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Explore downtown Hudson for its charm, style and shopping – TwinCities.com |

Explore downtown Hudson for its charm, style and shopping – TwinCities.com

If you’re looking for a getaway that mixes Old World charm with contemporary stylings, we know a place. Downtown Hudson, Wis., the St. Croix River waterfront community on Minnesota’s border, blends historic and new. And just a 20-minute drive from St. Paul, downtown Hudson makes for an easy daytrip with plenty of choices for shopping.

SECOND STREET EAST

Start on the southern end of the east side of Second Street, downtown Hudson’s main commercial strip. It may be one of the oldest retailers in downtown, but Kelley Gallery keeps things fresh after recently relocating into shiny, new digs with ample free parking. Shop for a variety of art from regional artists and beyond. The lineup includes oil, acrylic and watercolor canvases as well as jewelry, metal sculptures, stained glass and pottery. Custom framing services are also available. Make your way north to St. Croix Shoes, emphasizing quality and comfortable shoes for men and women. Coveted brands such as Ugg, Frye, Dansko and Sorel can be found here.


Next, the new kitchen store Grand Fete carries a curated selection of kitchen utensils, gadgets, teas, olive oils and more. Cooking classes are also offered in the space. Continue north to the unforgettable gem Suri Oaks, where you’ll find one-of-a-kind, luxe, soft alpaca as well as products in men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, handmade toys and home decor. The pieces, either from Peruvian artisans or handcrafted locally, are high quality. Alpaca fiber comes from Suri and Huacaya alpaca from the owners’ ranch. When you think The Purple Tree, think eco-boutique. Here, there’s always a tasteful selection of gift items emphasizing environmentally friendly or socially responsible products. Offerings include home pieces, bath and body products, jewelry and apparel.

Urban Olive Vine is a place to shop for olive oils, balsamic products and teas from around the world. The shop also houses serving accessories, local art and more. Fashionistas and interior design enthusiasts won’t want to miss stopping by The 715. Hide hats, jackets, skirts and even throw pillows make bold style statements. The quality selection also includes Lafco candles, wares for entertaining, contemporary home decor and cabin accents such as wall art, lighting and rugs, as well as furniture. At the end of the block, Micklesen Drug, on the corner of Second and Locust streets, features a few gift items, such as cards, candles, lotions, jewelry and stuffed animals.

SECOND STREET WEST

Cross the road where, on the west side of Second Street, more shops await.

Just south of Locust Street, items at Vintage Vogue Cottage offer a mix of country farmhouse and Parisian flair. Shop for home, garden and gifts as well as upcycled and repurposed creations. For quality, chic clothing, La Rue Marche women’s boutique down the block is a place to score the most up-to-date women’s fashions. Brands include Sanctuary, WanderLuxe and Gracia clothing as well as TOMS and Bedstu shoes.

Continue to Et Cetera for a gorgeous and wide-ranging selection of quality gifts, from fashion apparel and accessories to home accent pieces. Continue south on Second Street, where it’s easy to spot Abigail Page Antiques Emporium, named after the child of Hudson’s first settler. The sizable, two-story antique mall has plenty of antique and vintage offerings such as clothes, jewelry, home decor, posters and other collectibles. Be sure to check out the downstairs for a large selection of furniture and wall art.

Just past Walnut Street, The Bees Knees is the place to find an eclectic mix of quality gifts that includes eco-friendly selections. Lollia candles, bath and body care items and baby gifts are among the standouts. Continue south to Salvaged With Style to peruse repurposed and restyled home pieces. The shop is nicely organized into themes for easy browsing: bar and man cave accessories and cabin decor, to name a few. Also on Second Street, Grace + Grit is a new women’s clothing boutique where fashion meets quality. Some gift items are featured as well. Standouts include Faribault Woolen Mill bags, Minnetonka Moccasins and stylish pieces perfect for layering. Last but not least, on the corner of Second and Commercial streets, Seasons on St. Croix Gallery features more than 160 local, regional and national artists in a variety of mediums including sculpture, metal, mixed media, stained glass, candles. Purses and jewelry are also offered. Then there’s fiber art, including works from HeartFelt Silks, which houses an art studio on the premises.

