Minnesota Valley Garden Center's hundreds of verdant acres stretch across the Shakopee countryside blossoming with trees, shrubs, and perennials. Purple dome asters, multicolored pansies, and a variety of ornamental grasses bloom in the garden center, while the outdoor nursery houses homegrown trees, including maples and evergreens, planted each spring and fall. The facility's garden gurus—who have helped area gardeners for more than 50 years—can also help customers with landscape projects and irrigation setup for commercial and residential projects.
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 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).