Name: Bret Ryan
What’s your job?
“Senior art director at Tiger Oak Media. I oversee the look and design of three monthly lifestyle magazines: Edina, Southwest Metro, and Woodbury magazines. I work closely with editors and photographers to concept photos and layouts for the various stories, coordinate and attend photo shoots and design the magazines.”
Other than your job, what are your claims to fame?
“I won a hula hoop contest when I was in third grade.”
What’s your relationship status?
“In a relationship.”
Where are you most likely to be seen?
“There is truly no better way to spend a night out on the town than watching a great band with friends and cocktails at First Ave or the Varsity Theater. A few other random places that I enjoy spending my life are: Origami for sushi, Jetset for cocktails and music, Caterpillar Lounge for catching up with friends, Moto-i for sake, Chiang Mai Thai or Wakame for dinner, Hell’s Kitchen for lunch, the Artists’ Quarter for jazz, Brave New Workshop for theater, Crooked Pint for brunch, Pracna On Main for their patio, Loring Kitchen for happy hour, Lake Minnetonka for boating, and Nye’s for people watching.”
Where are you least likely to be seen?
“Sneaky Pete’s and the Old Spaghetti Factory.”
With whom are you most likely to be seen?
“I have an amazing circle of friends who are usually close by my side.”
Where were you born?
“Faribault—shhhhhh!—but I grew up in Northfield.”
What neighborhood do you live in now?
“I own a condo in downtown Minneapolis.”
What’s your ride?
“I have a car, but I usually walk whenever possible if the weather is nice. I avoid the bus at all costs.”
What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?
“Buy me a drink and laugh at one of my jokes.”
Photo courtesy Bret Ryan. Coverage of issues and events affecting Central Corridor communities is funded in part by a grant from the Central Corridor Collaborative.