Here’s the thing. Some of the best shopping around is right under our nose and just around the corner. There are so many pockets of cute shopping nooks in the cities. Downtown Excelsior, Linden Hills, Grand Avenue… these are 3 of basically 25,924. And I explored one of them last week to scout out some gifts we can put under the tree that will make our friends and family flat-out lose it and gush, wondering WHERE did we get that.
All photos by Josiah Davie
The North Loop is a charming part of town in an ever-the-more hip kind of way. And there really is something for everyone as you can see! From cool-girl linens of all textures to modern desktop stationery to boutique candles for those cozy winter nights in.
What I love about these North Loop businesses is the spirit of solidarity in the neighborhood. Boutique supporting boutique, hotels partnering with brands and makers, restaurants working alongside other business owners. There are exciting collaborations that are always being formed. Minneapolis has a really unique “we can all win” spirit and I love it. Love it love it.
I like to try to shop small when I can. Most of these boutiques, shops, and restaurants have specials going on this weekend for Small Business Saturday. Pop in and chat a bit with the owners and workers there. They’re people like us. Turning what used to be a far-off idea into a living, breathing, success story… and working morning til basically morning sometimes to make it happen! We get to be part of that. Let’s get out there and shop small first!
dishware, serving spoons, coasters: The Foundry Home Goods
No shopping day is complete without a stop for a snack and maybe even a cocktail or two. Red Cow is right in the neighborhood. If you follow me on Snapchat, you already know… I’m obsessed with their homemade potato chips and french onion dip. Like truly insanely good.
models: Lexi, Molly
necklace, bracelets, card-holder: Grethen House
binders, marble greeting cards, gold pen, white pencils: russell+hazel, boat card, notebook: The Foundry Home Goods, goal digger notepad: Roe Wolfe, & the rest is history card: d.Nolo, earrings: Goldfine Jewelry
Isn’t this fun?! So many incredible little gift items and maybe a little treat-yourself moment here and there all within a few blocks of each other. Grab your holiday honey or your friend tribe and make an afternoon of it!