Happy Birthday! Shareology is Two!!! July 26, 2011

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Hard to believe that Shareology started on July 26, 2009!  Even harder to believe the great people I’ve met along the way; thank you so much for your readership. Love to look back at milestones?  Here are the top 3 Shareology stories in the past 2 years:

  1. Legoland reopens at Mall of America! 
  2. Apple brings their Briefing Room to Uptown!  
  3. Branding Opportunity or Ugly Concrete Posts? 

So what do YOU want to talk about in the next Shareology post?

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire


Which was the first store to sell Apple products in Uptown? July 7, 2010

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No, not the shiny new Apple store next to the Suburban Theater in Minneapolis– it’s FirstTech at 2640 Hennepin!  

Shareology had a great comment left on her Uptown Apple story last week by Harvey Zuckman of FirstTech.   Since she was guaranteed photos within FirstTech’s store, she marched off to another Apple store in Uptown, this one with a boatload of history.  

Per Harvey :  “FirstTech offers so much more to support the Apple computer products we sell. We have a greater selection of peripheral products and we are there to help customers when they need to upgrade their existing equipment, whether they need a larger hard drive or more memory.  

In addition, FirstTech has an extensive offering of hands-on training classes in a comfortable, intimate training room – including Adobe applications, Apple certification and FileMaker.  

FirstTech’s services don’t stop at carry-in hardware repair.  Whether you have new or old equipment or need an on-site call, FirstTech can help.  

As the longest-serving Apple dealer anywhere, FirstTech has nearly 33 years of experience, but has kept up with technology.  Our locally-owned, independent business has built our reputation on providing knowledgeable and attentive customer service, We care about our community and our clients and we think it shows.”  

Now let’s take a peek at those photos Shareology got inside this Apple dealer!  

FirstTECH, located at 2640 Hennepin Avenue

If you need to, you can....Epson and Xerox sold here....

Shareology has cover envy.....

Choices, Choices, Choices

Remember these?

Shareology is drawn to bright, shiny objects.....

whiteboard capability for schools: who knew?

one of the training rooms.......

our host, Harvey Zuckman

No appointment needed! Macs Fixed Fast!

 So there you have it, folks.   Uptown Minneapolis is now served by two spectacular Apple stores.   Enjoy! 

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


Uptown Restaurants: Sidewalks and Rooftops Rock! July 5, 2010

For the third in Shareology’s trilogy tour of Uptown Minneapolis, it’s time for restaurants: some making creative new use of sidewalks, and some dueling rooftops: 

Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group


Really.  That’s the name of the restaurant.  Check out the sidewalk table twist: 

Reality Restaurant or Human Zoo?


Either way, it looks waaaay more comfortable than the average sidewalk restaurant…. 

OK now for dueling rooftops: 

Uptown Cafeteria





And finally, just so you don’t miss the object of all this rooftop madness: 



Uptown:  ya gotta love it!  And Shareology did, for seventeen years! 

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire


Uptown Update

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Shareology took a holiday stroll around Uptown Minneapolis in early July, 2010; Calhoun Square may not be complete but it sure shows signs of growth and revitalization: 


Missing Figlio?   Il Gatto is open for biz! 

Upstairs, Downstairs


Sox Appeal, new carpet and comfy furniture....


Let there be light!


The best feature of the updated Calhoun Square?  Check out the light flooding into the west end of the mall! 

Tenants Current and Future


Maps to current and future tenants




Calhoun Square may not be done quite yet, but it is sure looking sharper than it has in many a moon. 

Next, Shareology stumbled across Restaurants and Rooftops:  but that’s for a later post! 

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


Apple brings their Briefing Room to Uptown! July 4, 2010

Shareology was in a nostalgic mood this holiday weekend; she journeyed to Uptown Minneapolis, where she had lived for 17 years across from the Uptown Theater.   My, oh, my: the changes!  Of course, she remembered MAC, but now Victoria’s Secret and NorthFace add retail zing to Hennepin Avenue.  But the biggest retail zing on Hennepin is definitely the new Apple store. 

