Photography by Pierre Ware

Being the official magazine of International Market Square, we gather annually with our IMS friends for a summer celebration. This year, we took the party to Lake Minnetonka with Citizens One up on the 6Smith rooftop. Seafood towers and boozy bootleg slushies greeted guests upon their arrival. Festive activities from vintage boat rides with Mahogany Bay to live fashion illustrations by Claire Ward held attendees’ attention.

IMS is the largest residential and commercial interior-design marketplace in the North. With more than 60 showrooms, studios, shops, galleries, restaurants and more, the building opens itself up to not only the design community but to the general public as well. Dating back to 1905, the structure was modeled after the San Francisco Design Center. It was a manufacturing facility for the Northwestern Knitting Company then the headquarters for Munsingwear. In 1985, IMS became Minnesota’s largest renovated building, and it has since been home to the most celebrated interior designers in the state.

6Smith impressed party guests with stunning views and an exquisite spread of delicious food. Bites included lobster guacamole with housemade tortilla chips, lobster deviled eggs, beet and watermelon skewers, fig and goat cheese crostini, mini crab cakes, double-decker bacon skewers, mini bacon cheeseburgers, and crispy brick shrimp.

Mahogany Bay founder Todd Warner has been buying, selling and restoring vintage watercraft since the seventies. The personal owner of more than 1,000 vintage boats, he’s a leading authority in the field. He is often called upon for his expertise in vintage wooden watercraft and historical perspectives. A ride with Walker on one of his very own vintage boats is the ultimate way to experience a late-summer Lake Minnetonka evening.

Claire Ward has been known to steal the show at every event. Her live fashion illustrations are the talk of the evening and provide the perfect Instagram photo op. Partygoers left with a personalized illustration to commemorate the fete.

Special thanks to Indulge & Bloom for decorating the space in stunning white floral and Pierre Ware Photography for capturing all the fun.