Hi, Ellen! Welcome to the Twin Cities – hope you’re enjoying this rare low-humidity day. I see you’ve been getting around: Target Field, Nicollet Mall, (good job doing the weather this morning, by the way – you’re a natural). Now, if you really want to get the pulse of the cities, you’ve got to hit the stores. I’ve gone ahead and prepared a list of must-hit shops. Just let me know what time to pick ‘ya up!
Ingebretsen’s – You’re in Scandinavian country, dontcha know. From needlepoint to sardines, this local institution will give you a quick overview of all the essentials…and a lot of good material. 1601 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-729-9333
Phenom – I know you like your kicks. While guys are the focus, you will find some cool, limited edition sneakers at this Uptown shop. 2829 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-355-2250
Electric Fetus – G-g-get your grove on. This old-school music store is legendary, with more than 65,000 titles in stock. 2000 4th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-9300
Lulu & Luigi – Animals are near and dear to you; how do you feel about rhinestone dog collars and tulle tutus? This pet boutique has it all – including chic, airplane-approved pet carriers and organic treats. 3699 Joppa Ave., St. Louis Park, 952-929-1200
Smitten Kitten – Nope, not another pet store. This one is all for you and Portia. To call it a sex shop doesn’t do justice to the sleek setting and high-end selection of eco-friendly, non-toxic adult toys. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, tasteful and unlike most stores selling similar items, the focus here is on women. Plus, you could totally rock a purple feather boa. 3010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-721-6088