In a neighborhood beset by closings such as Creative Kidstuff, North Face, Traditions furnishings and Bonfire, Grand Avenue in St. Paul has good news to share. Grand Collective is temporarily filling the retail space once occupied by Restoration Hardware and Ann Taylor Loft.
The newly opened Grand Collective hits a number of retail trends — a pop-up with numerous retailers under one roof offering goods that may be handmade, vintage, one-of-a-kind, practical or quirky.
"So many people walking by our store in the neighborhood have told us they're excited for us to be here," said Siah Camara, manager of the new collective.
The space, at 791 Grand Av. in St. Paul, is a similar but different concept from FourPost in Mall of America and Rose and Loon in Rosedale.
"They're brand specific, and this is more retail specific," said Patric Richardson, the Laundry Evangelist and leaseholder who launched the project. "This offers more flexibility in the range of goods we bring in."
Because it's a neighborhood store instead of a mall store, Richardson said, the small-quantity inventory should turn quickly.
"We may bring in only eight of one item instead of a gross," he said. Pointing out a few items that may interest shoppers, he honed in on whimsical hammer tools for men, Wonder Woman water bottles, Porky's Drive-In T-shirts and vintage Louis Vuitton bags.
The 6,000-square-foot space houses Scout menswear and accessories; Jax and Henley women's apparel; CBD and Co. oils, gummies and lotions; Minnesota Made apparel and gifts; Shop in the City gifts; Moth Oddities vintage and gifts for women and men; Waam Industries wood gift boxes and crates; June upscale resale and gifts; Mona Williams laundry, gifts, bath and green cleaning; Hagen and Oats gifts and wood; Nice Nice Ceramics; Excelsior Candles; Medicinal Blends herbal healing, and Milana Stile jewelry.
The store had its soft opening Thursday with a grand opening set for Nov. 2. It will remain open through the end of the year with the possibility of an extension into next year.
Lunds & Byerlys owns the land from the former North Face store to Brasa restaurant, but it does not plan to start construction of the mixed-use space for 18 to 24 months while it completes the review and approval process, according to a spokesperson for the local grocery chain.
At completion, the space will include a Lunds & Byerlys supermarket, apartments and underground parking.