Looking Your Best: City Chic
Designer Outerwear Deals
Burlington Coat Factory. Sure, we scout the sales racks everywhere, but for a great selection of deeply discounted outerwear—such as this heck-of-a-steal AK Anne Klein at $99.99—we hit Burlington. Five metro locations, including 3700 Hwy. 100, St. Louis Park, 952-939-6850, burlingtoncoatfactory.com
StyledLife. You saved on the coat, now make a statement with your accessories—including great hats, driving gloves, the best sweater wrap in town (ask them about it), and an exclusive selection of Missoni scarves. Felt Seeberger hat, $248. Missoni scarf, $245. Gaviidae Common, 612-746-5400; Galleria, 952-928-8888, styledlife.com
Plethora of Boots
Nordstrom. Ask a style maven where to get great shoes and she’ll direct your feet to Nordstrom. Boots? Same advice. From all-weather fashion styles to luxe looks that you may not want to wear outdoors, we dare you to find just one pair. (Don’t forget to bring your guy—he’ll snag great shoes across the aisle.) Mall of America, 952-883-2121, Nordstrom.com
Tote that Defies the Elements
Alexis Hudson. Nab one of Minneapolis designer Rachelle Copeland’s handbags and brave the snow in style. Copeland is the cocreater of the Alexis Hudson line of handbags that have earned rave reviews from style mavens and fashion magazines across the country. Our pick: the Bastille tote, which offers high-quality leather and gradation of color to camouflage the wear and tear of the winter months. Pumpz & Co., Galleria, 952-926-2252, pumpzco.com
Looking Your Best: Weekend Wonderland
Weekend Outerwear for Her
Macy’s. Face it, long gone is the era of the one-coat wardrobe. And like it or not, you need a parka. Macy’s takes the prize this year for stocking the best weekend-worthy looks when the goal is more snow bunny, less Michelin Man. Calvin Klein down coat with faux-fur trimmed hood, $220. Six metro locations, including 700 Nicollet Mall, 612-375-2200, macys.com
Weekend Outerwear for Him
North Face. Yes, there is a North Face club, of sorts. So when the outdoor gear store opened in Uptown, enthusiasts and the urban elite jumped for joy. Check out Nuptse—our pick for best puffer jacket for your buck, $199. 3008 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Bargains on Hip Accessories
H&M. The fast fashion merch and prices attract a crowd. And, hey, why spend big dough on your play clothes? Mall of America, 952-858-8888; Woodbury, 651-714-7136, hm.com
Selection of Uggs
Schuler Shoes, Maple Grove. As the leaves fall, we know we aren’t the only ones reaching for our Uggs—in fact, this year’s coveted styles (including our pick: the Whitley) have sold out at some stores. So hop on the Ugg bandwagon and make way to Schuler Shoes’ new Ugg concept store for the best selection. 7845 N. Main St., Maple Grove, 763-494-4878, schulershoes.com
Irish Setter by Red Wing. One of the original work boots is making a big comeback. Always known for the quality of craftsmanship, Irish Setters are insulated to keep your toes toasty whether you’re working it or just tromping around the city. Available at Nokomis Shoe, 4950 34th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-1406, nokomisshoes.com
Place to Keep Your Feet Warm
Midwest Mountaineering. Along with everything that an outdoor enthusiast craves, we turn to the crew at MM to outfit us with the best in Merino wool from the new in-store Wool Shop. Find the best selection of products from Icebreaker and Smartwool to keep you extra toasty. 309 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-3433, midwestmtn.com
Spot to Outfit Your Dog
LuLu & Luigi. Not the type to wardrobe your pooch? Step one paw in here and you’ll know where the best-dressed dogs shop. 812 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-249-0330; 3699 Joppa Ave., St. Louis Park, 952-929-1200, luluandluigi.com
