The best shops, fashion, designers, apartments and more.

Best baby boutique - Teeny Bee Boutique

Teeny Bee Boutique offers everything for the fashion-forward baby.

If you can grab a pack of onesies at Target, why go anywhere else? Here’s why: because your babies deserve better. At this funky St.…

Best women's boutique - Idun

IDUN storefront.

Idun isn’t a household name — yet — but it’s a favorite among fashion-forward women who favor clean palettes and modern silhouettes with men’s-inspired tailoring.…

Best new fashion designer - Emily Trevor

Emily Trevor

Among talented new local designers, Emily Trevor is one to watch. She graduated from St. Catherine University in 2014 and is working on her first…

Best veteran fashion designer - Lindsey Hopkins

From nuclear warfare to turn-of-the-century New Orleans prostitution, Lindsey Hopkins doesn’t shy away from controversial themes. Her fall collection at the Envision fashion show proved…

Best shopping news - Saks OFF 5th Returns

When the discount designer department store on Nicollet Mall closed in January, only to be replaced this year by an upscale Walgreen’s, downtown shoppers wept…

Best fashion blogger - Chelsea Lankford

Anyone who thinks the Midwest is fashion flyover land needs to take a closer look at Chelsea Lankford, creator and star of the popular personal…

Best purveyor of manly fashions - Mend Provisions

This urban boutique for fly-fishing enthusiasts has clothes and accessories for the stylish outdoorsman. It also stocks goods from some of Minnesota’s finest small-batch manufacturers:…

Best local brand - Leatherworks Minnesota

No Minnesota hipster’s lumbersexual outfit is complete without a wristband, belt or wallet handcrafted by this tiny, family-run St. Paul company. Based in Lowertown, the…

Best fashion show - Envision

Envision is a cornerstone of the local fashion scene and remains the go-to event to see the latest collections from local designers. The long-running event…

Best off-the-beaten-path shops - 50th & Chicago

There are several little hubs of unique stores and cafes around the Cities to while away a few weekend afternoons, but this underappreciated three-block stretch…

Best new store for Instagrammers - Wilson and Willy's

When the blue, vintage-looking Minneapolis Millers caps started appearing on the heads of local Instagrammers earlier this year, social media lovers wondered: Where’d they come…

Best home furnishings store - Ciel Loft and Home

From big-box to boutique, there’s no shortage of home furnishings shops in the Twin Cities, but most stick to a style (traditional, country, mid-mod or…

Best shop for home interiors - Honeyshine

It seems like every quaint street corner of the Twin Cities has a home décor store specializing in precious thingamabobs. But few fit so perfectly…

Best furniture consignment shop - Wabi Sabi Shop

From a strip mall in Plymouth, Wabi Sabi Shop sells a frequently changing inventory of accessories (glassware, throw pillows, even rugs) and furniture (end tables,…

Best new apartments for sports enthusiasts - Dock Street Flats / Junction Flats

Both buildings are a couple of blocks from Target Field and not far from the proposed new soccer stadium. For away games, both have outdoor…

Best new apartments for the eco-conscious - 7 West

7 West was the first LEED Gold Certified residential building in Minneapolis and comes equipped with several unusual features including recycling and organic composting on…

Best new apartments for pet owners - LPM Apartments

Virtually every new apartment building in the metro today is outfitted with a pack of pet amenities. One of the best (and most unusual) is…

Best new apartments for cooks - Arcata

The latest lure for renters isn’t very sexy, but it is hot. Gas ranges — nearly impossible to find a year ago in a Twin…

Best new apartments for empty nesters - Paxon North Loop

Baby boomers tend to have a LOT of stuff leftover from their downsized life; that’s why more developers are offering on-site overflow storage. At the…