Before e-mails and Evites, back when fill-in-the-blank invitations and lined envelopes were considered “fancy,” we used a crazy concept to communicate: paper. Sure, it took a little extra effort, what with the writing and addressing and stamping and all. But unlike cyberspace, it was personal. Thanks to Pulp Fashion, old-fashioned correspondence doesn’t have to be a luxury. The new Stillwater shop is the first retail venture by Minnesota-based Gartner Studios, which also creates chic stationery for Target. In addition to Gartner-brand designs, Pulp Fashion carries handmade paper and letterpress note cards, wax seals and quill pens, and sparkly Swarovski crystals and silk ribbons to dress up the simplest sheet. For those less paper-obsessed, there’s a man’s room equipped with a television and comfy chair, as well as a kids’ room for little ones. But it’s the shop’s do-it-yourself “creation station” that’s genius: After selecting the perfect paper, customers can personalize stationery, wedding invitations, or baby announcementsÂÂ—using a nifty computerized template—and then print them on the spot. It’s quick and easy—and no one needs to know that but you.
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opened its doors in Edina to reveal luxury cosmetics and skin care in cozy surroundings. The beauty boutique has been a destination in resort towns like Aspen since the 1970s. 3905 W. 50th St., 952-303-6249
Following the success of its Lyndale Avenue flagship, hip maternity-wear store Expecting Ãœber Baby has opened a second location. It’s the first store in the United States to carry Crave Maternity, a stylish mom-to-be clothing line whose fans include Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna. 3347 Galleria, Edina, 612-869-0930, www.myuberbaby.com
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is coming to City Center later this month. The American classic already has locations at the Mall of America and the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. 40 S. Seventh St., Mpls., www.brooksbrothers.com
ON THE MOVE
After nearly 80 years in the Minneapolis building that now houses Macy’s, jeweler J. B. Hudson plans to move into the Young Quinlan Building at Ninth Street and Nicollet Mall next spring. The space, last occupied by Polo Ralph Lauren, will be redesigned by Shea, the creative force behind the interiors at the Chambers hotel and La Belle Vie.
Check out Patina’s “green shop,” a new in-store display of eco-friendly finds like reusable lunch bags and picture frames made from packaging materials. Several metro locations, www.patinastores.com
At Siji Kids, $5 gets you a funky, reusable bag from Envirosax and 10 percent off one item every time you shop with it at the St. Paul children’s clothing store. 370 Snelling Ave. S., 651-699-5290, www.sijikids.com
It’s Spa Week in Minnesota! From October 15Â to 21, treat yourself to a facial, manicure, or massage at a special rate. Visit www.spaweek.org to find participating Twin Cities spas.
WHAT’S IN STORE
Kick off the holiday season with a lesson in entertaining from Letterbox. Stop by the stationery shop October 20 to 21 for invitation, menu, tabletop, and decorating ideas—served up with cider and sweet treats. 2741 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-4529, www.letterboxcreative.com