Looking Your Best: Snow Angels
Place to Outfit the Kids for Outdoor Play
Hoigaard’s. If you haven’t noticed, kids grow. If you’ve only recently reached for the snowpants only to find (yikes!) they don’t fit, don’t fret. Hoigaards is your one-stop shop throughout winter. (What a concept, the store sells outwear the whole season.) With goods from North Face and Ride (shown here), your sons and daughters will look cool while staying warm. Plus, you can get your skis, snowboards, boots, and safety gear. 5425 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-929-1351, hoigaards.com
Kids’ Shoe Store
. Yes, we’ve given this little shop a best more than once. But have you been there yet? It’s packed from floor to ceiling with slippers, shoes, boots, socks, and tights for kids, newborn to teens. You’ll find brands you recognize, as well as European lines that will make you dip a little deeper into your pocketbook. Bonus: It’s stocked throughout the season (yes, it still has boots!), and you’ll even find sandals in winter should you be heading south soon. 3146 Hennepin Ave. Mpls., 612-823-3988, shoezoo.us
Best of Shopping
Boutique Shopping Center
This gem continues to marvel with its always-evolving mix of trend-right shops. In 2008 alone, Galleria welcomed a two-story Crate & Barrel, the state’s first BCBG Max Azria, StyledLife’s anticipated second store, children’s shop Über Baby, and the new Westin Edina Galleria Hotel and Residences, which includes a McCormick & Schmick’s. Plus, the Coach location was designated the Cities’ only Coach “fashion store.” Next up: Louis Vuitton. Edina, 952-925-4321, galleriaedina.com
Bachman’s on Lyndale
. The flagship location is like Santa’s workshop. Real and faux trees and all the trimmings—hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, ornaments, wine-mulling kits, and accouterments that run the gamut from woodsy luxe to contemporary Noel. Plus, Department 56 (which began at Bachman’s) has introduced a limited-edition “Lyndale Tree Lot” to commemorate it. 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-861-7600, bachmans.com
New Hot Spot for Home
The Shops at Centennial Lakes
. Finally, The Container Store and West Elm land in the TC. Bonus: West Elm stocks its furniture in its adjoining warehouse for instant gratification. France Ave. S. and Gallagher Dr., Edina
DIY Designer Wallpaper Source
Hirshfield’s Design Studio
. Until recently, the papers you see in design magazines (Osborne & Little, Brunschwig & Fils, Designer’s Guild) have been available only to the trade. Hirshfield’s has quietly started carrying collections of designer wallpaper at prices between 20 and 30 percent off list prices. Select wall coverings are also available at other Hirshfield’s locations. 721 2nd Ave. N., Mpls., 612 374-8901, hirshfields.com
Day-Trip in a Little Girl’s Life
No more traveling to Chicago for all that American Girl goodness. Opened last month, MOA’s new mega American Girl boutique carries all of the company’s famous dolls and best-selling books, plus outfits, accessories, and girl-sized clothing. Plus (hello), AG–themed parties, a Doll Hair Salon, and a casual bistro serving brunch, lunch, and dinner. Mall of America, americangirl.com
District to Keep Your Eye On
It could use a branding campaign—what do you call this area, anyway?—but this slice of Northeast continues to excite. There are the foundation businesses (Surdyk’s) and those early comers (Bibelot, GH2, Bone Adventure, Let’s Cook, Pacifier), but this year saw the opening of two great fashion boutiques Parc and Belle Reve. (Oh, yeah, there’s even a Lunds.) Plus, Mr. über-Cool and an early area pioneer, Denny Kemp brought his creative vision to a fresh space and moved his salon and spa a few blocks away, putting down some major world-class salon roots.
“Then I’ll Do It Myself!”
