Since 2010, Small Business Shopping has put a needed spotlight on the importance of supporting indie retailers, makers, and designers. This year for Minnesota Monthly's style blog, I put together an extensive guide to in-store events, sales, and specials offered by local retailers this weekend: mnmo.com
I decided to narrow down my personal top picks for this weekend—in other words, the places I plan to shop for gifts for my friends (and probably something for myself).
1. The Golden Pearl Vintage: Not only does the Golden Pearl have one of the best collections of vintage clothing and accessories in the Twin Cities, it's also one of the most gorgeous storefronts in town. On Saturday only, save 20% storewide, plus receive a $20-off coupon to use at a future visit with any purchase. Saturday @ 507A E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
2. Winsome Goods: Winsome Goods is one of the most successful Minnesota clothing labels, and for good reason: Designer Kathryn Sieve's collection features beautiful fabrics, and each piece is as effortless as it is elegant—plus some of her pieces are wearable in several different ways. On Saturday, the designer is offering 20% off her entire collection, in store and online, along with warm beverages and pop-ups from local faves Neal Jewelry, Kollektiv Vintage, and the Blkk Hand Tintype Photobooth. Saturday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. @ 201 6th St. SE., Minneapolis, and winsomegoods.com
3. Duke Albert: The hip new Northeast home and gift boutique from Arrow cohorts Sarah Dwyer and Christopher Drees is hosting a holiday market for the weekend, with vintage threads from Moth Oddities, handmade macrame and cashmere knits, vintage jewelry from the collection of Michael Basham, and original artwork. Read more about the shop on the MNMO Style blog. Saturday & Sunday @ 2516 Central Ave. NE., Minneapolis
4. Holidazzle: Vendors for this extensive holiday market include Faribault Woolen Mill, My Sister, Cooper & Kid, Fair Anita, Hagen & Oats, Hippy Feet, Love Your Melon, and more, plus craft beer from Fulton, Spyhouse Coffee, and hot and prepared food, plus appearances from Santa, free film screenings, and an outdoor skating rink. It's also a great opportunity to snag a shirt from My Sister's new collab with Amber Tamblyn to benefit victims of sex trafficking. (Read more about it on the MNMO blog.) Plus all through the holidays, My Sister will also be donating items that provide warmth to youth and women in need with every shirt sold. The market opens this weekend and runs Thursdays to Sundays through December 23. Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 5–10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. @ Loring Park, holidazzle.com
5. Bespeak @ Women’s Club of Minneapolis (Loring Park): The historic venue hosts the second annual Bespeak, a holiday pop-up market featuring a broad selection of handcrafted women’s and men’s apparel, leather goods, hats, shoes, and home accents, all with sustainability and customization in mind. Items include both made-to-orders as well as grab-and-go gifts from woman-owned brands including Celina Kane—I love, love, love her incredibly crafted, unique hats—and House of Gina Marie. Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. @ 410 Oak St. RSVP at eventbrite.com.
6. Cliché: This longtime Uptown shop is always a spot I can go and come out with a fresh new sweater, top, or necklace. This weekend, they're offering 25% off everything in store and online with code SHOPSMALL, plus hot cider and a pop-up from local jewelry designer, Larissa Loden. Friday–Sunday @ 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, and clichempls.com
7. Forage Modern Workshop: Forage is a great spot to find super unique, design-centric giftables. This weekend, the store offers 20% on all purchases of $100 or more, in store and online with code GIFTSAREFUN. Read more about the shop's evolution at my post on Midwest Home magazine's blog. Friday–Monday @ 4023 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, and foragemodernworkshop.com
8. Dumpling: Shop the unique, colorful, and oh-so-cool jewelry, prints, and ceramics of local design quintet, There There Collective, at this Small Business Saturday pop-up at the charming Longfellow eatery, Dumpling, alongside vintage clothing finds from Double Peace Studio and local print artist Casey Deming, plus enjoy Dumpling’s brunch (hello, dim sum!) and $3 mimosas while you shop. Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. @ 4004 Minnehaha Ave. S.