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Posts Tagged ‘Maple Grove’

A New Hue

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Photo by Stephanie Colgan

Donna Pohlad, wife of Minnesota Twins CEO Jim Pohlad, wants to elevate the home hair color experience. She started this week in Maple Grove with the opening of dpHue (that’s “Do Professional”). Get a free color consult from a licensed pro (trained by the fabulous Pamela Cruz, who also owns Bella Salon), and walk out with a custom blended hair color kit, starting at $38. The store also sells a curated assortment of hair care lines including Living Proof and Gwyneth Paltrow fave Original Sprout, as well as dpHue’s own sulfate-free color care shampoo and conditioner. Want to color in numbers? The striking space is available for color parties. 7808 N. Main St., Maple Grove, 763-447-4727

Stephanie Colgan catches me deep in thought...about gray roots

Bluebird flies west

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Score one for Maple Grove. Edina's Bluebird Boutique will open a second location at the Shoppes at  Arbor Lakes next Friday, Oct. 30. Same cool-girl fashions, plus trend-right accessories like Big Buddha bags. (Could we put in a request for maybe a tinch more customer service?) Watch AliShops for more details.

Get ready for designer deals in Maple Grove

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Designer deals can come from the unlikeliest of places: like Fargo, N.D. Their prized shop MODE is opening its second outlet on Main Street in Maple Grove on Oct. 14. The store sells brand new designer overstock at 50 percent off - think premium denim, luxury handbags and trendy casual apparel for women as well as men, children and some maternity. I spoke to the enthusiastic owner and it sounds like she's prepared to open with a bang. Watch for grand opening details on

MG boutique crisis

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Shoppes of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove has become the place local stores go to die. One of the very few remaining, Pamper Me Pets recently bit the dust. Now it’s just a very small handful, like Shoesters, Goodthings and Hot Mama (a growing chain in its own right) amid all the national chain stores. I remember touring the "lifestyle" center before it opened and hearing the developer promise that the outdoor atmosphere wouldn’t be the only factor to differentiate Arbor Lakes from traditional malls. It was to feature a mix of national chains and local boutiques. The reality is, most independent retailers just can’t pay the rent next door to a Pottery Barn or Gap. There are occasional signs of hope in that sea of parking lots and strip centers, like the opening of Edelweiss Baby. Then again, it replaces Hey Diddle Diddle, another Maple Grove baby shop that couldn’t make it. Are Maple Grove shoppers really so content with the same ol’ chains? You get the feeling driving down Elm Creek Blvd. that you could be in any sprawling suburb in America. There’s nothing to make all that retail space distinct. Too bad developers don’t realize that size isn’t all that matters. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved