Shop Like a Local at These Southern Minnesota Boutiques

By Cinnamon Janzer

Historic 3rd Street shops in downtown Rochester
Charming storefronts line historic Third Street in downtown Rochester

From east to west, southern Minnesota is home to some of the state’s most whimsical, charming boutique shopping destinations.

Spend some time perusing any of these southern Minnesota shops and you’ll agree this region has some of the best shopping in the state. The only problem? Figuring out how to get so many incredible finds back home.

Livintage Boutique, Montevideo

When taking in the southwestern Minnesota town of Montevideo, a stop at Livintage Boutique on North First Street is practically required. The shop features wares that range from home furnishings and decorations to clothes and shoes. With a focus on sharing the work of local artists and creators, you’ll find sophisticated looks that work for any style.

Uffda Shop, Red Wing

Uffda Fine Scandinavian Gifts in Red Wing
Nestled in the heart of downtown Red Wing, Uffda Shop specializes in authentic Scandinavian gifts

Shopping in southern Minnesota wouldn’t be complete without a trip to an authentic Scandinavian store. Opened in 1977, the Uffda Shop is nestled right in the heart of downtown Red Wing and specializes in gifts for any occasion, not to mention some of the friendliest staff around. If you have trouble finding it, just ask for directions to the St. James Hotel—Uffda is right across the street.

Refashion, Rochester

For those who prefer hunting for diamonds in the rough, Refashion in Rochester is for you. Three blocks from Mayo Clinic on South Broadway Street, the store’s heaping piles of secondhand options are teeming with quality products at reasonable prices.

The Color Wheel, Albert Lea

Shopping for the perfect gift is often easier said than done, but that couldn’t be further from the truth at The Color Wheel in Albert Lea. Conveniently located downtown on Main Street, the only hard part about doing your gift shopping at The Color Wheel is leaving the store without something for yourself, too.

Guten Tag Haus, New Ulm

New Ulm Car Hop and Shop
The streets of historic downtown New Ulm come alive during the monthly Car Hop and Shop

Minnesota’s most famous immigrant group may be the Scandinavians, but in the German-settled city of New Ulm, Guten Tag Haus is the most Minnesotan store in town. Step inside to find offerings like German steins and cuckoo clocks alongside German food options and even some local New Ulm knick-knacks for good measure.

Salvage Sisters, Mankato

A lifestyle and furniture boutique, Salvage Sisters on Riverfront Drive carries nearly everything under the sun and looks good doing it. From home goods like must-have mugs and origami wine toppers to colorful socks and baby blankets, there’s truly something for everyone at this Mankato market.​

Adourn, Chatfield

Adourn boutique in Chatfield
Adourn brings tastefully curated furniture, jewelry and more to historic Chatfield

This vintage and antique store is stuffed to the brim with rare finds, carefully refurbished and tastefully curated for design lovers everywhere. Adourn is located in Chatfield’s historic district and carries everything from funky furniture to handmade jewelry and so much in between. Bonus: they also offer interior design consulting if you want to bring their look home.

Geyerman’s Clothing Co., Pipestone

This women’s clothing staple is located on Pipestone’s idyllic Main Street. Offering up everything from jackets and tops to dresses and bottoms, it’s entirely possible to fill your closet with finds from Geyerman’s Clothing Co. Don’t live anywhere near Pipestone but love what you’ve found online? Don’t worry—they ship across the entire U.S.

The Cheese Cave, Faribault

Historic downtown Faribault is a boutique shopper's dream come true
Historic downtown Faribault is a boutique shopper's dream come true

Who isn’t at least a little bit curious about what might be found inside a store called The Cheese Cave? Their tagline is “a gourmet destination,” and they don’t disappoint. Step inside for cheese crafted right here on the prairie or indulge in fancy artisan cheeses like cranberry goat cheese or Belgioioso mozzarella. Not much of a cheese person? This Faribault foodie boutique offers plenty of other goodies to choose from like caramels, almonds, and honey to boot.

Coco Avenue, Marshall

Dedicated to “the dreamers and free spirits,” Coco Avenue in Marshall sells carefully selected home goods and fashion items for those with a discerning eye. From wire baskets that will make your blanket collection pop to cut out dresses and perfectly frayed jeans, there’s no shortage of inspiring finds here. If you’re looking for a gift but not sure what to buy, they’ve got gift cards to alleviate all the stress.

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