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Favorite Independent Clothing Store

Two women, Michele Henry and Wesley Uthus, turned their passion for style into your passion for good value when they opened Primp in St. Paul in 2010. Wildly popular, there are now nine Primp stores where you can choose your own “cheap-chic” clothing, shoes, accessories, or gifts. 
You also collect things for your closet at women-owned stores like Parc, Poppy, and Scarborough Fair. 

Favorite Independent Eyeglasses Store

The eyes have it! SPECS OPTICAL in Minneapolis is where you go for eyewear or exams. Several SPECS staff members have worked there over 10 years, so familiar faces help you select from 1,200 frame options. With an on-site laboratory, SPECS offers consultations, fittings, tune-ups, repairs, custom tinting and more.

Spectacle Shoppe
Spectacle Shoppe’s website invites you to “Meet the Cast," and displays eye-catching images of employees with outlandish glasses and nicknames like “Specta Gal,” “Vision Vamp,” and “American Eye Doll.” Along with a sense of humor, Spectacle Shoppe’s super powers include custom tinting, frame repairs, and blue light lenses. You also trust eyebobs and Look + See Eye Care to meet your vision needs.

Favorite Independent Gift Shop

You enjoy the unique adventure of an “art project in progress” while browsing for gifts at one of Patina’s several Twin Cities locations. Patina’s owners have a vision to “provide an escape as well as to inspire,” so treat yourself to a visit and see what artsy gems you discover.
You also troll for treasures at metro area stores: Bibelot Shops, Corazon, and i like you.


Favorite Place for a Girlfriends' Weekend

You and your girlfriends love escaping to “The Air-Conditioned City” on Lake Superior. Charter a fishing boat, unwind at a spa in the historic Fitger's building, plunge down Spirit Mountain on alpine skis, dance the night away, or stroll along the largest freshwater lake in the world. For diverse interests, Duluth delivers. You also adventure by the big lake in Grand Marais, and along the North Shore, or enjoy the St. Croix River in Stillwater.

Favorite Retreat Center or Resort
ARC Retreat Center
Your favorite refuge beckons from 87 acres, north of Cambridge, where the ARC Retreat Center offers lodging, meeting spaces, and meal plans. Meditate your stress away, walk a labyrinth, or repose under majestic white pines. ARC is “where healers come for healing, peacemakers find peace, and caregivers are cared for.” Other havens away from home include Bluefin Bay (Tofte), Grand View Lodge (Nisswa), and Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior (Lutsen).

Favorite Travel Agent or Service

“From road trips to cruises and everything in between,” AAA offers a women’s travel club, TripTik routings and maps (including mobile app), destination wedding planning, group travel packages, and more. You leverage AAA’s complete suite of services to steer you in the right direction for your next trek to Timbuktu.

Carmen Schaffer – Viva la Vida Travel
You know Carmen Schaffer will provide expert advice for your next excursion, because she’s “slept in the beds, eaten the food, swam in their waters, and gone on their adventures, just for YOU.” Schaffer’s passionate blog claims travel makes “way for vulnerability, which in turn will lead to great strength.”
You also trust your travel plans to Borton Overseas and Como Rose Travel. Bon voyage!

Eat & Drink

Favorite Brewery
Surly Brewing Company

You like Surly’s swagger and their beer, which is “brewed for flannel, winter, bikes, basement rock shows, long hair, bars with minimal sunlight, and more.” A video of Minneapolis winter at its worst claims Surly is “made for this” and “Brewed for the North.” Fulton Brewing, Indeed Brewing Company, and women-owned Urban Growler Brewing Company also quench your thirst for specialty beer.

Favorite Co-op or Green Grocer
Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op

Consumer-owned Mississippi Market is where St. Paul shops for “organic, locally-grown produce, sustainable meats and seafood, and fresh, made-from-scratch deli and bakery foods”. Everyone can shop at one of their three St. Paul locations, or you can make a one-time investment and get special discounts as a member-owner! In Minneapolis you get your healthy groceries at community-connected Eastside Food Co-op or Seward Community Co-op.

Favorite Coffee/Tea Shop
Caribou Coffee

Headquartered in Minneapolis, and inspired by an experience with “thundering” Alaskan caribou, this hometown coffee starts with Rainforest Alliance Certified beans from around the globe. Caribou ensures beans are from sustainable farms with ethical employers. One of Minnesota’s hundreds of Caribou cafes is where you meet for coffee and conversation. Dunn Brothers Coffee, Nina’s Coffee Cafe, and Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co. are alternative places to fuel up with a cup.

