10 Products We Love: Made in Minnesota

Stuff We Love, Made in Minnesota

Minnesota: also known as the land of 10,000 lakes (though in actuality, we have 11,842), potlucks, temperatures that would make a polar bear shiver, and the state where being “Minnesota Nice” is never out of style. Minnesota is also filled with incredible craftsmen dedicated to locally sourcing their products, and a hearty amount of business returning to artisanal and handmade goods as the highest standard of quality.

As a small business ourselves, we’re committed to making our clothing and home line locally. We want to play our part to bring jobs and business back to Minnesota, which is why every single piece of clothing we produce is stitched by my sewers Amy, Kris, and Jan, in their homes. We are proud to be Minnesota-made, and here are a few of our other favorite products from the great Land o’ Lakes.

Made in Minnesota

1. Sanborn Canoe Company: Minnesotans are born and bred with a healthy appreciation for the outdoors, whether it be exploring a river in a canoe or hiking one of the Great Lakes on a beautiful summer day. Sanborn Canoe sells beautifully crafted canoe paddles, cabin accessories and home decor, and other camping gear handcrafted in their Winona, Minnesota base. Our favorite? The Minnesota Paddle, of course.

J.W. Hulme Co. leather bags | Made in Minnesota2. J.W. Hulme Co.: Minnesota leather goods company J.W. Hulme has been using artisans and locally sourced full-grain leathers to craft their travel bags, briefcases, accessories, and decor for the last hundred years, and has been recognized by publications across the country for their exceptional quality. Each bag is sourced from select leathers, sewn individually with high-caliber and unbreakable threads, and is guaranteed for a lifetime. They support “a legacy of American quality,” and we couldn’t agree more.

3. Scotch Tape: Can you imagine a world without Scotch tape? We really can’t, actually, so it’s lucky that Scotch Magic Tape is exclusively made in Hutchinson, Minnesota by Minnesota company 3M. 3M is the same company that makes Post-it notes. Essentially, Minnesota has been making life easier for America since 1902!

Pearson's candy | Made in Minnesota4. Pearson’s Candy: Known for Nut Goodies, Mint Patties, and Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls, the candy company has been operating out of St. Paul, Minnesota since 1909. A Minnesota favorite, the salted nut roll combines a creamy nougat center surrounded by golden caramel and salty Virginia peanuts– the original sweet and salty snack.

5. Oh Baby! Brand clothing and home goods: I may be a bit biased on this one, but the Minnesota Love collection from Oh Baby! is the perfect way to show Minnesota pride, and everything in the collection is made by artisans in Minnesota! We use sustainable, upcycled fabrics and vintage sweaters to make every product completely different. Our string art is painstakingly made in our shop on reclaimed barnwood, and every item is designed by me. Spreading the Minnesota love, one piece at a time…Made in USA Boots From Steger Mukluks

6. Steger Mukluks makes its mens and women’s boots in Ely, Minnesota. They are great for everyday wear in up to to -10 Fairenheit. You can buy them in regular or wide, depending on the width of your foot. The upper part of the boots are made of wool and moosehide and the soles are made of rubber with a contour insole. I have a large calf and typically cannot wear boots that go over my calf; I can wear these though. They are warm and comfortable. These are like the made in USA version of UGGs.

7. Baby Elephant Ears: Baby Elephant Ears are sold around the world to give your baby the best possible head and neck support for cranial-spinal developmental stages–and they’re manufactured in Cambridge, Minnesota. They’ve teamed up with Project Regina, a vocational training program for immigrant and refugee women based in Minneapolis to ethically manufacture their pillows. We’re always ready to support local small businesses owned and run by women!

Dogwood Coffee Co. | Made in Minnesota8. Dogwood Coffee: We’re partial to a good cup of coffee, and small roaster Dogwood Coffee in South Minneapolis fits the bill exactly. Their specialty is developing relationships in the sourcing and roasting process, to find the highest-quality beans as possible while becoming part of the specialty coffee scene in Minneapolis. Luckily for non-Midwesterners, their beans are available online as well. Sip, relax, and enjoy.

9. Faribault Woolen Mill: From when the mill was founded in 1865 to this very moment, their cozy woolen blankets are made using the exact same methods down south in Faribault, Minnesota. Scarves, accessories, throws, and more are woven using energy from the nearby Cannon River and hard work from Minnesotans to create sustainable, long-lasting woolen products.

