Summer trips are underway. When visiting friends and family, it’s always nice to bring a gift that says love for Minnesota.
Uptown Minnesota, a new store in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, offers a well-edited selection of local products for jet-setters to grab while on the go. MSP Airport is known for its local restaurants, and it’s the retail equivalent.
It’s hard to believe the store, in Hall G near Gate G1, was a former McDonald’s. Dark tiles, hobs and heat lamps have been replaced with contemporary hues, sleek countertops, and modern lighting. Big Macs, fish fillets and fries have given way to jewelry, apothecaries, artwork and other pieces from more than 40 local artisans, artists and designers.
Notable pieces include prints by Adam Turman, the pop culture artist with a penchant for city landmarks and bicycle scenes. Jewelry from local artisans such as Rox Jewelry, Realia by Jen, Silvercocoon and Make Shift Accessories also deserve a mention. The same goes for stylish hand-dyed scarves from Martha McQuade, ties from Pierrepont Hicks, bags from St. Paul’s JW Hulme Co. and pretty Illume candles.
The next time you run out of time to get a gift with local flavors, rest assured that you can tick it off your to-do list at the airport.
Downtown Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, hall G near gate G1; 612-727-1068; uptownmn.com.
Nancy Ngo can be reached at 651-228-5172. Follow her on twitter.com/nancyngotc and pinterest.com/nancyngotc.