Shop local stores along the Central Corridor to help foster a strong community or visit the 2011 Green Gifts Fair is this Satuday, November 19th at the Midtown Global Market. Here are ten of the 70+ products you can find at the fair as well as five local businesses. FIRST ROW
1 Very Manly, $10 from Aromi on Etsy: Aromi makes hand-blended beauty products created using only the finest all natural ingredients.
2 Bar Soap, $3.15/bar from : Bryn Mawr Soap: High-quality, affordable handmade soaps made locally with no artificial ingredients.
3 Upcycle Mittens, $22 from Breaksea: These mitten are made from two different pairs of pants. The pockets are functional and look pretty fresh too. They are lined with 300 weight fleece to keep your hand extra warm while looking so good.
4 Twin Cities Bike Map, from $11.95 from Bike Everywhere: Bike Everywhere publishes bicycle maps and guides for Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Twin Cities bike map makes it easier to find bike friendly routes throughout the metro area.
5 Chinook Book, $20 from Chinook Book: Covering the greater Minneapolis and St Paul metro regions and the towns and neighborhoods of Hennepin, Dakota and Anoka counties. The print book contains over 350 coupons, plus a complete mobile coupon pack good for another 300+ mobile offers.
6 The Zander Reclaimed Wood Platform Bedframe, from $1000 from Moss Envy: Over a hundred years ago - the largest grain elevator in the world was erected on the shores of Lake Superior. 110 years later it is being dismantled and demolished. Over 6 million board feet of old growth pine is being reclaimed and utilized by craftsmen and women to build furniture - and this bed frame.
7 5 String Resophonic Banjo, $175 from Resist Instrument Works: Five string banjo with a drain cover resonator and small drain cover sound holes. Each one has a buffalo nickel inlayed into the headstock.
8 Wintercraft Deluxe Pack, $29.95 from Wintercraft: Create ice lanterns for your home this winter with kits from Wintercraft. See more photos of Wintercraft lamps on flickr.
9 Gift Certificate for Lunch or Dinner, from $25 from Red Stag Supper Club: Strives to be a good local & world citizen by serving local & organic foods as much as possible, conserving resources & composting waste, and by always being on the lookout as to how to better its business practices.
10 Red Minneapolis Locket, $25 from Larissa Loden: Vintage locket from the 1970's with etched floral motif. Vintage and ucycled jewelry for the modern world.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) is coming to the Central Corridor of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and we hope the LRT will strengthen the communities along the line. A big part of strong communities is community sustained local businesses. According to the 3/50 project, "For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community..." Here are five businesses that make the Central Corridor unique.
11 The Hub Bike Co-op, Pugsleys are on sale and it is a great time to save money on summer biking equipment. The Hub offers classes, recycles rubber and metal and stocks locally made bike accessories.
12 Textile Center of Minnesota, offers classes for people at all levels of a variety of fiber arts. Consider gifting a class to learn how to spin, weave, dye or operate a loom.
13 Embodied Health, Consider gifting a yoga class or massage from Embodied Health, a small business that used as many sustainable products in their renovation as possible.
14 Classic Retro @ Pete's, This retro boutique stocks fabulous home decor from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
15 Science Museum of Minnesota, Visit the Big Back Yard at the Science Museum to see the Science House, a net zero energy building.
2011 Green Gift Guides
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