Break free of your shopping rut in Minnesota – and not just because it’s a state with no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Minnesotans take pride in their independence and originality, and you’ll see their maker spirit reflected in their boutiques.
Here’s where to shop in ‘the North’ to be the best dressed on your side of the Mississippi.
Mall of America
If you’re a tireless shopping enthusiast, try conquering the 500+ stores at the Mall of America in Bloomington – alongside 40 million other annual visitors. You’ll recognize most of the brands, but try Love from Minnesota for a timeless pair of Minnetonka Moccasins, a brand that started here in 1946.
City dwellers should start in downtown Minneapolis at Nicollet, a street made famous by actress Mary Tyler Moore’s hat toss during the opening credits of her show (her statue still stands). Its recent $50 million remodel boasts 250 trees, new LED lighting, and a large public art display, along with Minnesota-themed cast-iron manhole covers. Shop the deals at Saks Off 5th at indoor shopping mall Gaviidae Commons, or at nearby Nordstrom Rack. And men of style will love the family-owned Hubert White, founded in 1916, as well as St. Croix Shop.
The Shops at West End
If suburban living is more your style, check out The Shops at West End, a mixed-use retail development blocks from the DoubleTree by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton in St. Louis Park. You’ll find brand names like Anthropolgie and Lululemon, as well as stores founded by forward-thinking Minnesotans, like Primp for frugal fashionistas and Evereve for stylish moms.
Galleria Shopping Center
Prefer a well-heeled life? Shop in comfort at the recently remodeled Galleria Shopping Center in Edina. It features the best of the best, including Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, and Eileen Fisher. It’s also home to upscale boutiques like mother-daughter owned Melly and Oh Baby!, which is perfect if your offspring is just as fashionable as you. Also not to be missed: Pumpz & Co. (your feet will thank you).
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
Why pay full price for Kate Spade when you can shop the brand at a discounted rate at Twin Cities Premium Outlets, a mega-outlet mall in Eagan? Here you’ll find more than 100 brand names like Under Armour, Adidas, and Nike where you can save up to 65%.
St. Paul is known for its cozy, small-town feel. Strolling down the 30-block Grand Avenue, with its old homes and small shops, is one of its most pleasant experiences. Prep for a Minnesota winter at the Swedish clothing store Fjallraven, or try Bombshell Boutique for plus-size shopping. Big-name retailers like Anthropologie, Lululemon and TJ Maxx are also on the stretch.
Uptown can be commercial or hip – you pick. Get sneakers for your skateboarder at Familia or show your girl power by purchasing a cool t-shirt to help fight against sex trafficking at My Sister. Cliche, an indie boutique, features some of Minnesota’s best designers, while you can buy berets and fedoras at Goorin Bros. You’ll also find plenty of shopping inspiration at Urban Outfitters and The North Face.
Those who are fans of the farm-to-table movement should try the Mill City Farmers Market. You’ll get a dose of Minnesota history (it’s here, on the shores of the Mississippi River, that the Pillsbury flour mills started in the mid-19th century) while supporting women-owned businesses like House of Talents, which a Ghana native started to help alleviate poverty in developing countries by connecting artisans to consumer markets. Prefer to go more global? At Midtown Global Market you can visit more than 45 businesses spanning 22 cultures.
Too cool for any of the above? Then see what’s on the concrete floors of D. Nolo, short for Destination North Loop, a Minneapolis co-op that displays only the best pieces from cutting-edge retailers. Men should stop by MartinPatrick3, which is across the street, and nobody should miss Askov Finlayson, where you can purchase a ‘Keep the North Cold’ t-shirt, the proceeds of which help fight climate change.