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Local Produce

Friday, December 9th, 2011
There’s no excuse for a generic card or gift wrapped in newspaper (claim eco-consciousness, at least) what with the Twin Cities’ deep pool of design talent. Local Produce is a new collaborative of experienced designers who have worked for major brands including Mara-Mi, Target and Anthropologie. The mission is simple: “create art that delights.” Experience that first hand Saturday at Corazon. Shop Local Produce gift wrap and tags, ribbons and package accents. Then shop the rest of the store (I had a hard time editing down all the great Corzon gifts for our Dec. gift guide in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine), and members of Local Product will wrap your packages in their paper (for a fee). Enjoy cookies and cider while you shop. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. 4646 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-276-0198

Lucky us

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Lucky magazine finally figured out what we’ve known all along: the Twin Cities boasts an impressive bevy of independent boutiques. In the February issue, on newsstands Wednesday, Lucky features Minneapolis and St. Paul among "the best new cities to shop." They singled out 15 independent stores: some obvious, like Ivy, Stephanie’s, Bluebird Boutique and the Walker Shop; and a few intended to prove they really did their homework, like Salon Rouge for beauty products and Swank Interiors for vintage furnishings. (Get the full list in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.) There are some glaring omissions: StyledLife, Cherie, Corazon – but, then, there would be no way to adequately capture the entire scene on one page…that’s what is for.
Actually, Lucky indirectly contributed to the launch of I used to provide local shopping news for the magazine’s website, until they decided a few years ago to cut Minneapolis. That’s right – they kept Denver, and axed the Twin Cities. I told them that was crazy – this is a creative, cosmopolitan city, filled with interesting, innovative retail concepts and fashionable residents. Seems they’re finally catching on. Better late than never.

Feedback — keep it coming

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Okay, yes, of course I’m excited about my new website — proud, even. Mostly, I’m delighted to find how often I use it. Now, when I’m not sure if I have time to make it to a store on my way home, I don’t bother to call — I check my website! Need a store address? I’ve got those too! But I’m not the one who counts. Which is why I can’t resist sharing this most gratifying email from local publicist Laura Oakes who I SWEAR I did not pay off:

"I just wanted you to know that my husband and I are putting to good use.  Every year we take a day off together without our son to shop and have lunch – usually we end up at mass-produced places or the MOA.  This year, we’ve plotted out our day (Friday) thanks to the great info on AliShops – Corazon, Two 12 Pottery, Gather and Wyrd Sisters so far. Thanks for the great resource -now we just need to pick a lunch spot!"

Sounds like a delightful shopping day, if I do say so myself. Oh, but wait, there’s a p.s.:

"Do you know anything about the gift shop at the Weisman Art Museum?"

Indeed I do — it’s a great place for interesting items large and small, from pottery and carved wood to handbags and jewelry. Museum gift shops are a category I intend to add to AliShops soon, so stay tuned.

Thanks to the many, many shoppers who have been checking out AliShops and telling me what’s good, what could be better, and what I’ve gotten altogether wrong. (Yes, dear reader, I promise to take another look at My Sister’s Closet. Perhaps I didn’t do this consignment/vintage shop justice, but I swear, from what I saw last time I was there, "moderate sportswear" was a fair description.)

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