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Favorite Independent Art Supply Store

Wet Paint

Boasting over 30,000 products to paint, draw, sculpt, and design, Wet Paint is where you go to re-stock your home craft closet or art studio. Knowledgeable sales staff — all practicing artists — keep you coming back for their know-how.

You also stock up with supplies from Art Materials LLC. , ArtScraps, and Knit & Bolt.

Favorite Independent Bookstore

Magers & Quinn

When you have a hankering for a unique selection of new, used, and rare books, you head to Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis to find a “bounty of the world’s best books assembled by biblioholic booksellers.” You can also get cash or credit when you are ready to pass your paperbacks on to other browsing bookworms. 

Readers also find their favorite editions at Moon Palace Books, Red Balloon Bookshop, and Wild Rumpus Books.

Favorite Independent Clothing Store

Primp Boutique

Whether you are getting ready for a vacation, a special event, or the change of Minnesota’s seasons, you check out the fashion trends available in one of Primp’s eight locations. Woman-owned Primp Boutique offers personal styling sessions where you can create your very own look with help from an expert.

Cliché, CorAzoN, and Poppy also help you look your best.

Favorite Independent Eyeglasses Store

Spectacle Shoppe

When you need a store where they “treat eyes like art,” you take your peepers in to one of four Spectacle Shoppe locations in the Twin Cities. You choose from name brand eyewear or “the largest collection of vintage frames in North America,” and find glasses that are uniquely you.

Other places you adorn your eyes include Invision Distinctive Eyewear, iWare Northeast, and Look and See Eye Care.

Favorite Independent Gift Shop

The Goddess of Glass & Friends

As you look for a one-of-a-kind gift, you choose The Goddess of Glass & Friends in North Minneapolis. Owner Connie Beckers curates offerings from over 100 local artists, offers framing services, and, of course, beautiful glass art made by Beckers herself. The Goddess of Glass has been a What Women Want favorite for years, both for the unique gift shop, and the art classes offered in a variety of mediums.

You also peruse at Bibelot GoodThings, i like you, and Patina.

Favorite Independent Toy Store 

Creative Kidstuff

No matter your age, you count on Creative Kidstuff to harness the “power of play.” Whether you are looking for classic playthings or the latest in developmental and educational options, you know Creative Kidstuff has a treasure trove of toys to bring back memories or help make new ones.

kiddywampus, Lark Toys, and Mischief also help you get your game on.

Destinations

Favorite Place for a Weekend Getaway 

Duluth

On the edge of the largest freshwater lake in the world, Duluth is your favorite weekend getaway. You relish Canal Park, Glensheen Manor, Spirit Mountain, as well as the natural beauty surrounding the lake. You appreciate attractions like the Lake Superior Zoo, the Great Lakes Aquarium, The Ore Boat Museum, the North Shore Scenic Railroad, and the Lift Bridge!

Other destinations you dream of include Grand Marais, the North Shore, and Stillwater.

Favorite Retreat Center or Resort 

Bluefin Bay Resort 

Bluefin Bay is where you go to for a getaway in any season — from skiing, snowboarding, and even dog-sledding in the winter to kayaking, hiking, and biking in the summer. You can also just enjoy the views from the hot tub or spa. Bluefin is a relaxing getaway to all the fun and beauty the North Shore has to offer.

You also escape to the ARC Retreat Center, Grand View Lodge Spa and Golf Resort, and Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior.

Favorite Travel Agent or Service

Buen Viaje Travel 

When you want assistance in creating your dream vacation, you turn to Jackie Gutierrez at Buen Viaje Travel. Whether it is a European winery tour, a cruise, or a trip to Disney, Gutierrez has been there and done that. Her expertise and enthusiasm empowers you to get the most out of your travel budget.

AAA and Como Rose Travel also nourish your need to roam. 

