Kudos to Maiden Minnesota for keeping their annual shopping event fresh. Every year, I come away excited about new locally-based brands and products. Here are some standouts from the Nov. 1 event. I’m glad to say we can expect more from these brands over the holidays, and beyond.
ekate designs + Orchard Art House. Excelsior-based designer Erin Kate Duininck makes whimsical jewelry, with heart. I was charmed by her collection of charm jewelry using vintage maps. She’s got the Twin Cities covered, and custom map charms are available. I can’t wait to visit her gallery and studio, just off the beatin’ path in Excelsior. Meanwhile, she’ll be even easier to reach over the holidays—Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas— at her pop up shop next to Cafe 318 on Water Street.
Maps become keychains at Orchard Art House.
Old Tom Foolery + Modern Lore. Lauren and Joel Gryniewski have struck a cord, or two, with their stationery brands Old Tom Foolery and Modern Lore. The former has a graphic, humorous bent; the latter is based on visual storytelling and beautiful images. Both are showing up in boutiques and larger retailers across the company, and by the end of the month, they’ll have a flagship store all their own on Eat Street, 2515 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. Stay tuned for an opening date!
Old Tom Foolery's notes.
Bruno Press. Old school correspondence, with a decidedly modern voice, straight from St. Joseph, Minn. A lot of the cards and notepads are strictly adult, which makes the onesies seem extra fun.
cheerz. Make sure your wine bottles never get lost among the other hostess gifts again with custom labels for every occasion.
Custome wine bottle labels from cheerz.