Words by Tracy Nicholson / Photography by Shannon Rae Photography

On June 16, Midwest Nest Magazine had the pleasure of attending and sponsoring one of the summer’s most anticipated style shows, the Extra/Ordinary Gala. This year, the beautiful Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, Minn., hosted a sold-out audience who were pampered with the area’s finest cuisine, live music, shopping and a runway fashion show.

Each year, the founders of Ottertail’s Red Brick Boutique, spearheaded by owner Paula Thiel, spend months preparing for the festivities. Models arrive from all over the region, followed by hair and makeup experts who are ready to create a runway show worthy of New York Fashion Week.

Making a wild impression on guests were a few lemur and parrot friends from the Trowbridge Creek Zoo in Vergas, Minn. Staging the event entrance and decor was The White House Co. of Fargo.

Paula Thiel: Red Brick Boutique owner and event founder
“I love the production itself, it’s beautiful and meaningful. The whole goal of the show is to release the Summer Collection, of course, but something deeper than that always resonates with show-goers. I always hear from women in tears after the show, telling me it’s inspired them to pursue their best lives or to chase after a goal or change something that’s been hindering them.”

“My true goal in hosting this show is to inspire on whatever level I can. It’s funny how much of an effect music and fashion have on our lives in this tiny little town, but I love it.”

“This idea to bring fashion to the forefront has followed me since I was a child. So the idea behind the show is to put together outfits that actually work in our daily lives, not just in theory. Then we display them in a creative way that creates a fun, memorable night. Once you add live music, dance, food and shopping, you just get this dynamic that’s completely amazing.”


For more information, contact:
Red Brick Boutique
107 West Main Street, Ottertail, M.N.