Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Interior of The Foundry Home Goods in North Loop, Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams
We'd be quite happy to move right into these stores that are loaded with design inspiration and products for your home, garden, and more.
Impress the Out-of-Towners: The Foundry Home Goods North Loop
This tiny shop packs a punch by staying laser focused on well-designed household goods. Early to the North Loop explosion, and one of the first in town to hone the minimalist aesthetic that continues to be popular, The Foundry keeps evolving, while always looking like itself.
Day Brightener: Pharmacie Lyn-Lake
Your go-to resource for gold porcelain rocket ships! And, because it is possible to have a sense of humor and good taste, there’s also a standout assortment of lighting, modern furniture, cool accents, and gifts.
Destination Mod: AlwaysMod Golden Valley
Don’t let the odd industrial park location fool you—this evolved version of what was FinnStyle features an even broader collection of contemporary furniture, textiles, and home accessories.
Masters of Mod: Roam Uptown
We’ve barely missed Design Within Reach, thanks to Uptown’s indie alternative, showcasing top contemporary brands including Blu Dot, Kartell, and Flos.
Photo by Jonathan Chapman
The Trendsetter: Forage Modern Workshop Longfellow
If you have an affinity for midcentury modern. If you want to support Midwestern makers. If you drink coffee (they serve Dogwood Coffee), enjoy Ping-Pong, and/or wish your life looked a little more like a page out of Kinfolk, you should be spending more time at Forage Modern Workshop. Three new lines to check out:
That’s Finnish for “new perspective.” They reimagine the classics, like a silicon rubber shade on an industrial pendant lamp.
A colorful new line of home goods from apparel designer Ellen Van Dusen, known for her lively prints.
Geometric tables and chairs made in Denmark.
Leader of its Class: Cooks of Crocus Hill Five locations
After more than 40 years, Cooks of Crocus Hill is still on top of the culinary trends, from the latest gadgets and gourmet sauces to new classes and experiences that keep us coming back. Cooks has a shop within Kowalski’s in Woodbury and recently opened a second shop-within-shop at the Kowalski’s in White Bear Lake. More are in the works.
Time to Revisit: Victory Linden Hills
This jewel box of a store is now in the capable hands of longtime Hunt & Gather dealers Susan Blankenship and Lisa Balke. They’ve kept some modern home accents and layered in ornate gold mirrors, bombé chests, vintage books, and flatware—just the way we mix and match at home (or would like to!).
The Neighborhood Anchor: Alfresco Casual Living Stillwater
Every Main Street needs a leader, and in Stillwater, that’s Meg Brownson of Alfresco Casual Living. Her lively loft-like shop is packed with kitchen, bath, and garden goods, plus rugs, toys, clothing, and jewelry. There really is something for everyone.
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True Gem: Tangletown Gardens South Minneapolis
There’s something so dreamy about a lush garden store in the middle of the city. It’s a favorite urban escape that is always on the pulse of the latest growing trends.
You Should Be Shopping At: Ciel Loft & Home St. Louis Park. & North Loop
A true original, this store blends a “European farmhouse vibe” with acid-washed metal art and custom tables. Perfect for a condo in the North Loop, which is where Ciel recently opened a second location, inside D.NOLO.
With so many great vintage and antique stores in the Twin Cities, they deserve their own guide—which you’ll find at mspmag.com/vintageguide. But it would be tough to imagine our next hunt without H&B Gallery for antiques and Architectural Antiques for salvage.
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One To Watch: Wilson & Willy’s North Loop
This new kid is finding its footing (in American-made, hand-stitched moccasins). We’re smitten with the renovated space and enthused by collaborations with makers of furniture, clothing, and more.
Master Merchandiser: Ampersand Galleria
The shelves, sized and angled to perfectly present a 16-inch placemat; the Restoration Hardware upholstered chair that suggests the dining room of your dreams but actually doubles as display space for a stack of napkins—every detail of Ampersand has been meticulously considered and reconsidered by Barbara Armajani and her expert team. Presentation matters: This single store outsells national retailers on top lines Juliska and Simon Pearce. Always ahead of the curve, the 20-year-old Ampersand was the first in town to sell Kiehl’s, and first to create an upscale apothecary. Now that everybody is doing it, that space has been turned into a showcase of Ampersand’s mainstay: tableware. Clearly, it’s working: Their wedding registry has quadrupled in the last year.
Brand We Love To Claim: Blu Dot Northeast
After years of teasing the hometown crowd with an annual warehouse sale, the modern furniture maker finally opened a weekend showroom and outlet next door to its headquarters in Northeast Minneapolis. Shopping the showroom is like a peek inside the design process with lots of prototypes that were changed before they made the collection. Those one-of-a-kinds sell for 20 to 50 percent off retail prices.
Go for the goods, stay for the advice from the interior designers that run these polished home stores.
Sarah Olsen’s love of all things décor is evident in the eclectic mix, from luxury furniture to repurposed antiques.
Grace Hill Wayzata
Kristi Patterson tempts us to add color and pattern to a classic foundation.
At Home and Co. 50th & France
Suzanne Haugland and Tim Ricker take a layered approach to retail and design, from coffee table books and throws to upholstered furnishings.