Shareology admired the outside and then ventured inside:

Shareology understands that Apple strongly prefers she not take photos inside the Apple stores….still…..can’t hurt to ask politely one more time.   Well, dear Shareology readers, she didn’t get photo permission, but she did get a tour of the first-ever-in-the-world Apple Briefing Room!   It’s tucked away on an upper floor in the new Apple location in Uptown.   Basically,  it’s an executive conference room loaded with Apple gear.  Fronting Hennepin Avenue, off the Briefing Room are two patios, with table and chairs for 4, plus a grass area.  (Hmm, real grass?  Forever grass?  Shareology didn’t ask…)  These patios surround a skylight that floods the main sales area below with light.

The Briefing Room includes a conference table seating 16, and every Apple product imaginable:  iPhones, iPads, big screen….. So:  got a business problem you want to solve?  Come in to the Apple folks, bring your staff, and have Apple help you and your business.   For information call the Uptown Apple store at (952) 229-1463, or email them at

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire


Social Media Day in Uptown Minneapolis July 1, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30 was Social Media Day (thanks to those folks at mashable and the ability of tweeple to organize tweet-ups  — well, pretty darn quickly).  Shareology was alerted to this momentous occasion by Agency Babylon.  Fresh from the Dakota prairie, she found herself deep in her former stomping grounds of Uptown.  

First, the pre-party at Frank, a firm combining social media, organizational development and branding:  

Social Media Day: Started by those fun folks at mashable....

watching the tweet stream....

?'s for the tweet stream: check out #4!!

TweetDeck live at frank!

Shareology's favorite: taking pictures of people taking pictures!

To find about more about frank, so to:  

Now properly prepared, Shareology headed into deepest, darkest Uptown, only a block from where she lived for 17 years, to Chino Latino.  Who would be surprised to find the first person she saw was @MyklRoventine?  Lots of familiar celebrants:  

food appears and the celebrants head for the patio...okay, Hennepin Avenue...

@Philson takes a pic of @MyklRoventine while @DotMeg "helps"....

Ivan and Keith get deep into future retail pricing apps....

The perfect martini.....

Shareology exited Uptown (she had an early morning planned at jmu612 at Urban Bean…) when a sign at Drink caught her eye advertising apps….(what, a restaurant/bar downloads applications???)  noooooo. it’s appetizers!   Shareology might be a tad too deep into social media….. Trying to take a pic for the blog, she found out her lens had a strange error message.  Turns out Shareology’s lens went kaput.  Which explains why there are no pictures of a great jmu612 on games.  In case you wonder what went down, check out #jmu612 on twitter. 

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire


Retail Revitalization in Uptown October 9, 2009

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As a former Uptown Girl, Shareology has a deep affection for the corner of Hennepin and Lake in Minneapolis.  Trusted sources alerted her to a retail revitalization in progress.  (As a former East Isles Residents Association member, let me tell you, this particular revitalization has been in the works  for literally years and through multiple developers.)  Calhoun Square ain’t done yet:  but the bones are starting to emerge:




The space between Calhoun Square and the parking ramp is in transition: this half:  not so done

The space between Calhoun Square and the parking ramp is in transition: this half: not so done

The northern half shows the outdoor strolling, sipping a glass of wine potential  ...

The northern half shows the outdoor strolling, sipping a glass of wine potential ...

Amazingly, quite a few of your Calhoun Square favs are still open....

Amazingly, quite a few of your Calhoun Square favs are still open....


Yep, a boatload of new square footage is under construction....

Yep, a boatload of new square footage is under construction....

The more things change, the more they stay the same....

The more things change, the more they stay the same....

Placeholder, NOT the new name of the old Figlio ...

Placeholder, NOT the new name of the old Figlio ...

A reminder that not all of Uptown is under construction....

A reminder that not all of Uptown is under construction....

Hot off the press:    Figlio has become … Il Gatto    and it’s on Twitter! –>  @ ilgattouptown  

Shareology does wonder if the romance between the residents of Uptown and Calhoun Square will continue after this separation of sorts.   Shareology can’t wait to check out the traffic when the new square footage opens.

Well folks, that’s it     …    time to head over to Lucia’s for some soup and a minicupcake….

For more information go to  or check out Uptown author Thatcher Imboden on Twitter at @OurUptown — he’s got up to the minute information on who’s moving where in Calhoun Square.

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


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