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Shopping Guide: November 23-30


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Note: Visit the Twin Cities Style blog a full list of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday events and sales at local retailers.

Nov. 27-Dec. 27: Shop Local Market at MOA: Starting Black Friday, Mall of America will make it easy to support dozens of local brands and boutiques without having to drive all over the state to find them. The Shop Local Market, located on the first floor of the north mall, will provide the entire family with everything from clothing and accessories to toys to seasonal snacks. This is the perfect opportunity to discover what may become your favorite local boutique! Participating brands include St. Croix Chocolate Co., Mill City Fineries, dpHUE Cosmetics, Elixery Cosmetic House, and many more. (Nov. 27-Dec. 27, Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, mallofamerica.com)

Nov. 28-29: Small Business Saturday Bash at Golden Rule Collective: This Minneapolis boutique is doing Small Business Saturday right by offering the first 75 customers a free espresso drink, courtesy of Coffee Cart Mpls. They’ve also invited Munster Rose and 2nd Truth photography to the store to collaborate on a botanical installation, which will serve as the background for a reservation-only portrait session this Sunday. They’ll also have plenty of new small-batch holiday inventory to admire. (Golden Rule Collective, 350 Water St., Excelsior, madmimi.com)

Nov. 28: Northeast Farmer's Market Winter Market launches: The long-running Minneapolis market is collaborating with Chowgirls Killer Catering to move inside for a limited run. Starting Saturday, you can find the market inside the Solar Arts building one Saturday per month with a few added surprises. An in-house DJ will be on hand to spin some tunes, children’s activities will keep the kids occupied while you shop, and pre-made food and cocktails will be available for purchase. November’s music theme is “BYOV” (bring your own vinyl). (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Solar Arts by Chowbirls, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, northeastmarket.org)

Nov. 28: Meet the Designer: Caroline Hayden Sample Sale at the White Room bridal: Local designer Caroline Hayden will be in The White Room’s studio to answer your bridal questions and help you find the perfect wedding gown. Known for her fashion-forward designs, Hayden is an up-and-coming designer with an eye for cutting edge wedding day looks. There will be complimentary refreshments in store throughout the open house event, and walk-ins are welcome. (10 a.m.-5 p.m., The White Room, 521 S. Seventh St., #624, Minneapolis, thewhiteroommpls.com)

Nov. 28: Small Business, Small Bites at GYST Fermentation Bar: Some local shops and brands are popping up in GYST Fermentation Bar for a celebration of Minneapolis businesses and artisans. Brands represented at the event include A MANO, Red Table Meat Co., The Lone Grazer Creamery, and Urban Growler Brewing Co. Yess Yoga will be giving away class passes, and The Pastry Underground will have fresh treats on hand. (11 a.m.-3 p.m., GYST, 25 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, facebook.com)

Nov. 28: Shop Small Holiday Market in St. Anthony Village: Among the many Small Business Saturday events, this is one of the most accommodating. In addition to the 40+ local brands on hand, there will be free childcare available for those who can’t find a babysitter, and a complimentary yoga class to keep stress levels low. Brands at this casual shopping event include Cool Jerk, Bodylish, Wind & Willow Home, and Worker B. Everything from apparel and artwork to artisan food products will be available. (11 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Anthony Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Rd. NE, St. Anthony, midwestpantry.com)

Nov. 28: Midway Holiday Pop-up at Celtic Junction: Local brands, start-ups, and charitable giving abound! Adding to the shopping festivities are holiday carolers, kids’ activities (including a visit from Santa), a holiday bake sale whose proceeds go toward future Hamline-Midway events, and a Toys for Tots pop-up shop where you can donate new, unwrapped toys for children in need. Workhorse Coffee Bar will provide hot coffee and cider for $1 each. (12 p.m.-6 p.m., Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. N., Saint Paul, facebook.com)

Nov 28: Rox Jewelry presents Rox Stars Holiday Boutique at the Art House: Rox Jewelry joins other local artists for a charitable pop-up boutique at the Art House in Minneapolis. PRISM, a nonprofit organization that supports impoverished families, invites you to bring a non-perishable food item, gently used clothing item, or gift for a child in need. Mixed media artist Brandie Adams, photographer Steve Ozone, and vocalist Elena Hansen join jeweler Robyne Robinson at the event. When you purchase a donated item, 100% of proceeds go to PRISM. This boutique serves as a unique opportunity to support local arts and empower those in need at the same time. (5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., The Art House, 2022 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, facebook.com)

Nov. 29: Lauren Ericka Designs, Susan Stone, A Jar Mpls, Fringe & Fettle at West Elm Local: This local pop-up shop is meant to give start-up brands greater exposure. West Elm’s Edina location invites local brands to peddle their holiday wares, launching a permanent rotation of local makers and artisans who will debut in-store collections every month. Products include handmade clutches, mixed media photography, mason jar decorations, and ceramics from these local makers. (11 a.m.-4 p.m., West Elm Edina, 3879 Gallagher Dr., Edina, fashionweekmn.com)

Nov. 29: Bauhaus Brew Lab's Made By Hands Holiday Handmade Extravaganza Part Two: After the success of last year’s event, Bauhaus is bringing back the holiday market twofold. Under a heated tent, this expanded “Extra-Vaganza” will feature locally made jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, knits, food products and more. Bauhaus brews and food from Brooks High Beer Battered will be available throughout the event, with music from DJ Shane Kramer. (12 p.m.-6 p.m., 1315 Tyler St. N.E., Minneapolis, facebook.com)

Nov. 29: Minneapolis Craft Market: After last month’s kickoff, this craft market will be open every weekend through December 20. This month’s venue is Sociable Cider Werks. The market features ceramics, clothing, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, woodwork, and more. Five percent of proceeds each month are donated to local non-profit arts organizations, and a “scholarship stall” gives an arts education student the opportunity to participate in the market without paying for a stall. Check out the full list of vendors here. (11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Filmore St. N.E., Minneapolis, mplscraftmarket.com/schedule)

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