The Twin Cities is home to dozens of local shops whose mission is to make a difference—make it yours to check them out.
Shop for a cause at this pet-friendly boutique, featuring nothing but local, cruelty-free and vegan products including fashion goods, art and gear for your furry friends. A portion of proceeds go toward the Animal Rights Coalition, a Minnesota animal advocacy nonprofit. (You can even bring your pets along while you shop!) 317 W. 48th St., Minneapolis, 612-822-6161, ethiquenouveau.com.
Junket: Tossed & Found
This secondhand shop sells purposeful, recycled items with a focus on reducing waste—and getting others excited about it, too. Each purchase (from art supplies to vintage cameras) is weighed to provide carbon footprint data, helping customers understand the positive impact of putting the planet first. Plus, this Twin Cities spot offers educational classes to make living sustainably easy and fun. 4049 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 612-293-6863, shopjunket.com.
At first glance Niche might look like any other women’s boutique, but look closer. The fashion-forward clothing is ethically made and manufactured by women who are paid fair wages for their goods. The St. Paul shop says that although 80 percent of garment workers are women, fewer than 5 percent make a livable wage. Niche wants to change that. If you do too, this sustainable shop is for you. 2506 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-230-5552, nichemn.com.
This Minneapolis shop specializes in giving your outdoor gear and clothing a second life instead of a trip to the landfill. The team will repair nearly anything including broken zippers and backpack straps—all at an affordable price. Plus, the spot also functions as a consignment shop, so you can earn cash on items you no longer use and give others a chance to discover something new. 3304 E Lake St, Minneapolis, 612-729-9095, repairlair.com
Yardbird makes and sells high quality outdoor furniture that is 100% recyclable. Over half of the plastic used in its clean-lined and natural-toned wicker furniture is made from ocean plastic. In 2019 alone, 92,000 pounds of plastic were collected from beaches and ocean floors in the Philippines and incorporated into the company’s products and packaging. 8215 MN-7, St Louis Park, 877- 927-2846, yardbird.com.