Proper & Prim, Filson, and Shinola boutiques open this week
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(2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-345-5486)
The Lyn-Lake neighborhood got a little more stylish when Proper & Prim opened last month. Sisters Teresa and Ashlie O'Day started the shop in their hometown of Fargo, but have now opened a second location in Minneapolis. The store features an on-trend, quick-moving inventory all priced under $100 -- a business model that has served local shops like Primp well.
"I would say the concept of the store is that we want really on-trend, modern, young pieces," said Ashlie last month over the phone before P&P's opening. "But we also want everything to be relatively affordable. You won't really find anything over $100. You can put a whole outfit for together for less than $75."
Though it has been open since late May, the boutique's official opening celebration will be this Thursday. From 4 to 9 p.m., shoppers will be able to enjoy snacks, coffee from SpyHouse's coffee cart, and 15 percent off store merchandise. The event's Facebook page can be found here.
(228 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis)
Over the past year or so, the North Loop in downtown Minneapolis has been adding new businesses -- including grocery shops, high-end boutiques, and major coffee chains -- to the neighborhood. This week marks the opening of two shops, Shinola and Filson, in the former Dunn Bros. Coffee space on Washington.
Not familiar with either brand? Shinola is a Detroit-based company that specializes in American-made items including bicycles, journals, watches, and leather goods. Their brand's bikes will also be sold at Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar.
Meanwhile, next door, Seattle-based Filson is kind of like Abercrombie & Fitch if A&F had never repositioned themselves as a brand for "trendy" teens and college kids. The business, which was established in 1897, specializes in outdoor goods and apparel. Expect to find heavy-duty bags, flannels, boots, belts, and gear appropriate for fly fishers, hunters, world travelers, farmers, and south Minneapolis hipsters.
To celebrate the opening of both stores, which also open on Thursday, the neighborhood will be hosting a summer shopping party on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Both stores will be giving demonstrations, while Shinola will have Truce juice on hand for sampling. Other activities and treats at various shops in the area include free PBR, champagne, cocktails from Marvel (Askov Finlayson), and special sales.