The aestheticians and hairstylists at Wild Orchid Salon N Spa work in tandem to create looks that are elegant and carefree—much like, say, a wild orchid. As if to drive that point home, the team dresses up massage beds with delicate orchid petals and surrounds the spa with bouquets of colorful flowers. Guests at the spa may have a difficult time paying attention to the decor, though, as they struggle to keep their eyes open during soothing pedicures and other spa treatments that are more relaxing than napping on a bed filled with melted candle wax.
North Minneapolis is nowhere near the Mexican border, but you wouldn't know that from the cheesy enchiladas and fish tacos at Pico de Gallo. This place may be named for tomato salsa, but its menu makes room for dozens of other traditional Mexican dishes that run the gamut from mild to fiery. And these guys don't skimp when it comes to washing down meals, blending strawberries and bananas into smoothies or squeezing juice from carrots with their bare hands.
Fade Away Laser Tattoo Removal is the joint project of a physician and a veteran tattoo artist. Medical director Thomas H. Barrows, MD, has extensive experience using and studying medical lasers. He's lectured on laser-skin interactions throughout the world, and has even helped design the machines. Laser technician Aleksandar Nedich complements the doctor's clinical expertise with 15 years of experience in the tattoo industry. He understands the way ink sits in the skin and can slide off sleeve tattoos as if they were oiled water wings.
Nedich designed the clinic's comfortable space, adorning it with Indonesian folk art and leather couches. He and Dr. Barrows welcome clients in for consultations, presenting information on costs, procedures, and aftercare in a clear and direct manner.
The aromas of spicy grilled meats flood the casual La Colonia Restaurant, where guests dig into such Colombian and Ecuadorian specialties as seco de chivo—goat stew with rice and fried plantains—and bandeja paisa, a hearty combination of carne asada, chicharrón, corn cakes, and sweet plantains. The culinary crew pairs these savory dishes with sweet tropical sodas and imported brews to balance out the gustatory excursions.
Twin Cities VIP helps to create memorable nights on the town by staging visits to some of the city's exclusive clubs. Groups may either walk to and from locations, or snag a ride and a drink in one of the fully stocked luxury limousines while a host or hostess tags along to keep spirits high. Not only do club-crawl fees include all applicable cover charges, but they also allow parties to officially jump over any lines without riding the coattails of pogo-sticking celebrities. From there, partygoers are free to lose themselves in the music and flowing cocktails until it's time to depart and head to the next club on the list.