Who should go?

Merchants of any size, from sole proprietors to large corporations. Ecommerce industry professionals. Advocates of the local tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Basically, anyone who’s got a vested interest in the future growth of the Twin Cities ecommerce landscape.


What to wear?

If you’re coming straight from work, business casual is fine. If something more formal is more your style, that’s good too. And it goes without saying that denim (in all its many glorious forms) is perfectly acceptable. In other words, whatever makes you feel good.


Where to park?

Where to park near Aria Mpls

1. Interstate Parking Open-air lot directly across from Aria on 1st St. and 1st. Ave. This is a metered lot.

2. Impark Ramp At the corner of 2nd St. and 1st St. N. Regular daily, hourly and nightly rates apply.

3. W.W. Parking Inc. Open air lot directly behind Aria on N. 2nd St. and 2nd Ave. N. This is a metered lot.

4. W.W. Parking Inc. Open air lot on Azine Way and 2nd Ave N. directly behind The bachelor Farmer. This is a metered lot.


Is there valet service?

No. We blew the budget on catering. It was worth it though, the snacks and drinks are outstanding.


How do I get there?

Get Directions via Google Maps

From 394 heading East: Follow I-394 E to N Washington Ave in Minneapolis. Take exit 9C from I-394 E. Take N 2nd Ave to N 1st St…destination on your left.

From 35W heading North: Take I-35W N, exit 17C and S 3rd St to 1st St S…Turn left onto 1st St S…continue on to N 1st St…destination on your left.

From 35W heading South: Take exit 17C for Washington Ave… Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto S Washington Ave…Turn right onto N 1st Ave…Turn left onto N 1st St…destination on your left.


What is the neighborhood like?

Excellent…if cool bars and nice restaurants are your thing. You’ll find plenty of both within easy walking distance from the venue. For example:

Red Cow
208 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (two-minute walk)
“Hamburger restaurant” - Clever, specialty burgers & craft brews are the draw at this modern tavern with an upbeat ambiance.

Pizza Luce
119 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
“Pizza restaurant” - Local pizzeria chain serving creative pies, pasta & hoagies, plus beer & wine, in a casual setting.

The Bachelor Farmer
50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
“Scandinavian restaurant” - Eco-conscious cafe in a historic venue serving Nordic-influenced fare using local, organic products.

Dong Hae Restaurant
251 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Modern locale for Korean standards, all-you-can-eat sushi, Japanese entrees & industrial-chic decor.


Hotel and lodging

Hewing Hotel
300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Upscale hotel in a converted warehouse, offering eclectic quarters, stylish dining & a rooftop bar.

AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
401 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Streamlined rooms, some with city views, in a polished property offering a tapas bar & a gym.

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Refined quarters in a former train depot featuring an ice skating rink, dining, a gym & a hot tub.

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Modern hotel offering contemporary rooms & a gym with skyline views, plus event space & free WiFi.