Favorite Farmers Market
Saint Paul Farmers' Market

An icon for over 150 years, and now operating six days a week (no Mondays), the Saint Paul Farmers' Market is not just for city dwellers. You visit the downtown market location and branches as far away as Savage and Andover to find fresh local produce, meats, and bakery goods.
You also stock your kitchen at the Maple Grove Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers Market, and Minneapolis Farmers Market.

Favorite Restaurant

Chimborazo is “a small restaurant with a big heart and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.” Reflecting Minnesota’s dynamic demographics, you chose an Ecuadorian restaurant in Minneapolis as your favorite spot to satisfy your appetite. Menu items like “llapingachos” tempt palates interested in authentic cuisine. You also frequent French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, J. Selby’s, and Meritage when you want good grub.

Favorite Wine Shop or Winery
Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop

Surdyk’s has been stocking your cellar with wine since Prohibition ended in Minneapolis in 1934 – more than 80 years ago! Family-owned but full-service, the Minneapolis store staffs six wine consultants and offers extras like a robust blog, a wedding registry, and a cheese shop. Best of all, Surdyk’s delivers!
You also pop a cork for Solo Vino Bottle Shop, Total Wine & More, and The Wine Thief & Ale Jail.

Family & Pets

Favorite Independent Kids’ Bookstore
Wild Rumpus

With a store name like Wild Rumpus and crazy creatures like chinchillas, ferrets, and tarantulas lurking about, you should be picking out exotic pets. Instead, you are browsing shelves of books, listening to a read-aloud story, watching enthusiastic grade school students, or escaping to another time with a new hardback! Another place you find a good read in a creative setting is at woman-owned Red Balloon Bookshop.

Favorite Independent Toy Store
Creative Kidstuff

With a merry mission to “help families play,” Creative Kidstuff entices “kids” of all ages to seven brightly-colored metro stores. You feast on the spectrum of selections and even professionally-recommended toys to assist with emotional development or social engagement. Go play!
You also let your inner child out at LARK Toys and Mischief Toy Store.
Favorite Kids’ Indoor Play Area
Eagles Nest Indoor Playground

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground of New Brighton is where you go for large muscle play on a sub-zero day. Your young friends (12 months to 12 years) expend their energy on such appealing attractions as the Quadruple Wave Slide, the Hanging Foam Forest, and the Walk-on Piano Keys Player.
Edinborough Park of Edina and Good Times Park of Eagan are also indoor play places where you escape the rain or snow all year round.

Favorite Place for Kids’ Music Lessons
MacPhail Center for Music 

Your children discover the magic of music via learning opportunities with MacPhail Center for Music. Over 100 years of experience helps MacPhail excite students from all backgrounds at their five Minnesota locations (or online or in partnership with communities). Musical programming starts from age 6 weeks and never ends! Kids also get in tune with Hopewell Music Cooperative North and Walker West Music Academy.

Favorite Animal Hospital or Veterinarian
Camden Pet Hospital

From routine exams and vaccinations to specialty surgery, Camden Pet Hospital provides healthcare for the furry members of your family. The Minneapolis facility with an in-house laboratory is the place you go for your veterinary services.
You also get care for your critters at Banfield Pet Hospital, Grand Avenue Veterinary Center, and Minnehaha Animal Hospital.

Favorite Place to Board Your Pet
Avian Suites

Avian Suites is for the birds... and ONLY for birds. This avian-exclusive boarding business is where you take your companion birds for expert care in your absence. The Minneapolis facility offers individual suites for boarding your feathered friends in comfort. They even have a “Frequent Flyer Program” for repeat customers! Your pets also get respite from your family at ADOGO pet hotels, Now Boarding, Pet Doctors, and Stone Mountain Pet Lodge.

Healthy Directions

Favorite Birth Coach
Susan Chargo – New Heart Doula Care

“The word Doula is a Greek word meaning ‘women’s servant.’ Women have been serving other women in childbirth for many centuries.” Whether your first baby or your fourth, or whether you plan a hospital or home birth, Susan Chargo supports you with “education and care through pregnancy, birth, and beyond.” The Minnesota Birth Center and Trillium Midwifery Care are also honored to assist you in bringing new life to the Twin Cities.

Favorite Dentist
Fiant Dental

You actually smile when you visit this Uptown Minneapolis dentist who offers “dentistry for the joyful!” Fiant Dental is the official dentist of the Minnesota RollerGirls and handles your check-ups and fillings, more complex work like dentures or surgery, and even orthodontia. 
Additionally, University of Minnesota Dental Clinics and the women-led clinics ADT Dental and Minnehaha Falls Family Dental Clinic (formerly Jakubas Dental) help keep your smile healthy and happy.

