In Eden Prairie—where every street seems to run in a circle and Tower Square is actually just the name of a strip center across the parking lot from the big mall—a community starved of the current maker movement that pervades city shops and boutiques in quainter ‘burbs has a new indie resource.
Homade just opened in the center anchored by Starbucks (McDonald’s is another nearby landmark), and it’s poised to become a gathering spot for the western suburb. Behind the expansive selling floor filled with modern gifts, entertaining and DIY supplies, is a bright and inviting workroom intended for all kinds of classes and events. Currently, a donut shaped piñata hangs over one table, while another table is set up for watercolor painting.
Homade owner Sandra Peterson is a long-time crafter (she set up her own crafting station by the cash register) and passionate fund raiser who decided that after years of working in the computer industry, she wanted her next career to be fun. She hopes to take the paint-your-plate concept to “a whole other level,” and focus on “community building,” whether that’s a movie night, a photography class or a make-and-take project that serves as a fundraiser. To put it into millennial speak, this is LAB for minivan drivers.
Workshops will begin in January, and that’s the part of the business Peterson is most excited about. But the selling floor is no afterthought. Homade attempts to bridge the space between crafty and mainstream with a modern mix of goods ranging from locally made Senn & Sons children’s growth charts to Kate Spade stationery. Keep in mind, there’s no Patina around the corner from Eden Prairie. Homade mixes national brands with local artisans. There are ready-made gifts, like jewelry, candles, and stuffed animals, as well as an entire display of pans, kitchen gadgets and candies for the holiday cookie exchange. Says Peterson, “That’s a really big thing around here.” Tower Square, 582 Prairie Center Drive, Suite 223, Eden Prairie, 952-944-2441, homadegifts.com