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Four Fun Winter Activities in St. Louis Park

There’s snow on the ground. A chill in the air. It feels like December in St. Louis Park!

It won’t be a quiet one; the city is full of activities this season. Here are four ideas to get you started on some winter fun:

 

1. Cozy Up with a Classic

December is the perfect time for the familiar and the cozy. A play fits the bill. Catch a showing of the classic story “Snow White” at Old Log Theater in Excelsior for a comforting dose of nostalgia. Tickets to the theater’s take on the classic tale with a charming Scandinavian twist are just $12.

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 22
  • Time: 9:45 a.m. – noon
  • Location: Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville St., Excelsior
  • Fee: $12 per person

 

2. Dance Out the Winter Blues

Sure, there aren’t as many reasons to get outside in the winter. Fortunately, you can still keep moving with winter sports like ice skating. The Recreation Outdoor Center in St. Louis Park offers open public skating Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. If you really feel like grooving, head to the ROC at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 23 for Disco Ball Ice Skating. DJ Bob is set to play some disco jams and light up the ice! There’s no fee, and skate rentals are just $3.

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 23
  • Time: 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
  • Location: ROC, 3700 Monterey Drive
  • Fee: Free, $3 skate rental

 

3. Ring in the New Year

The outdoor center and skating rink at the ROC are open Sunday, Dec. 31 for the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. Bring some friends and skate away the last day of 2017! Music and refreshments will be available, and there’s no fee to skate, just $3 for a skate rental.

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 31
  • Time: 3:15 – 6 p.m.
  • Location: ROC, 3700 Monterey Drive
  • Fee: Free, $3 skate rental

 

4. Keep Moving

The City of St. Louis Park offers a range of recreational activities for residents of all ages, including fitness classes. Test them out Saturday, Jan. 6 during the “Saturday Sampler” at the ROC’s Banquet Room. Try cardio and strength training, a circuit workout, yoga, or all three, at no cost. You don’t even need to pre-register to attend!

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 6
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • 9:30 a.m. — Fun Functional Fitness: 50/50 split of cardio and strength and some fun balance and agility drills.
    • 10:10 a.m. — Express Circuit Workout: Combo of cardio moves, strength and abs.
    • 10:45 a.m. — Yoga: Centering, strength, flexibility, balance and final restorative poses.
  • Location: ROC, 3700 Monterey Drive



St. Louis Park is just minutes away from Minneapolis. You don’t even need to leave the city for a fun winter afternoon!

 

Spend a day here and you’ll see why St. Louis Park is one of the best areas of the Twin Cities. When you start your apartment or townhome search, don’t leave out Hoigaard Village, home to clean, beautiful living spaces in the heart of St. Louis Park.

 

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5 Renter-Friendly Ways to Customize Your Apartment

 

In the last decade, the U.S. has seen a steady increase in renters versus homeowners across all age groups, but most especially in the millennial generation. This trend also spans across all income levels. From the poor to the wealthy, young and old, more and more people are choosing to rent over homeownership.

 

While there are pros and cons to each, perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of renting as opposed to homeownership is the inability to make major changes to your home. In this article, we’ll explore a few renter-friendly ways to customize your home and make it uniquely your own.

 

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Gather Some Leafy Roommates

There are tons of added benefits in keeping houseplants: You’ll improve your health and happiness while sprucing up your decor. Start simple with a succulent or peace lily, or go for the flamboyant and delicate with an orchid or inch plant. Check out the best plants for apartments in an article from 6sqft.com.

 

If These Walls Could Talk...

There’s something about a white space that helps potential renters better envision living there. However, once you move in, those basic white walls can get rather dull. Painting is sometimes allowed but can be very limited when renting. Instead, shop for a removable wallpaper to create a one-of-a-kind space, accent wall, or decor piece.

 

If you’re looking for a quick dash of excitement, create your own large piece of art with a decorative shower curtain, collect decorative picture frames from thrift shops, or attach fabric to your walls with liquid starch.

 

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Nothing Lies Like a Rug

Just like the walls, there’s a good chance the carpet in a given apartment is also some shade of white. Jazz up your living space or add interest with an area rug. Art isn’t just for the walls anymore; check out these inspired ideas from HGTV.com.

 

Perk up Your Blinds

Those boring white blonds that seem to be in every apartment building in existence aren’t permanent. You might want to ask your landlord or property manager first, but changing out your blinds will completely change the feel of your apartment.

 

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Mirror, Mirror on Your Wall

It’s pretty basic design knowledge that small rooms look bigger with the addition of a mirror. There are a ton of ways you can use them to decorate your space. Cluster a few small mirrors or add one large floor-length mirror and create added depth and interest without having to rearrange your walls.

