Crossroads Properties  Newsletter

January 2015
We are excited to introduce three new tenants to the Crossroads family.  In addition, there is a brand new baby girl in the clan! David Johnson became a grandfather for the first time on December 26th.

Recycling efforts continue at all of our properties.  We are fortunate to have a recycling specialist working with us and our tenants to educate and improve the quality and efficiency of recycling at all of our properties.  We are beginning to highlight a tenant each month, read below for more details.

Hopefully the coldest days of the season are behind us.  Paul Douglas indicates that today actually marks the day at which our average high begins it’s climb back to warmer termperatures!   See below for helpful tips to save on your energy bill during the warm and cold seasons.

Read below for upcoming events and an offer from Minnesota Northstar Archery for Crossroads tenants.

Do you have an event, offer, job posting, etc. you would like to share with Crossroads Tenants?  Click to email Dawn with the details.

Tenant Updates

Crossroads Commerce Center 650-670-680-690-700-710 Commerce Dr  


PressEnter! is a technology services company serving the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin since 1995. Their Web division is based out of their new Woodbury office location at 670 Commerce Drive. They provide website design and development services, graphic design, web consulting, social media, SEO and online marketing services for businesses of all sizes and throughout a wide range of industries. They offer business IT support throughout Western Wisconsin and the Eastern Twin Cities area as well as local computer repair and Internet services for business and residential customers. For more information, visit their website

Crossroads of Oakdale

7200-7250-7300 Hudson Blvd N 


Avant Synergy now operates in Suite 115 at our 7300 Hudson Blvd building.  They provide Project Management, Administrative Assitance, Business Solutions and Tailored Services. They specialize in remote assistance through a variety of tools, and can quickly adapt to whatever technology your team uses. Their team’s business acumen means agility is one of their strengths—whether it’s virtual desktop, remote access, cloud storage, or just emailing documents back and forth, they can integrate into your workflow or build a solution that suits your needs.
That’s My Idea Marketing is also in Suite 115 at 7300 Hudson Blvd.  If you’re at a crossroads between marketing success and lack of strategy, they can help.  They create and manage effective marketing for small business. They’ll make sure everything runs smoothly and gets done on time!  Ask about discounts for contract clients.  Hire them for a one-time project, as a coach or as your marketing department for hire!

Recycling Efforts

Meshbesher and Spence has been named our Top Recycler this month!   The Crossroads Properties team thanks them for the extra effort they take in their office to be sure all recyclables are kept out of the waste stream!  One simple approach they take is to be sure all trash bins are paired with a recycle container.  FREE help is available to improve recycling in your office.  Click here to email the Service Department to be put in contact with a recycling specialist.

Recycling Tips

How To: Reduce Shipping Materials

The Twin Cities region generates over 3 million tons of solid waste, of which approximately 17 percent is pallets and cardboard boxes generated by businesses. To conserve natural resources, retailers and manufacturers need to work together to minimize the amount of packaging material that is sent to landfills. A few simple ideas include eliminating unnecessary packaging, using reusable transport packaging, recycling transport packaging waste and purchasing recycled content packaging. Users AND consumers should consider a variety of criteria when making a purchasing/packaging choice:

Product protection.
Which option is going to provide the minimal packaging needed to safely ship your product?

How much money are you willing to invest in your packaging operation? What are the pay-back periods for various packaging investments?

The environment.
What are the effects of the different packaging options on the environment?

Shipping cost.
How can you package products to reduce shipping costs?

Does shipping your product require a custom designed container? What shape? What size? Should it have graphics or your logo on it?

Energy Saving Tips

Looking for ways to save on your energy bill?

  • Use shades, blinds and drapes to help with heating and cooling.
  • Adjust your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit from its normal setting for 8 hours a day. Recommended thermostat settings when you are home are 68 F in winter and 78 F in summer.
  • Turn thermostat down to 55 F when using a fireplace. Older, wood-burning fireplaces tend to be inefficient and can be costly, drawing more heated air out of your home through the chimney than a fire can produce. So, turn the thermostat down when you cozy up in front of the fire. After the smoldering embers are out, close the flue damper to keep warm air in the house.
  • Seal cracks and gaps around windows, doors and siding with caulk and weather stripping. This prevents loss of heated or cooled air and improves the comfort of your home.
  • Use fans in summer, even if you have air conditioning. Circulating cool air makes it feel cooler. Using an air conditioner and fan together means you can set the thermostat at a higher-than-normal setting to save energy.
  • Keep in mind that it does little good to run fans when you are not around. Similar to an outdoor breeze on a hot summer day, air moving across your body is what makes you feel cooler.
  • Install a programmable thermostat for your comfort and convenience. It can adjust the heat or air conditioning for times you typically are away (when you go to work) and again for times you typically are home. You also can program it to turn the heat down when you go to sleep and turn it back up before you wake up in the morning. It adjusts automatically, so you don’t have to remember to do it.
  • Schedule regular tune-ups for your furnace and air conditioner. Seasonal maintenance keeps equipment running safely and efficiently, and saves money in the long run.

Tenant Offer

Minnesota Northstar Archery has a special opportunity for Crossroads Tenants.  Click here to access their membership drive flyer: NorthStar-MembershipDrive-Flyer and check out their website for upcoming clinics:

Upcoming Events

Dorothy Ann Bakery

Wedding Cake Shows
Wedding cake designers will be ready and available to answer any of your questions regarding pricing, delivery, set up, decorations, sizing, flavors, and all things dealing with your wedding cake!  There is no need to sign up, just show up ready to sample!

Thurs, February 19th 4:00-7:00pm
Wed, February 25th 4:00-7:00pm
Tues, March 3rd 4:00-7:00pm
Sat, March 14th 12:00-3:00pm

Click here for additional information

Pomegrante Designs

No Frills Paint Class – $ 75
In this class, you will learn how to paint using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Waxes. This is a 2 hour “hands on” class that will enable you to paint a piece of furniture that results in a professional and artful finish.

Tuesday, January 20             4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21         10:00 a.m.- noon
Tuesday, January 27             4:30-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 31            9:30-11:30 a.m.

Click here for more details

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