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St. Paul Salons Head West

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Two popular St. Paul salons announced plans today to open second locations on the west side of town. phresh Salon Spa is opening a full service salon and spa at Shops at West End. That’s the St. Louis Park center’s second Grand Ave.-area get in two weeks, with Primp opening as well). phresh will offer hair, skin, makeup, nail and massage services.

Meanwhile, Root salon is opening a second shop in Linden Hills at the corner of 43rd and Upton–just upstairs from Extrados. Owner Jim Koktavy believes the two will complement each other, with Root’s hair expertise and Extrados’ waxing and spa services. Root plans to open in November.

Uniquely Yours

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Linden Hills has a new fine jewelry store called Uniquely Yours, but it isn’t as new as you might think. Master jeweler Gregory Brassil and business partner Soren Priede have had a studio above the stores on Upton for 17 years. When a storefront in the heart of the neighborhood became available, they decided it was a gem of an opportunity (their pun, not mine – I swear) to show their stuff. Brassil is an expert platinumsmith; Priede, a master in metalworking and precious stones. Together, they create one-of-a-kind jewelry with semi-precious and precious stones, platinum and other metals. They pride themselves on custom work, and one-on-one service. Their studio is small, but hardwood floors, simple glass cases and better lighting have made it feel modern. Gregory is extremely welcoming – he had a lollipop and questions for my son, and tons of enthusiasm for his craft – without the pretense (or markups) of some larger jewelry stores. “When you hire me to do a custom piece,” he said, “You know that as soon as you leave here, I’m going to start working on it.” Watch repair, cleaning, polishing and appraisals are also offered. A grand opening is planned for April 7.

Wonderment Closing

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Wonderment, the “no batteries” toy store, is closing both of its locations in Linden Hills and on Grand Avenue. “We’re out of money,” says owner Lisa MacMartin. It’s yet another reminder that we may be coming out of recession, but the fallout is still very real. Wonderment, which had a devoted following especially among Waldorf School parents, opened its St. Paul store just three months before the recession hit and has just never met the projected goals that would have justified the high rent. “I don’t blame our customers,” MacMartin says. “Timing is everything, and you can’t control it.”

Remaining merchandise is 25 percent off at both stores. Grand Avenue will close first, by Feb. 14, with Linden Hills to follow by the end of the month.

This will not be the last we shop with MacMartin. “I still feel compelled to be a retailer,” she says. She’s already plotting a come back, provided she can devise a “creative funding solution.”

Extrados merger

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The only surprise about today’s announcement that Extrados plans to close its original brow waxing shop at 50th and Xerxes in South Minneapolis is that it didn’t happen three years ago, when the Extrados Salon and Spa opened nearby in Linden Hills. Owner Leah Simon-Clarke says the time has come to merge the two and reemerge as a destination for “total beauty,” including personal growth seminars and fitness classes. June 26 is the final day for Extrados at 50th & Xerxes. Look for discounts on products and services at the Linden Hills location throughout July.

Oscar & Belle store closing

Friday, June 11th, 2010

There’s nothing glamorous about running a store – even in a charmed neighborhood like Linden Hills; even selling darling high end baby apparel and bedding that’s organic to boot. Oscar & Belle plans to close its retail space by June 24 – after just a year of business. The local company is going back to focusing on what it does best: design and manufacturing. The line is sold at 75 boutiques nationwide and online. In a statement released today, owner Anna Gustafson said, “Our wholesale business is growing with some new opportunities on the horizon and I am unable to effectively do it all.” Gustafson and her husband are also expecting their first baby in August – and having one baby to pour all your time and energy into is more than enough.
See closing sale details here.

Oscar & Belle is coming

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mentioned as a footnote to the news that Ensemble is closing (Sales/Specials for details) that a new store would be taking the space. Having talked to the owner of up and coming children's organic clothing line Oscar & Belle, I can tell you this sounds like an ideal fit for Linden Hills and a great addition to the Twin Cities shopping landscape. Sold mainly in boutiques on the coasts, the Minneapolis-based brand is ready to raise its profile. The shop will feature the full clothing collection (newborn to 5T) along with new additions like crib bedding and diaper bags. The style is simple and classic, the material is eco-friendly and it's all made right here in Minnesota. You won't have to wait long: the opening is scheduled for May 16. will have all the details.

Vote Tote Poll

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I needed a couple of political themed products beyond the basic t-shirts for an article I was writing this week for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. I recalled the fun Freddy & Mac Vote Totes,  $25, available at the Russell + Hazel store at 44th and France on the Edina/Minneapolis border. (Yes, they do have a few non-R+H products.) The Democrat totes are long gone. A few Independents remain. But the Republican totes? No need to hurry – they're in long supply. Maybe Elizabeth Hasselbeck would want them?

Stylish women like office supplies

Friday, July 20th, 2007

I stopped by the Summer Salsa Party last night at Russell + Hazel’s flagship store at 44th and France in Edina. The place was packed with extremely well-dressed women. This was not the jeans-and-lingerie top crowd. Most of the women, who looked to be professionals in their 30s to 50s, were wearing chic pantsuits or playful dresses with killer heels. And free margaritas weren’t the only draw – these girls were buying! The 20 percent off store-wide discount was enough for me to finally pick up the clear acrylic address holder I’ve been eying for some time. So much more attractive than a bulky black Rolodex. The sleek desks and colorful paper sets inspire more than an organized office — it’s the organized lifestyle we’re all seeking, where everything seems so tidy and modern. Locally based Russell + Hazel, sold nationally, treats office supplies like a fashion statement (introducing a new color palate every season), and clearly, people respond. I couldn’t help thinking that if Alfred’s – the former "boutique department store" that occupied this great space – had been able to draw such a crowd, it would still be in business. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved