One mention of shopping in the Twin Cities, and the Mall of America and Target (headquartered there) immediately spring to mind. While those retail meccas are beloved local institutions, Minneapolis has plenty of one-of-a-kind shops in its many neighborhoods, such as edgy Uptown and the rejuvenated Warehouse District. On your next visit, check out the following stores. By Jill Fergus

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Intoto (612-822-2414,, one of Uptown’s chicest boutiques, sells men’s and women’s clothing from leading names in fashion such as Dries van Noten, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Etro, and Paul Smith. Jerry Rice, Sinéad O’Connor, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are all fans. You can also stock up on the popular French Diptyque line of soaps and candles there.

On Lyndale Avenue (on the edge of Uptown), hip boutique Cliche (612-870-0420, is owned by husband-and-wife team Joshua and Delayna Sundberg, both Minnesota natives. Scoop up jersey dresses, screen-printed T-shirts, and retro blouses from small independent labels from New York, L.A., and Canada amid rotating art exhibitions.

Kids will love Wild Rumpus Books (612-920-5005, in quiet, tree-lined Linden Hills. The shop, seemingly out of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, has a menagerie of animals (birds, cats, chickens, fish) and plenty of cool children’s books. Afterward, stop by Sebastian Joe’s around the corner for homemade ice cream.

Nearby is Corazon (612-333-1662,, a charming specialty shop with a warm pink facade and a well-stocked inventory with handicrafts from all over the globe, including beaded bracelets from Guatemala, rice-paper napkins from Japan, Estonian picture frames, and handmade greeting cards by local artists.

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Don’t miss a visit to Century Studios (612-339-0239,, located in the up-and-coming Warehouse District, to marvel at the stained-glass lamps painstakingly handmade by owners Irwin Terry and Bill Campbell. There are 110 different lampshade designs to choose from, and some incorporate as many as 2,000 pieces of glass.

While you’re in the Warehouse District, you’ll also want to stop by the Antiques Riverwalk (612-339-9352), a 6,500-square-foot space that houses more than 20 dealers. Browse among the high-quality American and European furniture, Oriental rugs, silverware, china, porcelain, vintage chandeliers and other lighting, and estate jewelry.