 

Want more apartment decorating ideas? Check out our Pinterest page for DIY Decorating and apartment decor and design ideas.

 

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Three Places To Visit Within a Stone's Throw of Your Apartment

Living in Hoigaard Village offers a sophisticated social atmosphere and lively entertainment options for you year round. At the heart of Saint Louis Park, you are never far from interesting activities to do. Here are three places to visit within a stone's throw from your apartment.stand-2543246_640.png

 

Brush Art Studio

If you love art, it’s likely you have visited the Walker Art Museum and Minneapolis Institute of Art. You might not know that even closer to you in Saint Louis Park is a unique artistic experience. At Brush Studio, you can expand your artistic talent in a class, celebrate a bachelorette painting party, host a corporate or holiday party, or even take your kid along for a one-on-one date. In each class, you receive professional instruction, one 16x20 canvas, paint, brushes, easel, and an apron all for only $35! Of course, food and alcohol are served to accompany your good time. Create a masterpiece to display in your home at the Brush Studio.

 

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Westwood Hills Nature Center

An absolute treasure of Saint Louis Park, Westwood Hills Nature Center is 160 acres of restored prairie landscape that is beautiful to enjoy year-round. Hike the trails anytime between dawn and dusk for free. Explore and find the picnic pavilion, 6-foot scenic waterfall, and water gardens all available for event rentals at a nominal fee. Host birthday parties, weddings, and outdoor events amidst the natural, serene landscape. It is refreshing to escape the busy city life and enjoy nature. When you live in Hoigaard Village, you can visit the Westwood Hills Nature Center often.

 

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Copperwing Distillery

If you are looking for a hidden gem of a joint to hang out in with your friends, look no further. This highly reviewed distillery offers a variety of unique food items and upscale cocktails, whiskey, and other distilled beverages. The cozy atmosphere of this place will draw you in and facilitate great conversation. Although it only opened this year, Copperwing Distillery is making a name for itself and is a must-try for your nightlife!

 

There is so much to do in Saint Louis Park and if you are living in Hoigaard village, you can take advantage of it all. Check out these three fun activities just a stone's throw away and explore more of the great city you live in!

 

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Stay Busy with Awesome Activities Around St. Louis Park

 

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of an urban and suburban lifestyle that offers a great mix of activities, the area around Hoigaard Village has everything you’re looking for. You’ll have a short drive to popular neighborhood attractions with a variety of shops, restaurants and services you will grow to love. Here are just a few of the amenities that are nearby:

 

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1.  Cedar Lake Trail

The Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail was the first federally-funded bicycle commuter trail in the country. It connects to many other trails and parks and has lanes for bikers and walkers. The trail is known as a “bicycle freeway” and it runs 4.3 miles from the middle of downtown Minneapolis to just west of St. Louis Park.

 

If you’re into exercise and outdoor fun around St. Louis Park, visit St. Louis Parks and Recreation for more ideas.

 

2. Pure Barre

This fitness studio is a premiere place made up of athletes, teachers, mothers, daughters and other women who make staying in shape a priority. It’s the perfect place to improve your physical and mental health.

 

3. Mama’s Happy

This shop is specifically designed for the mother on the go. The store is full of unique repurposed home goods and gifts that are made by a group of artists. Mama’s Happy has everything from something for your wall, or even your wardrobe, that will make you smile.

 

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4. The Shoppes at Knollwood

This shopping mall is located along Highway 7 in St. Louis Park. Some of the major stores at Knollwood include Kohls, T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, DSW Shoe Warehouse and Cub Foods. Formerly known as the Knollwood Mall, it was renamed the Shoppes at Knollwood during its May 2015 grand re-opening.

 

5. Revolution Salon

This salon is one of the best in the Twin Cities. The Revolution team offers the latest trends and style that revitalize the looks of their guests. The hair experts at Revolution Salon create distinctive looks that make their customers stand out.

 

Hoigaard Village has plenty to offer right in the neighborhood, or enjoy a short Uber ride to Minneapolis. Our location allows easy transportation access to Highway 100, Interstate 394, the Minneapolis light rail, and other public transportation.

 

Hoigaard Village offers distinctive home options that blend location, comfort and lifestyle into perfect harmony. To learn more about Hoigaard Village, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

 

 

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Stay Busy with Awesome Activities Around St. Louis Park

If you’re looking for an urban lifestyle that still offers a great mix of activities, the area around Hoigaard Village has everything you’re looking for. You’ll have a short drive to popular neighborhood attractions with a variety of shops, restaurants and services you will grow to love. Here are just a few of the amenities that are nearby:

 

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1.  Cedar Lake Trail

The Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail was the first federally-funded bicycle commuter trail in the country. It connects to many other trails and parks and has lanes for bikers and walkers. The trail is known as a “bicycle freeway” and it runs 4.3 miles from the middle of downtown Minneapolis to just west of St. Louis Park.

