Tis the season for giving, and at Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments, we take that seriously. While gifts are nice, the real deal is putting your energy into helping others — trust us, it feels great! Whether you’re looking for year-round volunteer opportunities or just want to help out in a seasonal setting, there are multiple organizations locally that can pair you with the right cause. Great for families, friend groups, or individuals, doing good with what you’ve got is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Visit the following sites to check out volunteer opportunities near you:
The annual beer lover’s holiday, Oktoberfest celebrates German brewing at its finest. With a wide variety of events happening in both September and October in the Twin Cities, you’ll have plenty of time to put on your lederhosen and experience local craft beer, great food, and entertainment.
Oktoberfest in Germany kicks off September 21st, and nearby LTD Brewing in Hopkins is hosting a kickoff event the same day, with German-themed trivia, food, special brewery barrel-aged bottle beers, and the official release of their 2019 Sleepwalker IIIPA and Oktoberfest beers. Commemorative LTD beer steins will be available for just $5. Learn more about LTD’s event HERE.
Other Oktoberfest events occur this weekend and through early October at popular spots such as Gasthof’s, 612 Brew, the Black Forest Inn, Bauhaus Brew Labs, and more. Check Meet Minneapolis’ Oktoberfest event calendar HERE for more info.
Fancy yourself a fish out of water? Prove your mettle at the Chain of Lakes Open Swim Classic, happening Sunday, August 27th at Bde Maka Ska — just around the corner from Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments. Register before the 24th to participate as a competitor in this fun annual event, which challenges experienced swimmers to swim across Bde Maka Ska in two separate course distances of 1.5 miles and 2.4 miles. A lifeguard sanctioned event produced in collaboration with the MPRB Open Swim Club, the Swim Classic presents a fun opportunity for participants to enjoy the beauty of Bde Maka Ska while testing their skills.
Not an endurance swimmer? No problem. Cheer the competitors on from the sidelines and enjoy a beautiful late summer day on the lake.
Swimmer registration is open through August 24. Cost: $65 (minus $15 discount for MPRB Open Swim Club participants)
Event: Sunday, August 27, from 8-11 am at Bde Maka Ska’s North Beach
At Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments we’re luck to be just a stone’s throw away from a plethora of parks, lakes, and outdoor recreation spots that are free and open to the public. Each month in the Spring and Fall you can join your friends, neighbors, and community for a group nature excursion at Walk the Park! Enjoy a leisurely 1-2 mile walk through beautiful local parks in the area with new friends — no fee or registration required.
Walk the Park takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month, with July 13th, 2019 being the next outing. Meet at the parking lot on Oxford Street at Creekside Park; walk begins at promptly 9:30am.
7341 Oxford St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
While Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments is fully adjacent to big city living at its finest, we still like to reflect back on the beauty of nature as often as possible. Combine that with a wide variety of recreation, dining, shopping, and adventuring options in beautiful St. Louis Park, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for epic summer fun. For P25 residents it’s easy, with numerous walking and biking trails, lakes, and nature preserves located just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Learn more about a few of our favorite neighborhood nature and recreation amenities below:
Wolfe Lake & Park
For those with an interest in fishing, Wolfe Lake may become your favorite local destination, with four fishing docks and over 3 acres of tranquil lake scenery. Catch Large Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch and more, or take advantage of the park’s other amenities such as picnic shelters and pavilions, a walking path, playground, and more. More info HERE.
The Bde Maka Ska Loop
In addition to beaches, water recreation, and more, our fair Bde Maka Ska is a sure-fire bet for getting in your steps. Take a leisurely walk around the full lake with a friend to take in the scenery. There are over 3 miles of pedestrian and bike trails encircling the lake — the perfect invigorating wind down to a busy work day. Learn more HERE.
