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Friday Fun

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Uptown boutique Local Motion has found a way to lift the doldrums of January clearance shopping. Stop by every Friday this month from 4 to 6 p.m. for happy hour(s) and find secret sale items each week. Racks are packed with fall and winter markdowns, and spring fashion is already arriving.
And if it’s Friday, then you can shop for bargain fashion accessories at Fun Sisters in Minneapolis. That’s right, any Friday. One of the original “occasional” stores is changing its format and will now be open every weekend, Friday-Sunday. A storewide sale is on all month. Get 25 to 50 percent off everything.
Local Motion, 2813 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-8436
Fun Sisters, 4253 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-9872

The death of appointment shopping?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The newest Fun Sisters boutique at 216 S. Main St. in Stillwater is open regular hours, seven days a week. Anyone who started shopping this store at its original location at 42nd and Nicollet in South Minneapolis, knows that schedule indicates a significant shift: Fun Sisters was one of the early “occasional” stores, open just one weekend a month years before it was trendy. The philosophy of occasional stores is to build excitement and condition shoppers to show up and buy on specific dates – or risk missing out. “No one is that desperate for trinkets anymore,” the manager of the Stillwater Fun Sisters told me when I stopped by today – a Thursday, just after noon, when at least a half dozen women were ogling the inexpensive bags and accessories. Interesting. Did the recession kill event shopping? Has being less needy, or at least more self-conscious about wanting stuff, made shoppers less likely to pencil in a special trip to a store open just a couple of days a month? Or are there just so many of these stores now that the thrill has waned? And can being available all the time compensate for the frenzy that limited hours can create? Thanks to Fun Sister’s evolving strategy, we’ll find out.

Tight times, fewer totes

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The store owners are blaming the economy, but I wonder if the rise of Lillian's might have had a little something to do with the demise of Totes & Treasures, a lesser-known St. Paul resource for designer inspired bags and accessories. Just got word that this sweet little shop will close at the end of February. A big sale is underway – get the details in Sales/Specials. Of course, there are still plenty of places in town to get trendy bags for $50 or less: Lillian's now has 16 Minnesota locations, and growing. Then there's the veteran, Fun Sisters, the promising newcomer, Zida Fashion Accessories, and a smattering of smaller shops like Lori's Little New York, Ooh La La and Fringe. For more Twin Cities bag shops, click here. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved