As winter thaws into spring, Jerry’s replaces its inventory of wood, kindling, and bird feeders with a kaleidoscopic spread of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs. This cycle has perpetuated itself 53 times over at this year-round home and garden emporium. The one-stop shop carries an arsenal of gardening tackle that accompanies enough seed, mulch, and fertilizer to transform an empty lot into a time-share for vacationing Tarzans. Jerry’s crew—adept at land- and hardscaping—provides project consultations for those looking to spruce up patios and yards with their selection of fountains, birdbaths, and planters.
Twin Cities Local Food transforms grocery shopping into both an online and local experience. Members log on to the virtual marketplace to peruse a variety of goods from more than 20 local farmers and producers, such as organic tomatoes, cow's milk cheeses, and whole-grain breads. Each product is source identified, so shoppers know exactly where their food comes from, how it was grown or raised, and what its first words were. After finalizing their food order, customers then choose a pickup location from one of nine nearby towns, such as Plymouth or Minneapolis, in weekly intervals during growing season, and bi-weekly during the winter.
A staff of sommeliers, beer experts, and cheesemongers helps customers to navigate Sunfish Cellars Wine Bar's impressive spread of wine, beer, and gourmet cheeses from throughout the globe. Cordoned off by region, the staggering wine selection includes classic vinos and rare varietals that instructors highlight during regular tasting classes. Cheeses plucked from an onsite shop pair with fine wines during tastings, as sommeliers draw on their extensive expertise to discuss restaurant wine lists, evaluate cost versus value, and explain why wine doesn’t come in an electric-blue variety. Beer-tasting classes are also available, as are congratulatory gift baskets and a personal wine-shopper service, which sources wine selections for fancy dinners and business meetings.
Makeup artists Jacqueline and Ashley bring their cosmetics-industry expertise to Roe Wolfe, where they consult with clients, apply makeup, and teach lessons, among other services. Ashley has designed makeup for more than 20 runway shows, including work at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York for their tastefully naughty auto-lingerie collection. Jacqueline has worked with high-end brands such as Shu Uemura and MAC. Either artist can ready clients’ faces for weddings, photo shoots, or haute security cameras. Their clean, compact storefront teems with high-end clothing, cosmetics, and accessories from brands such as Bobi, Winter Kate, and House of Harlow 1960.:m]]
In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.
Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.