Since 1985, the experienced captains and crews at Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen have been shepherding guests along the azure surfaces of Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. Their fleet of five vessels steers customers around the area while accommodating them with full-height glass windows, enclosed outer decks, bar and restaurant options, and karaoke performances by prize-winning big-mouth bass. Boats glide along the coastline of Lake Minnetonka, catching sights of small lakeside towns, and down the Mississippi River to the backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline, Saint Anthony Falls, and the setting sun.
Birdstone Bead Studio's savvy instructors teach jewelry-crafting techniques that range from basic beading to complex methods of cutting, filing, and riveting in a quaint BYOB studio. They welcome up to eight guests at a time, granting students ample breathing room as they sift through piles of beads or try reviving a CPR dummy. The teachers drop pearls of wire and wisdom during each hour of instruction before empowering pupils to make their own jewelry.
Boasting over 7,000 certified used clubs, 2nd Swing is a one-stop shop for budding golfers and long-driving enthusiasts. Customers can finally replace the walking canes and dinosaur fossils that occupy their golf bags by perusing a head-spinning selection of drivers, irons, and putters preserved in top-notch condition. Each club is thoroughly inspected for dents, fractures, and chicken pox, ensuring that golfers will be satisfied with their purchases. Check out a Titleist 775.CB steel 6-iron ($29.99), a Callaway Tuttle putter ($49.99), or a Titleist Vokey chrome 200 wedge steel ($39.99) that’s handy for keeping territorial birds at bay. Additionally, visitors will be able to test out clubs such as the Callaway Great Big Bertha II 415 driver ($69.99) at a local course or driving range, instead of ricocheting balls off cars in the parking lot. 2nd Swing also accepts trade-ins on clubs.
Way To Go's experienced staff expertly hones blades for optimal ice-slaying power at its well-stocked sports equipment outlets that specialize in buying, selling, and consigning used sporting goods. For optimal carving and snow-spraying hockey stops, skates should be sharpened professionally instead of being dragged down the street by a newlywed couple’s tandem bike. Families with more than one skater, or teams of ice-dancing penguins, are welcome to bring in multiple pairs of skates for group bonding activities around the sharpening wheel. After just one sharpening, skaters can showcase newfound nimbleness on the ice, gliding along with poise like a ballerina operating a segway.
The Perfect Wedding Show inspires brides-to-be and professional wedding planners with demos and information from cake designers, caterers, florists, and other wedding specialists. Guests can watch models swathed in white sashay down a runway aisle during the fashion show, or cruise vendor booths to interview photographers, book entertainment, and decide who the groom should be. Past vendors have included local and national specialists such as Mary Kay's Bridal, The Cakebox Bakery, and Savvi Formalwear.