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:
Chair of reclaimed wood, with side windows & jeans upholstery.
An end-table made of bicycle parts, tire included. Ask about the auto version.
A sideboard with an upcycled bowling alley surface plus salvaged junkyard tools as supports, pulls and grandpa grumblers.
A mirror with tiles made of plastic bags & a glass-topped table of ski gate poles.
A tray of hand-cut corks.
Made of ex-carpet tubes, this playhouse and toybox could be taken over by a golden retriever.
A downed birch created the perfect, uninterrupted pieces of bark for these hanging lamps. We'd change the chains.
Local icons Supervalu & Creamettes, relit.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 WHERE: 2405 Hennenpin Ave S Mpls 55405 612.374.4581 WHEN: T-Sat 11 – 7 Sun 12-5 closed Monday “Hours subject to change due to holidays, emergencies and global warming.” ONLINE: The partners sell via its extensive sister shop Green Gifts Online. Prices: 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