January 2008 Retail News

NOW OPEN

More than a century after starting its sporting goods business, St. Louis Park­—based Hoigaard’s has opened a second location in Burnsville. The new store features alpine-ski equipment and accessories, plus a demo center where you can test out equipment before buying. 15100 Buck Hill Rd., 952-892-1335. hoigaards.com

BRAND NEW

Minneapolis-based print shop Studio on Fire, has introduced a line of designer-driven letterpress goods. The bold, contemporary greeting cards and stationery are printed on tree-free, cotton paper stock made with reclaimed fibers. www.studioonfire.com

BEAUTY BUZZ

For women experiencing hair loss due to breast cancer treatments, eyebrow expert Leah Simon-Clarke and her staff now offer complimentary brow shaping and touchups at any Extrados location. www.extrados.com

Juut’s new salon-spa at Southdale Center is a modern marvel: two stories of crystal-infused white walls, dark wood, and glass art behind floor-to-ceiling windows. Along with its standard menu, the new Juut offers Balayage hair coloring, hot-stone massage, mini-manicures, a beauty bar for demonstrations, and a retail shop with hair accessories from local artists. Edina, 952-925-4343. www.juut.com

British skincare line Lush has set up its first and only shop in Minnesota, at Macy’s in the Mall of America. Lush uses organic fruit and vegetables and essential oils to create fresh, handmade products, like Honey Bee bath bombs and I Love Juicy shampoo. Bloomington, 952-854-4322. www.lush.com

E-STYLE 

Shopping just got savvier at Eden Prairie Center, Ridgedale Center, and Crossroads Center in St. Cloud. A new service allows shoppers to find any product, brand, or sale at the mall by visiting its website. While you’re at Ridgedale, enjoy the results of a multi-million dollar renovation, including Italian tile, plush seating area, and fountains. For more information, visit www.edenprairiecenter.com, www.ridgedalecenter.com, or www.crossroadscenter.com

GOOD CAUSE

The funky, arty toy boutique Kiddywampus has a unique new business plan: Owner Amy Saldanha will give all post-tax profits to children’s charities. Saldanha expects to turn a profit this spring. Until then, the store will designate one day a month to donate 20 percent of the day’s sales to charity. 4402 1/2 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-926-7871. www.kiddywampus.com

CLOSED

Eq-life

, the feel-good lifestyle retail chain originally launched by Best Buy, has shut the doors at its store on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue.