Nic Nac Paddywac’s


Of all the extra stops Emily and I made after tea, this one was the most charming. Anoka’s own Nic Nac Paddywac’s on Main Street is more concrete than an occasional shop but embodies the flair, ease and newness of one. As an albeit-‘artist collective’, the vintage, garden, whimsy Parisian décor changes often. Further setting […]

September 24, 2015

Leipolds Gifts and Novelty

Antiques, Retail

Leipolds Gifts and Novelty in Excelsior opened in 1971 and is an homage to Minnesota nostalgia. That’s not an overstatement either. This place is completely packed, from carpet to ceiling with old rosters, books, ‘on Lake Minnetonka’ décor, prairie and church group cookbooks, toys, Christmas ornaments, pottery, puzzles, unusual greeting cards, hunting and fishing garb […]

September 18, 2015



Next on the #MNBucketList is Borrow-A-Bike in Pine Island. It’s a program that started in 2009, offering restored and maintained bikes to rent, for free. FREE, although they do accept donations. Perfect for someone like me who doesn’t have a bike and hosts lots of visitors. I can visit the Historic Pine Island’s Paths to […]

August 31, 2015

Yellow Umbrella


Since I was already in Bemidji, it just made sense to drag Ben, the most outdoorsy/lumberjack/one man Alaskan odyssey I know, into all the trendiest, cutest, albeit girliest shops I could find. And Yellow Umbrella didn’t disappoint! Opened in ’09 by a sister in law duo, it’s an up north meets bohemian chic store that […]

August 19, 2015

218 Home + Gift


When Ben and I decided to head up to Bemidji, 218 Home + Gift was on the top of my list of places to cross off the #mnbucketlist. Sister to Yellow Umbrella (I’ll post about it soon), both shops are off 3rd street, kitty corner from each other. Filled with #mnlove and niceness, 218 Gift […]

August 18, 2015


Food & Drink, Parks & Geology, Retail

Because the town is so small (fewer than 400 people), I thought I would make it a one-stop shop on the #mnbucketlist. Plus I’m SUPER bias over this one… This is Nevis, MN. It’s in Hubbard County, near Park Rapids and is part of northern Minnesota’s Heartland Trail. It’s definitely a ‘cabin upnorth’ kind of […]

June 18, 2015

Golden Rule Collective


Take a moment, close your eyes and imagine, if you will, a summer day filled with homemade lemonade,pear honey and warm sunshine. This is exactly how you feel walking into the Golden Rule Collective… And they just so happened to have had their grand opening yesterday. An inviting watercolor motif with a seaside retreat feel […]

May 31, 2015

Agharta Records

Music, Retail

Gramophone, phonograph or vinyl – no matter your preference on the label of the record store inventory, one thing is certain – they are in full resurgence.  And not just in the Urban Outfitters kind of way. After slipping into a niche and having left the mainstream at the start of the 90’s, Hi-Fi needed […]

May 1, 2015


Music, Retail

If you are a music aficionado like myself and you love shopping local, then you should be out celebrating record store day! RSD15, created for neighborhood music and record stores to give exclusive special events, have performances and video releases. I spent mine at Cheapo Applause in Uptown. Cheapo has locations in Minneapolis, St Paul […]

April 18, 2015

Gumball Collective


If you aren’t a frequenter of NE Minneapolis, you likely haven’t heard of the Gumball Collective, but you may have driven past it, noticing the yarn covered trees. Either way, you should stop in. They are a handmade gifts boutique featuring over 60 different artists and also offer classes. You can find them just down […]

April 8, 2015

Venture North Bike & Coffee Shop

Food & Drink, Retail

One part full service bike shop + one-part coffee shop + a whole lot of community involvement Venture North Bike, Walk, Coffee. I happened upon this place after hearing about them while I was attending the Harrison Winter Art Festival (I’ll post about it tomorrow). As soon as I set foot inside, it was obvious […]

February 25, 2015


Concerts & Venues, Retail

If you are the person who spent your adolescence scouring through record bins and traipsing the aisles of music stores and you long to return to those times, then you are in luck at Discland in Bloomington. It is the perfect place to get your nostalgia on, sort of reminds me of Cheapo or Amoeba […]

February 24, 2015

Olive You


This was the first official stop for Rebecca and I on Sunday (my very cooperative model above), after Ninas. Olive You is a gourmet olive oil, vinegar and spice shop in St Paul off Selby Avenue. It’s in the Ramsey Cathedral Hill neighborhood and the shop is absolutely to die for! It opened this year and […]

January 20, 2015

Vom Fass


If you are an oil and vinegars snob, like myself, then you probably already know Vom Fass. If you aren’t, a snob I mean, then consider this your invitation. Vom Fass is an artesian shop that sells oils, vinegars and specialty liquors. They just so happen to have a shop in the Twin Cities, right […]

January 13, 2015

Stillwater Oils and Vinegars


If you are a fan of the new uprising of Oil and Vinegar Shops in recent years, then this stop on the bucket list is perfect for you. The Stillwater Oils and Vinegars (Stillwater Olive Oil Company) is a beautiful (albeit dark) artisan shop that features some pretty amazing combinations. I, of course, had to […]

October 30, 2014

Mall of America


If you aren’t familiar with the Mall of America you either a. have not been to Minnesota or b. lived under a rock your entire life. Just in case you are A or B, let me help with that. Mall of America is a huge enclosed shopping mall smack dab in between our Twin Cities. […]

September 24, 2014


Food & Drink, Retail

Between Whispering Pines Resort in Nevis and Park Rapids is Dorset. Dorset, if you watch the news you might remember, had Minnesota’s youngest Mayor at 4 years old. He’s been since been unseated by a 16 year old. Hey, don’t judge, the town’s population is only 22 people! The town is about a block in […]

September 2, 2014

Treasure City


Minnesota roadtrip + perfect pitstop + photoop = Treasure City in Royalton, just north of St Cloud. It’s a super unique gift and souvenir shop that even has it’s own pirate guillotine. Totally worth checking out (especially after an exceptionally difficult week).

August 25, 2014

Calhoun Square


If you’ve ever been through Uptown will remember going past Calhoun square, but have you been inside? To non-city folk, Calhoun Square is off Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis, and is full of fun shops and restaurants, like Blush by kay, Comedy Sportz, Sushi Tango, Republic and Kitchen Window. Even without shopping, its worth checking out the […]

August 5, 2014

Rose of No Man’s Land


Crossing a few things off the bucket list today. 1. First (not the last) trip to Rose of No Mans Land. 2. First time I designed someone else’s tattoo. Rose of No Mans Land is in Woodbury and has some pretty amazing artists. If you are looking for a new place to start your tattoo […]

July 26, 2014