Kitchen Window, much like an extravagant meal, is the product of combining simple ingredients with elaborate culinary techniques. The original store was no more than 1,200 square feet, containing a small demonstration kitchen and modest, yet high-quality, collection of kitchen utensils. The staff's dedication to their craft brought customers through the doors, and as word grew of the shop, so too did its offerings; small demonstrations became cooking classes and the stock of cooking equipment grew. Today, Kitchen Window spans 20,000 square feet of space, which contains not only 16,000 products and two cooking-demo stations, but also an outdoor classroom with more than 20 grills where students can practice preparing steak and marshmallows. Instructors inside the cooking school lead dozens of culinary sessions, from basic knife-skills classes to deep-dish baking sessions and grilling expos.
A modest stucco façade belies the trove of eclectic, upscale wares that wait inside Motto Boutique’s three-story expanse. Co-owners Maria Walker and Maryn Bulygo channeled a west coast vibe when designing their airy store, which looks more like an effortlessly chic home than a typical boutique. Paintings, photos, and gilded mirrors line pristine white walls that abut sleek wooden furnishings and display cases filled with jewelry. Upstairs, racks of men’s flannel shirts and women’s dresses share space with stacks of denim piled high atop glass tables. Known as “The Attic,” the boutique’s topmost floor houses sale items, past season's fashions, and the discounted bones of dead presidents.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Shop in the City's bright, funky storefront brims with a host of eclectic goods. Scrub off scum or the flavor of beef stew with a bar of fine soap, exuding scents of classic french lavender ($6.95) or french verbena ($6.95), or sate jewelry cravings with turquoise bracelets ($14.95–24.95) or an antique multichain necklace ($28). Minnesota T-shirts available in a trifecta of colors give visitors a way to voice statewide solidarity ($26.95). After browsing the boutique's wearable wares, settle into a comfy, brightly upholstered armchair and sample a few pages of one of Shop in the City’s selection of books ($5.95+). High ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and a quaint collection of lamps add a charming vintage ambiance, where an assortment of wall mirrors allows vampires to don bowler hats in homage to René Magritte.
With more than 1,700 stores in the U.S., Target has the broad exposure that attracts prominent designers and the scale to sell those designers' works at reasonable prices. The store can stock surprising big name designers without compromising its commitment to delightful affordability. That’s how its “Expect More, Pay Less” promise comes to life.
Load a recycled-plastic shopping cart with clothes from exclusive brands such as C9 by Champion or Sonia Kashuk, or with electronics from Samsung and Apple. The selection has everything from clothes and beauty products to furniture and electronics.
The company's mobile site, apps, and online store, with its electronic weekly ad and easy-to-organize shopping lists, make it easy to remember what you need. And, if you need help finding anything, you’ll have no trouble spotting team members in their distinctive red shirt and khaki pants.
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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.