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Shop Like a Local at These Southern Minnesota Boutiques

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Shop Like a Local at These Southern Minnesota Boutiques

By Cinnamon Janzer

From the Wisconsin border on the east to the South Dakota border on the west, southern Minnesota is home to some of the state’s most whimsical and charming boutique shopping destinations. From Red Wing to New Ulm to Montevideo, historic main streets are the place to find one-of-a-kind housewares, clothing, antiques and gifts with that special local touch.

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.

  1. Uffda Shop, Red Wing
    Uffda Shop - Street scene in Red Wing

    Red Wing's Uffda Shop is the place to find Scandinavian gifts

    Uffda Shop, Red Wing

    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.

  2. Refashion, Rochester
    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.

  3. Adourn, Chatfield
    Colorful furniture and decor at Adourn boutique

    Chatfield's Adourn boutique is an online Esty shop come to life

    Adourn, 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.

  4. The Color Wheel, Albert Lea
    Downtown Albert Lea

    Historic buildings line the streets of downtown Albert Lea / Jessica Brouillette

    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 buying something for yourself, too.

  5. The Cheese Cave, Faribault
    The Cheese Cave Shop Faribault

    The Cheese Cave in Faribault

    The Cheese Cave, Faribault

    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.

  6. Salvage Sisters, Mankato
    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.​

  7. Guten Tag Haus, New Ulm
    Winter downtown New Ulm

    Downtown New Ulm looks like a winter postcard / Kyle Krenz

    Guten Tag Haus, New Ulm

    Minnesota’s most famous immigrant group may be the Scandinavians, but in the German-settled city of New UlmGuten 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.

  8. Coco Avenue, Marshall
    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.

  9. Livintage Boutique, Montevideo
    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.

  10. Geyerman's, Pipestone
    The castle like Calumet Inn Hotel in Pipestone

    The castle-like Calumet Inn Hotel anchors historic downtown Pipestone

    Geyerman's, 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.

Cinnamon Janzer

Cinnamon Janzer is a freelance journalist based in Minneapolis who writes broadly about culture, business and travel. Her words have been published in National Geographic, New York magazine, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Eater and USA Today.