Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Minneapolis Mamas

I was in the Twin Cities this last weekend. In my role of Marketing Manager for Kane/Miller Book Publishers, I was there to present our fall titles at the Midwest Booksellers Association. It was a brief seven-minute presentation, but I made the quick trip to the Minneapolis Convention Center and along the way, rediscovered the wonderful city and all it has to offer.

Now that I'm a parent, I can fully appreciate the culture and diversity in the Twin Cities and I am pleased to share some exciting new shopping sites as well. They may just be new to me, but for new parents or for holiday shopping expeditions, these are the hip places for fashion, design, and boutiques featuring clothing and other hot products for parents and children in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area.

Hot Mama: shop where hot mamas shop
3 locations (Grand Avenue in St. Paul, The Shoppes @ Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, and of course 50th & France in Edina).
Calhoun Square

Cities couture
Como Avenue

Little Giants Boutique: Apparel ~ Toys ~ Accessories
Technically located - just outside the Cities - in Hudson, Wisconsin, this is a fun little boutique to visit and a quaint area to spend an afternoon.

Oilily: Children's boutique and fashions for women.

Schreier Home: dare to be remarkable
Interior design center and retail store to open in Stillwater in April 2008

Sister Ugly
Northfield, MN


Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul

Lulu & Luigi: the best dressed dogs in town
Located in the Wayzata Village Shoppes

Uber Baby: Hip Maternity Store

Gravel Road Kids: as seen on The View
Woodbury, MN

The Red Balloon Bookshop
Grand Avenue, St. Paul

Club Monaco: modern, timeless, clean, graphic, essential, luxury, chic, urban
Mall of America

Martin + Osa: Here, There, Everywhere
Mall of America

Sisley: If you recognize this name (brand found in Benetton stores), imagine an entire boutique dedicated to this unique style!
Mall of America

Steve & Barry's: exclusive distributor of Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker
Brookdale, Burnsville Center, Knollwod Mall, Northtown Mall

Kiddywampus: an inspired place for kids
France Avenue, Edina

bebe babble: children's lifestyle & design boutique
Edina, MN

Red Rover Kids: bigger, better, funner
Stillwater, MN

Did I forget to mention that there is no Sales Tax in Minnesota? Pure shopping heaven.

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