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February 12, 2011

Twin Cities Elites at Yelp's Kiss & Makeup Party

Posted by Annie D

A balmy February evening proved Kirstie Alley right—Minnesota women are indeed drop-dead gorgeous. How do we know? Well... just see for yourself! On Friday, the ladies of the Elite Squad ditched their fellas and got dolled up at Yelp's Kiss & Makeup party.

The lucky girls were treated to push 'n' polish manicures, false lashes  and airbrush foundation from the pros at Smart & Chic, a brand new beauty destination officially opening on Wednesday in Northeast Minneapolis. They specializes in positively glamorous hair and makeup. Owner Julie was a welcoming hostess and even offered guests 10% off her unique merchandise. Every Wednesday through Saturday from 5–9 p.m. (prime gettin'-ready-to-go-out time!), happy hour brings discounted blowouts, champagne and more at this sophisticated shop.

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Sweets Bakeshop spoiled everyone with a half-dozen varieties of mini cupcakes in flavors like spicy chocolate, dreamsicle and thyme-honey-walnut. Sweets has been sugaring up St. Paul for a while now, but opened their South Minneapolis baking outpost only days ago! Now we can get our salted caramel macaron fix on both sides of the river.

Cupcakes Kiss3 Honey 

Speaking of sweet, Kristy Lynn (who has to be the coolest beekeeper ever) paid us a visit with two creamy varieties of her local, bicycle-delivered honey. The Beez Kneez is accepting orders now, and what could make a better gift for the locavores in your life?!

Cheese Wine
Sure, the invitation said no boys allowed, but there were two very important gentleman at this event. Cheesemonger (and all-around bad-ass) Ken Liss from Lake Wine & Spirits indulged the gals with samples of sharp manchego and other treats from the Lyn-Lake cheese shop. Lake Wine & Spirits recently opened as a one-stop shop for spirits, local beer (including build-your-own-six-packs), gourmet cheeses and fine wines, including the Chilean varieties that Dale Peterson was serving up.

From Dale, yelpers got a tasty introduction to YALI wines (part of Viña Ventisquero). The Merlot Rosé, Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc from Chile made perfect pairings with the cheeses. Yelpers also learned that YALI commits a portion of its profits to the wetlands of central Chile. Kudos to good causes AND to Ken and Dale for charming a crowd of hungry and thirsty women!

Kiss Dress
The Kiss & Makeup party had its own good cause as well. We encouraged everyone to clean out their jewelry boxes, comb through their old accessories and bring them for a swap, hosted by two lovely volunteers from Dress For Success. Dress for Success is a local non-profit that helps economically disadvantaged women re-enter the work force. Yelpers signed up to learn more about volunteer opportunities and the unclaimed swap items (i.e. piles and piles of accessories) were donated to Dress For Success.

 We have Katie Workinger and Lindsey Holmes of Point & Blog to thank for the beautiful photos (more on Flickr) and I want to give a special nod to Liz W. for helping out! 

A great big hand to all of our generous sponsors for coming together to create such a wonderful party. Be sure to check out the reviews of the event on Yelp or write one if you were there!

Annie D.

Twin Cities Community Manager



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