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River town treasures: Head to Red Wing, Hastings or Prescott for a day of delight – |

River town treasures: Head to Red Wing, Hastings or Prescott for a day of delight –

Looking for a day-trip destination? Head south of the Twin Cities to the river towns of Red Wing, Hastings or nearby Prescott, Wis., for a fulfilling day of shopping and dining. Home, apparel and gift shops abound, not to mention plenty of places to grab a bite.


First, start at Red Wing Depot Gallery off Levee Street near the river, a block from Main Street. In addition to checking out the gallery’s rotating exhibits and shopping handcrafted jewelry and other gift items, you can also visit the Red Wing Visitors and Convention Bureau housed in the same building.

Nearby, the historic St. James Hotel houses several shops. Vestiges Ltd. is a place to shop refined, elegant, quality clothing from daywear to pajamas. Fashion accessories and gift items also line store racks and shelves. The Levee, also situated in the hotel, offers fashion and home accessories with plenty of color, prints and patterns, including quilted handbags. The St. James Hotel also is home to Clementine, a place not only to find fresh flowers, but artisan-crafted gifts, too. Clara’s Gifts and Coffee does double duty. Grab a cup of coffee and pastries. Then shop Red Wing souvenirs such as postcards and pottery while there.

On Main Street, the sizable Boxrud’s Resale Gifts offers several concepts in one — gently used and upcycled home pieces, handmade gifts from local artists and a wedding and formal wear consignment shop. Gently used furniture such as dining sets and home decor pieces including wall art and upcycled furniture are available. There are also gift items made by local artists such as recycled sweater mittens, soaps, cutting boards and coasters. Within the store, Jump the Broom is a wedding consignment shop offering dresses and gowns for the bride, mother-of-the-bride, flower girls and other wedding party members. Prom-worthy dresses are also available. In another room of the consignment operation, shop vases, decor, signage, dessert stands and other accessories for wedding ceremonies and receptions can be found.

On the same block, DeLeon Jewelers specializes in fine and estate jewelry as well as gemstones. Gift items are also available, from kids’ tea sets to Himalayan salt lamps. Pieces are always quality, colorful and design savvy at the Scandinavian-themed The Uffda Shop. Standouts include crystal, linens and kitschy yet stylish wool apparel. The lineup of Nordic snacks is also fun to browse.

On the next block, Luya Shoes and Other Fine Things is a place to score a well-curated selection of quality, stylish shoes that are also comfortable. Labels include London Fly, Bernie Mev, Jafa, L’Artiste and Cloud. Shop olive oils and balsamic vinegars at Red Wing Olive Oils and Vinegars, but find pastas, sea salts and condiments as well. In addition, the shop carries a line of olive oil skin care. On the same block, Red Wing Bicycle Co. and Outfitter carries bikes, clothes and biking gear.

The worlds largest boot, 20 feet long-16 feet high and 2300 pounds, as recorded the Gunness Book of World Records greets you as you enter the Red Wing Shoe store. The iconic brand started here, and features a store in the heart of downtown. The main floor is a retail store with a museum is upstairs and an outlet store is downstairs. Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Special to the Pioneer Press: Craig Lassig)

The iconic Red Wing Shoes brand was born here, and a store with a museum sits in the heart of downtown. The main floor houses the main retail store, while downstairs is an outlet store. Then there’s a museum showcasing the shoe brand’s rich, storied history on the top floor. On the same block, another popular label, Duluth Trading Co. features heavy-duty work and outdoor wear for men and women — including popular Longtail T-shirts and Ballroom Jeans — the brand is known for. And bonus, the space also features an outlet component where overstocks, slightly flawed pieces, discontinued and returned items are 30 percent to 50 percent off.

At the end of the block, with four floors and 20,000 square feet of retail, Ferrins Furniture offers a wide variety of styles to choose from, ranging from stately to modern, for your living room, bedroom and beyond.


Whimsy’s Closet is a women’s boutique featuring stylish women’s clothing in a variety of cuts and colors for refined, sophisticated tastes. Complementary pieces for layering are among the great finds. Jewelry and gift items are also in the store. On the same street, Wise Penny Thrift Store consignment shop offers a wide range of clothes, pieces for the home and kitchen, as well as books and games. For generations, the men’s store Josephson’s has long been a destination, where fans come from all over to shop the quality selection of casual and formal wear. Then there’s Howes Diamond Jewelers featuring fine jewelry in a range of stones, finishes, cuts and styles.