If you’re into exercise and outdoor fun around St. Louis Park, visit St. Louis Parks and Recreation for more ideas.

 

2. Pure Barre

This fitness studio is a premiere place made up of athletes, teachers, mothers, daughters and other women who make staying in shape a priority. It’s the perfect place to improve your physical and mental health.

 

3. Mama’s Happy

This shop is specifically designed for the mother on the go. The store is full of unique repurposed home goods and gifts that are made by a group of artists. Mama’s Happy has everything from something for your wall, or even your wardrobe, that will make you smile.

 

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4. The Shoppes at Knollwood

This shopping mall is located along Highway 7 in St. Louis Park. Some of the major stores at Knollwood include Kohls, T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, DSW Shoe Warehouse and Cub Foods. Formerly known as the Knollwood Mall, it was renamed the Shoppes at Knollwood during its May 2015 grand re-opening.

 

5. Revolution Salon

This salon is one of the best in the Twin Cities. The Revolution team offers the latest trends and style that revitalize the looks of their guests. The hair experts at Revolution Salon create distinctive looks that make their customers stand out.

 

Hoigaard Village has plenty to offer right in the neighborhood, or enjoy a short Uber ride to Minneapolis. Our location allows easy transportation access to Highway 100, Interstate 394, the Minneapolis light rail, and other public transportation.

 

Hoigaard Village offers distinctive home options that blend location, comfort and lifestyle into perfect harmony. To learn more about Hoigaard Village, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

 

 

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A Preview of Summer Events Coming to Saint Louis Park

When you think of summer, you undoubtedly imagine enjoying days in the sunshine, having fun with friends and family – perhaps attending a few summer festivals. The events scheduled for the Saint Louis Park area this season will help you get the most out of where you live by enjoying the local scene and soaking up the sun.

 

St. Louis Parktacular

This annual festival happens on Father's Day weekend – June 15th to the 18th – to splash into summer. There will be free live music on Friday by “The Dweebs” and Saturday night by “Jonah and the Whales.” The Grand Day parade is on June 17th and the senior dinner with “Elvis” is on the 15th. Besides all that fun, there are tons of family-friendly aspects to the festival like inflatable water slides, canoe and kayak rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, and so much more! To see all the event's scheduled activities, visit the website!

 

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Fourth of July Celebration

What would summer be without a big Independence Day celebration? At Aquila Park, there will be a grand fireworks display at 10 pm on July 4th. Leading up to the big bang, there will be concessions, vendors, and live music by Stevie and Table Rockers from 7-9:30 PM. Celebrate this holiday with your neighbors at this lively town event!

  

Summer Concert Series

If you enjoy listening to music, attend performances from the Rotary Club's Summer Concert Series. Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, live music will be free to enjoy at Wolfe Park. Click here to see the entire list of musicians in the concert line-up.

 

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Uptown Art Fair

This art fair is one of the biggest and most entertaining in all of Minnesota! Running August 4th - 6th, there will be over 350 talented artists from around the world displaying their work at Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Nearly 400,000 people flock to enjoy the Uptown Art Fair which also includes 25 food vendors, live performances by musicians and dancers, and interactive art activities as well as a youth art fair. This event is one you cannot miss!

 

Mill City Live

Set in Mill City Museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features five great evenings of outdoor music by local bands. Throughout the month of August, get outside and enjoy great live music as well as a discounted entrance prices to the historical museum in Minneapolis. Get more information here.

 

 

As you can see, there is no shortage of fun in and around the St. Louis Park area this summer! Put these summer events on your calendar and get out to enjoy the sunshine. These reasons and many more are why St. Louis Park is a great place to live!

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5 Local Activities to Get You Through the Winter

 

March 20th – the first official day of spring – is coming up fast. To get through the next several weeks of cold weather and potential snowstorms, we’ve compiled a list of winter activities that will make the rest of the season fly by.

 

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1.     Pretend it’s Spring

Visiting the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show will make you forget all about winter. For two weekends in late February and early March, the Home & Garden show not only allows you to plan your window boxes, but it also brings spring to Minneapolis, if only within the walls of the Convention Center.

 

2.     Book a Tasting Tour of Local Breweries

Bitter Minnesota Craft Beer Tasting Tours conduct guided tours every day of the week for private groups or for the public. Hop on an all-inclusive tour and visit several Minneapolis breweries and taprooms, sure to warm you up from the inside out!

