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From home furnishing favorites like Crate & Barrel and West Elm to local design studio favorites like At Home and Co., Edina, Minn., is home to a haven of upscale furniture and accessory brands that are perfect for decorating your home.
With a variety of choices and options in Edina, Elisa Nicpon of Room & Board says, “Successfully navigating the design of a home or business space and finding solutions in one neighborhood, provides such ease and efficiency for our customers. It allows them to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time and have fun along the way.”
Here’s a look at some of Edina’s hot spots for home furnishings and how to make the most of your shopping while visiting the area.
A Look at the Galleria
Known as Edina’s upscale destination for shopping, Galleria is home to some of the world’s most-known retailers and area boutiques—and it’s not just for clothing. This shopping mecca is home to great home-furnishing stores and designers, too.
The new Design Within Reach studio welcomes you to explore its 18,000-sq.-ft. showroom with 40 vignettes to see how accessories and pieces can highlight your home.
Unique to this store is the “Lake House” concept home featuring materials like basalt, birch, white pine and more, reflecting Minnesota’s own resources and Nordic building traditions. Visitors and customers alike have high praises for this unique idea to Edina‘s showroom. Jacey Reese, of Design Within Reach, says, ”Shoppers love spending time in each of its rooms—experiencing the numerous ways that modern can be warm, inviting, communal and exceptionally beautiful. There’s even a fireplace!”
Edina’s Room & Board provides a free design service that allows you to receive the design team’s expertise in both residential and business projects. Nicpon says, “We are so fortunate to meet customers from all bordering states, such as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. However, because the metro area has such a diverse mix of companies and corporations, we also have many customers who are in town for work from all corners of the U.S., who take a side trip to our showroom to experience our furniture and accessory assortment in person.”
As a one-stop shopping experience, shoppers can find a variety of home decor stores within a few blocks of one another. Take some time to explore The Container Store for all your storage needs and the popular West Elm for those final touches, and, recently opened, a new Z Gallerie in the area’s latest expansion in the northeast end of the Galleria.
Step Inside Edina’s Southdale Center
Coming soon to the Southdale Center property is the popular Restoration Hardware, showcasing a combination of modern and classic furniture in a unique setting. Featuring a café and vaulted ceilings, this new store is set to be a shopping destination within itself with 50,000 square feet of retail space and four stories of gallery-style showrooms for shoppers.
This newly constructed space will also be home to a wine vault, an outside courtyard with a glass-enclosed conservatory that will provide shoppers a comfortable setting for choosing home furnishings and inspiration to incorporate the décor and styles into their own homes.
“The recent and current development activity at the center is part of a larger vision for Southdale Center – to create a connected community epicenter of shopping, dining and social experiences that can’t be found online. Restoration Hardware’s latest ‘RH Gallery’ design concept provides all that and more,” says Judy Tullius, Mall Manager for Southdale Center.
This freestanding structure will be a welcome addition to Edina, providing you an easy experience for both shopping and exploring the Southdale Center. Opening day is yet to be determined—follow ‘Explore Edina‘ on Facebook for the big announcement.
Shop Like a Local on 50th & France
If you’re interested in shopping local and supporting hometown businesses, the 50th and France neighborhood offers a mix of boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants—many of them family-owned. Take a stroll down the charming sidewalks, enjoy window-shopping and visit the boutiques to find the perfect home furnishing souvenir to take back home with you.
With over 175 retailers and services available in this neighborhood district, Rachel Thelemann of the 50th & France Business Association, says shopping on 50th & France offers visitors an overall experience. “There are so many unique and fun locally-owned shops to support in the area. Also, the walkability and charm of the area to visit all day while you shop, dine, grab a cup of coffee, massage, a glass of wine or a movie—it is all right here. You can even get your groceries for dinner if you need to before you leave the area,” she said.
While you are in the area, stop in at Sur La Table for the latest in cutlery, cookware and tableware. From high-end end kitchen items to creative cookie cutters and kitchen gadgets, you’ll enjoy looking for the perfect addition to your home kitchen.
Gather, 50th and France’s gift and accessories shop welcomes shoppers to choose from hand-painted ceramics, glassware and home fragrances as the perfect souvenir during your visit to the area.
In need of some design ideas? Take time to shop In need of some design ideas? Take time to shop the gallery showplace of At Home and Co. and chat with their interior designers about how to bring out your personality into your home furnishings and living spaces. At comfortable price points, they’ll help inspire you and assist with starting a makeover for your home.
Make Your Visit a Shopping Experience
From a girlfriend’s getaway for retail therapy to shopping for the whole family, Edina is a retail oasis you’ll love exploring during your visit. Paired with its great dining options like quaint coffee shops and upscale restaurants, Edina makes shopping for your new home furnishings a one-of-a-kind experience, combining dining and shopping.
Make it a shopping retreat when you book a stay at Westin Edina Galleria. The hotel is in close proximity to many great retailers, and its oversized beds will put you at ease before your shopping extravaganza. Or bring the entire family along and enjoy one of the spacious all-suite properties. The Residence Inn by Marriott Minneapolis Edina or the new Homewood Suites by Hilton Edina Minneapolis can be your “home away from home” as you shop to decorate your house. And no trip is complete without great dining. Check out authentic Italian at Arezzo Ristorante, have a natural breakfast at The Good Earth or enjoy a classic American steakhouse experience at Pittsburgh Blue.
Shelly Loberg of Explore Edina welcomes you to the area. “Each and every shop owner and employee wants you to have the best shopping experience you’ve ever had,” she said. “From 50th & France to the Galleria to Southdale Center, you won’t find a more passionate retail group. You can outfit your home completely here in Edina.”
So plan your next visit to Edina and get ready to explore the home furnishings and designers that make this a wonderful destination for your next shopping adventure. Get your complimentary destination guide at exploreedina.com/destination-guide and explore the stores that await you in Edina. Be sure to visit the “packages” tab at ExploreEdina.com for deals at any of the hotels.