Eat & Drink

Favorite Bakery

Thirsty Whale Bakery

Founded by 24-year-old Megan Baker, the Thirsty Whale Bakery satisfies your sweet tooth with both walk-in treats (like cookies, donuts, and cake pops) and custom creations. A sneaker? An owl? A ski boat? A black lab? A turkey? If you can dream it, Megan (the) Baker can “cake it.”

You get other tasty pastries at A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop, Patisserie 46, and Wuollet Bakery.

Favorite Brewery, Distillery, or Winery 

Urban Growler Brewing Company

To quench your thirst, you frequent the first women-owned microbrewery in Minnesota, opened in 2014 by Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak. Whether in the taproom or the expansive beer garden, select from brews named Cowbell Cream Ale or Plow to Pint (made with locally sourced ingredients). Urban Growler claims, “We’re beer for you.”

For variety, you also raise a mug at Du Nord Craft Spirits, Indeed Brewing Company, Surly Brewing Company, and Tattersall Distillery.

Favorite Co-op or Green Grocer 

Mississippi Market

You fill your fridge with nutritious fresh produce, cheese, baked goods, or butcher items from member-owned Mississippi Market. You appreciate their commitment to offer local products and teach children about healthy foods. Open to members and non-members, Mississippi Market has been part of the St. Paul community for four decades.

Eastside Food Co-op, Seward Co-op, and Wedge Community Co-op are also places you pick your produce.

Favorite Coffee or Tea Shop 

Caribou Coffee

At Caribou Coffee, you perk up with their wide menu of caffeinated (and non-caffeinated) delights. A simple cup of coffee to an Iced Pomegranate Acai Tea Latte — there’s something for everyone. You can even savor this Minnesota delight when you travel across the country or across the world, with locations as far away as Egypt and Turkey.

You also get your caffeine fix at Dunn Brothers Coffee, Nina’s Coffee Café , or Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co.

Favorite Farmer’s Market

St. Paul Farmers’ Market

You rejoice in selecting the perfect potato or a superb spaghetti squash at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. Open year-round, the market features locally grown or produced “root veggies, microgreens, mushrooms, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, sweet treats, honey, jellies and jams, salsa, maple syrup, spices, sauces, kombucha, and other specialty foods.” 

More local  goods beckon you to visit Midtown Farmer’s Market, Minneapolis Farmer’s Market, and Northeast Farmers’ Market.

Favorite Restaurant

Crooners Lounge & Supper Club

The menu and the music draw you to Crooners Lounge & Supper Club. You love the atmosphere reminiscent of the mid-20th century, the jazz and blues performers, and the traditional American fare including steaks, walleye, and chicken and waffles.

You also grab some grub at Barbette, Pat’s Tap, and Bluefin Grille. 

Education

Favorite University for Graduate Programs

University of Minnesota

With more than 240 graduate programs, it’s easy to see why you pick the University of Minnesota for graduate or professional degrees. You can get a certificate in Advanced Wearable Products or an additional degree in Entomology or Neuroscience. There’s something for all lifelong learners at “The U.”

Hamline University, St. Catherine University, and St. Mary’s University are other schools where you continue your studies.

Favorite Place to Take a Class

The Goddess of Glass & Friends

Connie Beckers welcomes you to her studio and store for Glass Fusing Fun, but you can also learn about Paper Marbling, Dot Mandala Painting, Acrylic Pouring, Edible Art, Making Lotions and Salves, or Tie Dyeing Rainbow Spirals. After one class, you are considered a studio member and eligible for special discounts.

You also enroll for education at Community Ed Classes, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and University of Minnesota.

Favorite University for Undergraduate Programs

University of Minnesota

When it comes to undergraduate studies, you prefer the University of Minnesota. You choose from 150 academic majors and join over 31,000 undergraduates from Minnesota and the world to create a spirited student body with access to 23 varsity sports, Greek life, and 900+ student organizations.

Other students study at Augsburg University, Metropolitan State University, and St. Catherine University.

