Queenie & Pearl brings a groovy vibe to 50th & Xerxes

Queenie & Pearl
Queenie and Pearl offers vintage and new clothing, as well as handmade jewelry and accessories at 50th & Xerxes. Photo by Andrew Hazzard

Stepping inside Queenie & Pearl can feel a bit like traveling back in time.

Shag rugs appear beneath your feet, bellbottoms line the racks and stacks of graphic band tees cover the tables and are tucked into ’70s-era suitcases.

The merchandise is the collection of Lisa Banwell, a music and style enthusiast who has spent the last 30 years scouring music festivals and vintage shops and haggling with bikers to get the jackets off their backs.

“I have a weakness for leather jackets,” Banwell said.

Queenie and Pearl
Queenie & Pearl is open Wednesday through Sunday at 50th & Xerxes.

She’s had pop up locations and music festival stands for years but opened her first permanent home at 50th & Xerxes about three months ago.

She boasts a large collection of vintage Levi’s and an eclectic mix of old band T-shirts, which have been among her best sellers.

“I’m a music lover so that gets integrated into the shop,” she said.

But it’s not all vintage. She also offers a wide selection of new and handmade crafts, which she said come from about 20 female makers.

As the winter comes to a close, Banwell will move out some of her old school fur and wool coats for vintage music festival gear. While the store has been popular among college-age women, she said they’ve been getting a good range of ages and some mother-daughter pairs to the shop.

A South Minneapolis resident, Banwell enjoys having a shop so close to home.

“It’s really fun to be able to do what you want to do,” Banwell said.

Queenie & Pearl is open noon–6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends.