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Now Open: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Now Open: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Summer is always sweeter with a refreshing drink. This summer in particular may be the sweetest I’ve had in a long time, thanks in part to Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s newest location off of Highway 7 in St. Louis Park, MN. I was fortunate enough to snag VIP coupons from the company and check it out this month. And let me say, the place is poppin’!

I tried the Watermelon Mojito smoothie (yes, that’s a thing) and I have to give it 5/5 stars.

It’s a satisfying combination of watermelon, strawberry, lime, and mint—and it basically made my tastebuds explode. The service was quick and friendly, the atmosphere was clean, and (bonus!) they have free WiFi.

I’m excited to make this a regular stop throughout the rest of the summer. From my spot in NE Minneapolis, it only took about 20 minutes (with awful, summer construction-induced traffic) to arrive at TSC. And, parking is free! (Anyone in Minneapolis knows if there’s free parking available, you have to take advantage of it).

As I sat in the back corner with my laptop and smoothie in hand, I was surprised by the amount of foot traffic I encountered! From what I can tell, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is already a favorite among St. Louis Park-ers, many of whom stopped by for a smoothie and sandwich on their lunch break. (Oh yeah, did I mention they have sandwiches, too?)

Another bonus is Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s commitment to the greater good. The first thing I noticed walking in was a sign on the door encouraging customers to donate to Camp Sunshine, a reatreat location for families whose children are experiencing life-threatening illnesses.

OK, so, I get a delicious combination of summer flavors, great atmosphere (including a fan-freaking-tastic playlist), AND I get to help a family in need? I promise I’m not trying to come across like a salesperson, but this place is seriously great! (And judging by the line I see at the cash register right now, I’m not the only one who thinks so).

Next on my list? I *have* to try the Chia Banana Boost!

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