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.
Established: Before 1950
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: All qualities of carpeting; huge selection
Pro Tip: Featured on KARE 11 TV and in the _Star Tribune for excellent service and real cost savings._
Good for Kids: Yes
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
A Minneapolis fixture since the glaciers receded and left early Minnesotans with the desire for a strong, strong drink, the 8,000-square-foot Broadway Avenue Merwin houses more liquid libations than Dionysus's former home, the Alpha Sigma Sigma fraternity house. Globetrot through German, Belgian, Irish, and domestic craft beers; $10 six packs of New Grist gluten-free beer are also available. Merwin adds elegance to candlelit evenings with a wine selection more diverse than the types of mold that grow on an old set of dentures. Harder stuff such as $10 1-liter bottles of Black Velvet whiskey and Clan McGreggor scotch ($14 for 1 liter) warms any chilly evening. With Bombay Sapphire gin ($26.99 for 1 liter), Casa Noble's two-year anejo tequila ($55 for 750 ml), and Grey Goose vodka ($34.99 for 1 liter), Merwin has 10 times the selection of even the swankest bar and usually fewer fistfights, so it’s an excellent alternative to a night on the town, especially since your bed will always drive you home safely.
Smokeless Smoking's three Twin Cities locations help longtime cigarette consumers shed the habit with electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without tar or carbon monoxide. Each e-cigarette device runs on a flavored e-liquid that re-creates the smoker's favored brand, with one 30-millimeter bottle delivering the equivalent of 30 packs of real cigarettes. Instead of noxious smoke, e-cigarette users puff away a simple, chemical-free vapor. The company's variety of kits offer a safer way to begin weaning off of nicotine without the carcinogens, smelly clothes, and bothersome camel entourage that come with cigarette smoking. Customers can purchase product warranties of up to one year.
Hoff Diamonds & Gems' cases display treasure troves of sapphire, emerald, and diamond jewelry. The family has been in business since 1938, ensuring expertise in selection, appraisals, and repair. At their convenient mall location, they also adorn clients in rubies and tanzanite, and offer in-house craftsmanship.