With an eye for bold design, the staff at FinnStyle curates clothing, home décor, and other goods from Finnish designers including Marimekko, Iittala, and Artek. The online store and brick-and-mortar building house wares that have been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Dwell, and The Nest. Among the items, colorful bolts of Marimekko fabric await future occupations as curtains, pillow covers, or dresses, and Kalevala jewelry designs, modeled after archeological finds from the Iron Age, form bold statement pieces for the neck, ears, and wrists.
Started in 1998, Fired Up Studios has quickly evolved from a small pottery studio to an art center with classes and a gallery. Despite this growth, its mission remains the same: to raise the spirits of anyone who enters. In the 7,200-square-foot studio, experienced potters provide a judgment-free creative outlet for students and visiting artists alike, inviting them to have fun and experiment with the studio's collection of pottery wheels, kilns, and glazes. These potters also teach students how to throw clay, shape up elegant bowls and vases, and sculpt pixelization onto nude figures.
Minneapolis Parking offers parking at 14 different parking ramps and lots located in convenient hubs across the city. Drivers or parking-lot enthusiasts can scoop up monthly parking packages for multiple lots and ramps or opt for a single-use session valid for up 24 hours of car stashing.
A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, James and Mary Laurie Booksellers houses more than 120,000 volumes of fine books, an expansive collection of antiquarian printed maps, and an inventory of more than 30,000 classical and jazz vinyl records. Like a conversation with an overcaffeinated talk-show host, the shop's books cover myriad topics, including history, philosophy, and religion. Learn to costume your pet giraffe like a Japanese doll with Poupees Japonaises; Dolls of Japan ($86.20), make better small talk with bowhunting astrophysicists using Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America ($43.10), or salve squabbles with tiny family members with a special volume of children's literature. Customers can also choose from a broad selection of maps, posters, and prints, such as a World War II–era Red Cross poster ($86.20). The majority of James and Mary Laurie Booksellers' collection is not featured online, so for questions regarding the availability of items, contact the store by phone, email, or book-shaped beacon.
Bead Basics lavishes jewelers of all skill levels with the necessary equipage and abilities to craft their own bead masterpieces. Instructors string together a monthly calendar of more than 25 classes that teach up to 16 students at a time techniques or specific projects such as Beading Basics, Tila Spiral Bracelet, and Viking Knit. The online catalog's virtual glass cases brim with exquisitely crafted pieces and the requisite tools for shaping bracelets, stringing necklaces, and swapping out the queen's jewels with decoys.
The staff at Amazing Threads shares its enthusiasm for knitting by stocking high-end supplies and leading four levels of how-to classes. With a 2,400-square-foot studio, the shop boasts one of the largest yarn selections in the Midwest: skeins from Rowan and SMC Select are among the offerings, along with a deep selection of hand-dyed fibers from lines such as Arataunia and Three Irish Girls. This armory of yarn is complemented by buttons, bags, and needles from Skacel Collection, Plymouth Yarn Company, Kertzer, and other top brands. Small-group classes take place in Amazing Threads’ 24’x24’ classroom, where students learn to knit and crochet scarves, mittens, and covers for their blacksmith anvils.