Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Linden Tree

The Linden Tree at 4404 Beard Ave. S. in Linden Hills, Minneapolis.



Wine stoppers by Woodchuck's Wood
 by Cindy Lindgren

Nestled in the Linden Hills neighborhood in Southwest Minneapolis is the Linden Tree.  Just a year old, the shop is filled with handmade goods by over 60 local artists, many who are HandmadeMN artists, including me.  Owner Melissa Pederson saw a need in her neighborhood for a fun, creative place to shop and a place for local artists to sell their work.  She provides an opportunity for new artists to experience the confidence boost of finding buyers who value their work.  Kids and teens (ages 7 to 19) can apply to be Junior Artists in Residence.  Half of the sale of each of their items goes to the Junior Artist and the other 50% goes to the charity of their choice.  The Linden Tree is a place for new and experienced artists to network together.  Customers get a chance to meet the artists at Trunk Shows or by chance if they are dropping off new items. Melissa always makes a point to introduce them to customers in the store.
     The Linden Tree is a warm and friendly shop to find unique handmade items from head (adorable hats) to toe (equally adorable slippers).  There are beautifully sewn clothes, aprons, totes, handcrafted jewelry, doll clothes, hair accessories and holiday items.  For your home you can find glass art, framed art in several medias, table linens, wood crafted items as well as candles, cards and soaps.  Shoppers can purchase these unique gifts as well as become inspired to create their own items.  That is accomplished by the sewing classes they offer.  Melissa, in addition to being the shop owner, describes herself as a weekend seamstress and clothing designer.  Half of her shop is devoted to specialty designer fabrics that inspire people and their children to sew to learn to sew.  Even Mayor Rybak took a sewing lesson!
     Make a point to stop in to see all the wonderful handmade art and be inspired by the surroundings.  Additional information about the store hours and classes are on this link.

Owner, Melissa Pederson
Beaded accessories by Cataluna Designs

Hand painted silk scarves by Palette Passion

3 comments:

DebGetsug said...
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DebGetsug said...

What a great place! I've been meaning to get over to this neighborhood- I will put it on my to-do list for tomorrow before heading to check out No-Coast!

Sharon Parker said...

Thanks, Cindy. I hadn't heard of this shop before but it looks great. And so fun to see wonderful items made by fellow local artists, some of whom I've met at craft shows. I love that our city has these kinds of businesses.