While you may prefer to stay close to home in Parkway 25’s own deluxe pool and zen courtyard, there’s no denying a classic water park experience is pure summer fun. Head to St. Louis Park’s very own Aquatic Park for access to 4-story water slides, spray arches, water geysers, an obstacle course, diving boards, and more. Grab a snack at the concession stand or bring your own picnic! More info HERE.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
Hike, explore, and learn at Westwood Hills Nature Center, where the flora and fauna of the area is at your fingertips. Stroll extensive nature paths to see the sights, and learn more about local animal and plant life inside the park’s education center. With great kid’s programs, little ones can learn all about nature, biology, and more through fun, informative day camps. Learn more HERE.
At Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments in St. Louis Park, we pride ourselves on the details. Whether it’s creating a chill vibe in our zen courtyard common space, or making sure each individual unit includes thoughtful, functional details. Since Spring has sprung, relaxing on your patio balcony should be a top priority. In today’s post, we’ll share a few patio decor tips and trends that we love:
Create a mini-paradise on your balcony by filling it with a variety of colorful flowers, green leafy plants, and even edible herbs. For St. Louis Park residents, Home Depot and Bachman’s both offer a huge selection, otherwise ordering online is an option. We love a good Hardy Hibiscus plant, which produces plate-sized blooms in the summer, and can be easily brought inside during winter months. A container garden is a great way to surround yourself with nature at home!
The Right Furniture
When space is limited, choosing the perfect furniture pieces to outfit your patio can be a bit of a challenge. Consider how you plan on using it: will you be hanging out with friends in the evening, or simply enjoying your morning coffee? For the former, a cute, affordable bistro table could be a nice addition; the latter may be better off with a set of ergonomic lounge chairs — perfect for conversation, reading, sunbathing, and more.
Punch it Up with Accent Decor
Design the perfect ambiance with beautiful, unique objects. Hand-paint planter pots to give them your own creative touch, or see what’s on trend at Target, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, and more. We especially love Target’s Opalhouse collections for home decor. Discover pillow, candles, baskets, and other home items for modern meets boho chic flair. Keep it simple with a couple artistic accent pillows, or go over the top with tropical color — summer is coming, after all.
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We’re incredibly proud to be the first Silver LEED-certified residential property in St. Louis Park. a distinction that only four other commercial developments in the area share. The most recognized designation for green building and sustainability in the world, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an honor that aligns with our aspirations to be environmentally responsible and contribute to a better world. Thank you to the U.S. Green Building Council for recognizing Parkway 25 as a leader in sustainability.
Learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED certification and its requirements HERE.
Spring is in the air! As the weather improves, the inclination to socialize may be on your mind, and luckily, Parkway 25’s gorgeous clubroom is available for reservation exclusively for residents. Whether you live here already, or are seeking a new place to live with amazing social amenities, look no further than P25. Get out of hibernation mode and into party planning mode, and contact us to reserve space or schedule a walk-through today.
Our clubroom is set up for events both large and small. Host a chill birthday party, or watch the big game, or celebrate a milestone with your friends and family. Featuring a deluxe catering kitchen with a wall oven, warming drawers, refrigerators, and ice makers, as well as a built-in bar, you can make your own feast or simply bring in your favorite catered meal. Relax with large screen TVs, a built-in sound system, tasteful seating, games, and a stylish, upscale design aesthetic that will impress your guests.
Residents: Contact the concierge desk at 612-286-8867 for more info
Non-Residents: Contact the leasing office at 612-254-7062 to set up a walk through of P25
Sela Investments Ltd. is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider
At Parkway 25, a luxury apartment building in St. Louis Park, we fully encourage summer indulgence! And what’s more synonymous with summer, than ice cream? Let your sweet tooth win this season at a number of area ice cream shops (and yes, you’ve got time to hit them all over the next few months). Here are a few of our favorites, in St. Louis Park and surrounding areas.
Just a quick jaunt from St. Louis Park in the bustling Lyn-Lake neighborhood, Milkjam Creamery is a necessary summer (or really anytime) experience. Created by World Street Kitchen’s Sameh Wadi (and located right next door), Milkjam is truly a foodie’s ice cream dream. Try rotating flavors that are as delicious as they are creative — think infusions such as Turkish coffee, lavender, curry, coriander and so much more. Milkjam also offers boozy shakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and many other unique, creamy delights. Go. Now.
