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Celebrate Small Businesses with the Best Local Shopping Finds in Minneapolis Northwest

Minneapolis Northwest features one of the most expansive shopping areas in Minnesota, second only to the Mall of America. From national retailers, locally owned boutiques, thrift stores, and hidden gems, there’s plenty to browse through. Turn window shopping into actual shopping when you hit up some of the best locally owned stores in Minneapolis Northwest this coming holiday season. Be sure to mark your calendar for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, where you can pick up unique, quality gifts while supporting local shops.

Shop the Plaid Market 

Enjoy local craft beer and shop both Minnesota crafters and your favorite name brands during the first-ever Plaid Market & OMNI Brewing Co. Pop-up Taproom at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes! Join the fun at the retail space across from H&M starting on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for a specially curated market by Fox Run that will showcase more than 20 local Minnesota artisans, as well as delicious local brews from OMNI Brewing, Co. Browse handmade pottery from 8th Avenue Market; woven and recycled jackets and cowls from Mezame Designs; doggy apparel from Loon and Beau; and jewelry from Everart Design. While you shop, nibble some bites from the mobile food trucks and listen to live music.

Fashion Boutiques

Leela & Lavender

An emerging fashion and gift boutique, Leela & Lavender commits to helping all women discover their best self with the style, fit, and price you’re looking for. Shop in comfort with complimentary in-store food and beverages, and find all your favorite brands in one place, such as Barefoot Dreams, Marc Fisher, Gorjana, and Sorel. The exceptionally helpful staff are experts at pairing unique pieces together and mixing prints like leopard and plaid. Trendy and chic, Leela & Lavender is the perfect spot for a personal shopping spree or having an outing with your friends.  

Apricot Lane

One of the best can’t-miss boutiques in the area, Apricot Lane showcases smart and fashionable clothing, apparel, and accessories for women of all ages. Each designer-inspired piece is carefully curated with styles picked by the owner to reflect the vibe of the local area, and new styles arrive each week. The store provides a mix of well-known and upcoming brands and forward trends with a classic style. Look out for cute and cozy over-sized sweaters, knit dresses, faux leather leggings, snake print booties, and a variety of fabrics to enhance your wardrobe.

Flaunt Accessories

Flaunt Accessories started as a traveling boutique (a.k.a. fashion truck) and has grown into a go-to store for fashionable hats, fall fedoras, gem and tassel bracelets, clutch purses, and flirty-but-practical belts, hair accessories, shawls, and wraps. A special locally owned shop, Francesca’s opens its doors the third weekend of every month, and it’s here you’ll find everything you could want to compliment your new outfits.


You can also go on a shopping spree at Francesca’s, another great boutique specializing in women’s clothes, handbags, and accessories. New arrivals and deals are offered every single week. Mix feminine and edgy looks as you browse through a great selection of jumpsuits and rompers, cozy ponchos, kimonos, wrap dresses, sunglasses and eyewear, and a can’t-miss clearance section. Deals are always in fashion at Francesca’s, whether it’s the $30 dress sale, BOGO buys, or clearance markdowns.

Celtic Croft

Family owned Celtic Croft features one of the largest selections of authentic kilts, tartans, Clan Crests, Coat of Arms, and Celtic jewelry and decor to complement your family’s or friend’s Scottish, Irish, or Welsh heritage. They even sell bagpipe accessories! It’s also a perfect stop for fans of the TV show Outlander! Celtic Croft is an officially licensed supplier of Outlander kilts and tartans. Fans of the hit TV series will appreciate a tartan or tote bag made from the same 100 percent Premium Wool Tartan as the tartans worn in the filming of the show.

