Beyond Ornamental

These handcrafted ornaments are uniquely Minnesotan

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1. Lake Superior Art Glass

Each piece created by Lake Superior Glass Art is a labor of love. Owner Dan Neff’s passion for both the art of glassblowing and the natural beauty of Northern Minnesota are reflected in these glass ornaments. From its shop near Duluth’s Canal Park, Lake Superior Glass Art also conducts classes and daily demonstrations on glassblowing.

2. Held Companies

Held Companies is a family-owned business that takes pride in its use of local materials. Their collection of wooden Christmas ornaments are crafted using laser cutting technology, and each design reflects the character of the North.

3. Designs by Peach

The Nordic influence in these handcrafted ornaments is as obvious as it is stunning. Owner Peach takes much of her inspiration from travels to Eastern Europe, most notably Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The gorgeous landscapes on these ornaments are reminiscent of Minnesota winters.

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As Minnesota Monthly's Style Editor, Emma keeps a close pulse on all things retail, style, and fashion in the Twin Cities and beyond. Since graduating from Miami university in 2022 with degrees in English-Literature and Media and Culture, Emma has accumulated a wealth of experience in both the editorial and fashion industries, including producing a sold-out runway show for Fashion Week Minnesota. She harnesses this experience, as well as her passion for storytelling, to communicate the diverse perspectives of individuals who have helped shape the Minnesota fashion scene and its one-of-a-kind events, brands, and businesses. When she is not writing, you might find Emma at a yoga class, thrifting, walking her Bernese Mountain Dog, traveling, or drinking overpriced coffee. You will never see her in the same outfit twice.

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