PLYMOUTH — A new store is coming to Plymouth to supply the Lake Minnetonka area with homemade Minnesota goods.
Minne Market, owned by Tricia Hansen, has one location in Buffalo and is getting ready to open its second location in Plymouth this June.
“Our mission at Minne Market is to make high-quality, handmade goods easily available to local Minnesotans,” Hansen said. “We do that by working with the very best artisans, large and small, that share our passion for creating sustainable communities.”
Minne Market is looking for local vendors for the new store. According to Hansen, pretty much every artist who applies to sell their work at her store are accepted.
“The only time a vendor is not accepted immediately is if they create identical products to a current vendor,” Hansen said. “I don’t want to water down anyone’s sales, so this applicant is put on our waiting list to be notified when an opportunity becomes available.”
Hansen is an advocate of shopping local but had a hard time finding local, healthy and eco-friendly products in large box stores, so she started making her own products. This led her to open the original Minne Market in Buffalo in 2018.
“Three years ago I began making all-natural soy candles, soap bars and skincare,” Hansen said. “Rather than opening a store for just my products, I reached out to other crafters and found they too have very high-quality goods they want to offer our communities.”
The market also hosts 20 larger Minnesota companies, including Abdallah Chocolates, a family owned chocolate company based in Minneapolis, and Red Lake Nation Foods, products from the Red Lake Band of the Chippewa Indians, which is the only tribe in the United States that grows and distributes its own wild rice, according to Hansen.
Hansen’s favorite product in her store are the funny wooden signs.
“When customers burst into a laugh, then read out loud ‘May your coffee be stronger than your daughter’s attitude,’ ‘I love Jesus but I cuss a little’ and ‘Have a nice poop,’ it makes everyone in the store happy. We all need a little more funny in our life,” she said.
The store also does custom orders for products like signs, clothing, yard games, baby items and doggie blankets.
“It’s an enormous benefit to the person searching for a gift or specific decor saying ‘I want this saying, on this size sign, but in these colors.’ We can do it,” Hansen said.
Minne Market is planning a grand opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at its new location in Oakwood Square, County Road 101 and County Road 6, in Plymouth.