Best of MN, 2019: Shopping & Services

The best stores, products, and experiences that came to Minnesota in 2019 (like beatnik-chic decor and the Witch District)
Canada Goose
Canada Goose

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Shopping & Services

“Try Before You Buy” Option: Canada Goose

At Canada Goose’s new Mall of America store, you can enter a “Cold Room” that brings the temperature down to -13°F to see if the Arctic-grade parka you’re eyeing is winter-ready.

New Shopping District: The Witch District

Powderhorn’s self-anointed Witch District is blessed with an abundance of women-owned businesses—many with an artistic and earth-worshipping bent. At its spiritual center is the Future, an enchanting boutique, witches’ spa, and Victorian-inspired reading room founded by magick maker Lacey Prpić Hedtke. With its pastel paint job and of-the-moment merchandise (hand-drawn oracle cards, herbal deodorant balm, bundles of palo santo), it feels younger and fresher than your typical New Age bookshop. A recent expansion added vintage clothing to the mix, plus a corner devoted to cheeky pins and patches. Come-as-you-are workshops tackle everything from tincture making to “queering” the tarot, welcoming both longtime practitioners and the mystically curious into the witchy fold.

Industrious, downtown Minneapolis
Industrious, downtown Minneapolis

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Coworking Space: Industrious

The Industrious coworking facilities in the North Loop (the modern T3 building) and downtown Minneapolis (RBC Plaza) give off a well-traveled vibe. Expect chic and minimal design; premium amenities, like a mother’s room; fancy coffee; and exclusive member events. You can choose to rent a private office or work in the shared spaces.

Filigree Jewelers
Filigree Jewelers

Yazon Lo

Jewelry Store: Filigree Jewelers

Whether you’re proposing or just treating yourself, Filigree Jewelers’ open, airy North Loop location has dazzling treasures—from Victorian engagement rings to over-the-top Mid-century cocktail earrings and Cartier watches. They specialize in vintage and antique jewelry but can create your dream piece, too. So if Grandma’s diamond is looking dated, take it to Filigree for a modern makeover before popping the question.

Cream & Amber
Cream & Amber

Photo by Jessica Holleque

New Bookstore: Cream & Amber

If there’s anything Minnesotans love as much as locally brewed craft beer, it’s real, tangible books, especially when the temperatures drop and the evenings start to feel endless. Kudos to Kacey Hruby Wyttenhove and Katie Terhune for combining the two on Hopkins’ suburban main street. With Cream & Amber, they’ve created a community around well-curated reads (both new and used) and special events, including a monthly open mic, seasonal flight nights, and signings (Dessa, J. Ryan Stradal, Amy Pendino). Also of note: free Bootstrap Coffee refills and a warm and welcoming meeting room that can be reserved for up to three hours gratis.

Carousel & Folk
Carousel + Folk

Photo by Jack Pine & Thyme Creative Co.

New Vintage Shop: Carousel + Folk

This Etsy-shop-turned-brick-and-mortar boutique might be the best thing that ever happened to local lovers of beatnik-chic decor. Husband-and-wife team Lindsey and Mike Cason do the dirty work of rummaging through thrift stores and estate sales. What eventually lands in their sunny, plant-filled shop is hand-picked for its hashtaggability: macramé plant hangers, Moroccan brass mirrors, Thonet-style caned chairs, books from the ’70s about succulents and cacti, and that perfect rattan loveseat for a three-season porch. The bohemian goods at Carousel + Folk are fairly priced and lovingly styled, making it all too easy to imagine them in your own home.

“Solar Egg” at American Swedish Institute

Photo by Emily Krumm

Sauna: Solar Egg at the American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute‘s progressive arts programming hit new heights throughout 2019, bringing a blockbuster Vikings exhibit to Minneapolis along with exclusive one-offs like a live improv session between choreographer Dimitri Chamblas and guitarist Kim Gordon. ASI outdid itself with its wood-fired Solar Egg sauna sessions, though. Based around a Bigert & Bergström sculpture that looks as if it were beamed straight out of space, the courtyard installation convinced museumgoers to wear swimsuits at the tail end of winter and do a very un-Minnesota thing: speak to complete strangers within a confined space for 30 minutes at a time.

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