A evening of shopping that starts out with pickle poppers is destined to be an excellent time. Last Thursday evening Minnesota "blog moms" had a night out in Zimmerman touring the fun shops, sampling food at the restaurants and meeting the enthusiastic and fun-loving shop owners.
The evening began at the The Whistling Pickle, where the bloggers visited over complimentary pickle-themed appetizers and green pistachio cupcakes.
Our group then meandered down Fremont Ave, led by our tour guide Stacy McDevitt (owner of Ramshackled Treasures) to ZoChic Boutique. ZoChic is different than other shops in that as well as having a physical store, it is also a traveling boutique that brings the store to your door. Owner, Megan and business partner Becky, are busy ladies between booking 100 shopping parties a year and running a shop, but their enthusiasm for fashion and retail is apparent in their smiles.
The Tattooed Lady's shop neighbors ZoChic. At first we were surprised, a tattoo parlor? But the instant we walked in all presuppositions were ended. Sonia, tattooist and artist, had an amazing shop, every wall was covered in interesting art (the majority of which was created by her). 4X4 pencil drawings that looked as realistic as black and white photographs. There were even cabinets with fantastic decoupaged shoes. "We are a little unique," Sonia said with a smile, her hands in the pockets of a gingerbread apron.
Sonia explained that her fascination with tattooing began at a young age. Her dad had a tiny, poorly done skull tattoo..."It was tacky and I loved it!" She went to school for fine art and later worked for a year (for free!) for a tattoo artist who taught her about tattooing. It was a treat to meet her and see her art and defiantly worth stopping in.
Next stop--The Shoppes on Fremont! Andrea, the pretty owner, greeted us with enthusiastic smiles. She explained that she loves her vendors to embrace their unique styles and so here "anything goes!" There we wandered around the massive shop, discovering a range of prices points, from rusty and junky, to mid century, to elegant or happy chic.
By this time we had been plied with wine and chocolate at nearly every stop, but we meander down the street to Ramshackled Treasures and stuffed our faces with cream puffs anyway.
Ramshackled's quality never ceases to amaze. You wander in and the first thing you notice is the crystal chandeliers and the light filtering through the large street-facing window. Everything around you is just sweet and lovingly done.
Sassy Bean Boutique was up next and offered a wide range of styles from French country upholstery, Minnesota-themed items, to "things found." Owner Tammy, is also a graphic designer and explained that her friend helped her come up with the name, "Because I'm sassy and I'm small like a bean," she explained with a laugh.
Zimmerman Gifts and Floral was a rammed to the rafters with live and fake floral arrangements and cute gifties. It's one of those easy stops if you need to find a quick but unique gift. It's owner, Ruth, has been busy creating gorgeous arrangements for upcoming summer weddings, but her chihuahua keeps her company during the long hours on her shawl wreathed thrown. ;)
We then climbed into a "party bus" also known as "the window licker express" and were driven to our next destination by Greg, owner of Ridgewood Bay Resort.
Ashley Taylor Salon and Spa was another pleasant surprise and bloggers were introduced to owner, Caryn. The salon has won awards in 2013 and 2014 and prides itself on excellence and artistry with a wide-range of offerings in one location, such as, hair, nail, massage, facials, tanning services and more.
Then we climbed back on the "party bus" and onward to Nelson Nursery which has been in Zimmerman since 1979. We stepped into the balmy greenhouse, inhaled the sweet smells and were surrounded by ruffly delicate color at every turn.
Interestingly, the Christmas wreaths/swags that the Boy Scouts sell for their seasonal fundraiser are created at Nelsons Nursery and are shipped all across the country.
To end the night we landed at ZBG Grill and ate pizza, cheesy bread and house famous strawberry margaritas on their outdoor patio.
The bloggers parted ways with smiles, arms full of purchases and surprised by the secrets we'd discovered in the small town of Zimmerman.
A special thanks to all the amazing bloggers who attended this event!
Samara Postuma from simplicityinthesuburbs.com
Debbie McLoughlin: africasblog.com
Gianna Kordatsky familyfuntwincities.com
If you liked some of the things you saw today, the next "Ladies on the Loose" Rustic Whimsical Sidewalk Sale is on July 9th! Bring a friend--there will be special sales, freebees and door prizes!