Favorite Elder Services

You have faith in Sholom’s continuum of care for seniors. Sholom offers Twin Cities communities with an opportunity to “live life fully in a Jewish environment where all are welcome.” Amnenities include senior apartments, memory care, adult day services, and hospice, which help every elder make life safer and more enjoyable.

Willows of Ramsey Hill
À la carte is not only a standalone dining dish, at The Willows Of Ramsey Hill, you order à la carte services for seniors, such as “Pendant Call” and “Second Occupant.” For residents of assisted living and memory care units, activities such as “Balloon Ball” and “You Be The Judge” help keep seniors energized and engaged. You find further care for elders at Episcopal Homes, Mary T. Inc., and Presbyterian Homes & Services.

Favorite Life Coach
Nancy Jambor

You work with Nancy Jambor to transform your life. Nancy’s mission is to “help women claim their power, speak their truth, manifest their dreams, and live up to their potential.” Work with her to “clarify your values, articulate your visions, and achieve your goals.” Surpass your own limits! You also pursue your objectives with Karen Carr of Revitalize Retirement Coaching, Freda Curchack Marver of Begin Again Coaching, and Dawn Morningstar of Venerable Women.

Favorite Mental Health Care Service
Natalis Counseling & Psychology Solutions

You like Natalis Counseling & Psychology as your comprehensive provider for mental health-related evaluations, therapy, or psychiatry. With more than 30 clinicians, Natalis serves individuals, couples, families, and groups via a variety of treatment modalities in their St. Paul and White Bear Lake locations. 
Other providers you trust to assist you with mental health include the Associated Clinic of Psychology, Grove Psychotherapy, PrairieCare, and The Family Partnership.

Favorite Place for Personal Fitness

It’s fun to stay (fit) at the YMCA! You enjoy working out with an organization that is “for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.” Features include swimming pools, fitness equipment, exercise classes, gyms, indoor tracks, and childcare at more than 25 Minnesota locations.
You also focus on fitness at Life Time and the YWCA.

In Our Community 

Favorite MN Nonprofit
She Rock She Rock

You support this organization that is dedicated to “empowering girls, women, and trans and gender nonconforming folks through the art of music.” You help girls and women let their inner rock star out at sponsored programs like Beats by Girlz, Women’s Rock 'n' Roll Retreat, or the Sing and Sweat Class.
You also appreciate the support for women conducted by the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, Phoenix Service Corporation, Planned Parenthood, Second Harvest Heartland, and Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota.

Favorite MN Politician Who Stands Up For Women’s Rights
Amy Klobuchar

You recognized that Amy Klobuchar’s public record promotes rights for women. As Minnesota’s senior U.S. Senator, she advocates to improve women’s lives. She's worked to protect women’s reproductive rights, enable paid family and medical leave, prevent discrimination against pregnant workers, achieve pay equity, and support victims of violence and trafficking. You also appreciate the work of U.S. Sen. Al Franken, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and State Reps. Erin Murphy, and Ilhan Omar.

Favorite MN Role Model for Women in Education
ReBecca Koenig Roloff – St. Catherine University

You chose the 11th President of St. Catherine University as a role model in education. ReBecca Koenig Roloff currently directs this esteemed academic institution, where 96% of the undergraduate students are women. Roloff has a long-time passion for empowering women, and previously demonstrated this commitment as CEO of YWCA Minneapolis. You also look up to Presidents Rebecca M. Bergman of Gustavus Adolphus College and Dr. Fayneese Miller of Hamline University.

Favorite Role Model for Women in Health Care
Sarah Stoesz – Planned Parenthood

You identified Sarah Stoesz, the president & CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota as a health care paragon. Not surprisingly, Stoesz prioritizes women’s well-being. As their website indicates, in our region, unintended pregnancy is at an all-time low, and the abortion rate is at the lowest level since Roe v. Wade.
You also expressed praise for Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO of Allina Health.

Favorite Social Justice Organization
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis

You affirm the work of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Minneapolis, toward a goal of ensuring “ALL Black Lives Matter”, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, or economic status. BLM works “toward dismantling systems of oppression and violence” and “uplifting and encouraging the creativity of our youth.” You also recognize and support the commitment to advancing equality made by Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Planned Parenthood, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates.

Favorite Spiritual Community
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates

You relate to a spiritual community with 300-year-old French roots. The Sisters and Consociates “strive to foster the common good through advocacy, creative arts, education, healthcare, social service, and spirituality.” Service initiatives target “love of neighbor without distinction” and include immigrant education, feminist theological learning, and a justice commission. Your spiritual communities also include Common Ground Meditation Center, Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community, Tergar Meditation Community, and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.

