Our staff’s fave small business spots
Outsiders might expect Twin Cities local shopping to be capped off at small-batch Lutefisk, vegan snow shoes, or the best decor for your ice-fishing hut. Lucky for us, we’ve got style and fresh flair that reaches beyond restrictions of the arctic cold. We eat, sleep, and breathe support for our local businesses everyday of the year, and Small Business Saturday is just another excuse for us to express our community pride on our credit card bills.
Best For Gifting
This holiday season, we could all use a little extra sparkle. Go all out for those on your twice-checked-list and make sure your stockings are stuffed with one-of-a-kind treasures.
If you’re low on ideas, Anita can be seen filling her wish list full of items from Ficus and Fig in Burnsville and Maggie is a big fan of Patina for “their curation of random stuff I wouldn’t normally think of!” If you want a pre-pack of local favorites, Dustin recommends Rose & Loon, a spot that will curate gift boxes depending on the tastes of your gift recipient.
While we’re all playing British these days and relying on takeaway, don’t let that stop you from tasting some of the menus that define our city’s cuisines.
One of Dustin’s favorite spots to order in from is Local Roots, and Maggie has a shorthand with the Dragon Wok delivery team.
Abby satisfies her sweet tooth with Bogart’s Donuts, and the Cereal Killers Fruity Pebbles ice cream from Milkjam.
Sam is a devoted follower of the Soul Bowl empire, and his go-to favorite is the Big Krit Chicken Sandwich “because it’s perfect.” If you want to get the full immersive experience, also check out their new place, B.A.D. Wingz.
Our Social Media Specialist Ciara can be spotted browsing the (online) aisles of Moth Oddities in Northeast, and picking up the latest page-turner at the new Black Garnet Books. As for myself, (Mary Fiala, intern in the realm of Social Media and Account Management), I’ve never been in Hunt & Gather for less than 2 hours. It’s easy to get entranced by the labyrinth-like collection of oddities on all floors, so make sure to set an alarm on your phone if you have an appointment to get to.
Make sure to redirect your funds to the little guy this Saturday, and you may just find some favorites you’ll love all year long.