We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobbie Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobbie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
FamilyFindsMN started as an idea from my husband as we were sitting at a restaurant for dinner. Food has and will always remain an important part of relationship building. At every celebration, food is at the center. We have always been the known foodies and travelers of our circle and often got requests from people on where to eat and what to do.
Having the perfect place to share food experiences matters and we wanted to share the best places for those experiences with more than just our immediate circle. Our blog FamilyFindsMN was birthed from those thoughts.
We often heard people say that there is nothing to do in Minnesota, but I am a firm believer in creating places and spaces where people can come together and have fun.
What started as sharing our experiences evolved over the years allowing FamilyFindsMN to expand beyond blogging into creating events for our followers to attend.
It has been amazing partnering with various brands over the years and trying experiences that even we did not know we were open to.
As we get back to the new normal post-pandemic we look forward to expanding our content and bringing new experiences to our followers.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
FamilyFindsMN is a local blog about our family of three and our experiences in Minnesota and beyond. We primarily share our content on our social media platforms and website FamilyFindsMN.com.
We are an adventurous family offering REAL reviews on food, entertainment, and other experiences. We often partner with Black business owners and woman-owned businesses to serve as Brand Ambassadors, provide product promotion, and reviews.
We are known for our candid reviews and telling our followers how we feel about what we have tried.
We have been faced with many challenges over our time in business. As more and more technology develops we have had to find ways to reach new people on new platforms. The various apps and algorithms are so hard to stay on top of. We try to keep it in mind but tend to just focus on sharing our real-life experiences in hopes that it helps someone.
It has been challenging developing content and building meaningful partnerships all while remaining true to our brand and what we want to represent.
Just as we began expanding into events the pandemic came and turned things upside down. We were forced to cancel events and postpone projects we were working on. It also became hard to share businesses with our followers because we simply were not leaving the house to experience any.
After some time we found ways to get back in our grove by hosting virtual events, ordering products to share our experiences, and trying food through the take-out option.
We are finally at a point where we are ready to get back to traveling and hosting more events safely.
We are most proud of remaining true to our brand and what we share at a time when social media is full of fake collaboration requests, purchased followers and reviews, and the illusion that being on social media is easy. Even while working full-time jobs we find joy in keeping people updated on the things out here for them do rather it’s a date night, dream vacation, museum adventure, theatre, or dinner experience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had the opportunity to show someone around the city there are several places I would want to take them. Here is a sample itinerary for a spring visit
Start the day with brunch at Baldamar followed by a private theater rental with a small group of friends at AMC theater.
Morning trip to Breaking Bread for breakfast and then walk it off at Stone Arch Bridge and surrounding trails.
Try a fitness class with Kiki Jones in the evening.
Explore Paisley Park and Minnehaha Falls.
Food choices of the day are Cheesecake Funk and Tommies Pizza.
A trip to Mall of America to shop and walk. While there get a bag of popcorn from Original Popcorn House and spend the evening with dinner and fun at Top Golf.
A trip to Como Zoo and a walk around Como Lake.
Dinner at Mr. Paul’s Supperclub before bed.
Pick up donuts in the morning from Mojo Monkey Donuts.
Let’s get ready for a night out with waxing from Honey by Molly Ray.
Midtown Global Market midday to explore and have lunch at Soul to Smokehouse.
Spend the evening at Khaluna for dinner and drinks at Cobble Social House.
Minneapolis Farmers Market for fresh produce and local goods. Grab mini donuts and a breakfast burrito or smoothie while there’s
Rent scooters or bikes and ride around the sculpture garden and Lake Bde Maka Ska
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out all of the people who actively engage with and support our content. There are a few people who have been front and center at every event including, but not limited to Jamila Reid, Lela Trammwl, and the amazing Kiki Jones, The Curvy Instructor.