New and now in local retail

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From new concepts hitting the market, both locally and nationally, to improved digs, the future looks bright for shopping in the Twin Cities. Here is the lean.

Moving

Good news for Uptown! Just two years after opening in Linden Hills, a sister-owned sustainable fashion boutique The Grounds settled in a new space on the lake (1614 West Lake Street) opposite another favorite female concept, Michael Pickart’s Combine. Les Sól 2.0 offers a similar vibe – with colorful murals serving as the backdrop for shelves and displays filled with independent and West Coast fashion brands and accessories, plus gifts for the cool girl in town. Gen-Z on your list. Psst: Word is another new fashion retailer set to move in next door (details yet to come), helping round out the block and kickstart the iconic hood resurgence we’ve all been waiting for.

A few miles west, veteran retailer dugowhich caters to a more mature clientele, moved from a space in the trendy Nolan Mains neighborhood to 50th and France (3939 Market Street, Edina). Owner Nancy Shank’s new storefront, now a few hundred square feet larger, still serves as a go-to for special-occasion outfits — dresses and evening wear and the accessories that go with them (along with an assortment of handbags and jewelry).

Speaking of Nolan Hands…

…the bustling shopping destination continues to show no signs of slowing down. Barricades indicate that the sustainable fashion brand for men and women Faherty will make his Minnesota debut later this year. Other new tenants to join the Nolan Mains family include local landlords East West Girl, a new fashion and lifestyle boutique aimed at young girls; brand of adventure and outdoor clothing and equipment wilder brothers; and an ethically sourced jewelry company based in San Francisco shiny earth, which specializes in lab-grown diamonds.

New in national

This vacant corner space in Nolo’s Colonial Warehouse building – which previously housed Grethen House – will soon be filled with matching workout sets and exercise dresses. That’s right, popular men’s and women’s activewear company Outdoor Voices is moving in, marking the Austin, Minnesota-based brand’s first location and second in the Midwest.

Our mega shopping centers are also subject to leases. Recent news has revealed that three killer nationals – Lululemon (which made the decision to go from pop-up to permanent in Roseville), Anthropologie and Warby Parker – will join the list of retailers at Rosedale Center, while the shoe brand and of durable and washable bags Rothy’s will be popping up in the Galleria this fall. The luxury shopping center Edina has also signed a new local concept, Sweet Ivy, a sister store to the Excelsior Sweet Nautical store. We love Becky Leffer’s boutique, a real paradise for women’s casual clothing and accessories at a bargain price and with a feminine and made-to-measure atmosphere. Also keep your eyes peeled for new digs for locals Jaxon Gray and Fawbush’s, both set to reopen in bigger and better spaces in early fall.

Four for STP

ICYMI: Two new concepts are arriving in the capital. Say “hello” to Enchanted and boy, a Stillwater men’s and women’s coed boutique that has expanded west and is now open to lovers of Grand Ave. Decoration fanatics, be sure to add local ceramicist Francis Pineda-Fischer’s namesake new outpost, Sandwich Ceramic, (1672 Hamline Avenue N.), an enclave for its handmade ceramic vessels, and The Mustache Cat, a new vintage treasure in Highland Park, on your next to-do list.

Madeleine Nachbar

As Trend & Style Editor of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Madeline Nachbar draws on her passion for travel, fashion and the arts to closely follow the next big trends and excels at creating visually compelling content that inspire.

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July 20, 2022

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