Shopping + Style: May 2-6


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MEND Jewelry hosts a pre-launch pop-up this weekend at Primp in Excelsior in time for Mother's Day.

Courtesy MEND Jewelry

Gumuchian Jewelry “B” Collection Trunk Show:

In 2016, Gumuchian debuted its “B” Collection, a line of bee-inspired fine jewelry with a mission to save the bees from extinction. Following partnerships with the Honeybee Conservancy in California and City Growers in Brooklyn, the Atwerp-based, family-owned brand is partnering with the Bee and Pollinator Research Lab at the University of Minnesota. A portion of proceeds from the collection will be donated to the lab and its Bee Squad program to help preserve the local honeybee population. Shop the collection during this two-day trunk show. Wednesday & Thursday from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. @ JB Hudson Jewelers, 901 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, jbhudson.com 

Julia Knight Collection Sample Sale:

Lucky Minnesotans have the chance to shop the annual sample sale from Twin Cities–based artisanal tableware brand, Julia Knight Collection, which is sold in more than 600 stores around the country and in more than 50 countries. Save 30 to 80 percent off retail prices on discontinued serveware, tableware, home décor, barware, bath accessories, and more. Plus, a portion of proceeds benefits Smile Network International. Thursday & Friday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. & Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. @ Inspire: Global Gifts for Urban Adventures, 108 W. 14th St., Minneapolis, smilenetwork.org

Customize Your HDH Swim at Idun:

Shop new swimwear designs from Twin Cities–based brand, HDH Swim, and mix-and-match your own by choosing from a variety of exclusive colors during this pop-up event. HDH Swim is an offshoot of Hackwith Design House, the women’s wear brand known for its minimalist, chic dresses and separates, with styles ranging from sporty to sleek, intended to flatter a diverse range of body types. Plus, shop Idun's new spring arrivals. Thursday from 3–7 p.m. @ Idun, 495 Selby Ave., St. Paul, shopidun.com

Lily and Violet Spring Open House:

Head to Linden Hills for Lily and Violet’s annual spring open house event. The women’s clothing and accessories boutique will host a Fair Anita fair-trade jewelry trunk show with all items marked 25 percent off, drawings for Coobie bra giveaways, a gift with purchase, chair massages (Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.), goodie bags for 10 shoppers each day, and wine and small bites. The weekend doubles as a benefit for Firefly Sisterhood, a mentoring program for women with breast cancer, with 10 percent of proceeds from the weekend benefiting the program. Thursday–Sunday during store hours @ Lily and Violet, 3413 W. 44th St., Minneapolis, lilyandviolet.com

Naptime Aromatherapy Co. Grand Opening:

After Michelle Stangl’s son was born, she started My Naptime Jewelry, named for the time when she makes her creations. She uses lava stones, which can soak up essential oils to diffuse it as an aroma throughout the day. Now, the designer has expanded with a new line of aromatherapy and essential oil products, Naptime Aromatherapy Co., which she is debuting with a new gift and home shop of the same name. The shop celebrates its grand opening with treats, music, and of course, shopping. Thursday from 5:30–10 p.m. @ Naptime Aromatherapy Co., 2168 3rd St., White Bear Lake, naptimearomatherapy.com

Ciel Warehouse Sale & Historic Studio Moving Sale:

Shop two major sale events at one location during this home sale. Peruse 5,000 square feet of racks and stacks of overstocks, custom mis-orders, and scratch-and-dent furniture and home goods including antiques, vintage art, reclaimed classics, upholstered furniture, lighting, and other unique finds from Ciel Loft & Home and Historic Studio before it moves to a new location. Get first dibs during a ticketed presale on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. ($10 via eventbrite.com). Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday from noon–4 p.m. @ Ciel Warehouse Boutique, 4950 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park, cielloftandhome.com

Mill City Farmers Market: Season Kick-off:

After a winter indoors, the Mill City Farmers Market is back outside every weekend for the season. One of the longest-running farmers markets in the Twin Cities, it features a rotating lineup of more than 60 local farmers, food makers, and artisans in a single marketplace alongside the Mississippi River. This week's makers include Made by Liz P jewelry, Adam Gruetzmacher ceramics, Indigo & Snow hand-dyed clothing and home textiles, Jeanne Beatrice Market Baskets, and more. Saturday from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. @ 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, millcityfarmersmarket.org

A Handmade Mother’s Day:

Minneapolis Craft Market returns to Lakes & Legends Brewing Company for a special Mother's Day-themed gift market full of handmade, modern goods that make for perfect gifts for Mom Shop woodwork, prints, jewelry, clothing, home and garden decor, and body care products from more than 25 makers, or make your own gift with a hands-on workshop to make your own kokedama Japanese moss ball plant. Saturday from noon–5 p.m. @ Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, mplscraftmarket.com. Free to attend, workshop $30 via eventbrite.com

