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About Live Nicollet
Live Nicollet is an innovative marketing campaign by the Lyndale Neighborhood Business Assocation and the City of Minneapolis to encourage people to get to know and support Nicollet Avenue businesses during the rebirth of Minneapolis' main street. To get great stuff all you have to do is Sign-Up -> Shop -> Talk -> Get Stuff -> Have Fun! For more information about Live Nicollet contact Mark at 612.824.9402 x 16. Sign up Today to start earning Live Nicollet Points.
We wanted to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in Live Nicollet over the past eight months. All together we awarded 4,500 points, which included 625 trips to buy things at participating businesses.
We would also like to say congratulations to Todd Grosz who was the big Live Nicollet winner in our efforts to help support businesses during the reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue. Todd far out distanced the competition and ended up with 1,325 points, that’s over 250 Live Nicollet activities, in what was an amazing demonstration of commitment to the local business community.
Here we are at the end of a very long year hoping you haven’t quite finished all of your Christmas shopping and that you’ve got room for one or two more gifts from our great businesses along Nicollet Avenue.
This will be our final Live Nicollet Update before we end this year’s campaign and wrap everything up with a nice little bow. For those of you who have been waiting for a new leader board we apologize, we’ve been getting so many people stopping in the office with receipts from their travels up and down Nicollet that we haven’t been able to keep up. Just know that we have all those sign-in sheets, emails, and pictures and will be tallying up all of the points in the new year.
Sometimes it can seem ironic when you see the big fancy ads encouraging people to shop local; with their slick production value they can seem a long way from the corner store we visit everyday. What can get forgotten behind the glitz and the gloss is how valuable our local neighborhood businesses are to our quality of life.
The one thing we hope you take away from this year’s Live Nicollet campaign is the incredible richness we have in our local business community. In our little stretch of Nicollet Avenue, we have a fantastic group of local businesses that are here to serve your needs, whether you’re looking for a new pair of shoes, something tasty to eat, or a good deal on insurance.
Now is the time to Be Rewarded for all of your visits to Nicollet Avenue businesses. The big yellow trucks are all gone, we’ve got brand new sidewalks, fancy new lights, and businesses that want to see you.
There’s been a steady stream of people stopping into the office to check-in their points and pick up their rewards. Some of the most popular items have been piercings from Twin Cities Tattoo, drinks from Pat’s Tap, and Live Nicollet pint glasses and T-shirts.
With the construction all done we are moving into the final part of the campaign, which is where everyone gets rewarded for all of their hard work and patience with great deals, fun shopping, and really cool stuff.
Erin Flavin, owner of Honeycomb, has been as busy as a bee. In just over two years she bought a house, got married, welcomed a baby boy, and opened a salon in the Lyndale Neighborhood.
And like the social insect, she said she couldn’t have done it without a swarm of friends. From encouragement to start the business to the design of the hip Nicollet Avenue space, and even a longtime pal sharing her appointment to make time for this interview, Honeycomb’s queen bee is surrounded by happy helpers.
“It was totally collaborative,” she said. “A ton of friends helped us.”
Live Nicollet Points
Earning Points Is Simple
It’s easy and fun to earn Live Nicollet points. All you need to do is:
- Sign Up
- Like us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/lyndale.neighborhood
- Buy something at any store on Nicollet between Lakeand 36th Street– just show us a receipt or send us a picture of you buying stuff.
- Send us a picture by email or a text of you and your friends having fun on Nicollet
- Forward a Live Nicollet update to a friend
- Like/Comment/Share a Live Nicollet Update on Facebook.
Each activity you complete is worth 5 points and every 5 activities you complete you get great stuff.
Live Nicollet Rewards
Live Nicollet Rewards
As of 10/08/12
A Live Nicollet Pint Glass and your choice of
- A free drink at Pat's
Free piercing from Twin City Tattoo
- One Day Pass from the Blaisdell YMCA
- Free group lesson from Dance with Lois Donnay
A stylish Live Nicollet T-Shirt and your choice of
- $Go-To Card with $20 value from Metro Transit
- $20 Gift card from Burger King
- Lyndale Neighborhood Association Water bottle
- Two group lessons and dance outing with Dance with Lois Donnay
A Live Nicollet Hat or Pint Glass and your choice of
$25 Gift Certificate for El Paraiso
- Free oil change from Rongo’s Auto Repair
- Special mystery gift from Corporate Incentives
$25 Gift card from Family Dollar Store
- $10 Off A birthday party at the Blaisdell YMCA
A Live Nicollet T-Shirt or hat and your choice of
- Stella blow dryer 1875 watts #9977 from Variety Beauty Supply
$20 Gift certificate from B-Squad
- A one week pass at the Blaisdell YMCA
- Five group lessons and a dance outing with Dance with Lois Donnay
Grand Prize Winner
Person who earns the most Live Nicollet Points
Council Member Meg Tuthill will take you out to lunch, a Live Nicollet Item of your choice, a free group lesson from Dance with Lois Donnay, and a free piercing from Twin City Tattoo
Caveats: As with all things in life Live Nicollet has several caveats and small print. There are limits on the number of items that each business, including LNBA, is able to provide for Live Nicollet, we’re awarding items on a first come, first serve basis, so if you want something get cracking. Live Nicollet and LNBA are the final arbiters for awarding points and providing rewards. All of this is subject to change at any time. Live Nicollet will run through 12/31/2012. Rewards will be awarded throughout the campaign.