Friday, November 27, 2009

A Local Friday

Today I stuck to my commitment and shopped locally for the day. I went to three of the five great local toy stores that we have. I commented about my trip on Twitter and someone responded that they only have one where they live. I realized how lucky we are in this area to have so many great choices.

I went to Wonderment and Creative Kid Stuff in Linden Hills (South Minneapolis) as well as Kiddywampus in St. Louis Park but as Katie mentioned, there is also Peapods in St. Paul (source of many of M's toys) as well as The Green Goober also in South Minneapolis. Beyond toys specifically, we also have great kid's bookstores. (Wild Rumpus, Red Balloon, and I am sure there are others I haven't found)

If you want to go to as many cool stores for kids in the smallest space, Linden Hills (Wild Rumpus, Creative Kid Stuff, Wonderment) in Minneapolis or Crocus Hill (Wonderment, Creative Kid Stuff, Red Balloon and Peapods just up the road) in St. Paul are the best. However, if you love custard and hat Wisconsin (sorry, couldn't resist) right across from The Green Goober is Liberty Frozen Custard.

I'm lucky, and I know it. I only have a few things I need to get this year that require either going online or going to a larger store (mostly electronic items).

Thanks to everyone who has shared their local favorites. Keep doing it, and I'll keep linking. Just give me a URL or name. Small businesses thrive on word of mouth, and putting it in writing on the Internet may drive more business their way, making them that much stronger.


Kristin said...

Wow, those stores sound really fabulous. Glad to hear you are promoting the local businesses.

Anonymous said...

Good for you for keeping it local. We have basically nothing in the realm of independently-owned stores around here. And the ones we DO have are terribly over-priced. That's great that you were able to do that!

I love MSP! I used to live in south central Minnesota, so we'd go up there sometimes to shop and stuff. My husband and I actually went there for our honeymoon in 2006 and had a great time!

Happy ICLW!

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome selection - I've never been to the Kiddywampus, or the Green Goober, so I'll have to check them out. I love the Red Balloon, though - they have more Sandra Boynton board books than I've ever seen in my life.

(I switched accounts to it links to a blog that's actually public- sorry about that before.) - Katie