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Grand Appeal

One of the hippest spots to shop in the Twin Cities is actually not a mall – it’s a street! Grand Avenue stretches for several miles through the heart of St. Paul. It offers a number of shops, both chain and independent, as well as many good places to grab a bit to eat. Here is just a small sample of the many shops that reside along Grand.


Pottery Barn:This chain offers upscale furniture and home décor. You can find everything from dishware to vases to bedding here. Located at 870 Grand.

Pier 1 Imports:Also a furniture and home décor chain. Mid-range prices, and excellent candles! Located at 733 Grand.

Cooks of Crocus Hill:A fun kitchen store that offers classes. Cooks is where to find obscure kitchen items, like cookie cutter in the shape of feet. Located at 877 Grand.

Penzey’s Spices:Just like the name – they only sell spices! This is a small chain based out of Wisconsin. Try their sandwich sprinkle, and you’ll be hooked. Located at 674 Grand.

Bead Monkey:If you’re crafty, you will love Bead Monkey! Beads and accessories are all they carry. Located at 867 Grand.

Red Balloon Bookshop:Kids’ books and toys are what you’ll find here. Customer service is their specialty, and you get free gift-wrapping. Located at 891 Grand.

Garden of Eden:This heavenly-scented shop carries soaps, lotions, and other skin care products. Aromatherapy is what Garden of Eden does best! Located at 867 Grand.

Bibelot Shops: Knick knacks and fun home décor are found here. Everything from magnets to candles to lamps and glasses are just a few items that Bibelot carries. Located at 1082 Grand.

J Crew: This preppy clothing store carries high-quality but pricey merchandise. Chinos and sweaters galore! Located at 870 Grand.


Dixie’s:Dixie’s offer southern food – fried chicken, grits, and other specialties. If you don’t like southern food, don’t go here, but if you do, Dixie’s does it well! Located at 695 Grand.

Italian Pie Shoppe:This is a trendy pizza parlor. You can get thin crust or deep dish, plus a variety of other entrees. Located at 777 Grand.

D’Amico’s:This is an Italian-style deli, and it’s delicious. Their desserts will have you drowning in sweetness. Located at 975 Grand.

Grand Ole Creamery:Ice Cream, ice cream, ice cream! Holy cow, nobody does it better. Located at 750 Grand.

Wild Onion:If you’re looking for a filling steak, this is the place to go. Also has a full bar. Located at 788 Grand.

Bread and Chocolate:A fine bakery, carries many typical items, but also ice cream in summer. Located at 867 Grand.

Chipotle:If you’ve never had Chipotle, you’ve never had the pleasure of this chain's giant burritos. Ingredients are fresh, homemade, and yummy! Located at 867 Grand.

Billy’s on Grand:This is a hot bar/restaurant hangout for college kids. It’s what you’d expect at a bar – burgers and apps, but in a neat atmosphere, with a great patio in summer! Located at 857 Grand.

Barbary Fig:Mediterranean cooking is done well here, which is rare in Minnesota. Barbary Fig also has vegetarian options. Located at 720 Grand.

Of course, there are many, many more stores lined along Grand Avenue. Take a drive down the street and you’ll see – and probably want to stop and shop! There are also services along Grand, like a US Bank and Wells Fargo, as well as a few tailors and an auto mechanic. The 63 bus route runs the length of Grand, and the Business Association runs a free trolley on weekends.

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