Tina Schulze, owner of Rosie Posie, lovingly crafts bouquets of fresh fashions and accessories, complemented by home décor and bath products from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Meander through the whimsical and romantic displays under the light of an elegant chandelier, as Rosie Posie's staff of styling specialists locates the ideal outfit for any garden party, weekend in Paris, or spectator paint-drying event. Handmade jewelry by local designers ($5.95+) dresses up wardrobe staples, and Miss Me jeans ($75+) lengthen legs like a nonbouncing denim pogo stick. Scent the air with Lafco candles ($65.95) or pamper yourself with Lollia bath products ($7.95+).
Cal Chadwick opened up Cal's Market & Garden Center in 1961, just down the road from his family home and corn farm. Like a 99-year-old earthworm, Cal felt a deep connection with the land, building a greenhouse and tree and shrub nursery before passing down his business to his daughter, Carina, and her husband, Bryan. Today, avid gardeners, farmers, and amateur horticulturalists work hand-in-hand with the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Cal’s to pick out evergreens, plot vegetable gardens, and plan landscaping projects. With the help of personal shoppers, clients can stock up on hanging baskets, bulbs, and soils for creating a fragrant flowerbed, or hire out a trusty mechanical hedge trimmer or tiller for extensive lawn maintenance.
The sommeliers at WineStyles stock cupboards with up to 150 vintages, each less than $25 a bottle, arranged according to boldness, richness, and difficulty of removing the cork. Patrons savor the crisp fragrances of a Randall-Monroe sauvignon blanc ($12.99) or draw in the golden apple and citrus hints of a Graton Cellars chardonnay ($12.99). A staff of experts is on hand to guide the palate to the Foxtail cabernet sauvignon ($12.99), which beckons the olfactory senses with aromas of berry and plum, and Los Primos malbec ($12.99), which drapes tongues in silken sheets of plum and vanilla. Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., customers can make their way to WineStyles for a complimentary sampling of four to six featured wines.
Once Upon A Child is a nationwide franchise with conceptual roots in the time-honored hand-me-down tradition. Taking into account how quickly babies outgrow buggies and toddlers master Roth IRAs, the stores help parents to keep their kids happily equipped with age-appropriate apparati without breaking the piggy bank. In addition to stocking its shelves with goods and gear from popular kiddie brands such as Gymboree, Gap, Fisher-Price, Graco, Playskool, Abercrombie, Justice, and Polo, Once Upon A Child buys and sells gently used items, not only making deep discounts possible, but also helping to replenish family funds. Pick up tenderly used apparel, sizes Newborn to 18, such as tank tops ($1.50–$3.50), jeans ($5.50–$12), shoes ($1.50–$12), or formal dress wear ($7.50–$12) ideal for kindergarten rap duels. Peruse the store's various hair accessories, or opt for cloth diapers by Fuzzibunz at the Shakopee location (both new stock).
The artesian water that flows through a protected aquifer in Oxford, Wisconsin, is cleaned to pristine, award-winning condition by Elite H2O Pure Artesian Bottled Water. Elite H2O's staff offers cooler-replenishment services and prepares personal containers, on which they affix 100% waterproof, personalized labels. Using thermal-transfer technology, they print custom designs for family get-togethers, office events, and wedding packages.
Noted by KARE 11 as one of the more fruitful resale shopping experiences in the Midwest, Junk Bonanza offers savvy, thrifty shoppers antique treasures and a vast storehouse of vintage goods. Not limited to the cute clothes and poorly repackaged board games of standard thrift stores, junking conventions like Junk Bonanza deftly combine art, shopping, and a place for found-beauty enthusiasts to meet and swap tips on transforming one man’s junk into another man’s new best inanimate friend. More than 100 vendors bring items to Junk Bonanza’s three-day marketplace, offering everything from clothes to furniture to furniture made out of out-of-style clothes such as full-body beanies and camouflage tuxes.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($4.99 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.