Flirt’s 10th Birthday Party: 

Flirt Boutique is turning 10. The European-styled lingerie boutique is celebrating with a party complete with birthday cake, bubbly, and 25 percent off storewide. The event also features a free gift with purchases of $100 of more, and with purchases of $50 or more, shoppers will be entered to win a complimentary Simone Perele set. Saturday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. @ Flirt Boutique, 177 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, flirt-boutique.com

Alma’s May Day Market:

The talented staff of Restaurant Alma, Cafe Alma, and Alma Hotel are joining with Bittercube Bitters for a modern craft sale. Shop a wide range of handmade goods (perfect for Mother’s Day gifting) and take advantage of a rare opportunity to shop the hotel's exclusive line of Bespoke Body & Wellness products by Margo Roberts (the wife of Alma chef/owner Alex Roberts). Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. @ Restaurant Alma, 528 University Ave. SE., Minneapolis, almampls.com

Walker's Jewelry & Accessory Maker Mart:

Celebrate spring and get a jump start on Mother's Day shopping at this annual pop-up event hosted by the Walker Art Center. Shop handcrafted designs by 25 top local jewelry and accessory artisans, including Yen Chee, Helen Wang, Karen Morris Millinery, Silvercocoon, and Julie Meyer Handbags. Walker members can bring a friend to shop first at 10 a.m. and receive 10 percent off all purchases and enjoy complimentary mimosas while you shop. Plus, all shoppers receive free gallery admission all day. Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. @ Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis, walkerart.org

Celebrating 10 Years of Parc:

Ten years ago, Thao Nguyen founded Parc, a women's wear boutique with a high-style, minimalist vibe. Since then, the store has opened (and closed) a second store at 50th and France, and has announced it will move from its longtime storefront in Northeast to a prime spot in the North Loop this summer. Celebrate the store's original location with an in-store party, which includes a storewide discount, treats, and drinks. Saturday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. @ Parc, 320 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, parcboutique.com

MEND Jewelry Pop-up:

A week before its official launch, new local line MEND Jewelry will be popping up at Primp’s Excelsior location for a shopping event just in time for Mother’s Day. Jewelry featured at the pop-up will include specific stones for Mother's Day and the month of May at Primp in Excelsior, including moonstone, rose quartz, and pink chalcedony. Founded by Jordyn DiOrio, MEND marries the spiritual with the natural, using precious gemstones to form inspiring and stylish pieces. Saturday from noon–4 p.m. @ Primp, 50 Water St., Excelsior, primpyourself.com 

Milana Stile Jewelry Pop-up: 

Add a touch of the exotic to your look with Milana Stile's glam-meets-global line of accessories. The Minneapolis-based brand's bold collection is curated from designers from France and Brazil, including Niiki Paris's elegant drop earrings and whimsical animal rings, handcrafted on legendary Rue Cambon in Paris. Also featured are pieces by French line Lotta Djossou is inspired by nature, art, and the architecture of Paris in the Arc Deco and Art Nouveau era, and Brazilian brand Gissa Bicalho, which combines stones, crystals, metals, and colorful acrylic for its statement pieces. Saturday from 1–3 p.m. @ Atelier957, 957 Grand Ave., St. Paul, atelier957.com

Fémme Obsessed Pop-up:

Shop women's clothing and accessories from more than 35 Minnesota-owned, women-owned brands at Fémme Obsessed, a new pop-up shop and event series celebrating female entrepreneurs. Vendors include Elixery, Goldfine Jewelry, Fair Anita, Samantha Rei, Roe Wolfe, Queen Anna, Finch Designs, and Excelsior Candle Co. Plus, 15 percent of sales from the pop-up shop event will go to Dress for Success Twin Cities. The event will also be accepting drop-offs of professional clothing donations. Register for the free event at femmeobsessed.com. Sunday from noon–6 p.m. @ Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park

Aveda Institute's Catwalk for Water Fashion Show:

In honor of Earth Month, the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis is hosting its annual Catwalk for Water fashion show to bring attention to the need for clean water. Aveda Institute students along with stylists from local Aveda salons will showcase their inspirations, creativity, and technical skills in hair, makeup, and fashion. Using the earth as their muse, design teams create original looks for a runway show that will be accompanied by a live DJ, plus a food truck, cash bar, and live auctions. Funds will be donated to Aveda's local Earth Month partner, Audobon Minnesota, to support clean water conservation work in Minnesota.  (This event is a reschedule date from April.) Tickets are $5 to $30 (increasing by $10 day-of), available at Aveda's first-floor Experience Center or over the phone at 612-378-7443; Sunday, doors sat 3 p.m., show at 4 p.m. @ Aveda Institute Minneapolis, 400 Central Ave. SE., Minneapolis

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