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).
Action Packed Paintball?s combat settings in Jordan include eight outdoor fields designed for woodsball, urban combat, and speedball. The experienced staff can accommodate private reservations and walk-on games, and there is a spectator area for those who prefer to just watch the action. After differences are settled on the field, outdoor combatants can retreat to onsite grilling and picnic areas as well as indoor restrooms.
Nature's Prime obtains its organic foods from a variety of local farmers who use renewable resources and conserve soil and water without resorting to antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, bioengineering, and gene splicing with giant carnivorous plants. Its poultry and meat come from Wisconsin; its fish are line-caught; its scallops hail from the East Coast; its shrimp are farm raised (to avoid Gulf pollution); and its fresh fruit is delivered via giant suction tube directly from the Brazilian jungle. NPO Foods is also affiliated with the Minnesota Timberwolves, so it's one of the rare organic food purveyors that also supports its locally grown slam dunks, free throws, and rebounds, which are always best fresh off the backboard.
To Kingford Bavender, tailored clothing is about more than seamlessly coordinated colors, textures, and fit: it's about crafting a commanding image. The nationally recognized clothier works with high-quality fabrics, including wool, camel hair, silk, and cashmere, and takes into account each client's personal style and comfort when designing authoritative suits, outerwear, or mascot costumes. Bavender procures more than 15 distinct measurements to guarantee a flawless fit during on-location consultations at the customer's home or office. His use of discerning details—such as hand-set pockets, single-needle tailoring, and edible cufflinks—set the garments apart from their off-the-rack counterparts.