Shops

While neckties hold a firm spot on the Father’s Day gift go-to list, we scoured local shops for presents he’ll appreciate when he isn’t clocking hours in an office.

Three years ago, Donna Garhofer bought a book on soap making and began crafting unique black and brown soaps.

Betty Sorensen’s Excelsior lease was up for Petunia’s, her vintage décor retail shop. What to do? What to do? Her query was answered, as are many of life’s questions and uncertainties, over a fortuitous cup of coffee.

There’s a lot to love at Madison House Interiors, which functions as both a showroom and a home décor shop.

Pei Ling Jamison’s mother had a clear vision of her daughter’s future. She could see it—directly in front of her in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, mall.

After years of working in fashion merchandising for larger corporations, raising three children and commuting to jobs outside her community, Michele Croat-Baggenstoss had a realization: She wanted to work in the community she calls home, help women feel good and create a personal space to reflect

For Long-distance Cousins

Rubbabu’s soft rubber cars in fun shapes—like a fire truck and a cat—will have babies and preschoolers cruising through play time; $6-$7; Tazzie Baby & Child.

Santa at the Eden Prairie Center

Downtown Carver’s historic charm coupled with a variety of independently owned shops and businesses make it a delightful destination for a day of shopping.

Yes, it’s fun to chat and eat and drink, but sometimes the same old party routine gets a little stale. And it can be downright awkward when you’re trying to blend friends and family members with no common interests. Or crazy stressful if you’re hoping to entertain a pack of tweens.

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