24th & HENNEPIN
Twin Cities Green, the go-to store for eco-friendly household items at 2405 Hennepin Ave. S., is expanding its inventory.
Its owners, Ryan and Tina North, on June 28 closed their original South Minneapolis shop, Re Gifts. All of its stock will now be sold at Twin Cities Green, including its wider collection of jewelry, handbags and purses.
Re Gift’s closing, Ryan North said, was not due to poor business. Rather, it’s more personal: He and his wife personally run both stores, leaving them little downtime to raise their 8-year-old son.
The closing also is environmentally motivated.
“By combining the two [stores], we cut down on our own and our customers’ traveling, use fewer resources and lower our carbon footprint,” Ryan North said.
As a result of the consolidation, Twin Cities Green now features a wider array of sculptures, greeting cards, stationery and toys. Ryan North said Re Gift’s focus on locally made products also has transferred over.
50TH & FRANCE
Stephanie’s boutique for women will open a second store in August at 5005 France Ave.
The chic clothing, handbag and jewelry retailer was founded in 2004 in St. Paul. Owner Stephanie Morrissey said she’s been looking for a second location for years.
“When this opportunity popped up, I jumped right on it,” she said.
Morrissey said she specializes in offering clothes not normally found in the Midwest. She carries classic and modern clothes from designers throughout the world. Lines include Tracy Reese, Tibi, Cass & Co., LuLu Lame, Majestic Paris, and many others.
An opening date and hours have not been set yet. For more information, call 651-690-3802 or check out www.stephaniesshop.com.
38TH & GRAND
Get ready to start seeing ball gowns in Calhoun Square.
Kingfield boutique Fairy Godmother at 38th Street and Grand Avenue will open a second store there July 1 in a 500-square-foot space across from Figlio.
Ball gown-wearing boutique owner and self-proclaimed fairy Godmother Terre Thomas said Uptown’s heavier foot traffic was appealing and the spot was too good to pass up.
“We’ll be the beginning of new magic in Calhoun Square,” she said.
Her flagship store will stay open through the summer, but Thomas said she would like to move that to Uptown as well. There just hasn’t been enough traffic at 38th and Grand to keep the business alive there, she said.
Thomas said she signed a temporary lease for the spot in Calhoun Square, located at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street in the heart of Uptown. The mall is slated to undergo a major renovation starting this summer.
The mall boutique will not be large enough to accommodate all of Fairy Godmother’s inventory, Thomas said. She said she’s not sure if the little spot will stay open once the main store moves.
But for now, she’s looking forward to the new space and she’s already painted the walls pink and the ceiling sky blue.
The Calhoun Square boutique will just be a smaller version of Fairy Godmother, carrying cards, books and a variety of other items for inspiration, encouragement and fun.
The boutique’s “restore the tingle” department — which offers Thomas’ handpicked assortment of sex toys, women’s erotica and other things meant to revamp women’s sex lives — will not be available in Calhoun Square. But the store will have a romance department that carries some of those items.
Fairy Godmother in Calhoun Square can be reached at 825-2850. For more information about the boutique, visit
24TH & HENNEPIN
After more than 40 years of business in Uptown, Stereoland is closing its 2325 Hennepin Ave. S. store and consolidating to its Eden Prairie location.
“We felt it was time for a change and kind of wanted to consolidate everything so we could serve our customers better and just be able to manage better,” said Stereoland owner Bill Soderholm, whose father started the business.
Soderholm said the business has gone through many changes over the years, from focusing on television sales to doing half its business in appliance repairs. Today, the focus is on high-end audio gear and custom installation of home theater systems, he said.
Stereoland in Uptown reduced its hours to 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in mid May and was still selling inventory at big discounts in late June. The sale was planned to continue as long as inventory was available at the store, which can be reached at 377-1772.
The Eden Prairie store, at 8743 Columbine Road, has been in business for eight years and Soderholm said he expects it to be around a lot longer. It can be reached at 952-829-9700. For more information, visit