Magic of Dayton’s building returns with maker's market

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Kobi Gregory and Tasha Harris are the cofounders of Kobi Co., one of more than 30 vendors at the new Departments at Dayton's.
Courtesy of Kobi Co.

The old Dayton’s department store building is open again. Dayton's disappeared in 2001, but the iconic name still brings up old memories for a lot of Minnesotans. Host Cathy Wurzer asked Minnesota Now listeners to share some, and you did.

After hearing some of those recollections, Wurzer spoke with Kobi Gregory and her mom, Tasha Harris. They’re the co-founders of Kobi Co., a candle and wellness brand crafted by and for people who love self-care, and they’re part of the Departments at Dayton’s project.

That’s a maker's market on the first floor of the reopened Dayton’s building (where the makeup and jewelry counters used to be). The market features 33 vendors who are Minnesota artisans and small business owners.

“It’s more beautiful than I could have imagined,” Harris said of the reopened Dayton’s building. “It’s not your grandma’s Dayton’s, but it’s new and improved, and it’s just gorgeous.”

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