On the first Sunday of May I went to a Sunday Brunch at the Cabaret on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood. It was the day of the Marathon so one of the more popular Brunch spots was closed. I thought to myself why not try something new. I had heard about the Cabaret and have passed it dozens, if not hundreds, of times. I was pleasantly surprised. The Cabaret Rental Hall was well decorated and the owner took it upon herself to give me and my guest a private tour.

We were blown away. The venue is so much larger than it appears from the street. There is more than one area where you can host your party. There is a main stage, a jazz room and ballroom complete with dance floor. Everything is well thought out and tastefully and fashionably decorated. Outside you will find a trio of desks allowing your guests to enjoy a private outdoor space. There is also a lighted private parking lot. The building is a former tool rental company and there is plenty of space. So if you are looking for a venue and you want to patronize a Black owned business please check out Cabaret at Let me not forget to tell you that the food was very tasty on this Sunday, I will go back.

One of the things on my bucket list is to visit the Mall of America. Now I can cross that item off. Recently I had to go to Minneapolis for work. When my manager presented me with the trip I didn’t think much about it and then it hit me, I can go to the Mall of America on someone else’s dime, the best way to travel.

The mall is huge, so large that it has an amusement park in the middle and a hotel. There are dozens of restaurants and plenty of places to shop. Maybe I should be thankful that my time was limited so I couldn’t do too much damage. I was looking for stores that I could not find in Pittsburgh and “Bettie Page” fit the bill. The store was full of fifties fashions, perfect pencil skirts and fun accessories. This is the place for any shopaholic. I was in my glory.

The trip was topped off by a stay at one of my new favorite hotels the Sofitel Hotel. What a beautiful place. There are not a lot of these hotels around so if you get an opportunity to stay in one you must. I stayed at the Sofitel in Chicago a few years ago and gathered so many decorating ideas. The best way to describe the comfort of Sofitel Minneapolis is a unique blend of eclectic chic and French elegance. Enhanced by the natural beauty of the area’s many lakes, the hotel is your gateway to enriching cultural encounters and tantalizing gastronomic delights. In short nothing about the hotel is ordinary.

If you like shopping and beautiful places put the Mall of America on your bucket list, happy shopping.

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