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Twiggs Home and Garden to move to Linden Hills

Twiggs Home and Garden closed Aug. 29 and will re-open Sept. 16 in its new Linden Hills location.

Owner Beth Patrin said she is moving the shop from its current home at 4753 Chicago Ave. S. to 4301 Upton Ave. S. — the former Garden Sampler spot — because the new space is larger and closer to her home.

She also said the area has had a lot of bridge construction that has impacted the business node.

“My hope is to continue to grow the business and provide a really good experience to my existing customers and hopefully have some new customers,” Patrin said. “Mainly providing the Twiggs experience.”

With the larger space, Patrin will introduce new products and expand some of her current lines, including a line of linens. She offers tablecloths and tea towels, but will expand to include aprons and placemats. She will also offer furniture and more garden statuary.

“It’s a big job, but I think it’s exciting because it’s an opportunity to introduce some new lines, expand on other lines and continue to grow the business,” she said.

The new location opens Sept. 16, but Patrin said in November, she will combine a grand re-opening with the holiday open house when the store is decorated and some items are discounted.

“The customers that live right here in the neighborhood are sad, but they’re going to follow me over,” Patrin said. “The ones that live on the other side of the freeway, in Southwest Minneapolis, are very excited because it’s closer to them.”

Patrin said with more space, she is looking into providing how-to educational seminars or workshops for homes and gardens.

Hours will be 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon–4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit or call 823-8944.


Credit union plans approved in Whittier

The Minneapolis Planning Commission last month approved plans for a single-story TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union at 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue South.

The Whittier Alliance and some nearby residents opposed plans for the project, arguing it smacked in the face of Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan density recommendations by being a single story rather than two and that it walled off the commercial district from the residential.

“We welcome the idea of a financial institution, but the design doesn’t work,” Whittier Alliance Executive Director Marian Biehn said at a public hearing before the Planning Commission’s decision.

Developers said the credit union’s nonprofit status prevented it from building larger than it needed and leasing space.

The project was approved under a condition that it replace a planned retaining wall one resident likened to the “Berlin Wall” with a fence.  

Construction is set to begin this fall.


New interior design option in Linden Hills

A new interior design shop called Erskine Interiors opened Sept. 4 in Linden Hills.

Owners Todd and Tammy Erskine have their headquarters and warehouse in Hudson, Wis., but decided to open a second showroom in Minneapolis to grow their business.

Todd Erskine said he hopes the store, located at 4405 France Ave. S., will be a one-stop shop for home improvement products and services.

They buy directly from manufacturers, offering designer carpets, hardwood floors, cabinets and countertops. Some of the brands they have are Karastan carpet and rugs, Ralph Lauren, Fabrica, Masland Carpets and Mohawk carpets.

They also do in-home measurements and installations. Erskine said he’s been in the business since 1986 as an installer.

“We’re a company of craftsmen,” he said. “We like to see our customers love what they get.”

His goal is to provide customers with high customer service often missing from larger companies.

“We offer an alternate to the big-box stores of today by bringing higher-quality products and top-shelf service at prices that’ll leave [customers] with a smile,” Erskine said. “And that’s the name of the game over here.”

Hours are 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call 952-920-2010.


The Hair District comes to the hair district

Uptown’s newest salon, Uptown Hair District, opened its first city salon on Lake Street and Aldrich Avenue Aug. 31. The salon offers a wide variety of services including men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts as well as styling, color, wax and spa services. Their motto is unique to independent contractors, such that they believe in treating their employees like customers.

“If stylists are happy, then customers will remain loyal,” said co-owner and stylist Gina Zaffarano.

Haircuts range from $40–$80 depending on the stylists and as of the first week, they were already booked solid.

“The customers are following their stylists to the new place,” Zaffarano said.

Zaffrano and partner, Jessie Mae, inherited the unique philosophy from Hair District founder Monte Mossiman. The salon goes above and beyond to make a comfortable environment for employees.

“We want to take care of stylists and their needs,” Zaffarano said. “Our job is to provide a setting to let them do their job well.”

Zaffarano and 18 other stylists transferred to the Uptown Hair District from another salon, which did not, in her opinion, make the employees needs a priority.

It is not a full house yet and the salon is still looking for new stylists to make a member of their “family.”

The salon takes walk-ins, but appointments are recommended. Customers can usually get in within a week. The high-end salon will be the Hair District’s sixth Minnesota location and will offer complimentary underground parking.