Midwest Mountaineering and Metro IBA!! January 6, 2011

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Shareology used to spend a tad more time on the West Bank of Minneapolis than she does now; thus the Metro IBA meeting at Midwest Mountaineering was a great chance to visit this outdoor retailer that won 2010 Retailer of the Year presented by Backpacker Magazine:

check out the tin ceiling!!!

3D Merchandising: using ALL the space, including the ceiling!!

Loooooove these colors!!!

which came 1st? Minnesota explorers or Midwest Mountaineering??

Hard to believe this local retailer in Minneapolis St. Paul has been exploring customer satisfaction  for 40 years!!  Shareology especially loved how easy parking is…

It’s easy — Park in the surface level parking lot (not the ramp) right behind our store!  Our friendly employees will validate your ticket (weekdays before 6pm 2 hours max., weekdays after 6pm and weekends 4 hours max.) — No purchase required! 

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follow MetroIBA at: @MetroIBA or

Kay Roseland @KayLoire


Common Good Books hosts Metro IBA October 6, 2010

Shareology was in St. Paul this week for a Metro IBA meeting hosted by Common Good Books.  Not once, but twice, a fascinating fact emerged:  apparently, Amazon did not hit the friendly neighborhood bookstore.  However, Barnes and Noble and Borders have been badly wounded.  As a result, the neighborhood bookstore is making a rebound!

In St. Paul, is there a finer example of a local bookstore than Common Good Books, about to celebrate its fifth birthday soon.    You may have heard of the proprietor, a Mr. Garrison Keillor.  Shareology has been hearing the phrase “multiple income streams” lately, a phrase Mr. Keillor practically invented.  Let’s take a tour of this local bookstore, tucked away in the basement of 165 Western Avenue at Selby in St. Paul:

One entrance to the store is through Nina's ....

Nina’s Coffee Cafe is located just above the bookstore at 165 Western Avenue.

Pretty sure who owns the store....

A younger demographic is engrossed.....

The Metro IBA Business meeting starts …

and on the way out….

above:  as you exit       Live Local,  Read Large

For more on living and buying local,  go to or follow them on twitter at @MetroIBA.

For more on Common Good Books go to   or follow them on twitter at @CommonGoodBooks

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire


MetroIBA heads NorthEast to Create Catering February 6, 2010

Shareology headed to NE Minneapolis to Create Catering for the February 2   MetroIBA Networking Event. 

Members of the Metro Independent Business Alliance brought their small business problems, small business solutions, and small business questions; members found out who they had something in common with or who they might do business with.  

Create Catering offered a yummy and warm alternative to yet another snowy Minnesota morning; photos are below: 













Now this is a good looking exit!

Create Catering is on the web at   More information on MetroIBA can be found at  or follow them on Twitter at   @MetroIBA 

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


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