A few fun facts about Laurie McCann Crowell, owner of Golden Fig: She worked with both Ina Garten and Martha Stewart; she's been making her infused vinegars for 20 years; President Obama dropped by to shop when he was in town during the summer of 2014. How many people can say they've made change for the leader of the free world? It was her store's focus on locally made products that caught the president's attention, and that's what draws loyal customers to the store. Crowell, who has her own line of spices, flavored sugars, and salts, and those vinegars, also stocks the store with her favorite local and artisanal products. That includes goodies like handmade chocolates from Minneapolis' Mademoiselle Miel, jams from Heath Glen Farms in Forest Lake, and a selection of local cheeses. There's even an entire artisanal cocktail section. Try indulgences like bourbon cherries from the founder of 11 Wells Distillery in St. Paul and Crowell's own line of mixers in intriguing flavors like tart cherry cardamom cooler.