Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

I’m not much for all of the Black Friday madness, but I love Small Business Saturday. I’ve shopped my way across several states and a Canadian province for this website and locally owned stores have such a special place in my heart.

Shop Small Graphic by Aendee
Photo of (and by) Ashley Dedin of AENDEE. Ask her nicely and she just might play you a song on that ukelele.

I love that I can directly help a fellow small-business owner live their dream and keep money in my community while crossing things off my Christmas list. And the gifts I find are so much more unique and interesting than anything I’d find at a big box store.

The shopping scene has absolutely exploded since I moved back to North Dakota. So, in honor of Small Business Saturday, here are a few of my favorite shops in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Manitoba for you to check out this season.

Handmade Dolls at Unglued
Handmade toys at Unglued in Fargo

Unglued: (Fargo) The epicenter of the handmade movement in the region, Unglued stocks a range of jewelry, accessories, gifts, kid’s stuff, art, beauty and household items. A seasonal pop-up store offers special events and an expanded selection of locally-made snacks, toys and seasonal items for gift giving. Learn more about Unglued here.

Yellow Umbrella: (Bemidji, MN and online) This turquoise-walled haven of handmade goodness offers art, accessories, baby gifts, jewelry, decor and more to customers in Minnesota lakes country. Take a peak inside the shop here.

AENDEE: (Fargo and online) Bespoke neckties, bowties, scarves and handmade accessories for men and women are on offer on this little shop. Everything on the shelves is made from repurposed men’s dress shirts and old ties.

Sew Dandee: (Winnipeg and online) The next time you’re in Winnipeg, check out Sew Dandee’s handmade clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts and kid’s items. If you need to renew your passport, you can window shop here.

Jewelry From Luscious Boutique in Grafton, ND
Jewelry from Luscious Boutique in Grafton, ND

Hodgepodge: (Fargo) This tiny shop stocks men and women’s clothing and accessories, decor, dishes and knickknacks. Here’s a look inside the brand-new store.

Revolver: (Fargo) The staff showcases an ever-changing selection of men’s and women’s clothes, accessories and throwback items, with an eye towards a younger consumer.

Violet Vintage: (Fargo) Shop the beautifully curated collection of women’s clothing and accessories in a jewel box of a shop. Check out some of my favorite items from Violet Vintage in this article.

T shirts at TAG in Fargo
Previous designs from TAG in Fargo

Ts and More:
TAG: (Fargo and online) Tongue-in-cheek Ts and casual gear for guys and girls have a Midwestern bent and a wicked sense of humor. To view designs from Christmas past, click here.

MerchMe: (Moorhead, MN and online) Support local bands and organizations with an original T — or commission your own! Read a little about MerchMe’s founder and how they put the shirts together in this profile.

For the Alt/Counterculture Ones:
The Basement: (Moorhead, MN) Hot rod, rockabilly, pin-up and vintage influences converge in this little shop for guys and girls in Moorhead. Check out the accessories and jewelry too. Read more about the shop here.

Kustom Kulture: (Winnipeg and online) This Winnipeg shop is more than just smoking gear — they have great gift items, accessories and apparel for men and women too. It’s one of the stores I checked out for this shopping profile.

Interior of Zandbroz in Fargo
Inside Zandbroz in Fargo

Variety Stores:
Zandbroz Variety: (Fargo and Sioux Falls, SD) If you can’t find something beautiful and unique at these gift emporiums, you’re just not trying. They’re chock full of books, toys, novelty items, kitchen and tableware, jewelry and accessories.

Desart: (Winnipeg) Quirky and fun, this Winnipeg shop is full of beautiful, functional and often completely silly gift items for all ages. I wrote a little about the shop in this article.

Luscious Boutique: (Grafton, ND and online) Browse new and vintage items for your closet and your home and take a break with a cup of coffee or something sweet. Read about my adventures in Grafton here.

Urban Girl: (Bismarck) A charming mix of gift items, trendy clothing and the occasional vintage item keeps customers guessing — and coming back.

Clothing at Kittson in Fargo
Clothing at Kittson in Fargo

For the Ladies:
Kittson: (Grand Forks and Fargo) Ladies flock to Kittson for clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. The shop stocks special pieces with a bit of dressed up flair.
Here’s your look inside.

Lot 2029: (Bismarck and Fargo) Local fashionistas love the up-to-the-minute women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. The looks and the price tags are equally refreshing. Read more about it here.

Shirts at Halberstadt's Men's Clothiers in Fargo
Shirts at Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers in Fargo

For The Guys:
Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers: (Fargo) The local chain’s downtown expansion caters to a guy looking for classic tailoring with a modern twist.

martinpatrick3: (Minneapolis) Dapper menswear, furnishings and decor for the guy who wants to take it to the next level. If a drive to Minneapolis isn’t in the cards, let me give you a tour here.

Straus Clothing and a.k.a: (Fargo) The flagship menswear store has helped generations of dudes look good. Fans of edgier styles will love a.k.a., located inside the main store.

This is by no means a definite list…I would have to write a book! So what are your favorite local shops?

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