Our Sponsors

LTYM Twin Cities Local Sponsors

We’re so very excited to celebrate the amazing small businesses who are our local sponsors in the Twin Cities. We only invite businesses to work with us who we already respect and adore, so we mean it when we say:

Here are Twin Cities businesses that we love to patron and know that you will, too!


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Melanie and John Willy, Edina Realty

MELANIE AND JOHN understand there is a difference between PROVIDING A SERVICE and DELIVERING SERVICE. In the real estate industry, there are HUGE differences in the quality of professional service between agents and brokers. We simply offer more marketing and exposure of your home, a constant stream of current market information and communication, leading edge technologies, a more complete buyer representation plan = an overall SUPERIOR buying or selling experience for our clients. Contact the Willys today. 

P.S. The Willys sold my (Galit’s) home in 11 days! 11!


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Ann Marie Photography

ANN is a natural light photographer looking to capture authentic raw emotion in her images. She wants to tell your story through your time together. She hopes these images will be treasured for a lifetime. It would be her pleasure to work with you to capture your story. Contact Ann today.

P.S. Ann’s photography is featured in ISD 196 schools and every single piece is show-stoppingly breathtaking! As in, people are known to just stop and stare—Ann’s work is that stunning! She is also our LTYM Show photographer, so if you've sighed at a show photo on this site or on social media, it was probably taken by her!


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Red Balloon Bookshop

RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP has been connecting children, teens, and adults in the Twin Cities area with great books and great authors for 30 years. Carol Erdahl and Michele Cromer-Poire opened Red Balloon Bookshop in 1984, just four doors to the east of our current location. When they were looking for a name, someone suggested “Red Balloon,” and the imaginative story with the flying balloon had just the right appeal. By 1989, the business had expanded and needed a new space, so Carol & Michele created a new building and moved the bookshop to its current location. Thanks to a series of very fortunate events, Holly Weinkauf became the new owner of Red Balloon in August  2011 when Carol and Michele retired. Red Balloon continues to inspire children and adults with a great selection of books, toys, and gifts, through author and illustrator events, and by offering a fun and exciting place to connect with other readers and book-lovers. Because of their love of reading and fun, Red Balloon Bookshop is dedicated to serving our community with books, gifts and events that inspire, inform and entertain, helping children of all ages  – and adults! – live imaginative and rich lives. Contact Red Balloon Bookshop today.

P.S. Red Balloon is not only the perfect place to find a gift for the reader in your life (one more #hinthint), but their story times and author events are truly not to be missed. Make sure to check them out!


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KICK START MARTIAL ARTS

KICK START MARTIAL ARTS IN EAGAN is the place where your child's confidence, personal fitness, and quality family time, starts with a kick! Owned and run by Kellie and Paul Sisk, Kick Start Martial Arts is such a unique space for both kids and adults to practice and learn Tae Kwon Do. Besides the fact that the Sisks teach all of their own classes -- and know every student by name -- they also offer an amazing after school program and adult classes, including self defense and yoga! If you've ever thought that you or your child might love and/or benefit from martial arts, give them a call. Kellie and Paul will help you pick the exact right class for you and your family to try out! Contact Kick Start Martial Arts today.

P.S. On a personal note, I (Galit) have been wanting to start our youngest in martial arts for a LONG time. When I asked around about good places to try, Kick Start came up over and over (and over!) again. We reached out, spoke to Kellie, and have been committed + happy students ever since!


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Twin Spirits Distillery

TWIN SPIRITS DISTILLERY is the passion project of Michelle Winchester, whose curiosity for flavor and spirit of adventure found a home in the distilling community of the Twin Cities.  Michelle is the first one-woman owned distillery in Minnesota and she is excited to make NE Minneapolis her distilling oasis. Michelle started this project in 2014 and has spent two years getting the distillery up and running. From purchasing and renovating a 1920’s property in NE Minneapolis that will serve as the distillery and cocktail room, with an additional building that will house a warehouse and possible event space. Michelle loves the barn look of the building and plans on extensive green spaces to continue the look of a farm. Twin Spirits is meant to invoke the idea of the many dualities in life. We look forward to sharing Twin Spirits with you in the future. Contact Michelle today.

P.S. Twin Spirits Distillery has a brand new cocktail room—and it was standing room only upon opening! See you there?!