Local Minnesota Love

The Woods

Head to The Woods for a taste of Minnesota’s north woods. Enjoy WoodWick Candles, gourmet foods from Stonewall Kitchen and Wind & Willow, along with Minnesota-made and Minnesota-themed gifts, and other fun home accessories. Enjoy the stunning collection of Minnesota gifts celebrating everything from the Twin Cities to cabin and lake life, including Minnesota trivia books, hotdish cookbooks, and Birds of the Midwest books. Merchandise by favorite local artist Adam Turman is available with fun socks, dish towels, playing cards, and pint glasses. Take home some homemade jams or honey, or pick up a delicious wild rice soup kit.


Great things are always happening at GoodThings. The store continually impresses customers with its unique selection of traditional and trendy home goods products, clothing, jewelry, cards, and gift items, including a plethora of gifts for kids and pets, and fun items for your office, garden and kitchen. This is a great spot to shop for host/hostess gifts for the holiday party season. GoodThings was previously named the Best Gift Store in Maple Grove by Maple Grove Magazine. Don't miss the Grand Holiday Open House at GoodThings on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

Love From Minnesota

The Love From Minnesota store provides customers with gifts that capture lasting memories that reflect the culture and life style of our great state. From wine and candy to gifts and heritage goods, there is plenty to choose from for the Minnesota-lover in your life. Enjoy Ole & Lena products and joke books, Goodnight Loon, Minnesota necklaces, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox salt and pepper shakers, and lots of apparel with only-in-Minnesota sayings such as, “You Betcha,” “Ope!” and “Uff Da,” and “Okie Dokie.”

Unique Gifts

Olfactory Scent Studio

A new place to delight your senses is Olfactory Scent Studio where you custom blend your own unique fragrance and take it with you in the form of a candle, room spray, or body scrub. Olfactory’s 100+ fragrances include Sandalwood, Tomato Leaf, Tupelo Honey, Chai Tea, Pecan Pie, First Snow, and Bacon. Pick your favorites and a Scent Stylist will walk you through the blending process. Custom blend your own fragrance or create a scent for a friend. Choose from hand-poured soy candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, and bath and body products. You can even bring in your own candle jar to fill.

Grey Duck Games & Toys

For fun and entertaining gifts for kids, teens and adults, check out Grey Duck Games & Toys, which features an unmatched selection of classic and new games and toys. Shop early to browse the new assortment of science games and products like the Doodling Robot, Dragon Robot, and Snap Circuits. Kids will go nuts for Melissa & Doug products, Socker Boppers, and Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty while adults will give into nostalgia when they receive a classic game like Mancala (the oldest game in the world), mini-Asteroids, or classic toys like juggling balls, yo-yo’s, and boomerangs. 

Love That Olive

Since 2010, Maple Grove's charming gourmet balsamic and olive oil store Love That Olive has featured cooking products imported directly from Italy. It’s the perfect place to browse (and taste!) if you’re debating which appetizer to bring to a party. For your Thanksgiving meal, try incorporating the dazzling Cranberry Balsamic for a unique take on the classic cranberry flavor people love. In recent years, the store extended its product line to include an eclectic assortment of goodies for your kitchen, including baking products, soups, specialty foods, kitchen ware, gift items, and olive oil beauty products. Find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list – from friends and family, to kids’ teachers, to office Secret Santas. 

Painted Turtle Chocolatier

Stepping into a chocolate wonderland at Painted Turtle Chocolatier in Osseo, where everything is either made of chocolate or covered, drizzled, dusted or sprinkled with chocolate. Painted Turtle shines during the major holidays throughout the year, and late November through December is the shop’s busiest time. One of the shop's biggest hits is the hostess tray of cookies – a extra convenient way to serve homemade holiday cookies without all the work! And the variety of chocolate suckers in the shapes of Santa, Rudolph, or snowmen make perfect party favors and stocking stuffers.

Expand your shopping adventures into a fun girlfriends getaway weekend with your friends. Read our Girlfriend’s Getaway Guide for ideas and to start planning, and be sure to check out Where to Get a Good Drink in Minneapolis Northwest, too!

Share all your adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram with the hashtag #WeLoveMNW. You might be featured on our website!

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