In downtown Minneapolis, you can walk from office to bank, bank to store, store to parking ramp through a series of connecting skyways without ever setting foot outdoors.
Yes, it's weird.
You can't toss your hat high in the air like Mary Tyler Moore because it would smack up against a glass ceiling. And not a figurative one but an actual glass ceiling with steel girders and pipes and lights that would probably hold your cute little knit cap hostage 'til spring.
The recent snow in Portland, Oregon had me "Feeling Minnesota" and a little "Fargo." Worried that "The Shining" was next I tried to improve my movie moods with a tip from Holly Golightly so grabbed a croissant and coffee to-go and headed to a window display of beautiful sparklers.
"Breakfast at Swarovski" doesn't quite have the same ring but it was cold outside and the shop is inside Pioneer Place mall.
The founder's great-great-granddaughter, Vanessa (so glad they didn't call her Crystal) Swarovski Piedra, just created her own collection for the Austrian crystal and gemstone company. The VSP jewelry line launches in January with several necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets and pins for women, and will expand to include accessories for men and children.
"Mixing crystals, which are traditionally associated with chandeliers, with fine jewelry has not been done before," says Piedra, "so we are excited about creating a new category in the market place."
The crystal-adorned accessories for men are called Moses Stone, the Spanish-to-English translation of Jorge Moises Piedra, Vanessa's husband and business partner and a former Major League Baseball player.
By the way, those Swarovski store windows? They were filled with crystal snowflakes. I ate my breakfast fortified with irony.