Healthy Directions

Favorite Birth Coach

Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center

The director and co-owner of Health Foundations, Amy Johnson-Grass, is also a midwife and a naturopathic doctor. It is no surprise that you choose her center, with its expert midwives and comfortable home-like birthing suites, to ensure a custom childbirth experience designed the way you dream it. 

You also welcome new family at Roots Community Birth Center.

Favorite Dentist

ADT Dental

This dental practice in Minneapolis partners with you to keep your smile in top shape. The all-women team is comprised of five dentists, six hygienists, six assistants, a dental therapist, and other key staff. In addition to English, you can find a dentist who speaks Vietnamese, Spanish, Swahili, or Hindi.

You also trust your smile to Brian Pierce, DDS – Pierce Dental Care; Grace Warren, DDS, PA – Nokomis Dental Care; and Nancy Norling, DDS – Uptown Dental.

Favorite Elder Services

Mary T., Inc.

Founded by Mary M. Tjosvold, Mary T., Inc. provides services and programs you depend on for seniors. With a foundation of residential choices — like assisted living spaces, senior apartments, and a skilled nursing facility — Mary T., Inc. also supports seniors with assistive technology, and offers brain injury services, home health, and hospice options. 

Seniors also look to Catholic Eldercare, Inc., and Walker Methodist for specialized services.

Favorite Mental Health Care Services

Wild Tree Psychotherapy, LLC

The all-women therapist team at Wild Tree Psychotherapy helps you gain confidence to face life’s challenges and stressors and reach optimum health in mind, body, and spirit. Wild Tree strives to “support you in growing and sustaining strong roots, life balance, and flexibility to adapt to change in this wild world.” 

Birch Counseling, and Northside Center for Emotional Wellness, LLC, also are where you seek trusted professional guidance. 

Favorite Place for Holistic Health Care

Allina’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

You seek services at Allina’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing because you know they will help the whole you. You can create a treatment plan from 18 holistic services offered that include options such as nutrition counseling, biofeedback, Traditional Chinese Medicine, wellness coaching, and massage therapy.

Northeast Wellness, Pathways, People’s Movement Center, and Selby Acupuncture also assist you in reaching health-related goals.

Favorite Place for Personal Fitness

YMCA

With several Minnesota locations, the YMCA is your go-to place for a good workout. You can choose from weightlifting and cardio rooms, personal training sessions, group fitness classes, pools, and more. You enjoy the mission of community building, as well as free child care while you exercise, and opportunities like camps and classes for your kids.

You also exert energy at Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul, LA Fitness, and the YWCA.

In Our Community 

Favorite Children’s Advocacy Organization

Children’s Defense Fund – MN

When it comes to advancing the well-being of children, you turn to the organization that sponsors Freedom Schools, Beat the Odds scholarships, Voices and Choices for Children, Bridge to Benefits, KIDS COUNT, and others. Children’s Defense Fund has been advancing children’s interests for more than 40 years.

You also rely on these organizations to stand up for youth: Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, PACER Center, Washburn Center for Children, and YouthLink.

Favorite Feminist Organization 

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood provides low- (or no-) cost healthcare, reproductive education, and compassionate care. Planned Parenthood provides wellness and preventative care, STI testing, and birth control options for all.

Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, Inc.; National Organization for Women – MN Chapter; Women Against Military Madness; and Women Winning are also on your list of appreciated groups. 

Favorite Social Justice Organization

Black Lives Matter

You embrace the work Black Lives Matter (BLM) does to uplift and encourage the creativity of youth and dismantle systems of oppression and violence. In addition to pursuing “dignity for ALL Black lives,” BLM fights “homophobia, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, ableism, and capitalism.” 

You also appreciate social justice support from the ACLU of Minnesota (American Civil Liberties Union); Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, Inc.; OutFront Minnesota; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet; and Women’s March Minnesota.

Favorite Spiritual Community

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

You are encouraged by a spiritual community with ministries that “strive to foster the common good through advocacy, creative arts, education, healthcare, social service, and spirituality.” One highlight of the St. Paul Province is a program called Learning in Style, whose free classes target literacy and citizenship skills for people new to Minnesota.

