Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Dan Francis Photography
With a population around 600, few would have expected the Minnesota town of McIntosh to be reinvented as a shopping destination. Cleveland Avenue may not have a stoplight, but it's definitely seeing an increase in traffic thanks to Andrea Stordahl's vision and her boutique, Minnesota Rust. After a year of revitalization, her eclectic storefront is now one of four women-owned businesses, including an inspired florist, an herbal apothecary and a full-service salon. Fall in love with the curated collection of Minnesota-made, vintage, and found pieces at Minnesota Rust, then follow the mesmerizing scents of hand-poured candles at the Howard Soap Co. next door. A short walk down the block, The Red Poppy, invites you inside their farm-inspired space, blooming with fresh-grown gifts. Once you've shopped 'til you dropped, finish your day with some post-retail pampering at The Beauty Room.
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