Did you support your local businesses for Small Business Saturday? I spent a wonderful afternoon exploring new-to-us shops in Minneapolis with my husband and two boys. I love spending the day in the city.
We started at FinnStyle…hello gorgeous fabric!
My hubby introduced me to Martin Patrick 3. It caters mostly to men, but I LOVED it. I have an unhealthy obsession with this book wall and these giant fabric lanterns.
We also checked out FindFurnish for the first time…another great spot for a well-curated collection of vintage furniture and goods.
We also stopped for coffee and a snack at Spyhouse. It was a dreamy fun afternoon. It is totally amazing how much warmer it feels outside in the winter when you excitedly go from shop to shop.
Over the weekend I also made a new Pinterest board. So, Pinterest came out with place boards and place pins…pins on a map! Good on Pinterest for giving me things I didn’t think I needed, but will soon wonder how I lived without. Anyway, I am building my Best Home Shopping in Minneapolis/St. Paul board.
I have visited every shop on the board myself. I was amazed at how quickly I racked my brain and was able to rattle off over 25 favorite sources to add to the board. And, of course, after shopping small on Saturday, I had three more to add.
On the desktop version, you can click any of the pins on the map for a pop up of the store address and phone number. If you click learn more on the pop up, or on any of the photos to the left, you will go straight to FourSquare for more info about the location.
The map looks pretty cool on mobile, too. On mobile, the pins on the map show a small thumbnail picture. If you click, a tiny pop-up appears showing you the name and address. If you scroll down, you can see all the pins with larger photos, where you can also click-through to FourSquare for more info.
If you are in the Twin Cities area, I highly recommend checking out all of my favorite local sources. If you aren’t local, don’t worry…some of my favorite local sources also have online shopping. Just click-through the pin and it will take you to the FourSquare page for the store info and website.
To stay up-to-date with all my favorite local sources, follow my Best Home Shopping in Minneapolis/St. Paul board.
Have you tried the new Pinterest maps, yet? Locals, what amazing stores am I missing on my map?
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Very interesting. I’d seen these new boards on Pinterest but couldn’t really see myself using them. Now that you’ve helped me make the connection to shopping, my true passion, I can totally see myself using this feature when I visit a new city. Thanks for the enlightenment!
Char, Yes! These boards were designed with travel in mind. I don’t know about you, but when I travel I love to plot out a few local home stores to check out on my trip. For my first board I thought I would just start local. It is amazing how hard it seems to find a good directory of home and furniture stores in big cities. It takes some searching. Hopefully I am doing my part to share the awesome spots in the Twin Cities.
Annie Hayes says
I love it what a cool idea!! You should stop by Mama’s Happy. I am one of the Mama’s. We have an occasional shop out in Independence in the old Lyndale Creamery and we just opened stores in Linden Hills and one on Grand Ave in St. Paul. All of our product is made by local artisans- mostly Mama’s that need a creative outlet. I love Haupt Antiek’s- great place!!! Thanks for sharing this new feature- can’t wait to use it.
Annie, Thanks for sharing. I was just out on Grand Ave. on Sunday for lunch (Brasa is my fave). I will definitely stop by Mama’s Happy the next time I am out that way. Love the mission behind your shop!
Love this! It will be a fun thing to do next time my gals and I have a Sunday to go shopping on the other side of the river!
Misty, Yay! Just make sure to double check hours. I know a few of these spots are closed on Sundays.