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Thursday, November 10, 2016


One of my favorite November outings in the Twin Cities is the Northern Grade event. This year's Minneapolis gathering was one of twenty-seven events held throughout the country and Moscow.

Founded in 2010, a visit to Northern Grade's website tells us that they are "a roving marketplace that features and highlights diverse brands that manufacture their goods in the USA."  As online shopping expands, and social media gives more and more insight into trends, designers, and even specific brands, we increasingly discover how impersonal the shopping experience can be.

Northern Grade provides an opportunity for local, small businesses and manufactures to showcase their products in person, while also supporting, and presenting, items that are made in America. 

I added the great bow tie from Mill City Fineries to my collection.

The event is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity, as each venue brings it own unique style to the experience.  What I like best though about the Northern Grade events, is that they zero in on my love for buying from, and supporting, local small businesses. 

***Is there a Northern Grade event held in your area?

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