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Post Pop Up

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The whole idea of the “pop up shop” is to keep us interested – it’s there just one weekend so you’ve got to shop now. It might pop up in one place this week, and another next month. But now, so many pop ups are popping up that Sairey Gernes wanted to avoid the term for her shopping event next week. She’s calling it the No-Storefront Storefront. Cumbersome, but gets your attention. Gernes is the founder of Irely Intimates with a design studio and manufacturing facility on the West Side of St. Paul. She’s opening her space to several other local, women-owned brands: Urban Junket and Post- bags, StormSister Spatique beauty products, Foat lifestyle apparel, Nontoxique nail products and Attagirl crocheted accessories. They’re promising shopping, mingling and great deals. Takes place 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 to 19 at 432 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul.

The deals keep coming

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Everyone who sells anything seems to be caught up in Black Friday fever this year. Stores that hadn't planned a sale are making one up as we speak. That's the beauty of smaller retailers – they can discount on a dime! Some of the latest: Urban Junket is offering 20 percent off on its popular new eco-friendly, multi-functional, bright colored T.O.T.E. bags. Enter THANKS at checkout through Nov. 30. Arafina is offering 30 percent off clearance – just until NOON, 20 percent after that. Doozie's doing doorbusters – 20 percent off, just until noon. Mystery discount at Creative Kidstuff: 10 to 30 percent off your purchase. Uber Baby's got 40% off. Ooh – here's a good one: 30 percent off site-wide at trendy plus size retailer today only. Check Sales/Specials for tons more Black Friday sales more civilized and stylish than big box mayhem.

Maiden Minnesota

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Fashion designer Joy Teiken with her brother 

You'd think there wasn't a store for miles around. More than 1,700 women attended Maiden Minnesota at the super cool W Hotel Thursday night. The event, which raised money for WomenVenture, is a celebration of creative women owned businesses. And the Twin Cities really is a hotbed for great ideas. Eighteen local companies set up shop, including Hollywood Fashion Tape, The Thymes and Alora Ambiance.  Joy Teiken (pictured), designer of Joynoelle, was there selling her lovely dresses, as was Laura Nelli (pictured below), whose pretty Nelle handbags are becoming a hot commodity. The new Corset was there, selling jewelry and signing women Handbag designer Laura Nelli

up for styling sessions. As the mother of boys, I was drawn to Ciao Marco, a new line of stylish dress shirts for little boys. Apiary Design had a delightful 
display of stylized stationery, including pretty thank you notes and gift tags. And Elin & Clara seemed to be reeling women in with their fabric belts. It was an inspired evening that makes a gal proud to live in a city populated by so many clever women.
Funny footnote: Had to stop by the rockin' lobby bar for the delectable grilled cheese and tomato soup. The place was swarming with women from the event, but next to my party was a man who was inundated with well-wishers. Not only because he was one of the very few guys there, I soon realized. It was Senator Dean Barkley. What a hipster. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved