Good news: one of my favorite Minneapolis corners, 44th & France, will remain retail rather than succumbing to the dreaded office space. Even better: the new tenant for russell + hazel’s former sun-drenched spot in the Durr Ltd. building is Brightwater Clothing & Gear. The Excelsior store is ready to expand to better serve its growing fan base east of Lake Minnetonka.
"My philosophy is, I really believe the concept is good," says owner Bill Damberg. "We've got cool, unique lines, and when they get too popular, we let them go."
If you aren’t already familiar, Brightwater delivers upscale active and lifestyle apparel, outerwear, and gear for women and men including ruggedly luxurious European lines and American made brands you won’t find everywhere else. The Minneapolis store is scheduled to open mid-April.