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Shopping in the city is a challenge without parking in the city. Since the elimination of a few street spots at 50th and Xerxes in South Minneapolis to make room for a turn lane, Shop in the City says business has plunged by 40 percent. The gift/accessories/apparel store plans to close the 3018 W. 50th location by March 15 and consolidate remaining merchandise at the Chicago Avenue store (which has its own lot plus ample street parking).In the spring, Shop in the City intends to look for a new second location closer to 50th & France.
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As the holiday hangover lifts, reality sets in. January tends not to be the most joyful month for retail…shoppers are burned out, not ready to think spring and store owners are facing facts. First to announce their closing: South Minneapolis eco-friendly store Birch. The good news is, they will continue to exist online. And with that news comes the closing sale. See Sales/Specials for details on this and many other January sales.
Tags: Birch, eco-friendly retail, minneapolis shopping, store closing
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Creative Kidstuff opens a flagship store at the new Shops at West End in St. Louis Park on Friday. Expect "more things for kids to do and touch," said Happi Olson, director of sales and marketing. The store also marks Creative Kidstuff's first foray into the birthday party business: there's a party room filled with interactive playthings. The company is currently developing a menu of party themes that can be tailored to kids ages 3 to 10. Parties will start in January. Olson estimated the price will be around $225. When not in use for parties, the private room may be rented out to mom groups. (Taking a cue from Kiddywampus, it sounds like.) With the SLP opening comes the closing of Creative Kidstuff's Minnetonka store on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Check back for updates on other West End stores opening this month. And visit Sales/Specials for special shopping days and discounts coming up at Creative Kidstuff.
Tags: creative kidstuff, minneapolis shopping, st. louis park shopping, toy stores, twin cities shopping, West End
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Something exciting is brewing in the former EuroNest space on Excelsior Boulevard in St. Louis Park: local retailers and designers are teaming up for a holiday shop called The Guild. June , Style Minneapolis, Kico Kids and Organic Divas are participating, along with respected dealers whose goods aren't always available, like fossil curator Laurie Luehmann, stylist Gwen Leeds and Pam Mondale's jewelry and accessories. Goods will be integrated – no booths. "Picture ABC Carpet and Home – first floor," says Ann Garrity of Organic Divas. Clothing and accessories will have their own space, which Garrity compared to Bendel's second floor. Aim high! The store is scheduled to be open Nov. 3 to Dec. 31. But if it's a hit, there could be more to come in 2010.
Tags: abc carpet, bendel's, gwen leeds, holiday shopping minneapolis, holiday shopping minnesota, june, kico kids, luehmann, minneapolis shopping, organic divas, pam mondale, st. louis park shopping, style minneapolis, the guild
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H&M is set to open this Thursday, Oct. 22 at Southdale Center in Edina. As is tradition for the fast fashion chain, the store will open with fanfare at noon, allowing time for excitement to build, music to get louder, employees to dance and, as is often the case, shoppers to line up. When the Twin Cities first H&M opened at Mall of America, the line extended out the door with people who waited hours just to say they were among the first in the door (those who didn't wait in line entered right behind them). But when store No. 2 opened in Woodbury, the scene was much more subdued. Southdale needs this. Wouldn't be surprised to see mall management execs out there dancing with the H&M crew. Will shoppers follow suit? The first 100 get discounts and a gift card worth anywhere for $10 to $100. I'd wait at least a few minutes for that.
Tags: edina, H and M, h&m, H&M opening, minneapolis malls, minneapolis shopping, southdale, southdale shopping, twin cities shopping
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Deja vu! It was just a few years ago that I met Scott and Susan Kuhlman at the off-the-beating-path Warehouse District office/retail space where the Kuhlman brand got its start – then exploded too quickly and crumbled. Most people would move on to another project. Not the Kuhlmans. Despite losing their shirts – literally – they firmly believe in the need for a straightforward, attainable American brand offering European, fashion-forward tailored clothing. I reported a couple of months ago that they quietly relaunched online. Now, they've quietly opened three stores in New York, Boston and as of this week, Minneapolis at 420 N. Fifth St. in the Ford Center. Same style, slightly higher prices, no grandiose plans of going public. And an added initial. This time, it's s. kuhlman. The store is still getting ramped up for business, but the Kuhlmans aren't the type to wait. Men's woven shirts are currently in stock and the first tailored men's collection is due to hit the racks by the end of October.
Tags: kuhlman, men's clothing, mens tailored clothing, minneapolis shopping, minneapolis warehouse district, s. kuhlman, scott kuhlman, susan kuhlman
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At a time when Gaviidae Common seems to be losing stores faster than it is gaining (StyledLife, Drama, Jessica McClintock…), Len Druskinis becoming a hero: with Len Druskin Manperforming well, according to CEO Michael Druskin, the company has decided to give customers what they've been asking for: Len Druskin woman. Except the family thought that sounded a little cheesy, so the women's shop will be called LD Len Druskin (dad's going to have to add a few initials to his name if this keeps up). The shop will be similar to the women's selection at the original Galleria store, but with a downtown focus. It is scheduled to open in a separate storefront at Gaviidae by the second week of October (if it flies, look for men's and women's to merge down the road). Meanwhile, a second Len Druskin Outlet will open next door at City Center in downtown Minneapolis later in October.
Tags: City Center, downtown Minneapolis, druskin, Galleria, Gaviidae, len druskin, len druskin outlet, minneapolis shopping
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Every purchase makes a difference. In a surprise turnaround, Il Vostro Boutique will reopen next week in the same location at 50th & France- just a month after going out of business. There's no new business partner – just some loyal customers who owner Stacey Finnegan credits with saving the day. "The came in crying," Finnegan says of her recent closing sale – which she swears was not a ploy to re-energize the business. She had every intention of moving on, but her customers took responsibility. "They literally bought everything. They said 'it's my fault – this is the only place I shop, but I cut back…' It was surreal," Finnegan says. She had already placed her fall orders, and canceled them when she decided to close, so she was able to reinstate the deliveries of fall merchandise, and add some new lines. Doors open Tuesday, Sept. 15 and an e-commerce site will launch next month.
Tags: 50th & France, 50th and France, Il Vostro, minneapolis shopping, saving the boutique, twin cities shopping
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It's gotta be the animal crackers. How else to explain Hot Mama bucking the boutique blahs and expanding at a time when so many local retailers are downsizing or closing? Hot Mama just announced plans to open its 12th location (fifth in the Twin Cities) at Rosedale Plaza in Roseville. The store will open Nov. 4. But first, on Oct. 22, Hot Mama will unveil a new, larger store at 50th & France in Edina. Hot Mama is moving down the block to the old Acorn space where there will be room for maternity and regular fit to combine (now they are across the hall from each other). Hot Mama sells contemporary women's fashions including a lot of designer denim and accessories often seen on celebs. The store understands what makes women in their 30s and beyond feel sexy. But more than that, Hot Mama knows the key to a shopper's wallet is her children. Ply 'em with snacks, provide them with toys and even have salespeople double as babysitters – then mama can shop.
Tags: edina, Hot Mama, maternity shopping, minneapolis shopping, roseville, twin cities shopping
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