On The Road Twin Cities, MN

Beth Bradley

Plan a late summer getaway to Minnesota's dynamic Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul offer first-rate fashion, sewing and art destinations-and you can't help but absorb the friendly vibe and infectious creative atmosphere.




Beth Bradley



THE TWIN CITIES OF MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL, MN are built around the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix Rivers. The two cities share an exciting energy, yet each maintains its individual character and history. Together, the cities combine to create a bustling metropolis with a growing arts scene, outstanding shopping and dozens of cool neighborhoods to explore.


Start getting inspired with a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, just south of downtown Minneapolis. Admission is free, and the museum boasts an impressive textile collection with over 8,000 objects ranging from early Italian lace to beautiful Moroccan weavings.


If you happen to be in town on a Saturday, make sure to hit the Mill City Farmer's Market, ideally located in the Minneapolis Riverfront district. Grab a great cup of coffee, peruse the handmade wares of local craftspeople, and marvel at the historic architecture and gorgeous Mississippi River views.

Don't miss the chance to check out the handiwork of the region's most talented fashion up-and-comers at the Design Collective in uptown Minneapolis. The store carries apparel and accessories exclusively from independent local designers, including Project Runway Season 3 contestant Katherine Gerdes.

Also worth the trip is the Uptown Art Fair, taking place August 1 to 3. The nationally recognized event features fine art, live entertainment and interactive fun for all ages.

Located in northeastern Minneapolis is the independent craft and sewing haven Crafty Planet. This cute and quirky store is the only place in the Twin Cities where you can get your hands on Sublime Stitching embroidery kits as well as the latest Amy Butler and Japanese import fabrics.


In St. Paul, find your way to Grand Avenue, a 30-block strip of excellent shopping and tasty eats. There you'll find Treadle Yard Goods, an established fabric store loved dearly by Twin Cities locals. The store carries high-quality natural fiber fabrics, unique buttons and a variety of European pattern lines.

Stroll up the street for a homemade scoop (or two!) at Grand Ole Creamery, also located on Grand Avenue. This ice cream shop has been serving their famous desserts for over 20 years. Order your favorite flavor in a delicious waffle cone-it comes with a yummy malted milk ball at the bottom!


Another St. Paul favorite is Colorful Quilts and Textiles, specializing in one-of-a-kind hand-dyed textiles created by local artists. Or pick up supplies to make your own masterpiece when you get home-the store also carries dyeing supplies and dyeable fabric. Z


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