Stillwater has had a rash of retail changes lately. I have to be honest, I was underwhelmed on a recent visit to Main Street, but I'm holding out hope that by springtime, there will be renewed excitement in this charming riverfront downtown--one of my favorite day trips in the Twin Cities.
Forget Me Not, selling fresh flowers and home accents, is now open in the former Doozie space. 402 Main St. S., 651-430-8113
Rose Mille has moved into a smaller spot in the Grand Garage. It has charm, but lacks the wow factor of the old location...and has a much more edited assortment focused on paper goods, ribbon and the like. This could be a temporary arrangement--an employee told me Rose Mille is considering a second location for DIY classes. 324 Main St. S., 651-439-0205
Also in the Grand Garage, is Grace James Boutique, selling contemporary women's fashion, from denim to dresses. I liked some of the pieces--and prices--I saw, but wanted more. We'll chalk that up to being between seasons. I'll definitely be checking back--both for Grace James, and another new store opening this spring with fashion aimed at women over 40. 324 Main St. S., Stillwater, 651.430.8000
Venture up the hill to Karma Clothing Co. This trendy consignment store has a new owner, and looks better than ever. Find designer pieces, contemporary fashion, accessories and even some new gifts from local brands. 126 Second St. S., Stillwater, 651-342-1004