Shopping + Events: August 8-13

Solid Manufacturing Company pops up at West Elm in Edina this Thursday

by Jahna Peloquin (image: courtesy Solid Manufacturing Co.)

Home and garden shopping and events in the Twin Cities this week:

Julia Knight Sample Sale: Take advantage of the rare opportunity to shop goods at bargain-basement prices of up to 80 percent off from luxury home decor brand Julia Knight Collection during this weekend-long sample sale. Proceeds benefit the Smile Network International, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that has provides cleft-lip and -palate reconstructive surgery to children in developing countries, which is hosting the sale at their headquarters and fair-trade store, InspireThursday, August 10 & Friday, August 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. @ Inspire, 108 W. 14th St., Minneapolis, 612-338-9100,

Wood Floor Basics: DIY-ers can learn about the basics of hard wood floor restoration, from sanding to finishing. Kadee Macey’s of Pete’s Hardwood Floors will demonstrate proper sanding techniques in a 1909 Dayton’s Bluff home in part one of this two-class series. $25 each session. Thursday, August 10 from 6-8 p.m. @ 1031 Wilson Ave., St. Paul; register at

Mill City Farmer’s Market: Mill City’s weekly farmer’s market has moved outdoors for the season. Shop for goods from more than 120 farmers, florist, food artisans, restaurants, and makers. This week’s featured makers include ArtAndes, Sally Fritz Clothing, and more. To learn more about this year’s home goods makers at the market, read Jahna Peloquin’s post on Midwest Home’s Home Dish blogSaturday, August 12 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. @ Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis,

“Future Heirlooms: A Rhythmic Dance of Threads”: Mid-century modern home store, MidModMen+friends, is showcasing new, finely made goods and art that are worthy of being passed along to subsequent generations in the ongoing series, “Future Heirlooms.” It kicks off this weekend with fiber artist Madeline Larson, who uses hand-dyed, hand-woven wool to create colorful, complex, one-of-a-kind rugs and wall hangings.  Larson will be in-store to meet customers and talk about her inspiration and process. Meet-and-greet with the artist, Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. On view August 12-September 17, Thursday through Sunday @ MidModMen+friends, 2401 University Ave., St. Paul, 612-234-1201,

Sociable Summer Market: Sip local craft cider while shopping handmade goods from 30 Minnesota makers, curated by Minneapolis Craft Market, inside the Sociable Cider Werks brewery. Goods include ceramics, jewelry, cards, organic skincare, handbags, and clothing from makers including Anywhere Apparel, Tessa Louise, Fair Anita, nestPURE, and Larissa Loden Jewelry. Saturday, August 12 from noon-5 p.m. @ Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE., Minneapolis; visit for a full list of makers

Meet the Maker Pop-up with Solid Manufacturing Company: Shop a special collection of handmade leather and wood goods by Minnesota maker, Solid Manufacturing Company, during this one-day pop-up sale at West Elm’s Edina location. Products include handcrafted leather eyeglass cases, key fobs, and wallets, and wooden pourover stands, iPad stands, and decorative ladders. Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. @ West Elm, 3879 Gallagher Dr., Edina, 952-835-8332; shop online at

Planning a 1/2 Story Green Remodel: Learn about how to design and build a half-story, eco-friendly remodel during this free class hosted by Castle Building & Remodeling. The class will discuss design process, project budgets, cost savings ideas, timelines, and affordable green design tips, and all attendees will receive a certificate for $100 off design and planning services. Saturday, August 12 at 10 a.m. @ The Natural Built Home Store, 4220 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; sign up at

MN Farm Fresh Florals Design Workshop: Learn how to arrange a farm-fresh, rustic floral design featuring sunflowers, Safari Sunset Leucadendron, Liatris, and Sea Star Fern, in this workshop. And because they’re ideal for drying, you’ll learn how to dry the design to give it a second life. $50; ticket cost covers all materials. Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 p.m. @ Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 866-222-4626; register at

Maker Days at Linden Hills Farmers’ Market: Shop for handmade goods from nearly 20 makers while stocking up on heirloom vegetables at this special maker’s edition of the Linden Hills Farmer’s Market. In partnership with Minneapolis Craft Market, the market features handcrafted goods such as jewelry, clothing, home decor, pet gear, woodwork from 20 makers including Lulu Organics hair care products, Willow Tree Jewelry, and Fringe & Fettle Ceramics. Sunday, August 13 from 9 a.m.-noon @ Settergren of Linden Hills, 2813 43rd St. W., Minneapolis; visit for a full list of makers



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