August 2010 Style File


Bag Lady

HeddyFreddy delivers a line of handbags that hide the function inside the fashion

Switching your purse can lead to disaster. Once, I ended up shopping without a wallet. The second time? At the doctor’s office without an insurance card. Word to the wise: Consult with designer/owner Aimee Richcreek Baxter, who has devised an ingenious handbag system under the moniker HeddyFreddy. Simply lift the entire interior out of the briefcase and place into the weekender purse, or vice versa. Never shop sans wallet again. 1595 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-308-1368,


Well Read

Listen: There is a conversation that takes place in living rooms, kitchens, offices, and automobiles across the country. It goes something like this: “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

Stop. Stop right now. There is an answer: Get a copy of Twin Cities. The book spotlights only locally owned, independent eateries and boutiques, with lush photography and smart recommendations—delightful, tasty menu items and covetable, don’t-miss products. It reads like a conversation with your best friend. Navigate by the maps provided in the book. Note your own favorites on the blank pages.

You’ll never be at a loss for what to do again, and you’ll support local businesses in the process. Win!

Available at multiple locations, including: Lunalux, 1618 Harmon Pl., Mpls., 612-373-0526; Hunt & Gather, 4944 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-455-0250; Stormsister Spatique, 635 Smith Ave. S., St. Paul, 612-716-5480


Katie Dohman is a St. Paul freelance writer and editor focused on lifestyle stories. Formerly the lifestyle editor for Minnesota Monthly, she’s also contributed to Zagat, the Star Tribune, Experience Life, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, and BloomaBlog, among others.