Now Open: Shinola and Filson

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June 20, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Alicia McCann
Ben Johnson

The North Loop retail scene added two more stylish stores to the mix when Filson and Shinola opened a shared location yesterday at the corner of 3rd Avenue S. and Washington Avenue.

The two brands are known for high-quality, hand-made goods. Filson was originally founded in Seattle in 1897 to outfit miners heading north to find work during the Alaskan gold rush. It specializes in rugged, durable outdoor clothing – shirts, hats, jackets, vests and pants – but also had a smattering of recreational gear, like canoe paddles and fishing rods. It’s like Duluth Pack’s more fashionable brother.

Shinola is a new Detroit-based maker of bikes, watches and leather goods. All three of its bike models look like single-speeds, but they actually house gears internally. The Bixby offers a men’s and a women’s model, and the three-speed cruiser retails for $1,950. The Runwell looks similar the Bixby, but it has 11 gears and a front basket modeled after the French style of Porteur bicycles. It retails for $2,950. Shinola bicycles will also be sold at the Angry Catfish bike shop in south Minneapolis.

The bikes hang from the rafters gleaming underneath an array of impressive displays showing off polished watches and leather-bound journals, among other luxurious accessories.

The former Dunn Bros space is well-lit and with lots of exposed timber and brick, a beautiful rendition of North Loop’s ubiquitous chic-industrial architecture. Shinola will still offer shoppers a chance to get coffee with a limited menu from Intelligentsia Coffee.

The stores are open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.