Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Gift Store

The Foundry

If your first reaction entering this gift store is, "It smells amazing in here," you're not alone. If you then wander over wide-eyed to a luxurious woven towel from Japan before spying a well-mannered chocolate lab napping sweetly on her dog bed nearby, it's official: You've found the Foundry. This worldly gift shop in the North Loop gathers all things well made, from local beeswax candles (the source of that amazing scent) to Portuguese pottery. A selection of charming wooden children's toys offers gifts to last generations; a set of modern notebooks will send any college-bound kid off with a sense of purpose. And though some of this simple, beautiful craftsmanship can cost you a pretty penny, there are plenty of little trinkets and odds-and-ends to suit any occasion and budget. Scope out the little sale section, scoop up a deal, and pat Ruby (that gentle chocolate lab) on your way out the door. Or buy online from their website and get free shipping on purchases over $100.

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