Local mom Janet Polach saw a need for stylish, yet tasteful and affordable, fashion for tweens and teens. With inspiration and support from her teen daughter, Alex, she launched zelaz.com, an online boutique selling everything from cute tops and hoodies to denim, dresses, and skirts. This summer, Zelaz opened its first storefront at Ridgedale. Bonus: The biz donates 5 percent of its revenue to charities that support girls with few resources. Ridgedale, Minnetonka, 952-920-1044, zelaz.com
In Town Retreat
Ivy Spa Club
. The stunning Ivy Spa Club—tucked inside Hotel Ivy—debuted this year offering countless ways for members and day guests to relax, rejuvenate, and be pampered. A swanky yet soothing interior will help you forget about the three feet of snow outside. Amenities include a café, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga classes, whirlpools, cold-plunge showers, treatment rooms, and several warm, serene spaces to linger and lounge. Heck, you can even spend the night. 201 S. 11th St., Mpls., 612-343-3131, ivyspaclub.com
Fashion Secret Weapon
. OK, so we are talking about them again. But the folks at this ridiculously fabulous fashion accessories boutique remind us of how retail is supposed to be—efficient and fun. An edited selection. A bottle of water. Great music. Big mirrors. Gear for both ladies and gents. Happy hour on Fridays. (Check out the earring bar at the new Galleria store, complete with stools so you can try on scores of earrings in one place.) To top it off, the staff encourages you to bring in your outfits so you can find the perfect finishing touches. Want more? StyledLook will come to your home and give you the rock-star treatment. Gaviidae Common, 612-746-5400; Galleria, 952-928-8888, styledlife.com
. Since first opening its doors back in 1885, JBH has been the jeweler of choice for many a fashionable family. So when it came time to move, it made perfect sense that the pedigreed jeweler would choose one of the Cities’ most beloved architectural jewels—the 1926 limestone, art deco Young Quinlan Building. Sure, there are diamonds, but the lure are the red carpet designers (H. Stern. Ippolita, Valente), an entire room devoted to watches (Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Chanel), plus fine china and gifts. 901 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-338-5950, jbhudson.com
Vintage Bridal Gowns
Andrea’s Vintage Bridal
. Housed on the bottom floor of Blake Antiques in Hopkins, Andrea Erickson’s collection of antique and vintage bridal gowns—ruffled, ankle-length, war-era dresses, ’70s hippie gowns, ’60s Jackie O. shifts—are in mint or near-mint condition. Not a bride-to-be? There’s plenty for you as well. A white shift can be belted and worn to a cocktail party, a romantic hippie frock has garden gathering written all over it, and does one even need an excuse to don a fur bolero, great chandelier earrings, or a lace shawl? 901 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 612-716-8006, vintagebridal.biz
Reason to Hibernate
Sleep Number Bed. A bed is just a bed? Bah humbug. TC-based Select Comfort has earned a cultlike following of customers (including countless celebrity spokespeople). But this fall, it upped the ante by introducing a Memory foam bed. An air mattress with a ridiculously luxurious top layer? Those temptresses. We may have to sell our old mattress on CraigsList. Twelve metro locations, selectcomfort.com
Hunt & Gather
. We hate to even share this—now we’ll have to get there before you. This multiple-dealers-of-good-taste shop reminds of the good-ol’ days of vintage shopping in this town. The emphasis here is on furniture, art pieces, and decor that fills two floors. Oh, yeah, did we mention Sheryl Crow shoppped here this summer? 4944 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-455-0250, huntandgatherantiques.com
. The husband and wife duo behind the hip-and-happening baby boutique über Baby know a thing or two about family planning. First, there was the baby store. Then, Expecting über Baby, the maternity store for women who want to have fun (and look a little sexy) during their pregnancy. Earlier this year, they opened über Outlet, where many Galleria stores combine their clearance merch in one spot. Now Lynne and Dan Gonsier have opened satellite locations of über Baby in select Kowalski’s grocery stores. Perfect for multi-tasking moms who need to grab gifts on the fly. Find überBaby and Expecting über Baby at Galleria. über Outlet, 6021 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-869-0930, myuberbaby.com
. Regardless of your opinion on Palin, we can’t help but thank the Republicans for spreading some green along Nicollet Mall. From a couple hundred bucks at mod baby store Pacifier to a few thousand at the downtown Macy’s to the big dough ($75,000) at our Neiman Marcus. At least they were budget-conscious enough to do their spending in a state that doesn’t charge sales tax on clothes.
Cell phones have really helped with the whole "stuck on the side of the road" problem, but winter presents a particularly cold—and dangerous—time to be stranded. Even AAA's basic membership (plans start at about $70 a year) covers a free battery jump on those bitterly cold days, tire-changing service, and emergency fuel assistance. Plus, you get discounts at places such as the Guthrie, Minnesota Zoo, and Mall of America. Kind of seems like a winter no-brainer. aaa.com, 952-927-2600
The Executive's Assistant.
