sock puppet miniatures at GoBros’ office

Big socks. Tall socks. Funny socks. Fuzzy socks. Socks for hockey and hiking. Socks for tennis and running. Just about name it, and GoBros has a sock for it. With around 40 high-performance brands, the local online company has a comprehensive inventory.

Mike Thomas has done just about everything around the family business, Thomas Liquors, including being ordered into the cooler with his dad, Jim Thomas, while a not-so-friendly “visitor” dipped into the cash register.

Susan Zdon, owner of CorAzoN, is bringing a little heart to the Twin Cities. She opened a second location on Selby Avenue this past year, giving customers a place to shop in both Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Too often, going to the salon can feel like just another chore. Add it to the list with a dentist appointment, getting an oil change and doing the laundry, and it can feel annoying and overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a tried-and-true stylist you can trust.

Saint Paul’s Mama’s Happy shop changed locations in January, giving their “mamas” more room to show off what they can do. The boutique home store has been compared to a living Pinterest board, and for good reason.

When Mound’s Jennifer Buse was 19 years old, she was told that she had cancer. Waiting for her test results to arrive was one of the most stressful periods of her life—so she made sure she was busy.

Starting a running shop was something Derek Lindstrom always wanted to do. As a long-time running coach and an avid runner, opening Excelsior Running was a natural next step. “This is the place to be,” says Lindstrom, of Excelsior.

Excelsior resident Corey Wilcock has been running Minnesota Trophies & Gifts in Hopkins since 1989, creating tangible reminders of triumphs and experiences for people in the west metro.

If you’ve ever looked for a gift in Saint Paul, you’ve likely stepped into one of the Bibelot shops—and quite possibly found the perfect present.

For those cleaning out the closets this spring, consider consigning high-quality pieces. Elite Repeat and Encore Consignment Boutique are looking for spring and summer clothing and shoes in excellent condition.

Connie Frederick is in the business of keeping Excelsior fashionable. Her women's clothing store, Ooh La La, has been a fashion mainstay in the Lake Minnetonka community for 17 years.