You also find strong communities in First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, and St. Joan of Arc Church.

Out on the Town

Favorite Festival

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s May Day Festival

The May Day festival hosted by In the Heart of the Beast at Powderhorn Park includes a parade, music, dancing, food, and canoe rides. A staple of South Minneapolis since 1975, the May Day festival is a way to honor the end of winter, connection, and community.  They are looking for diverse partners so they can continue the festival in 2020.

The Irish Fair of Minnesota, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and the Minnesota State Fair also draw you outside.

Favorite Live Music Venue 

First Avenue

First Avenue has been an iconic establishment for over 45 years, and you agree it is “the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis.” First Avenue has hosted iconic and legendary musicians and declares, “Our doors are always open to the thousands of music lovers who are First Avenue’s past, present, and future.”

You also enjoy nights at Crooners Lounge & Supper Club,
 and Dakota.

Favorite Museum

Minneapolis Institute of Art 

Minneapolis Institute of Art delivers on its desire to inspire “wonder through the power of art.” With free general admission, you marvel at 90,000 artworks from six continents, featuring such items as barkcloth paintings from Congo, clay art from Japan, and a current textiles exhibit featuring Indigenous women.

Wonder also abounds at the Bell Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Walker Art Center.

Favorite Place to Meet Up With Friends

(3-Way Tie) Cafe Latte, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Crooners Lounge & Supper Club

You and friends meet over baked goods, comfort food, and wine at Cafe Latte; or delight in the flora and fauna at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory; or listen to smooth jazz and blues during your meal at Crooners Lounge & Supper Club. 

A cup at Caribou Coffee and a stroll near Minnehaha Falls are also ways you connect with friends.

Favorite Theater Company

Guthrie Theater

The compelling blue glass building nestled next to the views of the Mississippi and Gold Medal Park boasts world-class theater productions. The Guthrie strives to empower and uplift the under-represented and to incorporate a diversity of voices and visions on stage.

You also fuel your passion for plays at Children’s Theatre Company, Jungle Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Penumbra Theatre.

Pets

Favorite Animal Hospital or Veterinarian 

St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital

You know you can bring your dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, and rodents to St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital for tender loving care. St. Francis offers medical veterinary care as well as massage and laser therapies, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and hospice and palliative care.

When your furry family members need care, you also visit Camden Pet Hospital, Caravan Vet, and Grand Avenue Veterinary Center.

Favorite Place for Pet Daycare 

Dog Days 

Woman-owned Dog Days is where your best canine friends go for tail wags and tummy rubs. Dogs socialize with other dogs for a full “Dog Day” of indoor and outdoor play in a healthy and supervised environment. Your dog can even be groomed on site during a day of care.

While you are working, your dogs also play with their pals at Now Boarding, Ruff Love Dogs, and Woof Room.

Favorite Place for Pet Training Classes 

(Tie) Animal Humane Society, The Canine Coach 

Training a dog is easy and fun when you head to class at the Animal Humane Society or The Canine Coach. Both organizations offer multiple levels of group classes, or you can opt for private sessions to work directly with a trainer.

To help your hound heel, you also train at Katie’s K9, and the Twin Cities Obedience Training Club.

Favorite Place to Board Your Pet 

Dog Days

Wendy Harter, Dog Days owner, has a commitment to treating each dog with care and attention. When you can’t bring your dogs with you, you leave them at one of three Dog Days metro locations to bark with their buddies during the day and relax in a boarding suite at night.

Now Boarding, and Pets Are Inn also care for your canines while you are away.

Favorite Rescue Organization 

Animal Humane Society

You are certain that the Animal Humane Society (AHS) is striving to ensure the health and safety of all animals. AHS not only helps find owners or new homes for strays, they also work tirelessly to ensure animals are neutered and spayed, and educate children and the community about proper pet care.

