Best of Southwest contest

We want to celebrate Southwest Minneapolis — all the wonderful amenities, unique retailers and neighborhoods that make our community such a great place to live and work. We’ve launched a contest, "Best of Southwest," that gives our readers an opportunity to vote for their favorite places in our community.

We want to know where you love to eat, shop and hangout. Watch for a ballot in our May and early June editions of the Southwest Journal. You can also vote online here.

We will showcase the Best of Southwest winners in our June 15 issue. You have until May 22 to vote.

The Southwest Journal is also hosting a Best of Southwest video contest. If you’ve got a favorite spot in Southwest – whether it’s a restaurant, a bench by a lake or your own backyard – grab a camera and show us.

Video entries will be posted on and readers will select the top three in both adult and under 18 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and the best videos will be shown at a get together in June. Top prize in the grown-up category is a one-night stay at the Westin hotel in Minneapolis!

Here are the rules:

– The deadline is May 27.

– Maximum video length is two minutes.

– The video must feature what you love best about Southwest, the boundaries of which are the Bryn Mawr neighborhood to the north, Highway 62 to the south, Interstate 35W to the east and France Avenue to the west.

– Include your full name, the city you live in and a phone number. If you live in Minneapolis, include your neighborhood.                                                               

– Include a brief written description of the place your video features and any other information you’d like us to know about your film.

Send videos in QuickTime format to:

Southwest Journal
Attn: Video contest
1115 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410