Digs at 38th & Grand aims to be “one large Pinterest board of crafts”

Credit: Katie Koster and her father Bill Koster at Digs. Photo by Michelle Bruch

A map behind the register at Digs shows a pin with the location of every artist that contributes to the store.

“I’m hoping to get a pin in every state,” said Katie Koster, the new owner of the shop.

She carries woven animal hats for babies, letterpress prints on antique atlas pages by Amy Rice, and hand-sewn pieces by Nancy Miller: “handmade one at a time in my dank dark Minneapolis ‘studio,’ aka ‘the basement,'” reads her label.

WCCO Meteorologist Lauren Casey stopped in on a recent weekday, and arranged to start selling her CloudNine weather-related T-shirts out of the shop.

Years before the Digs business became available, Koster visited the shop and loved it.

“I said this is exactly the kind of shop I want to open,” she said.

She keeps a full-time job at the marketing firm ideapark, and works remotely from the store on Tuesdays (working alongside her dad, who treats the store as an additional “grandchild”).

“I’m getting it all done so far,” she said. “I have a lot of coffee.”

Knitting and fabric sales have become the bread and butter of the business, and Koster would like to open up the shop for more classes.

“You can not only buy it here, but you can make it here,” she said. “I want this to be one large Pinterest board of crafts.”

The store changed hands last fall, and former owner Linda Schneewind introduced Koster in a Facebook post:

“I couldn’t imagine a better fit and I am so grateful to leave my much-loved little store in such caring hands,” she wrote. “I have had great joy running a local business and meeting so many fabulous and talented folks along the way. I will miss all of it dearly, but am excited to learn new skills and to start a new adventure of my own.”