Now open: Isles Studio at 25th & Hennepin

It’s part natural history museum, part garden shop, and part interior design store. You’ll find a Saber-toothed cat skull reproduction, framed insects by artist Christopher Marley and tables set for spring. There are Ammonite fossils from Morocco, interior design books, and reproduced eggshells of the extinct Elephant bird cast from a fossil.


It’s a one-of-a-kind blend from owner Jeff Bengtson, who has a degree in biology, a background in interior design, and a love of gardening.

“I put the three into one space,” he said.

Bengtson said he’s been surprised to see large bird taxidermy selling so quickly — he delivered a crowned crane on Christmas Eve. The shop’s taxidermist works with birds that die of natural causes that come from sources like breeders and zoos.

“Most people would never be this close to a pelican,” Bengtson said.

He said all of his products are ethically sourced, and said he sees value and beauty in appreciating nature.

IMG_2261This summer, he plans to create a unique garden store on the patio with native plants, interesting ferns and perennials.

Bengtson previously ran the shop Colibri starting in the mid-90s at spots including 43rd & Bryant, 50th & Penn, 50th & France and 50th & Bryant.

IMG_2294The Isles Studio opened in December in the former Kenwood Chiropractic Arts building at 1311 W. 25th St. The shop is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.