You recommend the following animal welfare groups as well: Feline Rescue, Inc., Safe Hands Rescue, and Secondhand Hounds.

Professional Assistance

Favorite Accountant

Vetscher & Associates, LLC

When you do the numbers, you place your confidence in Vetscher & Associates, LLC. They assist with all your accounting demands, including payroll processing, bookkeeping, budgeting, and tax planning and reporting. Vetscher & Associates, LLC helps “keep you on track to your financial goals.”

Fox Tax, LLC and Moh’s Tax Service also earned your financial faith.

Favorite Attorney

Rachel Schromen – Schromen Law

Whether you need a health care directive, a power of attorney, or help financing long term care, Rachel Schromen is the lawyer you choose. Schromen serves clients from a quaint blue house on Marshall Street in St. Paul. She will even make house calls!

Your other favorite lawyers: Celeste Culberth at Culberth & Lienemann; Joan M. Quade at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.; and Evon Spangler at Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP.

Favorite Bank or Financial Institution

US Bank

Headquartered in Minnesota, you chose the fifth-largest bank in the country as your favorite financial institution. US Bank offers a full suite of personal and business services and works “as a partner to provide financial products and services that make banking safe, simple, and convenient.”

You also secure your savings with Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Sunrise Banks, Wells Fargo, and Wings Financial.

Favorite Co-Sharing Space

The Coven 

Four women founded The Coven “to create a world where all women and non-binary folks have access to a supportive community and the resources they need to live their best life and step into their economic power.” You agree that “when women have access to economic resources and growth opportunities, they put their successes back into their communities, into education, and into themselves.”

ModernWell, and Work It Coworking, are other community spaces where you collaborate.

Favorite Estate Planner

Rachel Schromen – Schromen Law

Planning your estate can be stressful, but you are sure that Rachel Schromen will help provide the “peace of mind that you have preserved your wealth, protected your inheritances, and provided for your loved ones.” You can even request that Mabel, the certified therapy dog, be present during your meetings!

Tamara D. Block, LLC; Mary Frances Price at Long, Reher, Hanson, & Price; and Ann Viitalia at Viitala Law Office also assist in getting your affairs in order.

Favorite Financial Planner

Joan Gilles – Financial Planning Partners

You know that Joan Gilles approaches financial planning from a “collaborative mindset.” She listens to your unique individual values and helps align them with your financial goals. Gilles has a special interest in helping women and small businesses. “You Talk – I Listen – We Collaborate” is her slogan. 

You also get financial advice from Susan Cevette at Watersedge Wealth Management, and Molly Murphy and Aaron Smagaard at Northwestern Mutual.

Favorite Insurance Agent

Davina Baldwin – State Farm Insurance

You are drawn to Davina Baldwin’s State Farm Insurance agency. As a perennial Women’s Press favorite, she works hard to protect the people and things you hold most dear. She regularly posts useful information on her Facebook page, and offers over 20 years of experience.

You also rely on Natalie Lyon at Farmers Insurance.

Women-Friendly Services

Favorite Bike Shop

ERIK’S Bike • Board • Ski

Biking is big in Minnesota with well over a thousand miles of paved and natural surface bike trails in our state. You gear up with ERIK’S. Whether you need a new bike, a quick repair, or a total bike overhaul, you enjoy their expertise. 

Freewheel Bicycle, Gateway Cycle, The Hub Bike Co-op, and Penn Cycle (recently acquired by Freewheel Bicycle) also get you safely on the trail.

Favorite Car Repair Shop

Roering Auto Body

Lisa Roering owns and operates the auto body shop you trust to keep your wheels rolling. Roering Auto Body offers body repairs, detailing, headlight buffing, and paintless dent removal. For those rough times when your car has had a bad day, you go to Roering to get back on the road.

You also trust your car to Nghia’s Automotive Services Center, TA’s Automotive, and Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive.

