An Unofficial Guide to MN Small Business An Unofficial Guide to MN Small Business

An Unofficial Guide to MN Small Business

An Unofficial Guide to MN Small Business An Unofficial Guide to MN Small Business

It's Small Business Saturday - you know what that means. Just as today calls for, it is so important to show your favorite small businesses some love, especially right now. We compiled a list of our local favs in our home state of Minnesota. Local folks - we highly recommend showing them some love. Out of Towners, bookmark this page for your next (someday) visit!




Young Joni's magical back bar.



AlmaWe enjoyed Alma in Pre-Covid times with a romantic dinner in the back room. Now their take out is available on weekends for an equally romantic dinner, but this time you can wear pajamas if you so desire.

Young Joni The best wood fire pizza  in the Twin Cities (our humble opinion). The bibim grain salad is a MUST and is to die for. Open for takeout every Wednesday-Sunday evening.

ColitaHome of delectable Tex-Oaxacan food and my favorite place to celebrate special occasions, with a salted bubble Margarita in hand. Open for dinner takeout, with the hope we'll be able to enjoy that margarita in-restaurant ASAP.

St. GenevieveIn normal times - go for happy hour. Natural wine on tap and our fav french fries! Their develed eggs are also magnificent. Treat yourself to their chocolate mousse for dessert. Now open Thursday-Monday for dinner takeout.

Gorkha PalaceIndian with an impressively delicious vegan menu. We even traded our traditional Thanksgiving dinner for their curry this year for Thanksgiving because this place is just that good. Open for takeout all week long.

SiftA gluten free bakery. 2 words: sandwich loaf. Toasted with avocado and an egg or banana and almond butter - you'll thank us later. Open Tuesday-Thursday for curbside pickup.

6 Smith : For Taco Tuesday's!









Nina's coffee shop



Nina'sLocated in a gorgeous historic neighborhood on Selby Avenue, this is the coziest cafe to grab your morning pick-me-up.

Canteen : A woman-owned cafe with Dogwood coffee, an epic tea selection, and tasty homemade vegan treats.



 Idun by Michael J Spear.



Idun : Nestled in the chicest storefront in St. Paul, it's the best place to shop for your favorite independent designer brands. It's also the only store where you can shop our entire AW20 collection...(wink wink).

The Foundry : For quality home goods that last a lifetime.

Golden Age : The most amazing restored Danish vintage furniture that will be sure to make you swoon.

Golden Rule : To get all your Christmas shopping done in one place. The owner, Erin, is also an impressive art collector and dealer.

Forage : To buy a little something for yourself, too. You deserve it.

Corner Store Vintage : For vintage denim and nostalgia. 

Bearded Mermaid : For the vintage classics

Mother : Has the most unique plants to transform your home into a Rainforest.

Dear Hyssop : For dreamy nostalgic floristry.

House of Verna : For vintage home goods and homemade napkins.

Henslin : Antique rugs that are true treasures. For reals, we have one in our living room.

Tchochkes Design Studio : Looking to redecorate? Look no further. Tasha will get your place in tip top vintage-yet-modern loving shape.











Sunbathers on Bde Maka Ska, 1985. 













The Walker : A museum for modern art (temporarily closed due to Covid).

MIA : A museum with the classics (temporarily closed due to Covid).

Como Conservatory Gardens : Are temporarily closed due to Covid, but have it on your list for later to take in some natural eye candy.

The Lakes Chain : Bike, walk, or even ice skate on Isles if you're up for it. Bde Maka Ska, Isles, and Harriet are beautiful year round, and a low risk/high reward way to spend your time when there's not much else to do.

Go for a day trip : Historic Stillwater is a 30 minute drive from the cities, but feels like a world away. Peruse their many antique shops for treasures or walk across the old lift bridge for a lovely view of the town and the St. Croix River. Stop at Candyland for some old fashioned sweets and fancy popcorn.

Take a drive : Summit Avenue in St. Paul is a miles-long stretch of grandiose Victorian homes for you to marvel at. Grab a coffee at Nina's, put on our new playlist and drive up and down as you please.