On Third Street, running parallel to Main, several more shops can be found. Between Bush and Plum streets, a Cut Above Home spotlights quality, contemporary pieces for the home. Standouts include furniture with rustic, farmhouse flair, kitchen and entertaining accessories and cabin decor. On the next block, Rivertown Comics and Games is a place to shop comic books, games and toys. Next, Wanshura Jewelers features fine jewelry from diamonds to precious stones. The store also specializes in custom services along with restoration and repair.

Fashionistas won’t want to miss 17 Street, one of the latest additions to the downtown boutique set. Clothing and home pieces look like they were plucked straight from fashion and home interior design magazine spreads. Twice Blessed consignment shop is a place to score brand-name clothing, handbags and shoes. At Hallstrom’s Florist Sweet Shoppe, shop home and garden decor and gift items, too. Be sure to grab a snack at the chocolate counter and ice cream bar while there. Make your way to Fair Trade Books, where new and used books in a wide range of genres line the shelves. Fair trade gifts by local and national artisans are also in the mix.

Also on Third Street, Native American handmade pieces including prettily woven dreamcatchers and quilts can be found at Thunder Clan Trading Post. At Backwoods Framing and Engraving, expect a wide variety of creative gifts and promotional products ready for personalization. Items include frames, mugs, cutting and game boards. Essential oils, diffusers and jewelry are also part of the lineup.

Outside of downtown, is another iconic brand worth mentioning. Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery in the Old West Main district is a place to score Red Wing Pottery and Red Wing Stoneware dinnerware, kitchenware as well as other brands at deep discounts.


When it’s time to grab a bite to eat, Red Wing has a range of places, from contemporary to classic. There are even places to grab hotdish. How Minnesota is that?

For a happening scene, head to Staghead Gastropub, where you can grab a drink from the primo wine and craft beer list while dining on the cheffy menu that includes small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees including duck, steak, chicken, pork and cassoulet. Another hot spot is Oliver’s Wine Bar, specializing in a wide selection of vino, including wines on tap, and tapas. The menu also features soups, salads, flatbread and pastas, risotto and even wild rice and tuna noodle hotdishes.

You also can’t go wrong with one of the three dining establishments housed in the St. James Hotel. For breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, head to The Veranda, offering a contemporary spin on everything from egg dishes to sandwiches. During the warm weather months, the patio overlooking the water is one of the best seats in downtown. After 4 p.m., the more formal The Port opens, with a menu spotlighting classics with Midwest and global accents. Also after 4 p.m., the laidback Jimmy’s Pub on the hotel’s fifth floor is a place to grab a beer, wine or craft cocktail while dining on casual fare.

The Veranda in the St. James Hotel offers reliable fare in a gorgeous, classic, historical space Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Special to the Pioneer Press: Craig Lassig)

For other casual options, Bev’s Cafe, which pegs itself as “the oldest restaurant in Red Wing,” has long been beloved by locals and visitors alike. Classic breakfast fare, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees such as meatloaf, hamburger steak and chicken fried steak are part of the menu. Liberty Restaurant and Lounge, around for more than 40 years, is a downtown restaurant staple, too. Families have been flocking here for generations to dine off the large menu that includes breakfast served all day, soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, ribs, chicken, chops, steaks and seafood platters. And depending on the day of the week and time of day, there might even be a pizza, pasta or fish buffet happening.

Another buffet option is at Marie’s Underground Grill and Tap House, which serves a lunch buffet as well as a la carte items such as burgers, pizzas as well as chicken, steak and fish dinners. Speaking of pizza, a Red’s Savoy Pizza has a location in downtown Red Wing. Like the other Red’s Savoys throughout the state, the spot serves “Sota-style” pizza, or thin crust pies cut in squares, oozing with cheese and loaded with toppings.

Another casual dining option is Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop, where you can grab a cup of java and order hot and cold sandwiches as well as a hotdish of the day. In the room adjacent, shop for bakery items such as cookies, cakes and bread. A cup of Joe is also a popular item at Mandy’s Coffee and Cafe, a coffee, soup and sandwich spot. For dessert, consider Red Wing Confectionery, offering a wide variety of handmade, hand-dipped chocolate creations. The spot is also a draw for its salt water taffy, ice cream and espresso. Custom chocolate creations are also available.


