Three new shops in Greater Grand Forks
Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.
The name is perfect. Curious—a newish shop on 32nd Avenue South, near Menard’s—is in fact, a sweet spot that makes you smile as soon as you walk through the doors. The soaring walls are perfect for displaying the work of featured artists. They provide inspiration for the eclectic collection of gifts, housewares and art pieces that fill the space.
The store includes little spaces for bath and body, travel, kids and kitchens—among others. It makes it easy to find the right gift whether there’s a coffee drinker or a spa lover on your list. Foodies will love, love, love the section dedicated to gourmet treats, gadgets and dishware. After an hour in the store, I still wasn’t done exploring. These items are truly unique and you’ll rarely find them elsewhere.
From the outside, Kittsona looks posh. The cream-coloured downtown building features big windows with stylish pieces tempting shoppers to come inside. And you should go inside. Because it is in fact a posh shop, but one with prices that will come as a pleasant surprise.
On a Saturday afternoon, Kittsona is a bustling place as gals cruise around the spacious shop to find just the right dress, a cozy sweater or the perfect accent scarf. There are also jeans, jewelry and boots to complete your outfit. The styles are right on trend with prices that will give you permission to splurge on that blingy purse or sparkly jacket.
The well-dressed bed in the centre of Living Sage Home Boutique would be the perfect spot for an afternoon nap. But there’s far too much to see in this new downtown boutique, so that nap will have to wait.
The first thing to catch my eye was a sideboard loaded with Machine Age Lamps. These stunning artworks are pieced together using antique gauges, gears, pipes and bits from machinery in the Lakeville, Minnesota area. They are truly works of art, each one signed and numbered.
Showcasing regional and local artists is the name of the game here. You’ll find oversized galvanized initials cut from what appears to be an old granary, jewelry made from upcycled buttons and sweet-smelling, hand-poured candles.