Shopping Guide: July 25-31

Sales, style, and shopping events this week

Starting now: 251 First launches: The Minnesota-based, online-only lighting and home furnishings retailer Bellacor has just launched its first in-house brand, 251 First. The new line fuses quality and value into one, highlighting trendy and classic pieces alike all for a reasonable price. (

Through August 8: BlackBlue Summer Sale: Dozens of styles for both men and women are marked down 50 percent for the next two weeks. The sale runs in stores and online, and features summer’s biggest trends at huge discounts. (614 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-260-5340,

July 28: Urban Junket Moving Sale to Benefit Minneapolis HOPE: As the store clears out remaining inventory, it’s putting the profits towards a great cause. Minneapolis HOPE Dollars for Scholars supports high-achieving college-bound students from Minneapolis via scholarships and advocacy. During the sale, 10 percent of all purchases will go towards this local program. (4-8 p.m., 5320 W. 23rd St., Suite 42, St. Louis Park, 612-746-1510,

July 28: Summer Soiree: 15 Years of Beauty & Blooms @ Brown & Greene: After 15 years, Brown and Greene is throwing itself a birthday bash. Featuring Red Wagon Pizza, 5 Vodka, Honey and Rye treats, and of course, beautiful flowers, it is a perfect summer event. RSVP to attend. (5-8 p.m., 4400 Beard Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-928-3778,

July 28: Mona Williams Dot Sale: Many upscale brands will be on sale at the boutique’s Northeast location on Thursday night. Different colored dots on a tag indicate the item’s price, and with pieces as cheap as $5, wine to sip on while shopping, and a huge load of new inventory, it’s an event not to miss. (6 p.m., 18 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-4493,

July 28: North Loop Night Out: Held on the last Thursday of every month, MN’s Warehouse District comes alive for specials, sales, and celebration. This week, Martin Patrick 3 will be joined by local brand My Sister for shopping, cocktails, and cotton candy. Browse any of the dozen participating stores and enjoy a night out. (5-8 p.m., North Loop, Minneapolis,

July 29: Free People store opening at The Galleria: The popular clothing store will open its second location in Minnesota at the Galleria. The upscale boho brand fits right in with The Galleria’s eclectic combination of luxury stores and boutiques, and the store’s central location will be sure to draw the crowds. Be one of the first 30 customers to arrive to get a special giveaway. (69th France Ave., Edina, 952-920-1041,

July 29-30: Get to Werk: Northside Fashion Show and Pop-up Boutique: On Friday evening, local Northside creators will display their work during FLOW Art Crawl. Designers, retailers, and producers will team up for a free fashion show. Then on Saturday, all the pieces will be on sale at a pop-up boutique. Read more about the event on the MNMO style blog. (1007 W. Broadway Ave. Suite 100, Minneapolis,

July 30: Mill City Farmers Market: Through October, the Mill City Farmers Market is back as a Minnesota summer staple. Returning makers and new vendors will line up along the Mississippi by the Guthrie every weekend. This week, the market will celebrate its youngest shoppers. Organizations like Farm 2 SchoolMinneapolis Public Schools’ Food TruckMill City Cooks, and so many more offer the opportunity for kids to learn about food and get involved. Read here for more information. (8 a.m.-1 p.m., 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

July 30: Jennifer Merchant Design Open Studio & Sample Sale: Offering a sneak peek at new work and a great deal on older pieces, Jennifer Merchant promises at least half off items old and new. Her eclectic designs and innovative shapes create bodies of work that offer something for every jewelry lover. (12-5 p.m., 711 Lake St. W., Minneapolis, 612-710-4595,

July 30-31: My Sister Shop Grand Opening Weekend: My Sister, a brand working to combat sex trafficking, is finally opening a brick and mortar shop. Located in Uptown, the store will bring together local food vendors so shoppers can snack while they browse new collections. During the weekend, each item comes with a buy one, give one guarantee, meaning that if you buy anything at the store, My Sister will donate a t-shirt to a survivor of sex trafficking or homeless youth. (1612 W. Lake St., Minneapolis,