Favorite Home Remodeler

Refined Homes

When you imagine a new sunroom, a finished basement, or a modernized kitchen, you join forces with Refined Homes. Since 2002, the owners have been turning your visions into reality, “in the most professional, creative, efficient, and cost-effective way possible,” while also “building honest and positive relationships” with clients.

 Green Light Builders, LLC; White Crane Construction, LLC; and Wonderwoman Construction also bring your remodel visions to life.

Favorite House Painter

Thomas Matthew Keller – Dale Brothers Painting

Dale Brothers Painting transforms the tint on the exterior of your home or changes the complexion on the inside. You choose hand and brush painting or industrial spray painting. With an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, you count on Dale Brothers Painting for your critical coats of color. 

Surreal Painting also helps give your house a new coat.

Favorite Plumber

St. Paul Pipeworks

When it comes to plumbing, you trust St. Paul Pipeworks to “catch it before it becomes a crisis.” Their professionals inspect houses, clean drains, increase water pressure, replace faucets, prevent backups, help with remodels, or maintain water heaters — making sure there is no rain on your parade! 

Your other go-to plumbers are Bonfe; Hero Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling; Ron the Sewer Rat; and Terry Overacker Plumbing.

Favorite Realtor

Susan Bonne Anderson – Keller Williams Realty | Integrity Lakes

Susan Bonne Anderson can tell you personally about relocating nearly anywhere in the Twin Cities, about renovating older homes, or about a downsized life in a 600-square-foot cottage. She helps “buyers find the right home at the right price, and sellers market and stage their homes for optimal ROI.”

You also recommend realtors Leah Drury at Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, Stephanie Gruver at Re/Max, and Holly Stomberg at Keller Williams.

Women in Leadership

Favorite MN Political Leader for Women’s Rights

Amy Klobuchar

As a U.S. Senator and now a presidential candidate, Amy Klobuchar is someone you know will work hard to advance the position of women in our state and in our country. Among other issues, Klobuchar has worked to fight sexual assault in the military, defended LGBTQ rights, and co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Peggy Flanagan, Ilhan Omar, and Tina Smith also earned your respect for their advocacy for women.

Favorite MN Woman Leader in Education

(3-Way Tie) Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Kelly D. Holstine, ReBecca Roloff 

Three women earned your praise for contributions to Minnesota education: former Commissioner of Education, Dr. Brenda Cassellius, who influenced state-level policy; 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Kelly D. Holstine, who teaches English at a Shakopee alternative learning center she helped open; and president of St. Catherine University, ReBecca Roloff, who oversees the education of nearly 5,000 students.

You hold Peg Lonnquist in high esteem as well for her work with women in education.

Favorite MN Woman Leader in Environmental Advocacy

Winona LaDuke – Honor the Earth

You value the long-standing efforts of Winona LaDuke to champion environmental causes. LaDuke works tirelessly to Honor the Earth, including ensuring that forests, water, and wildlife are not impacted by oil pipelines; that genetic engineering does not eradicate heritage foods; and that we invest in renewable energy and sustainable food systems. 

You also honor Ann Bancroft, Sharon Day, and Amy Freeman for their commitment to defending our environment.

Favorite MN Woman Leader in Health Care

Mary Tjosvold

You admire “Mary T.,” whose family began businesses that are focused on providing care to seniors and those with disabilities. Since 1976, Mary T. Inc. has grown to include health-related facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Arizona. Mary T. has worked as a caregiver herself, and became a pioneer in senior care, establishing her first care facility in 1976.

You also applaud the accomplishments of Mary Brainerd, Jan Malcolm, and Penny Wheeler.

Favorite MN Woman Leader in Racial Justice

Ilhan Omar

With a vision to “oppose federal programs that criminalize communities of color,” you know Ilhan Omar is working for racial justice. Minnesota’s U.S. Representative says, “If we are going to dismantle systemic racism in our country, we must radically transform our approach to criminal justice and invest in restorative justice practices.”

You also appreciate Nekima Levy Armstrong’s long record of advocating for change.