Story & Photos by Shayd Johnson
When Huckberry invited me to join them on a trip to Minnesota, I was keen to say yes, but couldn't understand why they would choose that state to feature on their site. I am not the kind of person to turn down a travel opportunity, in fact I would gladly visit any state or city at least once, but I didn't think there would be much to see in the Northern mid-west state.
Although some of my predictions about the area were correct, I became more and more impressed with the pockets of urban culture that we discovered in and around Minneapolis. The Northern state is proving to be a hub for innovation, creativity & quality in a variety of boutiques & restaurants.
To put it in perspective, the trends seem to be influenced by folks who grew up in the area that moved away to places like New York & LA to pursue higher paying creative jobs & returned to their hometown and were able to afford a brick and mortar building with character at a low price point. This push has led to places opening like Wilson & Willy's, a trendy and polished boutique with handmade goods that are designed above the shop.
The owner has it set. He purchased the building in bare-bones condition, but saw the potential to build something epic, which he did. The building features an event space in the basement, his retail space on the main floor ( street level ), on the 2nd level he has an open concept office and design studio where he designs the garments and on the top level his living space, an open concept loft. What makes this building even more unique is a code-locked elevator that provides access to each floor. A dream place for me, I didn't want to leave...
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