Old time general stores were known for having pretty much anything you might need or want under one roof. And that is a perfect description of The General Store of Minnetonka (Minnesota). It was one of the fun stops on my road trip with Sylvia, Pam and Marilyn this past week. Need some Paul Bunyan or Minnesota Vikings themed gifts? How about unusual kitchen gadgets or gourmet food items? Personalized Christmas ornaments? Educational or vintage toys for kids . . . or adults? Socks? Jewelry? Home décor? This store has it all in 2 floors of nooks and crannies with a surprise in every turn.
Another fun road trip stop was SR Harris, a discount designer fabric store in Burnsville. Floor to ceiling displays of every kind of fabric imaginable: bridal, wool, velvet, silk, fleece, home décor, outdoor . . . and a whole large room of quilting cottons. I had a plan to just add a few pieces for the upcoming Bonnie Hunter mystery but of course I found some other things too. The 3 yards of crocodile fabric is for pillowcases for all 3 grandsons. I did find some good additions for the mystery quilt, and picked up a couple of seasonal fat quarters.
I exercised only a little personal restraint on this shopping trip because after all, the reason for the trip was friends, food, and retail therapy. A success!!!