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Dick Enrico moves from the exercise bike to the chaise lounge

Entrepreneur Dick Enrico isn’t sweating it anymore. (He sold 2nd Wind in 2015.) His latest exercise at age 77 is high-end patio furniture called 2nd Shade. Enrico became a household figure with 2nd Wind, telling television viewers, “Why buy new when slightly used will do?”

After nearly 60 years as a serial entrepreneur, he's just opened a patio furniture superstore in Minnetonka called 2nd Shade and he's come up with a ­slogan — "The Home of the Shady Deal" — and a gangster marketing motif around it.

CEO Kashkari has Minneapolis Fed reaching deep into the community

Retired RBC Wealth Management CEO John Taft, left, interviewed Neel Kashkari, head of the Mpls. Federal Reserve Bank.

Enrico on Enrico

Timeline of Buffalo Wild Wings-Marcato dealings

Schafer: Social trends portend dire future for brick and mortar

A Sears retail store in north Dallas.

There's so much bad news about retail that it's becoming ho-hum. But few of the articles even hint at a cyclical slump to explain what we're seeing. It's now clear it's not cyclical.

Despite barriers, organic farming is still a growth industry, expert says

RxFunction aims to help patients with peripheral neuropathy get back on their feet

A Minneapolis firm's device is designed to help people sidelined with nerve damage regain the ability to walk


Schafer: Social trends portend dire future for brick and mortar
Lee Schafer

There's so much bad news about retail that it's becoming ho-hum. But few of the articles even hint at a cyclical slump to explain what we're seeing. It's now clear it's not cyclical.

CEO Kashkari has Minneapolis Fed reaching deep into the community
Neal St. Anthony

Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank has not tread softly in his first 16 months on the job Kashkari, who was hired…


Fidelity to allow clients to see digital currencies on website

– Fidelity Investments will allow its clients to see their holdings of bitcoin and other virtual currencies held on digital asset exchange…


Business bookshelf: 'The Radium Girls' tells of the women whose deaths revolutionized the workplace

The Radium GirlsKate Moore, Sourcebooks, 479 pages, $26.99. The young women sat in rows, heads bent, painting numbers on watch and clock faces with luminous…


Interested in investing? Here are 5 awful reasons to buy a stock

One of the surest ways to get turned off from investing is to bet on a loser. If you have described your logic for investing…


Steer clear of cash advances on credit cards

Everyone hits an unexpected bill or expense now and then — a car breaks down, an air conditioner fails during a heat wave, a relative…


GameStop shares fall as sales of new software, wireless devices lag

Game over: GameStop's stock dropped 6 percent to $22.22 Friday after the company said sales of new software and wireless devices were weaker than investors…


With its wireless broadband, Webpass is cord cutters' gateway to the internet

Cord cutting has taken a bite out of the number of pay-TV subscribers for cable and telecommunications companies. But it hasn't significantly reduced high-speed internet…


Once you have met those basic savings goals, here is what to do next

You created an emergency fund, and built it up so it covers three months of living expenses. You paid off your high-interest debt. You funnel…


DxO One enhances iPhone's capabilities

DxO ONE $499Camera enhances iPhone technologyThanks to advances in smartphone camera technology, anyone can take a decent photo. But is decent good enough? A San…


Facing those tough issues can yield a big pay off

What are you doing when you are not doing what you know you should be doing? There are always times when we make a decision…


How to invest without sacrificing your values

A growing array of specialized mutual funds, ETFs and apps is making it easier to align your investments with your principles