She could turn the world on with her smile. She was the original TV feminist and role model for single career women.
And she put Minneapolis on the map.
Mary Richards, the beloved character played by Mary Tyler Moore on her three-time Emmy-winning TV series, showed off the city every week in the iconic opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
When Mary tossed her beret, it was literally a hat tip to Minneapolis. It's why there are always fans taking photos with the famous statue of her at Minneapolis Visitor Information at Nicollet Mall.
Sadly, Mary Tyler Moore passed away earlier this year but her legacy lives on.
Here are ten ways you can follow in Mary Richards’ footsteps, take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile.
Stone Arch Bridge — Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
In the first episode, Mary moves to Minneapolis – the big city! – from her small hometown after breaking up with her boyfriend.
She got to see so many signature sights every day – and so can you. One of the best places to experience Minneapolis is at the totally revitalized historic Riverfront. You can see a show at the Guthrie Theater, shop at Mill City Farmers Market and walk across the Stone Arch Bridge. Forget the Twin Cities – this is a trifecta!
2104 Kenwood Parkway
2104 Kenwood Parkway — Photo courtesy of Lois Alter Mark
Immediately recognizable as Mary’s house, this three-story Victorian in the beautiful Kenwood neighborhood can be yours for $1,695,000 (as of publish date).
On the show, the single-family house had been converted into apartments, and Mary lived in a loft-like bi-level studio on the third floor. Her bachelorette pad had a high wood-beamed ceiling and an expansive Palladian window that opened on to a small balcony.
Mary Tyler Moore herself paid a visit here a few years ago. But even if you can’t afford to buy this 9,500-square-foot mansion, you can stop to take a photo and dream, like Mary, about making it in the big city.
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
As an associate producer at WJM-TV, Mary would be fascinated by this museum and would strive to one day be inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
The museum houses what’s considered to be among the most important collections of vintage radio and television equipment in the world. Take a tour and be amazed as you learn about the history of broadcasting and the technology that was once the definition of “wireless.”
Paisley Park — Photo courtesy of Explore Minnesota
In honor of the "veal Prince Orloff" she served at a memorable dinner party, Mary would want to also honor hometown legend Prince with a visit to Paisley Park, the rock star’s private estate and production complex.
Now open for public tours, you can actually stand in the spaces where Prince recorded some of his biggest hits, reminisce over his iconic outfits, pay your respects in front of the urn holding his ashes, hear the doves cry and view hundreds of items representing the icon’s purple reign.
Mall of America
In the opening sequence of the show, Mary is seen strolling around the Lake of the Isles.
Because the Minnesota weather can make it challenging to stay outdoors, Mary would have been happy to get her exercise by joining the walkers inside Mall of America, the country’s largest mall. Each level is equivalent to a mile and a half, so she could easily accomplish her daily 10,000 steps.
After walking, she could reward herself with a little shopping. With more than 500 stores, she might decide to pick up a new hat to replace the one she tossed in the air.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden — Photo courtesy of Olga Viso
Mary’s art appreciation is evidenced by the Toulouse-Lautrec poster on her wall and that cool stained-glass pull-down window in her kitchen.
She would love the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which showcases more than 40 works from the Walker Art Center’s collection, including the popular Spoonbridge and Cherry. There are pieces by prominent artists like Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein, and everything is displayed in the natural setting of this beautiful urban park.
JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America
JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America — Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America
Mary’s insomnia was the subject of a great episode in which Lou, worried that she’s becoming addicted to sleeping pills, dumps them down the drain, and she cries, "Now I’ll never get to sleep!"
There’s a good chance sleep would come more easily if she checked into the luxurious JW Marriott in Mall of America. Sophisticated yet cozy, the rooms in this four-star hotel are so welcoming and the beds so comfortable, she would've been sleeping like a baby in no time.
Sea Change — Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
"Next time, make sure the shrimp is fresh!" Mary yells in a hilarious episode entitled, "The Critic."
She would never have to worry about that at Sea Change, where sustainable seafood is the philosophy behind an innovative menu created by 2009 James Beard Award-winning Chef Tim McKee. He sources from fisheries that use environmentally responsible methods of gathering and farming seafood, and the results are simply delicious.
The North Loop
The Foundry Home Goods — Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
Although Mary lived in a small apartment, the way she decorated it had a big impact on an entire generation, who were inspired to hang their first initial on the wall – just like her signature M.
Mary would probably shop in the historic North Loop, which has become the city’s hot spot, filled with trendy boutiques and restaurants. To accessorize your own place, check out The Foundry Home Goods for “simple, useful and beautiful items.” Mary would likely have picked out some of their beautiful baskets and kitchen wares.
The Bachelor Farmer
Bachelor Farmer — Photo courtesy of Hanna Voxland
Mary always supported her friends, even goofy Ted Baxter when his agent convinced him to moonlight as an advertising pitchman in the "Farmer Ted and the News" episode.
To honor him (and because she was single, after all), Mary would love everything about The Bachelor Farmer, which was named 2011 Restaurant of the Year by the Star Tribune. The eatery continues to serve fresh and simple food celebrating the state’s Nordic heritage.
James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Berglund sources locally, using organic products whenever possible. He even started the first rooftop farm of its kind in Minneapolis, an achievement Mary would have deemed worthy of news coverage.