Soft Surroundings opens its first Minnesota store this weekend at Galleria
by Jahna Peloquin (image courtesy Soft Surroundings)
Soft Surroundings Opens at Galleria: This week, two more retailers open their doors in Galleria’s new north wing, joining Design Within Reach, Arhaus, and the new Barnes & Noble. On Friday, lifestyle retailer Soft Surroundings opens its first Minnesota location with its full product selection, which includes luxe women’s apparel, globally-inspired accessories, beauty, bedding, and home goods. It celebrates with a grand opening, featuring complimentary beauty treatments, treats and resfrehments, and a swag bag filled with more than $200 worth of merchandise for the first 100 shoppers—doors open at 10 a.m. Friday. Read more on the Home Dish blog. Opens Friday, Nov. 17 @ Galleria, France Ave. S. & 69th St., Edina, 952-925-4321, galleriaedina.com
Junket: Tossed and Found 5-Year Anniversary Weekend: Minnehaha Mile retailer, Junket, celebrates five years of repurposing and reviving vintage and secondhand home goods. The store hosts four days of events, including workshops, demos, and a party on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. featuring deals, drinks, and food. Thursday, Nov. 16–Sunday, Nov. 19 @ Junket: Tossed and Found, 4049 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 612-293-6863, shopjunket.com
Cocktails by Design: Goldstein Museum of Design presents its ongoing Cocktails by Design series at south Minneapolis home and gift store, Forage Modern Workshop. Mingle with members of the local design community while enjoying craft cocktails from Eat Street Social from a cash bar, appetizers, and shopping. Proceeds benefit the Goldstein and its new digital archive. Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6–9 p.m. @ Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E Lake St., Minneapolis. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door ($35 for GMD members) at gmdcocktailsbydesign.brownpapertickets.com.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day MN: Modern event space, Paikka, hosts an afternoon featuring some of Minnesota’s top female entrepreneurs in celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Speakers include restauranteur Kim Bartmann, Wit & Delight lifestyle blogger Kate Arends Peters, the Newborn Foundation co-founder Annamarie Saarinen, House of Talents founder Kate Herzog, and Dori Graff of tech startup Kidizen. Thursday, Nov. 16 from 3–6:30 p.m. @ Paikka, 550 Vandalia St. Suite 165, St. Paul. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door at eventbrite.com.
RAAS Local Market Opens: The Mall of America’s annual holiday makers market pop-up returns, this year in partnership with RAAS (Retail as a Service) Instant Retail, a national pop-up market producer. The market includes goods from nearly 20 Minnesota makers spanning wearables, home goods, and artisanal food products, including Mill City Fineries, Great Lakes Northern Outfitters, and Leather Works Minnesota, and will be open through the 2018 Super Bowl. Read more on the MNMO Style blog. Nov. 16–Feb. 9 @ Mall of America, 262 West Market (located outside Nordstrom on the 2nd level), Bloomington, mallofamerica.com
Grethen House 40% off Sale: The women’s designer retailer is offering its first markdowns of the season with 40 percent off select fall collections from brands such as MM6 Maison Margiela, Ulla Johnson, Opening Ceremony, and Public School. Nov. 16–19 @ Grethen House 50th & France, 4930 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-926-8725, and Grethen House North Loop, 212 3rd Ave. N. #109, Minneapolis, 612-339-5702, grethenhouse.com
Nature-Inspired Holiday Event at Brightwater: Excelsior boutique, Brightwater Clothing & Gear, hosts an evening inspired by the great outdoors. Take part in a workshop with Heidi Heiland of Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens to learn how to incorporate nature into your home this holiday season while enjoying tea from a complimentary tea bar and small bites. Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5–8 p.m. @ Brightwater Clothing & Gear, 256 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-0256, brightwaterclothing.com
Home Improvement & Design Expo: Get expert advice and services from up to 120 painters, remodelers, interior designers, contractors, and financial and landscape professionals during this home improvement expo, plus take advantage of free interior design consultations, basement remodeling tips, kitchen planning and trends, color trends, and more. Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. @ Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove, mediamaxevents.com; tickets are $6 at the door or free with non-perishable food item
Spruce Tip Container Design Workshops: Spruce up your home for the holidays with a workshop at Bachman’s and Gertens this week. Get expert direction on how to design, plant, and embellish a spruce-tip container that can be traditioned from fall to holiday. Bach Bachman’s, choose between making a single or duo container ($50 for one, $100 for two) or a 12-inch or 16-inch container at Gertens ($29.99 for a 12-inch container or $49.99 for a 16-inch container). Ticket expense covers all materials, which include a container with soil, spruce tips and pine boughs, and accents to customize your creation. Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.–noon @ Bachman’s, 770 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, 952-941-7700; register at bachmans.com and gertens.com.
At Gertens, you’ll get expert design help and instruction to create your own planter. The cost includes a container with soil, spruce tips and pine boughs; then shop a large selection of accents and greenery to customize your creation. 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18. Advance registration requested. $29.99 for a 12-inch container or $49.99 for a 16-inch container. 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights (gertens.com).
Kollektiv Home Pop-up Sale: Shop curated, vintage housewares from local vendor Kollektiv, plus sip craft beer from Pryes Brewery at this pop-up market alongside Wild Poppy apothecary and jewelry products and Woods and Wildflowers homemade goods. Saturday, Nov. 18 from noon–5 p.m. @ Pryes Brewing, 1401 W. River Rd. N., Minneapolis, instagram.com/kollektivmpls
Holiday Craft’za: The holiday offshoot of long-running indie craft fair, Craftstravaganza, Craft’za features a wide array of handcrafted, hip goods from some of the best Minnesota makers. This year’s event expands from one day to two, with 60 different makers lined up for each day. Saturday, Nov. 18 & Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily. Grain Belt Bottling House, 71 13th Ave. NE., Minneapolis, craftza.com
Linden Hills Holiday Market: Roving maker pop-up, Minneapolis Craft Market, has joined forces with the Linden Hills Farmers Market to bring together the best Minnesota makers, artisan food producers, and farm-fresh produce every weekend through the holiday season. The market takes place within the greenhouses at Sunnyside Gardens alongside their Christmas tree lot, making it a one-stop shop for unique holiday gifts and décor alike. This weekend’s kickoff event features goods from more than 60 vendors. Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. @ Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 44th St. W., Minneapolis, mplscraftmarket.com
Modern Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Design Workshop: Create a modern floral centerpiece for your holiday table at this workshop presented by Bachman’s. The piece includes cushion mums, mosses, mini kalanchoe, grains, and a succulent grouped within a geometric container. Plus, design a coordinating accent arrangement to style an appetizer table. Ticket cost covers all materials used in your floral creations. Sunday, Nov. 19 from 2–4 p.m. @ Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7311; registration is $60 at bachmans.com.
Traditions Upholstery Sale: Take 40 percent off in-stock and special-order upholstered items during Traditions Upholstery Sale, taking place at both of its metro area locations. Ends Nov. 15 @ Traditions, 4245 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-285-2777, and 1039 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-5253, traditions.com