Mall of America


Winter is a season of traveling all over Minnesota to shop for thoughtful gifts for my family and friends. For me at least. But in the cold of February, I am much more inclined to find my way indoors.  It is hard to beat the Mall of America when it comes to indoor shopping malls. […]

February 2, 2023

Junquemonger Sales Outlet

Antiques, Retail

Are you into trinkets, baubles, and collectibles of all kinds? How about vintage and retro with a side of mid-century? If you answered yes, look no further than the Junquemonger Sales Outlet. “Junk-monger,” as it’s aptly pronounced, is located in Two Inlets, a tiny town outside of Park Rapids that my family knows quite well. […]

June 28, 2022

Lund Boats

Historical & Museum, Retail

One of the best parts about the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is that the host city or county invites you into areas that would otherwise not be as easily accessible to the general public.  Enter, a tour of the Lund Boat Factory in New York Mills. Lund Boats are a favorite in my family. My […]

May 26, 2021

The Abundant Kitchen

Food & Drink, Retail

GIVEAWAY! Read on. What better way to start the weekend than to take a trip to the farmers market, chat up some local growers, bakers and artisans and return to the kitchen to make fresh, straight-from-the-garden favorites? The Abundant Kitchen allowed me to do just that and so much more! Located in downtown Buffalo, The […]

July 22, 2018

Madre Cacti Co.


Madre Cacti is a cactus-only plant shop that recently opened at 22nd & 2nd in the Bottineau neighborhood of Minneapolis and it is already an Instagrammers dream. Madre opened with more than 300 cacti of more than 80 different species from private growers in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Carrying a unique assortment of cactus […]

June 18, 2018

Serendipity Art Gallery and Gifts


Serendipity Art Gallery and Gifts opened in the Pequot Lake’s Jack Pine Center in 2016. You can find some of Minnesota’s best-loved artists on display. The studio is filled with blown glass lamps, wine glasses and terrariums, intricately painted rocks, colorful origami wall displays, batik fabric artwork, fish and nature prints. Owned by Jenni and […]

February 23, 2018

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

Holidays, Retail

‘Tis the season for winter markets! I am all for shopping locally and that extends to gift-giving as well. And I’ll always look for any excuse to get into the holiday spirit! This one is the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Filled with shopping, music and the football game playing in the […]

November 14, 2017

GIVEAWAY! Event 123 


GIVEAWAY! A bit off the beaten path from Hwy 7/Co Road 226 in Dorset, a town with a reigning population of 22, rests a rustic little shop called, Event 123. Filled with Minnesota-themed love notes, Paul Bunyan wrapping paper, recipe cards, coupon books for kids, Dorset post cards, ‘Uff Da’ wine glass tags, sweet lunch […]

June 25, 2017

Headed to Duluth: Your Must-Sees 

Antiques, Bookstore, Buildings & Architecture, Casino, Cemeteries & Graveyards, Concerts & Venues, Events, Food & Drink, Historical & Museum, Music, Parks & Geology, Retail

Hi there, Jessica here! I am headed up to Duluth, Minnesota for the weekend to bucket list and would love to see if there are places you think I need to stop! What are your favorite things to do in Duluth? Tag some of your favorites and tell me what makes that restaurant, park, mural, […]

March 4, 2017


Food & Drink, Retail

Voted “Best Boutique in the St.Croix Valley,” Enchante in Stillwater is next on the #mnbucketlist. bringing modern fashion to Stillwater, Enchante is an upscale specialty-shop that features a thoughtfully curated collection of the unique and trendy. Denim, jewelry, dresses, adorable sweaters, you name it – you can find something to fit your style here. Founded […]

February 24, 2017

Big League Co. Collectibles

Antiques, Retail

Let me start by saying, you won’t find this place virtually. I stumbled on Big League Co. Collectibles in Hinkley when I was on my way up to Duluth and Tobie’s line was out the door. I drove to the old Main Street to find food and happened across the black plastic bag lined windows […]

February 7, 2017

Red Wing Shoe Company Museum

Historical & Museum, Retail

The World’s Largest Workboot ever witnessed by the civilized public! The World’s Largest Boot a bewildering 2,300 lbs of sheer gargantuan bulk! At 20 feet long and 16 feet tall it’s a colossal curiosity fit for a 12 story human giant! A fantastic modern engineering wonder of human invention! In case you haven’t guessed, the […]

January 27, 2017

Mill City Sound

Music, Retail

If you are a vinyl aficionado and haven’t been to Mill City Sound, a record store in downtown Hopkins, you are seriously missing out.  A mecca for music lovers in the southwestern metro and neighborhood fixture, Mill City is owned by Rob Sheeley, a lifelong record lover who opened his store in 2014 after selling […]

January 17, 2017

Untainted Inc.


I have to tell you about this place I just found! I have completely fallen in love with Untainted Inc., a luxury boutique that specializes in all-natural and organic skin care and luxury spa products. The little shop is hidden in a historic building off Water Street in Excelsior and is filled with dozens of […]

January 15, 2017



CLOSED BUT YOU CAN SHOP ONLINE! If “Minnesota cool meets coastal casual” street fashion is your thing, I have a place thats right up your alley. Located in a renovated garage in Excelsior’s modern neighborhood boutique, Buck + Fir. It’s in a loft-like space with an entrance in the parking lot behind Water Street, tucked […]

January 5, 2017

Northern Grade 

Buildings & Architecture, Retail

The Minnesota favorite and universally popular, “Heritage” lifestyle is in full effect this holiday season and what better way to start the gift shopping (or personal shopping, I’m not here to judge) than to visit the Northern Grade Pop-Up Market at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis! Chock full of local and American made clothing, decor, […]

November 6, 2016

The Mall of St Paul

Buildings & Architecture, Retail

Garage sale season upon us and while we may have a sudden urge to get outside, the weather doesn’t always agree, so I give you a place to get that yard sale fix without worrying about the weather. The Mall of St. Paul is a hodgepodge of collectibles, breakables, vintage versatile, charms, textiles, trinkets, knick-knacks, […]

April 27, 2016

Delano Floral and Gifts

Parks & Geology, Retail

In honor of Earth Day, and as we are all waking to the weight of the loss of Minnesota’s own sweet Prince, one who made the world a brighter, more colorful place; I give you a flower shop. Spring is an incredible time where things evolve and change. Old becomes new and there is an […]

April 22, 2016

The Minnesota Honey Company 

Food & Drink, Retail

Photos by By Rebecca Studios Since today is Leap Day, and it only comes once every four years, I thought I would talk about a #mnbucketlist place that is equally as exceptional. Honey is so much more than a term of endearment here in Minnesota. It’s a staple and a necessity. We need bees and […]

February 29, 2016

Happy Hanukkah!

Holidays, Retail

Happy Hanukkah! [pretend it’s shaped like a menorah]. If you’re on my Holiday Card list, then you know my holidays start now. I’ll be eating a lot of sufganiyot and bunuelos in the next few days. No matter what your beliefs, may these eight days bring you light, love and calories. Festival Of Lights, Galleria […]

December 7, 2015