July 31: Parc, gh2 and the Golden Pearl Vintage present Black-top Sample Sale at Parc Alley: Parc will host a sample sale in it’s alley and parking lot on the last day of the month. Parc, gh2, and the Golden Pearl Vintage will all contribute deeply discounted items to the Northeast neighborhood get-together. (12-5 p.m., 320 E. Hennepin Ave., 612-353-4966,

July 31: Minneapolis Craft Market at Surly Brewing: Inspired by the concept of London street markets, this weekly event serves to connect consumer and maker through craft. This week is the event’s final Sunday at Surly before it moves, so come for the crafts and stay for the beer. (12-6 p.m., 520 Malcom Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 763-999-4040,


Ongoing sales:

Summer Clearance at My Sister’s Closet: Save 50 percent on all items during My Sister’s Closet semi-annual sale. Shop this summer clearance at the store’s St. Paul and Minneapolis locations. (Ends July 31, 1136 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2819; 2741 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-886 2891,

Key North Boutique 10th Anniversary Sale: Join Key North Boutique in celebrating their 10th anniversary with up to 70 percent off select items and daily door prizes. (Ends July 30, 515 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-455-6666,

Half Time Sale at Hammer Made: Take up to 50 percent off men’s dress shirts online and in-store. (Galleria, Mall of America, MSP Airport and Ridgedale,

N’etc Summer Sale: Receive half-off all spring and summer merchandise. (Ends July 31, 5005 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-922-9321,

Summer Sale at Martin Patrick 3: Receive up to 60 percent off Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams home goods including 40 to 60 percent off floor samples and clearance items, 20 percent off tables, storage, and in-stock and special order upholstery, plus 20 percent off of lighting, rugs, bed linens, and accessories. Additionally, take 40 percent off select summer apparel, plus 60 to 80 percent off spring collections in the sale room. (Ends July 31, 212 Third Ave. N., Suite 106, Minneapolis, 612-746-5329,

Gus Modern Summer Sale at ROAM Furniture & Lighting: Receive 20 percent off all upholstered sofas, ottomans, beds and more during the Gus* Modern Summer Sale through August 14. (2914 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-377-6465,

70% Off Sale at Grethen House: The designer boutique’s semi-annual clearance sale is its biggest of the year. Head to the store’s Edina location at 50th & France for the largest discounts of the season on brands such as MM6 Maison Margiela, Megan Park, Public School, and Organic by John Patrick. (4930 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-926-8725,

70% Off Sale at Pumpz & Co.: Take 70 percent off select spring and summer styles and the designer shoe and accessories boutique. (3335 Galleria, Edina, 952-926-2252,

50% Off Sale at Poppy: Take 50 percent off hundreds of summer styles at both Poppy locations. (251 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-728-1694, and 4301 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-719-7636,

Equation Semi-Annual Clearance: Save 30 to 70 percent on select items both in-store and online during Equation’s Semi-Annual Clearance sale, featuring deals on home goods and unique gifts. (5045 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, 952-567-7399,

Bumbershute Summer Sale: Take up to 70 percent off spring and summer merchandise at the women’s designer clothing boutique. (5014 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-475-2684,

Melly’s Annual Summer Sale: Take 30 to 75 percent off on brands including Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade New York, Diane von Furstenberg, and more, online and in-store. (3327 Galleria, Edina, 952-929-9252,

The Orange Sale at Mona Williams: The locally owned designer retailer’s Mall of America location is offering 40 percent off designer vintage from brands including Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, St. John, and Yves Saint Laurent, plus 30 percent off select new apparel by Majestic Filatures and Autumn Cashmere plus 60 percent off Baum und Pferdgarten and Peter Jensen. (Mall of America, 132 West Market, Bloomington, 952-854-1228,

Summer Sale at D.NOLO: Select summer styles at North Loop co-op D.NOLO are now as much as 70 percent off. (219 N. Second St., Minneapolis, 612-584-3244,