In Hastings, you’ll find several shops along Second Street, downtown’s main hub. Start on the north

side of Second near Ramsey Street, where you’ll find Rivertown Treasures. The spacious retail floor offers a variety of gently used to new clothing, home decor and furniture pieces, books, movies among other items. The shop is run by the nonprofit Hastings Family Service, which provides food, clothing, shelter, transportation and support services to those in need.

Continue west to the next block, where you’ll come across Eye Candy REfind. Plenty of design inspiration awaits, thanks to the thoughtful, cohesive mix of vintage, repurposed and handmade furniture for the home. Chairs, couches, coffee tables, dining sets and decor pieces are among the finds. Standouts include well-built furniture pieces from local artists with rustic, individual flair.

Also on the same block, Tenacious K is an art gallery and gift store in one. The eclectic mix includes metal art, wall art, woven rugs and fashion accessories. At the full service Berens Jewelry, shop fine jewelry as well as some collectibles such as Minnesota Twins bobbleheads.

Continue west to Gifts Galore, a place to find presents for a variety of occasions. Standouts include a kids’ clothing section marking milestones such as your little one’s first birthday. Eco-jewelry, wedding frames, drink accessories, bath and body products are also in the store. On the same block, Antiques on Main offers plenty of flashback finds. Highlights include Victorian stationery and stickers as well as pretty cup-and-saucer sets, from fancy occasion to holiday-themed.

For more flashback finds, head to Vintage Inspirations for antique, vintage, restored and repurposed pieces. The careful selection covers a span of time periods, with offerings such as kitchen accessories, furniture, home decor pieces and collectibles to name a few.

BeLoved Boutique offers contemporary, chic women’s clothes and accessories at moderate to upscale prices. Clothes come in a variety of sizes, from extra small to 2xl in Hastings, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Special to the Pioneer Press: Craig Lassig)

On the next block, fashionistas will want to check out BeLoved Boutique offering contemporary, chic women’s clothes and accessories. Clothes come in a variety of sizes, from extra small to plus size. Continue to Creative Hair Design, offering everything from hair accessories to gift items. Hair pieces, jewelry, clothes, Minnesota- and beer lover-themed gifts and kitchen accessories are part of the the lineup. Toward the end of the block, TownCobbler Family Shoes Leather Repair caters to your footwear needs. Shoes carried serve double duty as comfortable and stylish. Brands include Born, Aussi Dogs and Sofft.


Cross the street, where several shops await on the south side of Second Street. At Chrysalis, you’ll find handcrafted fashion and gift items including soaps, jewelry and clothing. Treasures features handmade and vintage finds with an eye on design in furniture and tableware. Hobby items and collectibles are also in store.

Continue east to 2nd Street Studios Occasional Sales, open Thursday through Sunday, featuring clothing, gift and home pieces. Be sure to check out the bath and body care and home decor pieces.

Next, head to Lah-Tee-Dah, a place to shop women’s clothing, gifts and decor. Continue to Second Street Antiques, offering a sizable space to browse a wide range of antique treasures.

Next, make your way to SC Toys, a place for classic, educational and developmental toys to stir the imagination and creative juices of little ones. These quality items include arts and crafts toys, wooden train sets and other environmentally friendly toys. Books, puzzles, games as well as toys to bring out the inner chef or scientist are also part of the large selection.

Kitchen connoisseurs and art lovers alike won’t want to miss Mississippi Clayworks. The shop features handmade pottery that is not only pretty, but functional. Mugs, bowls, bread bakers, sourdough starter containers, egg poachers, honey pots and wine goblets are in the mix. All stoneware is made with natural, food safe, nontoxic materials and can be used in convection and microwave ovens as well as the dishwasher.

These wine goblets can be found at Mississippi Clay Works features handmade pottery that includes berry bowls, bread bakers, coffee mugs, honey pots, and carafes are part of the line up Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Special to the Pioneer Press: Craig Lassig)

Continue to The Carousel, a boutique featuring new and gently used consigned women’s apparel catering to a wide range of shapes and sizes. Gift and decor items can also be found. Prices are middle of the road.


There are several options, depending on what you’re in a mood for. For a contemporary setting, head to the cozy Lock and Dam Eatery with a menu of burgers, wraps as well as Italian cuisine such as pastas and Mexican fare such as burritos. Another option is the Fireside Social House, a fairly recent addition to downtown Hastings that serves wings, soups, salads, pastas, burgers and ribs. Knife-and-fork entrees such as steak, walleye and grilled chicken are also on the menu.

