Each of the stores featured here have opened within the past year and offer something fantastic to the community. Owned by either members or allies of the community, each has created its own niche while still catering to the masses. Consider each of these new local hotspots while you embark on your holiday shopping.
With a story for every piece in the store, Patric Richardson welcomes you into his boutique with open arms. Named for the style icon, Mona Williams features designer and luxury resale consignment, but in an environment that makes you feel like it’s all brand new. The team behind Mona Williams redefines how you shop while curating couture, finding the best pieces from the best seasons of the best designers. Richardson is quick to add that his team takes the point of view of the brilliant designer Yves Saint Laurent: “Fashion fades, style remains.”
Having opened in February of this year, Mona Williams offers more than just high-end fashion. Shoppers are also given the chance to experience luxurious gift items, such as delectable candies from Kentucky, the entire line of The Laundress specialty detergents and fabric care, or exquisite children’s books featuring vintage fashions. A one-of-a-kind couture shopping experience awaits.
18 University Ave NE, Minneapolis
Cocobear Boutique + Pet Care
A convenient St. Paul stop for all things canine and feline, Cocobear offers convenient, friendly dog grooming, dog walking, and pet sitting services combined with a trendy boutique for the pet lover. Cocobear’s products include fun and unique toys, treats, leashes, collars and gift items for pets as wells as pet lovers, emphasizing locally sourced, American made, and natural and organic products.
Unlike some big-box pet stores, the Cocobear team led by Maddie Poling creates a soothing environment for your pet, making your dog or cat’s grooming experience a more calm, enjoyable event. Taking pride in their level of service, Cocobear constantly strives to be the best in an ever-growing industry. Boasting a team with each member owning animals, you can be assured that they will treat your pet the same way they treat their own: spoiled.
197 E 7th Street, St. Paul
The Glbt Spot
A vibrant, outre, and friendly community store, The Glbt Spot opened in September and has already received tremendous support. The store aims to offer moderately priced, occasionally wacky clothing and products while providing the ambiance of a comfortable upscale shopping experience. Offering classic products such as the Andrew Christian Collection as well as novelties like rainbow socks, beanies, and bowties, The Glbt Spot has something for everyone.
The sales team subscribes to a mission of providing customers with an all-inclusive wide array of merchandise and apparel that will make them feel empowered and share their pride as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and queer individuals.
2414 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Twin Cities Leather & Latte
As a community and kink retailer based in Minneapolis, Twin Cities Leather & Latte pride themselves on being a business run by kinky people, for kinky people. Equipped with a mission to serve, grow, fortify, and nurture the kink community of the Twin Cities, the three owners (Luke Wallrich, Karri Plowman, and Tynan Fox) bring a combined 30 years of kink involvement to the business operations. As a community-based store, Twin Cities Leather and Latte provides quality products and a space for the kink and leather communities to connect, learn, and grow. Featuring notable products such as hand-crafted leather gear, latex gear, bondage devices, and dungeon furniture, the shop also offers full service latex and leather repair.
What sets Twin Cities Leather & Latte apart? The new location offers more than just a leather store. As can be guessed, the business has expanded to include a coffee shop complete with pastries. What’s more, the owners strive to create a community resource with ties to kink/leather blogs, educational materials, speakers, history, product suggestions, news, and other resources. The owners intend to help customers understand, experience and enjoy the leather and kink sexual lifestyle(s).
2717 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis