Sales + Events: June 12-17

Twin Cities shopping and event highlights for this week.

Photo:  Courtesy American Swedish Institute

Planning a Remodel at Castle Building: Basement (June 12) or Bath (June 16)

For not being a sales pitch on why you should build and remodel with Castle Building, the $100 gift certificate you receive afterward for design and planning services you receive is quite a treat. At least once every month, Castle Building is hosting an educational overview of the typical process for common projects, including the design evolution, budget averages (and how to save), rebates, realistic timelines, and more. In 2018 alone, Castle Building was named No. 63 in the nation’s biggest full-service remodelers by Remodeling, the favorite home remodeler of Minnesota Women’s Press, and one of the recipients of Best of Houzz 2018: Client Satisfaction. Basement Remodel, Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. @ South Minneapolis Showroom, 5 West Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis; Bathroom Remodel, Saturday 10-11:30 a.m. @ Longfellow Showroom, 4020 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612-789-8509×0,

Wild Birds Flying at Room & Board Edina

With stunning colors and details—down to the separation of the feather barbs where the light peeks through—Paul Nelson’s photography has shown the beauty of North American birds in flight with the help of a specialized photography rig he developed himself. Hear from Nelson as he and a representative from The Nature Conservancy talk about the status of Minnesota’s bird habitats and why this year is the “Year of the Bird.” A selection of Nelson’s gallery prints will be at the event, but to view prints and other merchandise, go to Wild Birds Flying, the business he and his wife and business partner, Stacy Fortier, founded. Wednesday 5:30-7:30 p.m., conversation starts at 6 p.m., @ Room & Board, 7010 France Ave. S, Edina, 952-927-8835,

Nicollet Makers Market

The biweekly summer event is back on the mall with 14 artists this Wednesday. Makers include Julie Meyer of, whose bags, wallets, and purses bring back the craftsmanship needed to meld high quality leather, hair-on cowhides, and finished inside panels seamlessly. Soy Wicks and Sticks will also be there with hand-poured soy candles infused with fragrant and essential oils, and Sweet B will have her light-hearted and whimsical prints, pins, and more. Wednesday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., near the IDS Center on Nicollet, 80 S Eighth St., Minneapolis,

Design Salon: Meet Ercol

The independent glass studio is bringing in Henry Tadros, fourth-generation operator of the iconic British furniture company Ercol. For almost a century, Ercol has remained on the cutting edge of design and craft, and surprisingly, it has shared parts of its history with the Minnesota lumber industry. Learn what connects us to the company across the sea, and glimpse its newest Von Collection by designer Hylnur Atlason, and enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. While the event is free, if you RSVP on Eventbrite, you will be registered to win a pair of handmade glasses from Hennepin Made. Thursday 5:30-8 p.m. @ Hennepin Made Showroom, 144 Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis, 612-345-5445,

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

More than 200 artists spanning fine arts craftsmanship—think bound books, furniture, quilling—pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, and more are a part of the Stone Arch Bridge Festival this weekend. The festival isn’t only for art lovers, though; also check out its live music lineup across three stages, family-friendly activities, and the Art of the Car show. Whether you want to spend quality time with the man in your life for Father’s Day, you are looking for a new piece for the home, or simply want to enjoy our iconic Stone Arch Bridge, this festival is one of the key events of summer. Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. @ the Minneapolis Riverfront along Northeast Main Street and nearby parks such as Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 952-473-6422,

Midsommar Celebration at American Swedish Institute

Midsommar celebration date back centuries as a way to begin the summer and growing seasons. The American Swedish Institutes carries on traditions such as hosting activities to make fresh flower head-wreaths, the decoration and raising of the Midsommar pole, and more, and you can also take in the full lineup of Nordic performances, activities, and demonstrations for all ages; Fika cafe food; The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson exhibit inside the mansion; and a pop-up marketplace. Vendors include clog making company Troentorp, silversmith jeweler B.E. Nelson Design, and handmade hat and scarf collection Ruby 3 by Anna Lee. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. @ American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-4907,

Classic Wooden Boat Day at Brightwater

For the third year, Brightwater Clothing and Gear is holding its Classic Wooden Boat Night. Grab some refreshments, peruse the store’s mainstays like Filson, Gitman Bros., Red Wing Heritage Boots, and St. Paul’s J.W. Hulme Co.’s leather and canvas bags, and check out the boats parked around the store for what could be the latest styles or the latest turn on well-cared-for nostalgia. Thursday, 5-8 p.m. @ Brightwater Clothing & Gear, 256 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-0256,

Father’s Day Weekend Workshop

Filson has blended the durability needs of an outdoor lifestyle with high-end fashion since 1897, and this Father’s Day, they’re making it personal—well, personalized. Bring the family to their Father’s Day Weekend Workshop to make a bridle leather keychain for the special man in your life. The event is free, and doughnuts and coffee are even provided by Bogart’s Doughnut Co. but RSVP is preferred. Come early as supplies are limited. Saturday noon-4 p.m. @ Filson, 3510 Galleria, Suite 3195, Edina, 612-338-5506,

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