For more casual dining options, head to The Onion Grille featuring soups, sandwiches, burgers, flatbread pizzas, pastas, steaks and fish. The Busted Nut is another casual spot for appetizers, soups, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. For authentic Mexican, head to El Mexican Restaurant for everything from tacos to enchiladas. American fare such as Cajun breakfasts and burgers are also offered here.

When it’s time to snack or satisfy your sweet tooth, head to RiverCity PopCorn Candy Company for a variety of sweets and gourmet popcorn. Those who want to quench their thirst with a brewski can do so at the new Spiral Brewery, the first brewery to emerge in Hastings since Prohibition. Offerings include regular and rotating beers such as American-style pale ales; Kolsch-style ales; IPAs, stouts and American-style porters.


On Broad Street, the quaint main street in Prescott, a few shops and eating establishments can be found. They include tasteful furniture, home decor, vintage and antiques, some with rustic flair, at 22 Co. On the same block, discover two stores in one at River Bank Antiques/The Vineyard Christian Gifts and Books. Offerings include antiques, gifts, jewelry, books and cards.

At the time of publication, My Happy Place, selling women’s fashion, jewelry, accessories, home decor, gifts and furniture, is set to open in mid-May. On the same side of the street, Forever Gifts Boutique at the far end of downtown Prescott packs a lot of goodness in a quaint space such as one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces from local artisans. Offerings include home and garden accents as well as bath and body products.

Forever Gifts and Boutique at the far end of downtown Prescott packs a lot of goodness in a quaint space. Offerings include home and garden accents, bath and body products one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces from local artisans in Prescott Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Special to the Pioneer Press: Craig Lassig)

Cross the street for Two Meandering Ladies, a quilt shop filled with quality cotton, flannels and other fabrics in a variety of trendy patterns. The shop also houses rare equipment, with longarm, custom quilting services available. Just off Broad Street, Orange Dragon Art Gallery on Orange Street is a place to shop local art in a wide variety of media such as painting, sculpture, wood crafting, pottery, jewelry, glass and stationary.


Downtown Prescott seems to have as many eateries as it does shops, so there should be no problem nabbing a seat at one. A popular spot is The Kitchen Table, a restaurant and bar with a neighborhood feel featuring comfort-food with contemporary, Midwestern accents. The spot dishes up some of the tastiest breakfast around and it’s served all day. A lunch menu of sandwiches and burgers is also available.

For the prettiest views, head to Muddy Waters, which draws people from all over for dining al fresco on the expansive, multi-tiered deck overlooking the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. The menu is made up of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, thin crust pizzas and pastas. During dinner, additional entree choices are available, such as walleye, steak and prime rib. Prescott Roadhouse is a cozy spot to grab a beer or wine. Or, dine off the menu for wings, street tacos, ribs and brisket.

On the other side of the street, Lucille’s recently opened and is offering cocktails, wine and a food menu of sandwiches and specials such as beef stroganoff, Cuban roast pork with black beans, cilantro rice and pico de gallo and shrimp scampi. There’s also The Twisted Oak Coffee House, offering not only java, but also soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches.



  • Backwoods Framing Engraving, 405 W. Third St.; 651-388-1059
  • Boxrud’s Resale Gifts 417 Main St.; 651-212-6221
  • Clara’s Gifts Coffee, St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; 1-800-252-1875
  • Clementine, St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; 651-800-2060
  • Cut Above Home, 320 W. Third St.; 651-388-2307
  • DeLeon Jewelers, 409 Main St.; 651-388-2214
  • Duluth Trading Co., 307 Main St.; 651-212-2261
  • Fair Trade Books, 320 Bush St.; 651-800-2030
  • Ferrin’s Furniture, 301 Main St.; 651-388-3571
  • Hallstrom’s Florist Sweet Shoppe, 317 Bush St.; 651-388-7178
  • Howes Diamond Jewelers, 301 Bush St.; 651-388-4239
  • Josephson’s, 215 Bush St.; 651-388-4261
  • Jump the Broom, 417 Main St.; 651-212-6221
  • Luya Shoes and Other Fine Things, 325 Main St.; 507-250-1469
  • Red Wing Bicycle Co. Outfitter, 319 Main St.; 651- 327-2515
  • Red Wing Depot Gallery, 418 Levee St.; 651-388-7569
  • Red Wing Olive Oils Vinegars, 325 Main St.; 651-212-6499
  • Red Wing Shoe Company Store  Museum, 315 Main St.; 651-388-6233
  • Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery, 4909 Moundview Drive; 651-388-4610
  • Rivertown Comics Games, 432 W. Third St.; 651-327-2626
  • 17 Street, 427 W. Third St.; 651-385-0750
  • The Levee, St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; 651-388-8792
  • ThunderClan Trading Post, 312 Bush St.; 651-385-0515
  • Twice Blessed, 313 Bush St.; 651-267-2432
  • Uffda Shop, Main Bush Streets; 651-388-8436
  • Vestiges LTD, St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; 651-385-0548
  • Wanshura Jewelers, 409 W. Third St.; 651-388-3289
  • Whimsy’s Closet, 207 Bush St.; 651-385-8275
  • Wise Penny Thrift Store, 207 Bush St.; 651-385-0565


