Shops We Love: Forage Modern Workshop

This Minneapolis idea shop and store focuses on practical Midwestern goods with personality.

Forage Modern Workshop

Founders: Michael Smith and James Brown

Opening Date: 2012

Addresses: 4023 East Lake Street in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood

Phone: (612) 886-3603

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What It's All About: ”Basically, it’s the natural outflow of the owners love for mid-century design and architecture,” says business manager and buyer Rebekah Cook. “We pair locally made goods with the best of the world, and we consider anything from the Midwest locally made. They convinced me to quit my day job and run Forage.”

Philosophy: “We’re really trying to communicate what Midwest modern means,” says Cook. “We curate like we curate our homes, a collection of things that really tells the story of who we are. We want it to feel like a friend’s home.”

Weirdest Customer Question: “‘What is this?’” says Cook. “A lady came in and asked in a really strong Fargo accent what was going on here. I had to sort of break it down for her, which was a great exercise. It’s also awesome that not everyone gets it—we don’t want to be cookie cutter.”

View our slideshow to see some of the store’s favorite pieces.

Store photos on the homepage by Canary Gray Photography.

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