It’s fro-yo o’clock somewhere! Head to Park Yogurt in SLP, where you can get in on the action with a plethora of soft-serve treats — cold and on tap. Fill your cup with one (or 10) self-serve flavors and follow it up with a visit to the topping bar, where you can go nuts with everything from fresh fruit to crushed Oreos to gummy bears. They’ve got signature and special-edition flavors (think cotton candy, salty caramel, chocolate cake batter and many more), so stop in often to try them all!
Well, this one is a no-brainer. The nationally-beloved, good-natured ice cream duo has stepped beyond your grocer’s freezer and into a chain franchise, peddling their excellent creams of ice. Enjoy a full selection of classic favorites (Chunky Monkey, anyone?) as well as new and limited-edition creations — many of which are B&J’s scoop shop exclusives. Located on Excelsior Blvd, this local fave is an easy choice on a hot summer day.
With locations in both Linden Hills and Uptown, you’ll feel twice as nice tucking into one of Sebastian Joe’s huge handmade waffle cones. This longtime Twin Cities institution is a must-eat for lovers of the cold, creamy stuff. Belly up to the counter at this classic parlor and choose from a variety of handmade-daily flavors such as raspberry chocolate chip, Oreo, and other signature flavors such as “Pavarotti” (a vanilla ice cream made with caramel, bananas, and chocolate chips) as well as rotating special edition flavors. Joe’s also makes ice cream cakes, sandwiches, sundaes, shakes, malts and more — they also have a full coffee bar!
The team at Parkway 25, a luxury apartment building in St. Louis Park, are no strangers to the excitement of summer in Minnesota — especially after a particularly harsh winter. Well, the sunny season is FINALLY here, and with that comes an abundance of fresh produce and outdoor enjoyment. The Twin Cities is home to numerous open air farmers markets, where local and regional growers come to shill their delicious bounty. Not only do these markets feature fresh veggies and fruit galore, but many also highlight local artisans, bakers, makers and musicians. Get out there this summer and support the community, and bring home wonderful things to eat. Here are a few of our nearby favorites:
Linden Hills Farmers Market
Every Sunday / 9am-1pm
Settergren’s Hardware Lot
2813 West 43rd St
Founded in 2012, the Linden Hills Farmers Market has grown to include 50+ vendors. From “Indie-gredient makers” to farmers of produce and proteins, crafters, artisans and even food trucks, this market is an experience in itself. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Parkway 25 and St. Louis Park, you’ll see live music, taste and buy fresh foods, and learn more about the value of consuming locally-produced goods.
You needn’t wait for the weekend to enjoy the spoils of the Farmers Market. The Lyndale location is open every day from May to November (rain or shine!). This flagship spot is located near Downtown Minneapolis, tucked away just adjacent to I-94. A sprawling market, you’ll find endless aisles filled with flowers, veggies, fruit, farm fresh eggs and meat, bakeries, pickles, honey, jams, jellies and oh-so much more. Also check out the weekly markets put on by this group at the Government Center (Tuesdays, 9am-3pm) and the Nicollet Mall Market (Thursdays, 6am-6pm).
A quintessential Minnesota experience, the Mill City Farmers Market is as fruitful as it is charming and entertaining. Shop a vast number of sustainable and organically-farmed produce, meat and cheese vendors, as well as bakers, prepared food vendors, crafters, makers, artisans and so much more. Enjoy live music, demos and even yoga, if you’re so inclined. The Mill City Farmers Market also switches it up each Tuesday evening, with a pop-up night market near U.S. Bank Stadium (425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis / 4pm-8pm).
Likely the closest market in the vicinity of St. Louis Park and Parkway 25 luxury apartments, the Hopkins Farmers Market is just a mere 10 minutes away. Opening on June 16th and running through October, this cute outdoor affair features tons of freshly-grown produce, as well as flowers, meat, cheese, eggs, baked goods, honey and more from local vendors. Stop by the market’s food truck section for a smoothie, coffee or a handmade snack, then kick back and enjoy some live tunes from local musicians.