Northeast Minneapolis

Shop, spa, and snack your way through an old-school neighborhood gone hip

Bella Lana

The latest addition to the neighborhood offers a modern-day take on an age-old craft: knitting. Colorful skeins of soft, seductive yarn pop like jewels amid Bella Lana’s stark white interior, illuminated by more than a hundred Japanese paper lanterns. Along with knitters night classes every Tuesday, needle-art newbies will be inspired by the fashion-forward patterns, and encouraged by the skilled and helpful staff. 21 Fourth St. SE, Mpls., 612-331-3330

Bone Adventure

The frosted confections at the counter might look sweet enough to eat, but like everything else at Bone Adventure, these items are for your pet—not you. You’ll find monogrammed tags, fashionable collars, and fluffy beds for dogs and cats in a shopping environment that, thankfully, doesn’t smell like kitty litter. 312 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-378-0211

Bibelot Shops

There are four Bibelot locations in Minnesota, and each one has a vibe that reflects its neighborhood. This one is decidedly modern, with concrete floors, industrial-loft ceilings, and plenty of roominess—which makes perusing the eclectic collection of gifts items and seasonal home accents that much more enjoyable. 300 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-379-9300

Photo by David J. Turner

Spot Spa Boutique

Spot, a sweet beach house—inspired oasis located below the Bulldog NE, features Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, reiki energy healing, holistic facials, and lomi lomi massage, a traditional Hawaiian treatment that incorporates soothing strokes and gentle pressure for a supremely uplifting experience. 410 E. Hennepin Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-331-4182,


Stocking everything from cheeky onesies bearing messages like “Change Is Good,” by St. Paul—based Rebel Ink Baby, to anime-inspired kid clothes by rocker Gwen Stefani, Pacifier is urban-baby heaven. Fans of the neighborhood will appreciate “I Heart NE” tees, and eco-friendly shoppers will get behind the PVC-free pacifiers. 310 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-623-8123

T Lee Fine Designer Jewelry

For almost 30 years, T Lee has been designing fine jewelry with a bold aesthetic. Though she is best known for her custom work, Lee also showcases her unique, everyday pieces—gold cuff links, faceted gemstone necklaces, and pearl hoop earrings—regularly in her shop. 18 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-789-2656

Red Stag Supper Club

Don’t let the name fool you—this homey spot is open for lunch, too. Grab a seat at the bar and order the tempura broccoli or triple-cooked fries to start, mac and cheese with truffles to share, and the Grinder—a super-thick meatloaf sandwich smothered in griddled onions and smoky ketchup—for yourself. 509 First Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-767-7766