Buying Minnesota-made for the holidays
Posted: Dec. 3, 1:38 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m.
A lot of us want to shop local for the holidays, but it can be hard work to find those small brands and out-of-the-way shops. Given the toll of the pandemic on small businesses, customers this holiday season can be the difference between a maker succeeding and a store closing.
Host Angela Davis talks about the impact of buying local and how to find everything from jewelry made in Minneapolis to charcuterie boards handcrafted in Hutchinson.
Here are the local marketplaces, makers, products and stores recommended by guests and callers:
The Departments at Dayton’s showcases 35 Minnesota makers in the first floor of the old Dayton’s store on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, including woodworkers, apparel brands, doll makers, potters and more. The project’s vendor webpage has links to all the makers for those who browse or shop online.
The Black Market organizes a monthly marketplace on the second Saturday of the month called “Black Business is Beautiful” open to all and focused on Black-owned vendors. The next one is from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 in the Case Building, 767 N. Eustis St., St. Paul.
True North Collaborative is hosting a holiday market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wed. through Sun. until Dec. 19. at 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.
The Market at Malcolm Yards is a new two-day market with 20 local artists and makers featuring custom bags, apparel, ceramics, holiday decorations and more. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at Malcolm Yards, 501 30th Ave. SW, Minneapolis.
Wet Paint art supply store in St. Paul
Solo Vino Bottle Shop wine shop in St. Paul
American Swedish Institute museum, cultural center and gift shop in Minneapolis
Juxtaposition Arts streetwear and accessories created by teen artists in North Minneapolis
Zambezi Kitchen spice mixes inspired by South Africa and the Americas
Soak it up Cloths reusable Swedish sponge cloths
Homespun Gifts and Decor independent gift shop in Minneapolis
The Workshop Mpls clay studio offering classes in Minneapolis
Owanmi Indigenous restaurant in Minneapolis
Revival Climbing Coalition climbing equipment
Content Bookstore bookshop in Northfield
Makeshift Accessories upcycled jewelry
Everett & Charlie art gallery in Minneapolis
Rasta Tease hot sauce
Jules’ Bistro restaurant in St. Cloud
Spice of Life Tea Shop in St. Cloud
Backwards Bread Co. bread shop in St. Cloud
Green Thumb Etc. custom furniture, gift and floral shop in Sartell
The Local Blend coffee shop and wine bar in St. Joseph
Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud
North Shore Adventure Park ropes course, zip line and more in Silver Bay
Rochester Farmers Market holiday bazaar
HiBAR solid shampoo and conditioner
Cedar Sign Co. custom wood signs
Shop in the City gift shops in Stillwater and Edina
Gamut Gallery art gallery and gift shop in Minneapolis
Northrup King Building artist open studio sales in Minneapolis
Casket Arts artist open studio sales in Minneapolis
Great River Gallery art gallery in St. Paul
Ginger Snaps Back Photography portrait photography in Minneapolis
Moody Girl Accessories jewelry
And even more recommendations from Angela’s Twitter feed and online listeners.
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Mich Berthiaume is retail curator of the new local marketplace, The Departments at Dayton’s in downtown Minneapolis.
Chris Farrell is MPR News senior economics contributor.
Editor's note (Dec. 7, 2021): A previous version of the audio above contained a racially offensive phrase used by one of the guests on the show. That phrase has been removed from the audio.
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