DOWNTOWN. Nakashian-O'Neill has a beautiful selection of 18th century French and English antiques displayed in elegant style in this two-level gallery. Included are silver, porcelain, crystal, jade, art objects and an extensive collection of holiday decorations. Expect the prices to match the quality merchandise.
DOWNTOWN. Wescott's offers a just the right touches of old-fashioned charm and service. This family-operated antique store has managed to remain one of the downtown area's best-kept secrets for more than twenty years, and for good reason - the antiques are in good condition, the staff is knowledgeable and helpful and the prices are hard to beat. The store specializes in 19th century furniture, but you'll also find a wide range of antique odd and end items throughout the store, from lampshades to cut glass.
DOWNTOWN. John's Antiques specializes in antique lamps and lighting. This cozy downtown shop, nestled on the corner of Walnut and West Seventh Streets, is littered with various and sundry originals and reproductions. If it is old and has to do with lighting, John's probably carries it - including antique chandeliers, dome and slant side lamp shapes, bulbs, and authentic turn-of-the-century fixtures.
GRAND AVENUE. This modern house with the red balloon houses one of the best children's bookstores in the Twin Cities. With everything from read-to-baby books to sophisticated 12 year-old literature, this is a hot spot for children. And children are not underestimated here--the books are not arranged by age but by category like adults. Downstairs are educational and foreign language materials.
WAREHOUSE DISTRICT. Long before the warehouse district became fashionable, those "in the know" knew that Ribnik's was the place for fur and leather - at discount prices - and still is.
WAREHOUSE DISTRICT. It's not a surprise that a shop named Indigo has a blue door. This marvelous store is well stocked with artifacts from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific regions and includes masks, folk art, textiles, and furnishings. Many of these unique items are antique or collectibles.
DOWNTOWN. Since 1916, this high fashion men's store has been an institution. The last of its kind in the downtown area, White's features tailored clothing and shoes from England, Italy, and Germany. Although some may think the prices are high, the quality is equally high, and the service staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
UPTOWN. Although there is a dearth of Scandinavian restaurants in town, there is no lack of Scandinavian food at Ingebretsen's. The deli features lutefisk, lingonberries, and lefse as well as meat, cheeses, and pastries native to the country. Credit cards accepted for gift items, which are also Scandinavian, such as Hardangar embroidery, rosemaling, lace, crystal, and jewelry items.
UPTOWN. A fun shop featuring artsy decorative items, including lamps, jewelry, flower pots, picture frames, journals, candles, cards, and unique gifts.
UPTOWN. Women and men will enjoy shopping at intoto if they want designer clothing such as Theory, Paul Smith, and Citizens of Humanity. These clothes are made from the finest fabrics and the sales staff is unsurpassed. Expect to pay for this excellence (but look for unmarked price reductions in the corner).