 

 

 

3.     Go on a Nature Hike

Kids and adults alike can rediscover nature through winter activities at the fabulous Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park. February activities include luminary hikes, hunting for animal tracks, snowshoeing, and winter orienteering, while March brings maple syrup making!

 

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4.     Hit the Lanes

Park Tavern in St. Louis Park offers winter bowling passes to pass these cold days. Valid from December to April, one pass gives you access to a bowling lane for one hour every single day, for up to 6 people. Shoe rentals are even included. (Plus, there’s a groupon. You’re welcome.)

 

5.     Admire Beautiful Art

Jean Stephen Galleries is located in central St. Louis Park and is currently showing works by several artists, including local great Pamela Sukhum and a Dr. Seuss serigraph on canvas. Stop by for some colorful inspiration, and maybe you’ll find something to liven up your walls this winter.

 

Whether you’re indoors or out, enjoy all that our local areas have to offer during the last of these winter months.

 

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Apartment Decorating Ideas For A Stylish Pad

Apartment Decorating Ideas For A Stylish Pad

Even though you are renting your apartment, there is no reason not to create a stylish space to live. Investing in the aesthetics of your environment can make all the difference in whether or not you are happy at home. Here are some apartment decorating ideas for a stylish pad that will make you excited to come home to every day!

 

Create More Space

In  Apartment Therapy's post 7 Ways to Make a Small Space Seem Less Claustrophobic, Adrienne Breaux gives tips for decorating that open up space in your apartment and make it seem larger. For instance, try painting your walls the same color as your sofa and hanging your curtains all the way from the floor to the ceiling. Using mirrors is another way to make your space feel larger and more glamorous.

Light

Add light throughout your space to make it feel larger, more inviting, and more stylish. Not only do we suggest decorating with lighter colors (ivory walls, gray couches, cream rugs), but adding lighting through lamps helps a lot! Consider adding these LED light strips from IKEA underneath your kitchen cabinets, behind your bed headboard, in your dark closet, really anywhere you need extra light and ambiance.

 

Textiles

The most stylish apartments decorate with textiles of all kinds, from rugs to curtains to throws. Layering can make a space feel really cozy, like placing a rug over that standard apartment carpet to designate the seating space. This post from HGTV goes into detail about ways to use rugs and curtains and layering textiles to create a cozy and stylish place.

If you invest some thought and money into making these three ideas happen in your space, your apartment will be the best home you have ever had. Utilizing tricks to create more space, purchasing some luxurious and cozy textiles, and adding light throughout your apartment is so worth it!

 

Check out the variety of apartment styles – big and small – at hoigaardvillage.com.  

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The Rhythm of Living: Four Unique Living Spaces at Hoigaard Village

Are you looking to lease a home that you can get excited about? Hoigaard Village offers clean, beautiful living spaces in an excellent and exciting community. With four different living spaces to choose from, read below for more information on picking the best fit for you with Hoigaard Village:

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Contemporary Apartment Homes

The Camerata offers 220 contemporary apartments with a luxurious feel for the modern urbanite. Enter through a sophisticated and light-filled lobby to see views of the private pool, courtyard, and grilling area in which you can stave off the heat and cool down just a few steps from your front door. Our state-of-the-art fitness center allows you to get fit and engage in a healthier lifestyle, all from the comfort of your apartment. Choose from a studio, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom, or two bedroom plus den option, and visit The Camerata for more information.

 

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Loft Living

If you are interested in loft living, our Harmony Vista building offers 73 loft-style apartments with beautiful features like nine-foot ceilings, granite kitchen island, large windows, and contemporary finishes. We also offer a 24-hour fitness center and adjacent pool, with ample room to invite friends over. A standout feature of Harmony Vista is the Vista Lounge. Located on the top floor, the Vista Lounge offers incredible views of downtown Minneapolis. Enjoy a relaxing evening by the fireplace or at the pool table. To check out our floor plans, visit Harmony Vista for more information.

 

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Modern Day Living

The Adagio features 100 apartment homes with three different living plans—one bedroom, one bedroom with den, and two bedrooms. The Adagio offers contemporary amenities that include a beautiful outdoor pool, fitness center, media room, board room, and a party room which includes a large wide screen television and full kitchen amenities. Take a look at unit plans for The Adagio to find a suitable space for you.

 

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Classic Townhomes

Are you looking for a unique and spacious living space? Our classic Medley Row features 22 townhomes that offer multi-level living, walkout balconies, tuck under parking, open floor plans on the first floor, and traditional living on the second floor. With generous storage space, beautiful landscaping, and two-unit plans to choose from, these townhomes are a dream to reside in. Check out our gallery of Medley Row townhomes for more information.

 

To schedule a tour, visit hoigaardvillage.com for more information.

 

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