Springtime ushers in a string of seasonal gift-giving events—graduations, housewarmings, garden parties, birthdays and so on—so when you hit the shops and local markets for the perfect gift, take along our handy guide. We’ve collected the coolest gifts for everyone on your list, all from local purveyors, and this year, why not think outside the giftbox? In addition to traditional gifts like flowers and jewelry consider giving a basket of fresh produce from the farmers’ market or a gift certificate for an art class.
When David Burke traveled to the southern United States with his University of St. Thomas lacrosse team in 2011, he witnessed how apparel and clothing companies below the Mason-Dixon line represent the Southern way of life—that gritty, saucy flavor that rides in the saddle with cowboy boots and overalls.
No one would argue that in pioneer days the holidays were much easier. Gifts were simple and minimal. Grandma didn’t have to wonder, “Should I knit my granddaughter a pair of wool mittens and give her an orange, or will my daughter think that I am upstaging her or being too extravagant?” In a world that has traded in yesterday’s oranges for today’s Apple computers, gift-giving at the holidays may seem like a daunting task for many grandparents.
The Galleria is more than a collection of distinctive shops. It is a shopping, dining, social and experiential destination. Visiting the Galleria is much like strolling a European boulevard of tantalizing eateries and alluring shop windows. Specifically, the Galleria is home to many locally owned boutiques that cater to the refined tastes of the local market.
Three freshly minted stores on 50th and France are perfect spots to find necessities for a few important stages in life and have a whole lot of fun in between.
Spruce Flowers and Home opened its second location in the Minneapolis area at 50th and France in August. The store is full of antique planters, unique terrariums, jewelry and fine fragrance. Beyond home décor, Spruce puts together beautiful arrangements and specializes in floral designs for weddings. 4940 France Ave. S.