2022 Buy Local Guide

Women and minorities have been fueling the boom in business creation of the past two years in the U.S. According to a Bloomberg News story, many workers are “placing a premium on the flexibility and autonomy afforded by self-employment, and they are quitting paid employment in favor of entrepreneurship.”

A detailed survey by Gusto, a human resources management business, found that almost half of 2021’s new entrepreneurs were women, up from 28 percent in 2019. The share of new Black business owners has tripled. More than a quarter of female business owners with school-aged children said they created their company in response to increased child-care duties.

A record 5.4 million new businesses were formed in the US in 2021, according to the Census Bureau. Among Black respondents in the Gusto survey, more than one-third created a business to improve their financial stability.

The ability to seek and receive a loan to start a business continues to vary significantly.

If you want to support this new community-based economy, here are a few of the places you can take your business. These entrepreneurs support our work by paying for Buy Local Guide advertising or listings in our pages.


Triangle Accounting

Create order out of chaos! Tax preparation for individuals and the self-employed. 1739 Ford Pkwy., Saint Paul, MN 55116, 651-641-1807, triangle-accounting.com


Tailors on Blake 

Making people look and feel good in their clothing since 1982. Personalized gifts for everyone! 5706 W. 36th St., Saint Louis Park, MN 55416, 952-933-6585, tailorsonblake.com


Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio

Posters, T-shirts, and cards to stir the spirit, heal the heart, and change the world. 3260 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 612-455-2242

Springboard for the Arts

Supporting artists making a living and a life, and building just and equitable communities. 262 University Ave. W., Saint Paul, MN 55103, 651-292-4381, springboardforthearts.org


Hagen’s Auto Body

Life is about choices; choose Hagen’s. Your locally owned and operated collision repair facility since 1950. 2800 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408, 612-872-6671, hagensautobody.com

Quality Coaches

50 years of caring service for cars of all eras. From oil changes to overhauls, we do it all! 20 W. 38th St., Minneapolis, MN 55409, 612-824-4155, quality-coaches.com



BankCherokee has had an unwavering commitment to serving our customers and communities since 1908. #BankBetter, #BankLocal, #BankCherokee. 607 Smith Ave. S., Saint Paul, MN 55107, 651-227-7071, bankcherokee.com

Northeast Bank

With 75 years of experience helping local businesses grow and supporting community organizations, Northeast Bank strives to be your trusted partner for the path ahead. 77 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, 612-379-8811, nebankmn.com

Beauty and Wellness

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Minneapolis

Stop by for Aveda products and services today. NOW ENROLLING for Cosmetology, Esthiology, and Massage Therapy classes. 400 Central Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN  55414, 612-331-1400

Business Consulting

Complete Health, Environmental & Safety Services, Inc (CHESS)

Occupational safety and health consulting company helping small to medium-sized businesses. Women owned. 33 E. Wentworth Ave., Suite 320. West Saint Paul, MN 55118, 651-481-9787, chess-safety.com

Cremation Services

Crescent Tide Cremation Services

Locally and family owned, simple, straightforward cremation services from $800. 774 Transfer Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55114, 651-315-8214, crescenttide.com


Minnehaha Falls Family Dental

Our all-female office strives to provide quality approaches to all aspects of general dentistry with gentle chairside manner. 4554 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 612-721-3012, minnehahafallsfamilydental.com


Butter Bakery Cafe

We are an independent restaurant building community by serving up local flavor and local impact. 3700 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409, 612-521-7401, butterbakerycafe.com

Financial Planning

Financial Planning Partners

A financial planner who puts YOU first – your story, your goals, my guidance. Creating a plan that fits your needs. 8530 Eagle Point Blvd., Suite 100, Lake Elmo, MN 55042, financialplanpartners.com


Home Sown Gardens, LLC

Professional gardeners providing restorative care for your garden and soul. Custom maintenance, containers, design, edible gardens, and coaching. 651-434-7349, HomeSownGardens.com

Home Repair

Pine & Poplar LLC

Carpentry and home repair.
Services — flooring, fencing, decking, and more! Indigenous owned. Free quotes. Minneapolis, MN, 301-531-5560, jacqueline@pineandpoplar.org

St. Paul Pipeworks 

St. Paul Pipeworks is your trusted partner for plumbing repairs and plumbing projects in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis metro area. 53 Woodlynn Ave., Suite B, Little Canada, MN 55117, 651-644-9400, stpaulpipeworks.com


Minnesota Insurance Group, Inc.

Dawn, Kristine, Cheyenne, Samantha, Dustin, Michelle – YOUR gurus for everything insurance: business, personal, benefits, life. 15250 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 103, Wayzata, MN 55391, 952-930-3661, mnagent.com

Maguire Agency

The Maguire Agency — delivering a refreshingly different and surprisingly personal insurance experience since 1928. 1970 Oakcrest Ave., Suite 300, Roseville, MN 55113, 651-638-9100, maguireagency.com


Hawks View Cottages and Lodges

Deluxe forest cottages and lodges on the bluffs above the Mississippi River in historic Fountain City. Dreamers welcome. 17 N. St., Fountain City, WI 54629, 651-293-0803, hawksview.net


St. Paul Corner Drug 

Supporting healthy lifestyles for 100 years. Pharmacy the way it should be. 240 Snelling Ave S., Saint Paul, MN 55105, 651-698-8859, stpaulcornerdrug.com


Drury Lane Books

Founded by author Joan Drury, little bookstore on the shore, curated selection of new books. 12 E. Wisconsin St., Grand Marais, MN 55604, 218-387-3370, drurylanebooks.com

Electric Fetus

From boomers to babies, Electric Fetus music and gifts has something for everyone. 2000 S. 4th Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612-870-9300, electricfetus.com

Excelsior Candle Co.  

Hand-poured 100% soy candles with delightful room-filling scents. 1500 Jackson St. NE, Studio 206, Minneapolis, MN 55413, 763-283-8510, excelsiorcandleco.com

Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace

Your destination for all things Nordic. Shop local, shop small in the heart of Minneapolis. 1601 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407, 612-729-9333, ingebretsens.com

Lula Vintage LLC

Lula Vintage is at Selby and Snelling in Saint Paul, MN, in business for 30 years. 651-644-4110, lulavintagewear.com

Northstar Kombucha

Find a stockist near you at  northstarkombucha.com. 451 Taft St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, northstarkombucha.com, hello@northstarkombucha.com

Red Balloon Bookshop

Books, gifts, and events that help the young and young at heart live imaginative and rich lives. 891 Grand Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55105, 651-224-8320, redballoonbookshop.com

Retreat Center

Arc Retreat Community

Radical hospitality with nourishing meals and a sacred space for solitude, rest, and spiritual renewal. 1680 373rd Ave. NE, Stanchfield, MN 55080, 763-689-3540, ARCretreat.org


Cindy Lehman

Heart-centered soul readings and psychic development classes. New class begins September 27. 2376 Harvest Way, Chanhassen, MN 55317, 612-669-1861, cindylehman.com