wedding

Dreaming of ‘Purple Rain’ on your wedding day? With no live music, First Avenue booking famous stage for private events

The pandemic has forced the iconic Minneapolis music venue to get creative.

MINNEAPOLIS — Whether you dream of a “White Wedding,” or “Purple Rain” on your wedding day, you’ll soon have the rare opportunity to book iconic music venue First Avenue as a wedding venue.

“Lucinda Williams actually got married on stage here,” said First Avenue marketing director Ashley Ryan. “We’ve had a couple of staff get married in the 7th St entry, but normally October, November, even into December, it’s our busiest time of year.”

If booking weddings sounds like selling out, Ryan says that’s the hope. For months, live music venues in Minnesota and most other states have sat in silence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have staff who have worked here for 20-30 years and since mid-March they’ve been out of work,” Ryan said. “So any kind of event that we can do to get people

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shopping

Private Equity Firms Bet on Booming Demand for Online Shopping

(Bloomberg) — Private equity firms are betting that the rise in online shopping is here to stay, with some of the world’s biggest investment funds eyeing deals for everything from warehouses to delivery companies.



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Internet Shopping Leads Recovery in U.K. Consumer Spending

Clipper Logistics Plc, which supports the e-commerce operations of retailers from Asos Plc to Superdry, is attracting interest from buyout firms, people with knowledge of the matter said. Cinven is among potential suitors that have been evaluating the 496 million-pound ($638 million) British company, while CVC Capital Partners has also looked in the past, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

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Silver Lake recently participated in a $650 million funding round for Klarna AB, which lets shoppers pay for online purchases in installments. In August, Advent International acquired a controlling stake in the U.K. operations of

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style

Spacious, contemporary style condo with high-end finishes for sale in private gated community

KENT COUNTY, MI – Nestled in a quiet area of Ada Township, is a sleek, contemporary style condo that features high-end finishes and spacious, flexible floor plans with light-filled living areas.

The stand-alone condo, located at 5659 Sanctuary Dr. NE, in one of West Michigan’s premier gated communities, The Sanctuary, is MLive’s House of the Week. A home is showcased every Wednesday.

This modern home with three bedrooms and two and half bathrooms is for sale for $715,000. But the house itself is only part of what makes a home. Good neighborhoods have amenities, appearance and accessibility.

“The neighborhood is in a 75-acre community that focuses on preserving nature,” said Realtor Leslie Ruppel with J.H. Realty Partners. “There are groomed walking paths, a small pond and gazebo for the neighborhood to enjoy and a babbling stream that is very relaxing to listen to.”

The neighborhood connects to the Ada walking

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