Out on the Town

Favorite Festival
MayDay Festival (Heart of the Beast)

Puppets, a parade, a party, and a pageant collide each spring. You help make giant puppets representing prairie, sky, river and woods. You “march, boogie, or roll” in the story-telling parade performance. You paddle the red sun flotilla across the lake and re-awaken the tree of life. This is MayDay in Minneapolis.

Minnesota State Fair
When you want a community celebration on a state-wide scale, you head to the Great Minnesota Get-Together! The Minnesota State Fair provides 12 summer days of gluttony – where you eat unusual foods on a stick, watch farm animals give birth, and twirl in circles on thrill rides.
You also kick up your heels at the Minnesota Renaissance and Twin Cities Pride Festivals.

Favorite Music/Dance Venue
First Avenue

You agree that First Avenue is “the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis.” With over 40 years of providing intimate access to musicians (including Prince, Bo Diddley, and Metallica), First Avenue is still playing your jam! The establishment also promotes civic responsibility and hosts youth vote rallies. You also get your groove on with performances at The Cedar, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, and the Turf Club.

Favorite Place to Book an Event
Solar Arts by Chowgirls

Minneapolis boasts an award-winning space where you rally your relatives or entertain your employees. “Steeped in historic details,” Solar Arts by Chowgirls features wood, glass, and exposed brick to accompany any personal style. You seat up to 350 of your besties and serve “killer food” catered by Chowgirls. Women-owned! Carondelet Center and Landmark Center, both of St. Paul, also host your gatherings with style.

Favorite Place to Meet New People

You are most comfortable meeting new people at a place where “we value what everyone brings to the table.” Minnesota’s YMCA organization works “to ensure that all segments of our communities are welcome at the Y, and have equal opportunities to become connected to other participants, members, staff, and volunteers.” You also meet new people at Can Can Wonderland, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, or simply while walking your dog!

Favorite Place to Take a Class
Goddess of Glass

Connie Beckers opened Goddess of Glass in 2009 with a gift shop featuring art work from over 100 artists. Beckers offers award-winning expertise as a glass artist, and the studio classes that delight you include edible art (cookies!) and mandala painting, as well as glass fusing and stained glass.
You also grow new brain cells at Community Education classes, at The Loft Literary Center, and at women-focused She Rock She Rock.

Favorite Theater Company
Guthrie Theater

You adore attending world-class performances right here in Minnesota! Housed in a dramatic blue glass building along the Minneapolis Mississippi riverfront, the Guthrie Theater “creates transformative theater experiences that ignite the imagination, stir the heart, open the mind, and build community through the illumination of our common humanity.”
Other outstanding venues for an evening of entertainment include Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre.

Professional Services

Favorite Accountant
Fox Tax

You know that Fox Tax agents are “not your average number crunchers.” Alyssa Fox co-founded the company at age 24 with her brother and now they serve over 4000+ clients, including many artists and musicians. The Fox Tax Minneapolis office includes an art gallery, co-locating Fox’s passion for counting and creativity. Other firms you trust to direct your dollars include GuideSource, Karen R. Palm, CPA, Propel Nonprofits, and Bonnie R. Russ of Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ P.A.

Favorite Co-Sharing Work Space
COCO (now known as Fueled Collective)

Need a workspace that can grow as your business grows? You use COCO for fully-furnished shared group workspaces, flexibly sized to fit your needs. Just you for now? You grab a COCO dedicated desk at one of four metro locations, all with basic business services and some that are dog-friendly! 
You also set up shop with your laptop at The Coven or ModernWell, both of which are women-owned. 

Favorite Estate Planner
Julie W. Olmsted – Blue Owl Law

Preparing for both the expected and unexpected, you seek counsel at Blue Owl Law. Why trust a firm with the name of an imaginary creature? According to Julie W. Olmsted, “Blue is the color of sincerity and trust. Owls are wise and keen creatures; they are symbols of transition.” That’s why!

Rachel T. Schromen – Schromen Law
You retain Rachel T. Schromen to “work with you in the pursuit of your life goals, dreams and legacy.” Schromen assists you with trusts and wills and powers of attorney, among other things. If those are stressful topics, simply request that Mabel, the certified therapy dog, attend your planning sessions!
You also feel confidence in estate planning with Ann B. Burns of Gray Plant Mooty and with Chris Tymchuck of Unique Estate Law.

Favorite Family Law Attorney
Carla Kjellberg – Kjellberg Law Office

Carla Kjellberg guides you through some of the toughest times of your life. With legal expertise relating to domestic abuse or divorce mediation, Kjellberg is by your side. She says, “You can trust that I will tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear.” 
Anne E. Tressler of Tressler Law also handles your family law matters and protects your interests.

