#ShopSmall: Your Guide to Shop Local this Holiday Season
Never has it been more important to support local businesses than it is right now. We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite shopping spots in the Twin Cities Gateway to check everyone off on your holiday shopping list this season!
Charming Downtown Anoka is a premier shopping destination with some of the most progressive and unique shops that the Twin Cities metro area has to offer. The community of diverse local merchants offers antique shops, clothing and gift boutiques, furniture, an ice cream shop, dessert cafe, wine bar, bars, and restaurants. The classic and historic riverfront town of Anoka is located just 20 minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul on highways 10 or 169.
A unique and fun store offering up-cycled furniture, whimsy, clothing, jewelry, and home decor.
216 East Main Street
The French Market
At the French Market you will find a mix of all things beautiful, found and new, for you and your home. A great and ever-changing assortment of furniture, home decor, linens, accessories, wall accents, textiles, soaps, candles, lotions, jewelry, etc. in a gorgeous cohesive look and feel. Open the second Thursday through Sunday of each month with occasional pop-ups.
211 E Main Street
The White Owl
The White Owl Home Comforts & Boutique (formerly Paddywac’s) is owned and operated by two sisters, offering inspiration and a vetted collection of new, reclaimed, repurposed artisan-restyled furniture, home décor, gifts, women’s apparel, jewelry, and more.
201 E Main St
The Big White House
The very best selection of antiques, collectibles, furniture, coins & historical memorabilia, all inside a 116-year-old mansion!
1900 3rd Ave S
Antiques on Main
Antiques On Main is a family-owned business that opened in May of 1992 in historic downtown Anoka. The historic building dates back to 1884 and includes two levels of antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, jewelry and so much more!
212 E Main St
Where you’ll always find everything Antique, Vintage, and Collectible, with more than 45 dealers in 7,800 square feet and open daily.
2008 2nd Ave N
One of the biggest perks of downtown Anoka: Parking is easy and free! Walk to the many fine eateries including cafés, specialty restaurants, ice cream, and pastry shops, bars and grills, co-ops, and cool coffee shops. Enjoy live theater and music along with annual art festivals and parades. Stay at the historic Ticknor Hill Bed & Breakfast. Walk the trails, corridors or visit the Mississippi River Community Park.
Holiday Décor Galore!
Mickman Brothers Garden Center
A fresh evergreen Christmas Wreath is the perfect way to welcome home friends and family for the Holidays! The Holiday Season is a time of giving – of remembering those that mean so much to us.
Fresh Holiday Evergreens delivered in a festive container are the perfect gift; timely, personal and a welcome addition to the Holiday decorating nearly all of us look forward to each year.
This Season, complete your Holiday Shopping List for all those hard to shop for friends, relatives and business colleagues with fresh, handcrafted Holiday Evergreens that will be sincerely appreciated and displayed with fond memories throughout the Seasons!
14630 Hwy 65 NE
Small Business Saturday in Downtown Anoka
Small Business Saturday happens on the Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 26). It’s an exciting day to #shopsmallanoka and #shopsmall by being part of the #smallbizsat cause. Come out and show your love for the amazing shops and restaurants that are in Historic Downtown Anoka.
Annual Hometown Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting
Anoka welcomes all to its Annual Hometown Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting event. It’s an all-day family event where you can enjoy Holiday fun in one of the most beautiful historic towns in Minnesota!
The Hometown Celebration brings you the Participating Merchant Happenings while the Tree Lighting Event brings you horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday music, food vendors, bonfires, visit with Santa, selfie stations, and more! Enjoy a magical start to the holiday season in Historic Downtown Anoka on December 4th.
The Coon Rapids Community Tree Lighting Festival started in 2021. This chilly event is made merry by celebrating the holiday spirit through warm drinks like cocoa and cider, gathering around bonfires, singing around the tree, and ends with a spectacular sight as the tree is lit up with festive lights. Experience the fun on December 3rd in Boulevard Plaza, Coon Rapids.
Join the Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce as they celebrate their first Hometown Holiday on December 10. The event will be located at the Crosstown Mall parking lot and inside Vocate. Visit with Santa and his elves by the indoor fireplace at Vocate, take photos, decorate cookies, and sip some hot chocolate. The event ends outdoor in the green space with caroling and a tree lighting to ring in the holidays!
Places to Stay
Ticknor Hill Bed & Breakfast
Nestled close to the downtown Anoka shopping district, Historic Ticknor Hill was built in 1867 when Anoka was a bustling river town. This is a Queen Anne Victorian home that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the northwestern Twin Cities Metropolitan area, this Bed and Breakfast is “just around the corner” from all of the cultural and major sporting events the two cities have to offer. Minneapolis is only 30 minutes away and downtown St. Paul is 35 minutes away.
AmericInn by Wyndham Ham Lake
Enjoy shopping, sports, and more at AmericInn Lodge & Suites Ham Lake, located just minutes from the National Sports Center in Blaine, several major golf courses, and downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Conveniently situated off Highway 65, it’s also close to several corporate offices and hundreds of scenic lakes, making us an ideal home base for business and leisure travelers alike. Come see all that eastern Minnesota and the Twin Cities have to offer with a relaxing stay in Ham Lake.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis North/Blaine
Enjoy warmth and comfort with every stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites. You’ll feel right at home from the moment you walk through the doors and find true comfort and relaxation in the modern, spacious guest rooms and suites. Premium amenities include complimentary breakfast, high-speed Wi-Fi, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, convenience market, and more. Four Seasons Curling Club, Fogerty Arena, TPC Twin Cities, Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, plenty of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment, and a quick 20-minute drive to Downtown Minneapolis.
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