  • Bev’s Cafe, 221 Bush St.; 651-388-5227
  • Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop, 410 W. Third St.; 651-388-1589
  • Jimmy’s Pub; St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; 1-800-252-1875
  • Liberty’s Restaurant Lounge, 303 W. Third St.; 651-388-8877
  • Mandy’s Coffee and Cafe, 419 W. Third St.; 651-800-2026
  • Marie’s Underground Grill and Tap House, 217 Plum St.; 651-388-1896
  • Oliver’s Wine Bar, 227 Bush St.; 651-388-8743
  • Red’s Savoy Pizza, 212 Bush St.; 651-800-2255
  • Red Wing Confectionery, 323 Main St.; 651-388-0174
  • Staghead, 219 Bush St.; 651-212-6494
  • The Port; St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; 1-800-252-1875
  • The Veranda, St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; 1-800-252-1875


  • Antique on Main, 205 Second St. E.; 651-480-8129
  • BeLoved Boutique, 113 Second St., 651-470-5636
  • Berens Jewelry, 209 Second St. E.; 651-437-8982
  • Chrysalis, 110 Second St.; 651-319-0584
  • Creative Hair Design, 109 Second St. E.; 651-437-5525
  • Eye Candy REfind, 213 Second St. E.; 612-272-0584
  • Gifts Galore, 207 Second St. E.; 651-437-1680
  • Lah-Tee-Dah Boutique, 200 Second St. E.; 651-437-9769
  • Mississippi Clayworks, 214 Second St. E.; 651-487-5901
  • Rivertown Treasures, 311 Second St. E.; 651-437-7134
  • SC Toys, 212 Second St. E.; 651-438-7949
  • Second Street Antiques, 204 Second St. E.; 651-480-0513
  • 2nd Street Studios Occasional Sales, 116 Second St. E.; 651-829-0763
  • Tenacious K, 211 Second St. E.; 651-491-1563
  • The Carousel, 216 Second St. E.; 651-346-1096
  • The TownCobbler Family Shoes Shoe Leather Repair, 103 Second St. E.; 651-437-4400
  • Treasures, 114 Second St.; 651-319-0638
  • Vintage Inspirations, 203 Second St. E.; 651-437-4377


  • El Mexican Restaurant, 119 Second St. E.; 651-437-5002
  • Lock Dam Eatery, 101 Second St. E.; 651-319-0906
  • RiverCity PopCorn Candy Company, 208 Sibley St.; 612-741-6888
  • Spiral Brewery, 111 Second St. E.; 651-212-7160
  • The Busted Nut, 118 Second St. E.; 651-438-6887
  • The Fireside Social House, 108 Second St. E.; 651-346-1344
  • The Onion Grille, 100 Sibley St.; 651-437-7577


  • Forever Gifts Boutique, 131 Broad St.; 715-262-2369
  • Orange Dragon Art Gallery, 122 Orange St.; 715-262-4122
  • River Bank Antiques/The Vineyard Christian Gifts and Books, 213 Broad St. N.; 715-262-4279
  • 22 Co., 215 Broad St.; 651-341-1933
  • Two Meandering Ladies, 220 Broad St. N.; 715-262-2032


  • Lucille’s, 216 Broad St.; 715-262-2213
  • Muddy Waters Bar Grill, 231 Broad St. N.; 715-262-5999
  • Prescott Roadhouse, 127 Broad St.; 715-262-2282
  • The Kitchen Table, 211 Broad St.; 715-262-2223
  • The Twisted Oak Coffee House, 202 Broad St. N.
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