Favorite Financial Institution
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

For money matters, you work with Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union which offers insured bank accounts, loans, credit cards – even student services that include an option to finance academic technology purchases! You enjoy locations throughout Minnesota, 24-hour online banking, and member discounts at places like Sprint and Nickelodeon Universe. Other local places to stash your cash include U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and Wings Financial Credit Union.

Favorite Financial Planner
Joan Gilles – Financial Planning Partners 
You choose Joan Gilles of Financial Planning Partners in Minneapolis to help you count your beans and reach your financial goals. Her enthusiasm is contagious as she writes, “Listening to your story and helping you plan for the life you want makes my job energizing, rewarding, and just plain AWESOME.” 
You also navigate financial life changes with Stacey L Bartelson of Edward Jones, Darla Kashian of RBC Wealth Management, Celine Kitzenberg of Promus Financial Group, LLC, and Roya Moltaji of Charterpoint Wealth Strategies.

Favorite Graduate Program
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota is where you train your brain with over 200 graduate and professional degree options. With flexible course scheduling and many online options, you study when it works for you. If you are an older student, you appreciate the amazing value of the Senior Citizen Education Program.
Some of you continue your lifelong learning with advanced degrees and certificates at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.

Favorite Insurance Agent
Dash Leander – Farmers Insurance
You favor Dash Leander of Farmers Insurance in Mendota Heights to keep you covered. Leander strives to “help make you smarter about insurance.” Leander provides guidance whether you are shopping to protect your automobile, home, belongings, or business. Drive a hybrid or electric car? Ask about an alternative fuel discount. You also insure things that matter with Davina Baldwin of State Farm (Brooklyn Park) and Deborah Streeter of Farmers Insurance (Bloomington).

Women-Friendly Services

Favorite Bike Shop
Erik’s Bike Shop

Considering new wheels or accessories? Looking to repair or trade in your bike? Hoping to join others for a ride? You go to Erik’s Bike Shop year-round for info on the latest in bicycle trends and technology. Women of all ages and cycling abilities find what they need at Erik’s.
The Hub Bike Co-op, One on One Bicycle Studio, and Recovery Bike Shop also serve your cycling needs.

Favorite Car Repair Shop
Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive

Based near the University of MN, Turbo Tim’s is who you trust for car care. You enjoy the shop kitties, the garage artwork and mural, and the 10% discount for displaying a bumper sticker! Bobby & Steve’s Auto World and Nghia’s Auto Service also help you stay safely on the road.

Favorite Home Remodeler
Castle Building & Remodeling

If your personal castle needs an update or expansion, you love working with Castle Building & Remodeling of Minneapolis. A commitment to hiring, buying, and giving locally sets Castle apart. Guarantees on upfront pricing and completion dates, along with a lifetime warranty, make Castle your preferred partner for home improvements. REFINED and woman-owned Wonderwoman Construction also undertake your building projects.

Favorite House Painter

Note : The owner's name in our "What Women Want" printed magazine section for Favorite House Painter was listed incorrectly. This is the corrected version

Thomas Keller – Dale Brothers Painting
Inside or out, when you want to revise or refresh the hues of your home, you choose family-owned Dale Brothers. “If you aren’t happy with something, we fix it – no questions asked.” Dale’s celebrates 20 years of service by donating a Community Paint Job to a neighbor in need.
You also pick the palettes of Headwaters Painting and woman-owned Ms. Greenjeans for painting your home.

Favorite Plumber
St. Paul Pipeworks

New bathroom? Clogged sink? For your metro area plumbing needs, you recommend St. Paul Pipeworks. These professionals help you with everything from inspections to repairs to remodels. “Most plumbing repairs can be done the same day you call” because St. Paul Pipeworks knows that “plumbing problems can’t wait.” When it comes to waterworks, you also call Jake the Plumber, Rascher Plumbing and Heating Inc., and woman-owned Suzie B’s Plumbing.

Favorite Realtor
Stephanie Gruver

To buy or sell a home, you call Stephanie Gruver of Re/Max Results. Gruver lives her real estate passion in a restored 1928 Tudor home in Minneapolis and is “Old Home Certified” by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Whatever your personal housing style, Gruver’s expertise meets your real estate needs.
For property deals, you also work with Susan Bonne (Keller Williams Realty Integrity Lakes), Margaret Thorpe Richards (Coldwell Banker Burnet), Amy Ruzick & Kay T. Johnson (RE/MAX Results), and Sandy Green Realty.


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