Along with featuring fascinating individuals and cities, one of my favorite aspects of With the Locals is highlighting their equally interesting projects. And what I love most about this week's Local and their work is the sentiment that you dont have to look very far to find quality brands.
The creative behind @theamericanedit is Rita Mehta of Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Imagine if you took a big city and decreased the size proportionally - you'd get Minneapolis. It's got most of the perks of the biggest cities, but far less hassle - and it's really green and there are beautiful lakes and parks everywhere." "I'm passionate about small businesses and responsible, ethical production. I run The American Edit, a website devoted to sharing the best of American made products and makers... Frequent trips overseas for a major global retailer furthered my obsession with quality, but they also left me frustrated that more goods aren’t produced in this country. As I became more conscious of the issue, I changed my personal habits and began to purchase domestically whenever possible."
On theamericanedit.com, Rita explains that "it’s a place to celebrate the brands that manufacture in the United States, educate the ones who would like to start, and elevate self-sufficiency in style. And yes, to do some shopping along the way!"
Hello friends! I'm Rita of @theamericanedit and I'm excited to show you around the city I'm proud to call my home, Minneapolis.
Tonight we ended our holiday weekend with a walk around the lake - this is just a few blocks from our house! We even know people who keep their canoe right here and paddle across the lake to dinner - I love that you can boat to dinner in the middle of the city.
Thanks for having me this week! Good night!
(at Lake of the Isles)
Afternoon coffee break at@dogwoodcoffee. Dogwood has three coffee shops in Minneapolis - East Lake (pictured), North Loop, and Uptown. Everything is delicious but I recommend the iced miel - it's a latte with honey and it basically tastes like a coffee milkshake.
The East Lake location is not only home to my favorite pink espresso machine but it also shares a space with @foragemodern_mn, a great furniture and home store that carries some of my favorite Minnesota makers, including @matteastvold and @tandemmade.
After your coffee and shopping, you should also check out the Midtown Global Market, an internationally-themes public market - my favorite stalls are Holy Land Deli and Salty Tart Bakery.
(at Dogwood Coffee)
@mooseandsadies is a North Loop institution. It opened in 1991 as the first coffee shop in the area and continues to grow with the neighborhood. You really can't go wrong here, but the huevos rancheros is always my favorite.
(at Moose & Sadie’s)
When I moved to Minneapolis (pre-Instagram! woah!) my friends and I explored new neighborhoods by doing what we liked to call a “boutique crawl” - essentially, shopping our way through a new neighborhood and discovering fun surprises along the way.
The North Loop has grown exponentially over the last few years and is now home to some amazing independent shops - many with a focus on thoughtful, responsibly made products. It’s my favorite place to shop, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love it too!
This would be a walking shop crawl - which is ideal until you find yourself with a few too many bags!;) Pictured is @wilsonandwillys and shop dog @lamonstagram (disclaimer - I work with W&W!) and also be sure to visit: @d.nolo, @grethenhouse, @shoparrow, @roewolfe, @martinpatrick3, @arrowmpls, @askovfinlayson, @shinola, @springfinnandco, @lateliercouture, @thefoundryhomegoods, @localdlish, @mitreboxmpls and James and Laurie Booksellers (in no particular order!).
(at Wilson & Willy’s)
The Spoon & Cherry - a Minneapolis icon! There are few things I enjoy more than getting lost in the @walkerartcenter sculpture garden.
The next best place to get lost is inside the @walkerartcenter itself! It's one of the top 5 modern art museums in America and is celebrating 75 years in 2015.
(at Walker Art Center)
Happy hour at @tattersalldistilling, a brand new distillery in North East Minneapolis. They make their own spirits, have food trucks outside, and the cocktails are absolutely delicious. (I recommend the Clover Club Cocktail!)
Walking across the Mississippi River towards the @weismanartmuseum, which was designed by Frank Gehry. I love that this incredible building (and art museum!) sits in the middle of the University of Minnesota... In fact, the other side is brick to match the rest of the buildings!
(at Weisman Art Museum)
Another favorite - @shopmille in South Minneapolis. A beautiful studio and shop filled with thoughtfully made products and featuring some of the best female designers.
When in the neighborhood, also check out @windwillowhome studio, @tangletowngardens, @sprucemn and eat at Victor's Cafe, Bagu Sushi and @wiseacreeatery.
Breakfast at my favorite spot, @thekenwoodrestaurant. It's not uncommon for us to eat here Saturday AND Sunday! 😁 Everything is delicious; the menu changes often but the French fries are easily my favorite in the city.
I know a lot of you are design lovers so I have to share one more favorite shop... @danishteak is an incredible source for vintage Danish and mid-century furniture. The owner travels to Denmark each year and the shop is full of beautiful pieces with a wonderful story. If it's not too busy, ask to visit the basement warehouses - a treasure trove of vintage furniture!
(at Danish Teak Classics)
I leave you with Minneapolis' own lake monster! I've had so much fun visiting my favorite places this week with you, but really the best parts of Minneapolis (other than the people) are the beautiful lakes and parks. So many beautiful places to wander throughout the entire city. Come visit (in the summer) and enjoy! Thanks for having me!
(at Lake Calhoun)