MPR News with Angela Davis

Buying Minnesota-made for the holidays

shop space with wooden sign saying handmod
HandMod's wood collections are created by local artists with locally reclaimed materials. The St. Paul company is one of the 35 vendors in the Departments at Dayton's marketplace open through March 2022. It's located in the first floor of the old Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis.
Courtesy of Mike Evangelist

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:

And even more recommendations from Angela’s Twitter feed and online listeners.

Want to share your favorite? Tell us here and we’ll add it to the list.


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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