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Maiden Minnesota

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Fashion designer Joy Teiken with her brother 

You'd think there wasn't a store for miles around. More than 1,700 women attended Maiden Minnesota at the super cool W Hotel Thursday night. The event, which raised money for WomenVenture, is a celebration of creative women owned businesses. And the Twin Cities really is a hotbed for great ideas. Eighteen local companies set up shop, including Hollywood Fashion Tape, The Thymes and Alora Ambiance.  Joy Teiken (pictured), designer of Joynoelle, was there selling her lovely dresses, as was Laura Nelli (pictured below), whose pretty Nelle handbags are becoming a hot commodity. The new Corset was there, selling jewelry and signing women Handbag designer Laura Nelli

up for styling sessions. As the mother of boys, I was drawn to Ciao Marco, a new line of stylish dress shirts for little boys. Apiary Design had a delightful 
display of stylized stationery, including pretty thank you notes and gift tags. And Elin & Clara seemed to be reeling women in with their fabric belts. It was an inspired evening that makes a gal proud to live in a city populated by so many clever women.
Funny footnote: Had to stop by the rockin' lobby bar for the delectable grilled cheese and tomato soup. The place was swarming with women from the event, but next to my party was a man who was inundated with well-wishers. Not only because he was one of the very few guys there, I soon realized. It was Senator Dean Barkley. What a hipster.

Maiden Minnesota

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

It’s safe to assume Maiden Minnesota will become an annual event, based on the turnout for Wednesday night’s inaugural event at the Chambers Hotel. The 200 gift bags – which I’m told included full-size products from The Thymes (I really should have arrived earlier) – were gone within 20 minutes. The stylish shopping event showcased women-owned, Minnesota-based companies and girls, there’s a lot to be proud of. It was fun to see Red Stamp’s sophisticated stationery in person – the company is Minneapolis based, but sells primarily online. (The Russell + Hazel shop at 44th and France offers a small selection of Red Stamp products). Kirke Design had some cool, stretchy shirts and I couldn’t get over the crowd around the Elin & Clara table of decorated belts and headbands. Funny enough, one of the biggest discoveries of the night was actually one of the longest-standing companies represented: Local Motion, the Uptown shop that used to focus on local lines, but now has moved full-force into updated and affordable contemporary women’s apparel, including Free People and lesser known brands. I heard several women, gushing over the cute sweaters and coats for less than $150, comment that they always thought of the store as "granola," but not anymore!
Mommaidenmn Who is that stylish lady? Why, it’s my mom, shopping the Local Motion racks at Maiden Minnesota.


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