Birdtown boutique

Robbinsdale really is the new, hot place to be.

It’s where you can find two of the Twin Cities’ trendiest restaurants — Pig Ate My Pizza and Travail Kitchen & Amusements (not to mention Victory 44, just a stone’s throw to the east in North Minneapolis). 

In the heart of Birdtown — on a single two-block stretch — you’ll find the aforementioned restaurants plus cool shops, old and new, including one of the newest breweries in town (Wicked Wort, offering a killer patio); an awesome old-school butcher, Hacken-mueller Meats (get the ribeye and the old fashioned hot dogs); and, of course, a Woulett bakery (oh, the princess torte!), among many other boutiques. 

Newest among them all, however, is the charming Minnesota Makers shop, which moved from its original location Minneapolis in September — and just celebrated its two-year anniversary. 

It’s filled with affordable Minnesota-made stuff, including adorable baby gear. We can’t get over the stuffed animals (lead photo), teething necklaces (below) and crayon rollers (above), too! 

It’s owned and operated by the husband-wife team of Christa and Jay Kalk, the latter of whom — it must be noted — plays the Man in Black for Church of Cash, a Johnny Cash tribute band that tours internationally. Christa, meanwhile, is a mama and communications professor at MCTC in Minneapolis. 

Together the Kalks, who make their own Minnesota-shape agate pendant necklaces, have curated quite a collection of exclusively MN goods. And they’re now offering crafting classes to the public, too.

Learn more at minnesotamakers.net.