Semi-officially deemed the best antidote to green guilt in the Twin Cities, this Uptown Mpls greenporium has the fair trade wares and national niche brands you'd expect. What we didn't: a wide mix of Minnesota and Wisconsin upcyclers, with plenty of one-off wares. So shop locavore, even if you do it online.
The concept was eco-friendly already, but selling work by 40 locals helps the store seriously reduce the its own footprint—and those of us who shop there.
Plus in an age that's increasingly mass-green, one-of-a-kind is refreshing. Even with the occasional hint of a wee granola aftertaste.
Local wares follow, prices finish the post:
Beyond sales, the goal is awareness. Owners Tina and Ryan North met as Tony & Tina's Wedding cast members, so they aren't shy. Ryan co-hosts a weekly eco-radio show, and signtificant square-footage is dedicated to a meeting and education space with Do It Green! Minnesota, publishers of a local green-ness guide.
To that end (and rebirth), in-store workshops are coming. The first: the enviro benefits of home brew, plus how-to.
TWIN CITIES GREEN
2405 Hennenpin Ave S
T-Sat 11 – 7
"Hours subject to change due to holidays, emergencies and global warming."
The partners sell via its extensive sister shop Green Gifts Online.
Chair, $650; Bicycle end table, $195; Sidebord: $900; Mirror; $90; Ski tube table; $275; Cork tray, $75; Playhouse, $119, toybox $59; Birch lamp, $110; Supervalu coffee lamp, $60; Creamettes, $75