Category Archives: Shopping

Meet me in Zumbrota

Looking to travel? Think local.
By Samantha Erickson  |  Photography by

Travel plans are looking a little different these days—maybe even nonexistent—but our current situation doesn’t have to completely deprive you of that relaxed vacation feeling. Discover a local slice of paradise with a day trip!   Continue reading

Old Look, New Perspective

Change your wardrobe to make getting dressed the best part of your day
By Grace Menchaca

The holiday tradition of giving and receiving, followed by January’s promise of a fresh start supports the mantra: “out with the old and in with the new.” Let this new year inspire a new perspective on styling and confidence.     Continue reading

dwell local, Take Two

More destination shopping in Zumbrota
By Holly Galbus
Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Dwell Local, a boutique favorite of Rochesterites since its opening in 2014, is now also in Zumbrota. The eclectic shop features locally handcrafted and uniquely curated gifts and home decor, furniture and fair-trade items. Owner Paul Bennett, transformed the building located at the corner of Main Street and West Third Street in Zumbrota, in just a few weeks to create a new shopping experience for those familiar with the Rochester store. “The space is entirely different,” Bennett says. “It has its own identity, while still feeling like Dwell Local.” The physical space is larger and, with 40 feet of windows facing Main Street, substantially brighter. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gifts

Shop local for mom

By Kathryn Lenn

As Sweet as Mom
Sweet Satisfaction by Debbie Buchbinder
Mail service only

Debbie avoids gluten and dairy and was getting tired of eating dark chocolate. In the fall of 2018, she started reaching out to candy companies who specialized in dietary-friendly recipes, and she began making her own mail-order treat boxes for others who needed some variety in their sweets game. You can hardly believe you’re missing the milk in the milk-chocolate candies, and two of the bars taste like big-name candy bars. They have toffee, brittle, truffles and chewy caramels. For the mom with a sweet tooth, sign her up to receive monthly boxes that cater to her dietary restrictions while still satisfying her desire for a treat.  Or, maybe you just want something for yourself. You can buy online at any time. Everything is gluten and dairy free and 100% vegan. Visit the website and get $5 off your first order with promo code: “RWMAG5” Continue reading


Saleswomen offer insider information
By Alison Rentschler

Do you want to buy a new car, but you’re not sure how to start the process? Or do you have an idea of your “dream car,” but you don’t think you can afford it? Do you know if you will qualify for a car loan? Not so fast. The salespeople at dealerships can help you and explain the process to you. And maybe you’ll end up with that dream car.   Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide

Check out these specials from Rochester area businesses.

The following businesses have also contributed special gifts for Rochester Women magazine readers. Register to win free gifts while you are shopping. 


A winner will be announced each day Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 15. Watch

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Gift Giving: Share Gifts, Make Memories and Shop Local

What does gift giving mean to you? Do you enjoy giving of yourself, your time and your talents, or do you prefer purchasing gifts to wrap with a big red bow and put under the tree? Gift giving shows someone that you value them and who they are. 

The gifts we give are a reflection of what makes us feel loved. According to Gary Chapman, author of “The 5 Love Languages,” there are five main ways that people speak and understand emotional love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. For a good relationship, it is important for the giver to know how the receiver feels loved, what speaks to them.     


Do you knit, garden, write or sing? No matter your talent, you can probably share that with a friend or two or the whole community. It’s fun to take a class to learn a new skill and then share your result. There are art classes, music, cooking and canning classes through community education, specialty shops or learning centers that you can take or give the class fee and supplies as a gift for any age. 

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Spring Cleansing with Ballerina Botanicals

Every day, this time of year, all of our social media feeds fill up with tips for spring cleaning, time to detox and better yet…get your body ready for summer. This can all be very overwhelming. I know, I always feel the pressure. 

One thing I can always count on to help me relax and feel refreshed is a good facial with organic essential oils. Essential oils are fragrant, concentrated essences from botanical life that provide the body with many healing properties. They work wonders on your skin. My friends are always complimenting my clear skin, so I tell them all about my spring cleansing routine. 


The reason you should be doing this is because the winter months and seasonal changes do a number to your skin, leaving it dry, dull and damaged. Harsh central heating, dry air, sudden temperature changes and hot showers all wreak havoc on your skin. 

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These Boots are Made for Walking and That’s Just What They’ll do


“I love fashion myself. Me, my mom and my sister—it’s our hobby. Picking out things that are beautiful on any figure, that compliments their attitude,” Jessica Pearson, co-owner of Flowers by Jerry Lux Boutique. “We’ve noticed the latest trends arrive later to the midwest, so we’re bringing them here when we see them. Ankle boots are the latest trend. We also see more western style boots in fashion.”


“People want boots that are warm but attractive. SOREL does a great job combining fashion meets function. They’re perfect for our climate,” says Angela Lowther employee at Tyrol Ski & Sports. SOREL boots can handle temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. They range in price from $160-$220 at Tyrol Ski & Sports. 


“We’re the largest dealer for Dankso in all of Minnesota. The quality of a Dankso boot will last a long time. They’re comfortable and you can stand in them all day,” explains Netta Putzier, owner of Rochester Feed & Country Store. 

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