The one thing I’m starting to see around the Twin Cities is the camaraderie that local makers have for each other. As a lover of local goods, I’ve been elated to see several collaborative spaces have popped up in the last couple of years, showcasing local makers across Minnesota. There’s really something about supporting local, but also being able to see, touch, or smell the products in person.
I’m no stranger to boppin’ around town shopping so I figured I’d gather some of my favorite places to shop for all things local.
Below you can find some starting points to shop Minnesota artisans this holiday season. These are all brick and mortar stores that are open for the holidays or year-round! I know how busy weekends get for everyone so it’s nice to have an option to buy something local at 1pm on a Wednesday. 🙂 If you’re looking for weekend holiday pop-ups make sure to check out Facebook events in your area or my Instagram stories for up-to-date news!
Located on the beautiful Grand Ave in St. Paul, Grand Collective is a holiday pop that features 14 brands all under one roof including but not limited to: Scout, Mona Williams, Hagen and Oats, Shop in the City, Minnesota Made Apparel, and Waam Industries. The store in itself is indeed grand and curated beautifully. If you pop by on the weekend you might be surprised to find more local makers popping up exclusively for that weekend only!
Six for Good
A collective boutique in the Rosedale Mall, Six for Good brings six friends from six brands doing good. Focused on making the community a better place, Six for Good consists of Essence One, Baubles and Bobbies, Hagen and Oats, Urban Undercover, TowelTopper, and Thumbs Cookies.
Rose and Loon
While you’re already visiting Rosedale, head up to the second floor and visit Rose and Loon. Their selections are always changing and evolving to support the local market and I love it. They are known for hosting events where you get to “Meet the Maker.” Goods in here are from not only in Minnesota, but from all over the Midwest, boasting over 40 makers that round out their collective. You won’t leave empty-handed, I can bet on it!
A perfect addition to mall shoppers, Piccadilly Prairie is a well known name around here. Located in Ridgedale and Southdale Center, they house beautiful artisan home goods and print artwork. Anyone with a robust love for Minnesota will find something special here.
Partnered with Meet Minneapolis, Minnesota Makers features over 100 Minnesota artists from across the state. Really, over 100! Check them out downtown Minneapolis in the Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center or their larger store in Robbinsdale where they house and teach crafts classes to the public too!
Catch this one on the fly! Fox Run is a mobile marketplace featuring 13 Minnesota Makers ranging from wellness, decor, and art! They have been zipping through the state but you can catch them locally at holiday markets around town through December. Stay updated through their instagram!
Burlap & Brass
A quirky curated gift shop, Burlap & Brass has something for that hard to buy person on your list. From ornaments to jewelry to apparel – they cover all your bases! I’m definitely snagging one of their Prince head wooden ornaments for Christmas!
Located in the Mall of America, Fourpost was once all local Minnesota goods. While they’ve changed up their look a bit, they still house some amazing MN artists there. If you’re brave enough to take a trip to the mall this season, pop in there to check out the brands and grab a latte at their cafe inside. Oh and sit in the custom-built cozy cabin inside and enter to win it!
North Co. (Co-working space)
A co-working space – what? Hear me out. North Co. houses some of the coolest Minnesota startups. And guess what? Those startups have studio and/or warehouse sales at this space. Check out their website to see the brands and then keep on eye on those brands’ social for pop-ups and deals. You’re welcome.
Maybe you’re not staying in MN for the holidays and maybe you just didn’t have time to grab a local gift. Fear not! Uptown MN at MSP Airport in Terminal 1 has you covered. They sell gifts, accessories, and apparel for both men and women from local and regional artists. They truly want to share the creativity of Minnesota to travelers near and far!
If you’re already in the airport AND in Terminal 1 go support Urban Undercover. It is THE best (and cutest) shop in the airport and the best brand for the traveler on your list. Eye masks, travel wraps, compression socks, you name it. Urban Undercover has it all with the best branding to boot.
While there are several places to shop local around the area I hope you found some new ideas to head out and shop this holiday season! Am I missing your favorite? Comment below as I’m always looking to keep shopping 🙂