After taking last year off due to the pandemic, Style Edina is finally back for its fifth annual soiree on Sunday, September 26. Tickets are now on sale for the Westin Edina Galleria event, ranging from $49 for general admission to $600 for a VIP table that seats 10 trendsetters right near the runway.
Mimosas will be offered on arrival at 10 a.m., as Style Edina’s pop-up shops open and registration starts. Brunch service will begin at 11, setting the stage for an hour-long fashion show hosted by stylist Jodi Mayers and Emmy-winning KSTP anchor Megan Newquist. The proceeds of which will help support Edina ABC, a non-profit organization “dedicated to providing strong educational opportunities to students of color.”
While you’re here, why not make a weekend of it by booking a four-star room within the Westin or an extended staycation (you’ve earned it!) at one of Edina’s other leading hotels, Residence Inn and Homewood Suites? That way you can really slay the fall shopping season at all the stores, spas, and patios spread throughout Edina’s three main shopping areas: 50th & France, Southdale Center, and the Galleria…..
50th & France
Nolan Mains’s dynamic mixed use development is brimming with new & notable retail stores this year, starting with the first Minnesota location of Billy Reid‘s beloved “lived-in luxury” brand. The paint is still drying on its 1,800-square-foot space, which provides Reid’s masculine pieces with a warm backdrop of soft leather seats, mid-century chandeliers, and hand-crafted cabinetry. Similar in spirit is Scout, a St. Paul staple that expanded its local footprint in Edina last spring and carries a well-curated range of outdoorsy apparel and home goods. On the womenswear side of things, Galleria fav Dugo (a.k.a. “Dress Up, Go Out”) found a fitting solution for its pandemic-related problems at Nolan Mains after nearly being forced to close during last year’s lockdown. It joins yet another recent addition with St. Paul roots: the lingerie/loungewear shop Flirt Boutique.
If you’re looking for something to eat along the way, there’s no need to leave Nolan Mains now that Edina has its very own Lynhall. Much like the Uptown original, its market-inspired menu covers nearly every culinary base imaginable, from slightly experimental brunch dishes (scones & gravy, anyone?) to highly evolved dinner entrees like pan-seared chicken presse and a lobster tartine crowned with caviar, roe, and fresh herbs.
Also of note in the 50th & France area is the casual-yet-cutting-edge boutique Equation and a larger Bumbershute location meant to meet the pent-up demand of wardrobe refreshers as pandemic-enabled sweatpants wear out their welcome. Not to mention such new and old-school salons as Haven Nail Studio and Spalon Montage, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
While there’s no shortage of independent, locally owned shops in Edina, the country’s first indoor shopping mall features a trendsetting Macy’s that’s even bigger than the behemoth at Mall of America (379,000 square feet, as compared to 333,000) due to its past life as a roomy Dayton’s Department Store. Southdale Center has also leaned into its role as a lifestyle destination as of late, rounding esteemed standbys like Juut Salon Spa out with newbies like the best-in-class blowout leader Drybar, Life Time’s most luxurious gym location, and Restoration Hardware’s elegant rooftop eatery. Come for the shaved ribeye on charred garlic bread; stay for the interior design inspiration. Or if you’re looking for a more low-key meal, Peoples Organic just moved from its longtime Galleria location to a 7,300-square-foot home for the health-conscious food it famously served — private chef style — to Prince for several years.
Speaking of Restoration Hardware, its previous Galleria outpost is now the first, long overdue Minnesota location of Williams-Sonoma’s cult home furnishings brand Rejuvenation. Look out for hundreds of lighting fixtures, textiles, and furniture pieces, then take a break from all of the above at either Lili Salon Spa or Coastal American Eatery, better known as CōV. Its patio is a prime spot to soak up the sunshine and breathe fall’s brisk air, all while pretending you were just transported to a seafood shack in another time zone entirely. (New England’s, to be exact.) Other design-savvy draws include such upscale national brands as Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Tiffany’s and Louis Vuitton. And if you wouldn’t mind seeing another fashion show, there’s always the live fall looks at Runway For Hope, a fundraiser for the breast cancer foundation Hope Chest. It takes place on Thursday, September 16, and hopes to raise $10,000 by the time the lights go down.