LOCUST STREET

Detour off Second Street, to Locust Street, where more shops await. Marnie’s, in the same building as Marnie Marie Photography, houses a fun stock of gift items that cater to a variety of occasions and range of age groups. In addition to vases, pots and fragrant plants and flowers, Hudson Flower Shop carries a few home- and gift-worthy bath products including masks, bath soaks, scrubs, perfume, hand creams and more. Also on Locust, Chapter 2 Books carries both new and used books in a wide range of genres. While in the bookstore, mosey down the long hallway where several rooms along it make up the Backroom Vintage shop. The wide range of offerings includes vintage, restored, hand-painted and upcycled furniture, home pieces, wall art, jewelry, toys and collectibles.

SHOP SPECIALTY

In addition to shopping for apparel, home items and gifts, downtown Hudson is also home to specialty stores. For fine jewelry including rare gems, check out J.R. Haubrich Fine Jewelry and The Jewelers Bench off Locust Street as well as Inlow Designs on Second Street. All also offer repair services.

Several specialty hobby stores can be found in downtown Hudson, too. Off Second Street, Art Doyle’s Spokes Pedals carries bikes, and accessories such as helmets, gloves and clothing for all biking needs. Tune-ups and repair services are also in store. St. Croix Scuba Snorkeling is a place to shop dive and snorkeling equipment. For almost a decade, Schuster’s Music has been offering new and used music gear for sale or for rent, not to mention music lessons. Preferred Coin Exchange specializes in rare, collectible coins. On the corner of First and Commercial streets, Lakefront Framing shop offers custom framing.

A trip to downtown Hudson wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Knoke’s Chocolates for chocolates, caramels, the mix-and-match snack bar, ice cream and other sweet treats. Find out more about Hudson’s dining scene.

DIRECTORY

  • Abigail Page Antiques Mall, 503 Second St.; 715-381-1505
  • Art Doyle’s Spokes Pedals, 607 Second St.; 715-386-8500
  • Backroom Vintage, 226 Locust St.; 715-220-8818
  • Chapter2Books, 226 Locust St.; 715-220-8818
  • Et Cetera, 507 Second St.; 715-381-3434
  • Grace + Grit, 411 Second St.; 715-808-7830
  • Grand Fete, 512 Second St.; 715-716-5145
  • Hudson Flower Shop, 222 Locust St.; 715-386-2663
  • Inlow Designs, 523 Second St.; 715-386-3551
  • J.R. Haubrich Fine Jewelry, 210 Locust St.; 715-386-5500
  • Kelley Gallery, 125 Second St.; 715-386-4112
  • Knoke’s Chocolates, 220 Locust St.; 715-381-9866
  • La Rue Marche, 513 Second St.; 715-386-1969
  • Lakefront Framing, 100 Commercial St.; 715-381-0220
  • Marnie’s, 218 Locust St.; 715-808-0357
  • Micklesen Drug, 530 Second St.; 715-386-3344
  • Preferred Coin Exchange, 521 Second St.; 715-808-0635
  • St. Croix Shoes, 510 Second St.; 715-808-0890
  • St. Croix Scuba Snorkeling, 401 Second St., 715-381-5300
  • Salvaged With Style, 419 Second St.; 715-531-4100
  • Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, 401 Second St.; 715-381-2906
  • Schuster’s Music, 424 Second St.; 715-531-1380
  • Suri Oaks, 512 Second St.; 844-Suri Oaks
  • The Bees Knees, 421 Second St.; 715-716-5143
  • The Jewelers Bench, 216 Locust St.; 715-386-2050
  • The Purple Tree, 516 Second St.; 715-386-9450
  • The 715, 524 Second St.; 715-381-8175
  • Urban Olive Vine, 520 Second St.; 715-386-0400
  • Vintage Vogue Cottage, 519 Second St.; 651-968-2768
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