The Departments at Dayton’s located in the Dayton’s Project are open. I had the opportunity to visit and shop on opening day and wow, how exciting it was to retrace my steps through our beloved Dayton’s Downtown.
The market was curated by local maker savant Mich Berthiaume who programs a market like no one else. She has a wonderful eye for talent and finds just the right diversity of vendors for the markets she produces. Local shopping is the lifeblood of any city and provides the rich backdrop that will ignite our downtown and our main streets once again.
One of the areas of the project Mitch is most excited about is the 13 Native American makers she has been able to put together in the former JB Hudson space including.
13 Native American Vendors
- Winona LaDuke: local CBD and hemp products
- Teton Trade Cloth: beads, blankets, supplies, and other gear
- Great Grandmother Mary Lyons: Minnesota-made ribbon skirts
Other Vendors that I enjoyed visiting with on opening day were:
- Rocky Robinson: a self-care brand created to empower Black and Brown girls and tell them that they matter. I loved the coloring book withy the words of empowerment page.
- Minnesota Awesome: locally made Minnesota pride clothing and accessories. My Hey Babe sweatshirt came from here.
- Joel Kaplan: a watercolor artist and art instructor who was a former divisional Director at the Dayton’s Department Store
- Grass Lake Furniture: craftsman-style furniture and cutting boards that are beautiful and hand crafted
- Wewerka Photography: atmospheric landscape photography and who can resist walking by the snorting buffalo and not feeling our plains past.
- Shop in the City: Family owned – Edina and Stillwater specialty lifestyle gifts and clothing, including shirts, hoodies and other items featuring the Dayton’s logo – check out the Kissing Potion and Bonnie Bell lip balm for a blast from the 70’s past.
- Monica Jiminez imports Hacienda San Jose: mission-driven high-quality chocolate
- Pigs Eye Pottery: pottery and classes on west 7th street in st paul. They have an actual potters wheel on site.
- Larissa Loden: handmade Minneapolis jewelry – Gives back 5% of profits
- Blue Heron Soap: sustainable soap products
- Junita’s Jar: warm and packaged cookies
- Zelba + Mary: well constructed hand-sewn toys and home goods started during the pandemic
- Karen Morris: renowned milliner who makes beautiful custom hats
- Onyx Cool: cooling medical devices- Opal Cool: women’s cooling products
- Giftywrap: specialty paper and wrapping that features Minnesota scenes and has some beautiful diversity.