Bride-To-Be: Everything I Needed Was In The North Loop
As she posed for engagement photos this week, Aneesha Marwah had the satisfying realization that everything she’d needed to get ready and relaxed for the day: engagement ring, hair, make-up, multiple outfits, facial, tailoring and several great backdrops were all within a short walk from her home in the North Loop.
Her engagement ring came from Filigree Jewelers, her outfits from Statement Boutique and Madewell with tailoring from All Seasons Garment Care and Tailoring inside MartinPatrick3. She got her hair styled at Brian Graham Salon and a facial at Face Foundrié after a workout at Basecamp Fitness. One of her co-workers at Artspace in the North Loop did her make-up.
“You can do it all,” she said. “It’s an urban neighborhood. You can actually walk and get all of your goods and services taken care of in a walking distance of your home.”
She said her fianceé, Alex Fuhrman, enjoys the walkability of the neighborhood too. “I think Alex got coffee to stay awake for the shoot,” she said. “He took the dog to In The Loop Coffee.”
Aneesha’s background is in urban planning. She’s on the Minneapolis Planning Commission and is also a project manager of the consulting team at Artspace.
“On the Planning Commission, we talk a lot about being able to walk to do all those things, and I live that every day,” she said. “I can genuinely walk to every vendor in the neighborhood.”
Besides the convenience, she enjoys the personal connections she makes with business owners and the variety that this neighborhood offers.
“Everything in our photo shoot was urban: the cool historic buildings, the bridges and then also the green space right by the river, so you can do all three within, like, a four-minute walk.”
Aneesha and Alex will be married next May, and while the actual ceremony won’t be in the North Loop, she’s sending a list of our three hotels: Hewing, Element by Westin and TownePlace Suites, to all of their out-of-town guests.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association