The Twin Cities' Greatest Hits 2012
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It feels like Peapods was selling safe and natural wooden toys and baby gear the first time it was popular. What goes around comes around, and this time Peapods was ready for the demand with its new, larger space in St. Anthony Park, and expanded inventory, which now includes things like cribs and cloth diapers. • 2290 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-695-5559, peapods.com
Twin sisters Kaja and Zoë Foat are Jivamukti yoga instructors who also happen to make adorable gym-to-streetwear clothes and accessories (and bridal gowns, actually). Their Earth-conscious approach means that many of their handmade pieces are multifunctional and made from upcycled materials. Wear the om. • 1828 Marshall St. NE, Mpls., 800-658-1448, foatdesign.com
Co-ops and shared studios are booming nowadays, thanks to the less-than stellar economy. Here’s the drill: pay in, then enjoy access to space, tools, classes, and other resources that fuel a hobbyist’s passion or a small-business CEO’s bottom line. • The Mill, mnmill.org; Leg Up Studio, legupstudio.com; Hack Factory, tcmaker.org; North Country Woodshop, northcountrywoodshop.com; Big Table Studio, bigtablestudio.com
New men’s shop
The Dayton family just can’t stay away from retail, and that’s the Twin Cities’ gain. The unlikely store name comes from the road signs along Highway 35 heading north to the family cabin, and the gear inside feels like the crossroads of super-stylish clothing and fancy cabin gear. Their exclusive collaborations are a don’t-miss. • 200 N. First St., Mpls., 612-206-3925, askovfinlayson.com
Best Home Stores
Midcentury chic—Jonathan Adler:
combatting the blues, one brightly colored, midcentury-inspired design at a time.
1439 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-353-5311, jonathanadler.com
Roam roamed its way from downtown to Uptown, gaining space and more great goods.
2914 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-377-6465, roaminteriors.com
Hip, clean-lined design from Crate & Barrel’s younger sibling.
Cb2, 3045 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-821-9303, cb2.com
The granddaddy of bathroom fixtures and more, now with a gorgeous showroom in Edina.
Kohler, 7101 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-314-9032, kohlersignaturestoreedina.com