Upscale Consignment's exacting staffers hand-select gently used items from luxury brand names, such as Coach, kate spade, Banana Republic, and Ugg, for each of its three stores. Clothing for men and women, as well as shoes, jewelry, handbags, and headbands, fill neatly organized racks and tidy displays, which arrange accessories by color or pattern. All consigned clothing must be 3 years old or younger, to ensure the shop's styles remain en vogue.
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.
The open-armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one. That's why they faithfully find a new home for second-hand clothing, accessories, and home furnishings via their stores in the Twin City area, the Phoenix Valley, and throughout Colorado. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
Enchanted Tree House brims with handpicked playthings, books, gifts, and a rotating selection of new and gently used children's attire within two colorful toy boxes. Kids literally grasp an understanding of shapes with a 25-piece geometric stacker by Melissa and Doug ($17.95) or construct an ant-free picnic with a sandwich-making set ($20.95). Good Night Zoo ($9.95) bids swift sleep to its animal subjects and readers alike, and other books inspire kids to dive confidently into their goals with tales such as figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi's story Dream Big Little Pig ($16.95). A multihued, personalized water bottle ($13.95) helps thirsty tots stay hydrated all through the puddle-jumping, monster-impersonating, and refrigerator-box-crawling portions of children's triathlons.
When Saint Paul native Angie Hanson was pregnant, she found it difficult to buy moderately priced maternity clothes that still looked stylish and new. Her quest for economical outfits took her to Richfield, where a fellow new mother, Crystal Pollard, was consigning clothing out of her own Bellies to Babies shop. Inspired, Angie worked with Crystal to bring the business concept to the Twin Cities—and Bellies to Babies Saint Paul was born. At the shop, moms and moms-to-be can find maternity, nursing, baby, and toddler clothing for any season, including swimsuits.
Situated in the shopping district on Robert Street in West St. Paul, Twin Cities Magic & Costume stocks a collection of tricks, makeup, and costumes that have enlivened parties, magic acts, and movies for the past 27 years. Knowledgeable professionals and industry insiders guide visitors through the forest of lifelike costumes and awe-inspiring light and fire effects, helping to create eerie costumes for Halloween parties or convincing getups for period plays and films. DVDs and instructional videos teach budding illusionists how to impress crowds with linking ring and coin tricks, and fog machines and strobe lights add a touch of Vegas glamour to magicians' sets. Twin Cities Magic & Costume puts its expertise to the test as the headquarters of the Zombie Pub Crawl, a festival of gore and horror brought to life with the selection of professional-grade makeup and more than 15,000 wigs.