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The new Weisman store celebrates design at every level

No museum visit is complete without swinging through the gift shop. The expansion of the Weisman Art Museum presented an opportunity to reinvent the store—now referred to as the WAM Shop. The assortment, like the museum, leans contemporary, but in what store buyer/manager Marissa Onheiber describes as a “softer way” that gives nods to the breadth of the Weisman collection. You’ll find pottery by ceramic artist Jan McKeachie Johnston, whose work is in the museum collection, and Weisman architect Frank Gehry’s Twist Cube, which functions as a seat or table. There are fair-trade scarves, jewelry from local artists, and adorable wool elephants designed by an architect. “Thoughtfully designed product” was Onheiber’s top criterion, and virtually every item has an interesting story or connection to the museum and Minnesota. Of course, every museum also needs a T-shirt, and WAM’s “Don’t touch the art” could challenge the Walker’s “Closed Mondays” as a hipster must-have. 333 River Pkwy. E., Mpls., 612-625-9494, weisman.umn.edu

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