If you get more meaning from locally made, handcrafted goods, then you’ll find good company in Saint Paul. Whether you’re interested in these brands recognized around the world or some small-time retailers expanding on their passions, spend some time (and maybe some money) with these Saint Paul makers.
Golden Fig Fine Foods
You don’t realize what fresh flavors your pantry is missing until you step into Grand Avenue’s Golden Fig Fine Foods. Owner Laurie McCann Crowell, who once worked with Ina Garten, blends each of her seasonings on a weekly basis and bottles them individually. Whether you’re looking for pie spices, fresh snacks or drink mixers, you’ll find it hand-crafted at Golden Fig.
For more than 100 years, J.W. Hulme’s leather goods have been handcrafted in Saint Paul and use tanners located in Minnesota, Maine, Illinois and Tennessee. To ensure top quality products, the company adheres to an apprenticeship program to pass on the tradition bags and accessories in Saint Paul.
We aren’t sure which is sweeter: Mademoiselle Miel’s honey bon-bons or their creator, Susan Brown. The bon-bons are made with honey made by bees that Susan keeps on top of buildings throughout the cities--she keeps some of her bees and harvests their honey on the roof of Union Depot, for example.
Pour out one of Saint Paul’s own spirits. 11 Wells Distillery is located in the East Side’s Hamm’s Building (named after a certain family that started a brewery in the building). Bob McManus and Lee Egbert make some memorable whiskies and rums, and you can ask for a drink made with 11 Wells spirits at Amsterdam Bar and Hall, W.A. Frost and Tongue in Cheek.
Classic men's fashion is always in style at Heimie's Haberdashery, which has been dressing men in Saint Paul for more than 90 years. The store selects its fabrics from a shop in Montreal and, although the store also offers hats, cigars, shoes, ties and more, its specialty is fitted suits.
Pad & Quill
Your phone and your laptop look really good in a wood, and Pad & Quill makes beautiful cases that protect your electronics. Pad & Quill started in 2010 when creators Brad and Kari created some case prototypes. Today, they operate a business that also sells leather bags and accessories for Apple products.
Anyone who loves chocolate owes Legacy Chocolates a visit. The truffles, barks, coffees and smoothies are Mark and Lorraine Dixon’s specialties, and it’s impossible to leave this Lowertown cafe without bringing something home to enjoy later, too.
Pearson’s Candy Company
Sure, Pearson’s Candy Company may have started in Minneapolis, but it made the move to Saint Paul more than 50 years ago. Any time you see a Salted Nut Roll or a Bit-O-Honey, know that it came from our West 7th neighborhood.
Look good and buy local. StormSister Spatique creates vegan, gluten-free, ethically sourced lipsticks, and each of the shades are named after the woman who inspired the color.
If you’re looking for vendors (or you are a vendor) who supports retail creators and their work, check out the Lowertown Pop event in April at Union Depot. Now in its second year, this maker’s market highlights people from all over the metro who create their own products for sale, and you’ll find everything from beer to makeup to wooden accessories for sale.