Check out some of our top picks in local apparel, home goods and art stores

Photo by Todd Buchanan

By Lianna Matt

With Minneapolis and St. Paul’s scores of boutiques, specialty shops, and national and international brands—not to mention the 520-plus stores of Mall of America—there’s a place to find a gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. For that extra special gift, though, go local. Our Minnesota-made goods and locally owned shops create and curate the highest quality for all who visit. Check out some of our favorites.

Apparel: In Edina’s Galleria, the boutique Roe Wolfe has been picking the creme dela creme of local, national and international apparel, beauty products and more for women. For the men, go over to North Loop for Askov Finlayson’s day wear.

Home Goods: The Faribault Woolen Mill Co. has been a state legacy for more than 150 years. With fifth-generation craftsman making scarves, throw blankets, capes and more, the woolen mill is a testament to both old and new methods. Check out its new store at Mall of America this holiday season, too. For more home decor, go to Burlap & Brass in Minneapolis for their ever-rotating collection including tables, jewelry displays and lamps.

Art: Northrup King Building is a 10-building complex that more than 190 artists have used for to make their latest creations. Every Saturday, tour artists’ galleries and look at paintings, sculptures, jewelry, drawings and more, and just maybe you’ll find something that catches your eye. (There is some discrepancy on the website about their open Saturday hours. To verify, email or call the building manager, Debbie, at 612-363-5612.)

Minnesota Mementos: I Like You is a Minnesota artist boutique with 10,000 lakes of spunk in every clothing item, knick knack and art piece. For a mini marketplace of Minnesota goods, go over to Mall of America’s seasonal store, RAAS Local Market, for 24 Minnesota brands including Fringe and Fettle Ceramics, Great Northern Outfitters and Original Hockey Mom Brownies.


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