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 Mike Sommerness, Serendipity is home to many local artists including Cyrus Swann, Jerry Raedeke, and Rose Eden.

If you are an arts lover, you should definitely check it out!

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

‘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 background, appeasing even the most faithful Viking fan. I came to visit my friends at Minnesota Made and check out their collection.

Any boutiques, events, bazaars, markets or other winter experiences you are excited for? Feel free to share!

GIVEAWAY! Event 123 


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 box notes adorned with Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry, loons, bicycles and mittens, custom decks of cards, desktop calendars, personalized flip flops, Babe the Blue Ox note cards, buffalo checked photo booth props and rows of cards for holidays and any occasion (or just a Tuesday). They even have a lemonade stand kit! As a personal note; I fell in love with lemonade stands growing up. So much so that not only did I have them, but I still stop any time I see one.

Ann, the owner of the place, grew up loving creating things with paper, especially cards. With a degree in art education and a concentration in graphic design, she took to designing, drawing and creating original art work focusing on custom wedding and event invitations, as a seller on Etsy. From Minneapolis skyline wedding invitations, to personalized Christmas cards, her stationery and invites have been delivered to every state in the US and many countries around the world.

In the process of looking for an office, she found her current cabin-esque spot to set up shop and production. The grand opening took place at the end of May.

If you pass through Dorset on your way to Nevis or Park Rapids, stop in to see Ann. She will greet you with a warm welcome and tell you all about her love of the area. A feeling that resonates through her talent, customizing and brainstorming whatever your heart desires – from Flannel and Frost parties, to Paul and Babe temporary tattoos.

With a love for everything Minnesota and artisan, I am giving away one of Event 123’s Lemonade Stand Kits that comes complete with; a super cute banner, straw tags, snack holders, business card flyers and even a For Sale sign! I’ll also throw in some of her lemon straw toppers and a popsicle card!

All you have to do to enter to win;

  1. Like this post.
  2. Follow Event123 on Facebook and/or Instagram.
  3. Tag a friend and comment one of YOUR favorite Minnesota summer memories.

Headed to Duluth: Your Must-Sees 

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, roadside attraction, café, coffee shop, boutique, etc. so special.

You might just see them featured as I will be spending the next two weeks telling you all about some great places in Duluth! Want to see what I’ve already done? Click here!

Pictured: Gooseberry Falls State Park. Located on the North Shore just off Lake Superior, 40 miles NE of Duluth.