No time to shop for groceries, much less plan a dinner party? Make a call to The Executive's Assistant. Jessica Gilbertson and Leilani Metry have a combined fifteen years of experience—and connections—to help you get the job done. The service packages range from silver (picking up dry cleaning, making dinner reservations) to optimum (vehicle maintenance, planning and coordinating dinner parties) or are available a la carte. You can even hire them to do you holiday shopping or watch over your house while you escape to Naples for the week.
Premier Auto Spa.
Driving through the salted and slushy roads day after day each winter can take its toll. Premier Auto Spa pampers your vehicle with a hand wash, wax treatment, and complete interior cleaning, then delivers it to you in all its glossy, polished glory. With six metro locations, this creme de la creme of automobile indulgence is sure to get anyone through the Minnesota winter. Come spring, your vehicle will look as though it spent the winter on holiday. Five metro locations.
. It's not always the working-out part we dread; it's the part that involves pulling ourselves off the couch, heading out into the arctic cold, and making our way to the gym. That's where Steele Fitness comes in. Its certified personal trainers show up at your door in a tricked out BMW X3 filled with workout equipment and set up in the comfort of your living room for a personalized workout. Steele also offers the services of a masseuse and a nutritionist and has its own line of workout gear. Pplus, the trainers keep the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders in tiptop shape, so chances are they can help you look good too. 714 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-476-8001; 3918 W. 49-1/2 St., Edina, 952-285-8001; Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 866-684-3723, steelefitness.com
Lulu & Luigi Grooming Pawlour.
Dogs and cats get star treatment at Lulu & Luigi's posh Grooming Pawlour. After seeing huge success in Wayzata, owners Liz Sand and Karen Howe added a doggie beauty shop to their recently relocated, larger St. Louis Park shop and have staffed both spots with stylists (with some thirty years of eperience) who use only the best products for massage therapy, instant arthritis treatments, designer cuts and styles, hot oil treatments, and doggie makeovers. That reminds us, we could use a day at the spa ourselves. 812 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-249-0330; 3699 Joppa Ave., St. Louis Park, 952-929-1200, luluandluigi.com
Stone Mountain Pet Lodge.
No one really wants to leave Fifi the poodle and Allie the Siamese in some cage while the family skis in Aspen, but when lodging is necessary, Stone Mountain may be a welcome break for your furry friend. Dogs and cats can stay in a lodge, chalet, or condo, and amenities include play, run, and cuddle time for dogs and jungle gyms for cats. Plus classical music is pumped into the holding areas. And for an extra fee, the "pet taxi" will pick up and drop off pets just about anywhere in the metro. Fifi should be just fine. 935 Radisson Rd. NE, Blaine, 763-792-8929, stonemountainpetlodge.com
Prestige Cleaning Center. Like its Uptown Cleaners counterpart, the Prestige outlet in Linden Hills boasts a patented "Green Earth Cleaning" process that the company insists is good for the planet and our suits, shirts, skirts, and delicates. What we like best is the unfailingly friendly professionalism of the LH staff, who seem determined to keep their customers clean, green, and satisfied. 3711 W. 44th St., Mpls., 612-929-2010, mngreenclean.com
. Whether your shoe style is Ted Baker or Timberland, Miu Miu or Minnetonka Moccasin, after twenty-nine years in the biz, the crack team at Macy's shoe repair, led by Randall Reichstadt, is still the best in town. Grab your beat-up soles (they also do handbag repair) and head to the back corner basement of the downtown Macy's for top-of-the-line shoe repair and the type of customer service that'll remind you of the good ol' days. 700 on the Mall, Mpls., 612-375-2922
Place to Get Ready For the Ski Hill
. When it comes to snow sports, having your gear tuned-up and repaired by some of the most knowledgeable and talented ski and snowboard professionals is a must. Hoigaards is the place to get your skis and snowboards in tiptop shape for the cold and snowy months of downhill adventure. After all, the store has been around since 1895. Plus, Hoigaards also offers a leasing program for your kids so they can use the latest snowboard or slalom gear without having to buy new equipment that they may outgrow next season. 5425 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls., 952-929-1351, hoigaards.com