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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.