Style + Shopping May 19-June || Shops Begin to Open

While some of our favorite boutiques are opening again, virtual events and curbside pickup aren’t going away anytime soon
Walker Art Center's virtual maker's mart
Walker Art Center’s virtual Makers Mart includes works from Bridget Clark Design, Makwa Studio, Everthine Jewelry, and Jac & Violet (from above left, clockwise).

Courtesy Walker Art Center

As we are all slowly returning to normalcy—or re-envisioning what that means—here are a few things going on in the Twin Cities’ style and shopping scene. Your Minnesota makers and business owners have been busy sewing masks, running online sales and curbside pickups, and riding out the wave, so as always, if you can, show your support. 

Shops can open at 50% capacity!

Word of advice, though: Check hours/policies before you go. Parc and Bluebird Boutique, for instance, are welcoming back people with limited hours, and others like the Fitting Room, Covered, Stephanie’s, and Filigree will be opening for appointments only.

ICYMI, MartinPatrick3 is now carrying Russell+Hazel merch for you to peruse (appointments for the shop are strongly encouraged). Because of the pandemic, Russell+Hazel decided to close their own brick-and-mortar, so show them some extra love.

Opening for the season on May 21, is the SummerHouse Farm in Waseca to answer your rustic and outdoor decor needs. No matter where you go, of course, please follow social distancing guidelines.

Some local malls like Rosedale and the Galleria in Edina are open, but Mall of America is not open until June 1. (If you need your retail fix from our biggest shopping center, though, a number of stores have curbside pickup.)

Virtual Events

Even with Governor Walz’s proclamation, curbside pickup options aren’t going away anytime soon, and some shops such as IDUN, Golden Rule, and Mille (which is donating 10% of its trunk show sales) are still planning on keeping their storefronts closed until they feel confident they can keep their shoppers and staff safe. 

For virtual events, consider the Walker’s Jewelry & Accessory Makers Mart, now through June 14 and featuring 24 local artists. The MPLS Craft Market has also gone virtual with a shopping section on its website, and some of your favorites like Golden Pearl Vintage have started doing more Instagram story sales. Still looking for more? Check out the following:

  • May 20: Tune into a Facebook Live showcase with White Bear Lake’s Whatnot Boutique, with denim jackets, T-shirts, tanks, shoes, jewelry, and more.
  • May 20: Socially Handcrafted in Burnsville is throwing a Facebook Live sale. The shop will be showing some new and old DIY kits you can do with your little ones as well as offering some special deals.
  • May 22-30: Catch Instagram Lives with local makers such as Runi Clay Studio and Mezame Designs in this digital marketplace, curated and streamed by Artesota
  • May 23: Queen Anna House of Fashion’s free master class is on defining your personal style.
  • May 28-31: The annual North Loop Spring Crawl’s virtual version will feature chef demos, QVC-style experiences, and specials. Participating shops include Statement Boutique, Brian Graham Salon, and Goldfine Jewelry.
  • May 29: The Flare Necklace is the latest in Goody Beads’ Kits and Cocktails series. Order the DIY kit beforehand (and check out their customer favorites’ 50% off sale) and then assemble it with a virtual lesson over Facebook Live.

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