10. Excelsior Brewing Company: This microbrewery is located in historic Excelsior, Minnesota and run by some of the most experienced brewers in the state– out of an open garage where you can stop by, chat with the brewers, and grab a sip of their famed blonde ale, ‘Bitteschlappe’ brown ale, or Bridge Jumper IPA India pale ale.

Mary Lauer owns Oh Baby!, a magical children’s store located in Edina, Minnesota. She designs and produces a line of whimsical children’s clothing and home goods, all handmade in Minnesota.

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  1. It’s almost time to start using those Polaris Snowmobiles!
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  2. There is also a great new company that was started in the state of Minnesota, for the state of Minnesota. It’s called Sota Clothing and it contains a simple, yet catchy design. I believe its a mostly online store at the time, but the designs and color schemes are great and the materials are quality. Copy and Paste this URL if you would like to take a look at some designs: http://shop.sotaclothing.com/

  3. Maryann D. says:

    I love Scotch Magic Tape and I did not know it was made in Minn. Sounds like some super companies are in Minn.

  4. Robin Wilson says:

    I didn’t know that Scotch tape was made there, but I have had Pearson’s Candies before and they are delicious. Would love to check out J.W. Hulme Leather and see what I can find too! Some more great finds!

  5. Can never have enough scotch tape

  6. We had a reader email the following list of companies making their products in Minnesota. We’ll add these next time we update the post, or perhaps it is time for a Part 2? Thanks, Melissa!

    I wanted to add to your “By State” list for Minnesota. There are so many more products made in MN than you have listed. here are a few:
    http://www.jwhulme.com/
    http://www.leatherworksminnesota.com/
    http://www.stellergoods.com/
    http://www.markedleather.com/
    http://www.solidmanufacturingco.com/
    http://www.frostriver.com/
    http://www.blueclawco.com/
    http://www.billykirk.com/
    http://www.springfinnandco.com/
    http://duluthpack.com/
    http://www.faribaultmill.com/
    http://www.itascamoccasin.com/

  7. Nice list of state made items. What a variety.

  8. Karen Waller says:

    Love Pearson candy

  9. Medtronic’s creator of the heart valves. Sven shoe’s

  10. This list is great and informative, thank you!

  11. Our tumblers are made in Minnesota as well! Great to be manufacturing in the USA.

  12. I love these made in different states posts. Good to know and we get to learn something new!

  13. Melissa R says:

    I love Minnesota!

  14. TOTALLY helped me with my questions!! I got an A+ on my paper + I learned a lot about Minnesota.Everyone should use USALovelist for projects. TTYL 😉

  15. I’ve always wanted to visit there but never have. Now I’m getting too old to travel that far, I have a lot of med. prob. The state looks wonderful from pic. & books & things that I’ve seen. You ever find the Wilder Homestead?

    • Sarah Wagner says:

      Yes, Donald! I have been to the Wilder homestead in Minnesota, as a matter of fact. It was a stop on one of our cross-country road trips in our motorhome. We went to the farm, which is open for visitors and has been preserved, where the Wilder family dugout was on the banks of Plum Creek. We camped, in our Winnebago, not far away in a lovely municipal park, also on Plum Creek. The was also a fantastic little museum there. Our kids will never forget it.

  16. Qurba Joog says:

    Oh wow, I did not know Scotch made in MN! Great. I run into these yogurt smoothies from a small boutique MN company that I first saw while reading the Tribune couple of weeks ago called Ziwa. I love the Mango, Blueberry and the plain. MN is coming up!!

  17. ellen beck says:

    We lived in Minnesota, and the list is endless. They also have some great beekeepers there. For the life of me, I cant recall the name of the company but they also made the very best brandy caramel sauce at the same place.

  18. Minnesota Nice! I love this list, and would also love you to add one of my favorite fashion brands made in the USA Soul Flower (http://www.soul-flower.com) made in Minnesota!

  19. I am a Minnesotan and am honored to have a made in Minnesota product. It is a grooming bath brush for animals. Patented and designed for horses, the brush works just as well on all hair covered animals. Made at Isanti Tool in Stanchfield, MN.

  20. Lawrence Willborne says:

    Minnesota, home of Al Frankin. Thank you Minn(not)

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