When looking for a unique gift, or an original decor piece for your home, why not support our local artists and arts community? We have loads of talented artists and makers right here in Rochester. Help us get the word out!
Rochester Local has compiled a list of places in the area where you can find art and goods created by local artists and makers. Some of the included artists have websites, and some are more active on social media. Check them out and give them a follow!
Supporting local artists and makers is a fantastic way to support the community! Every dollar spent stays right here in our local economy, and works to create a thriving arts scene in Rochester.
Threshold Arts has a storefront on Broadway Avenue where you can find a wide variety of work, all by local artists and makers. In addition, this non-profit hosts exhibitions, events, and artist programs. Stop down and check out everything they have on display or find items to purchase online.
Location: 311 Broadway Avenue South in Rochester
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm, Thursday 10am-6pm, Closed Mondays
Website: Threshold Arts
SEMVA Art Gallery
SEMVA stands for Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists. At their gallery, they have a variety of mediums of artwork for viewing and purchase. They are excited to have you stop in, but they encourage visitors to call before making plans to view the gallery.
Location: Kahler Hotel Lobby (storefront off the lobby and gallery space up a level on the mezzanine)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Website: Semva Art Gallery
Rochester’s Farmers Market
Since 1985 the Rochester Farmers Market has been providing the greater Rochester area with fresh and flavorful produce and more from local farmers and vendors. In addition to locally-grown fruits and vegetables, the Farmers Market hosts vendors selling sweets, bakery items, gifts, art, and freshly made ready-to-eat food to take home (or enjoy while you browse the market). Check out this guide for all you need to know about the Rochester Farmers Market.
Location: Graham Park 35 Fairgrounds Ave SE in Rochester
Hours: Outdoor Market Saturdays May-October 7:30am-12pm, and Wednesdays June 15-October 2pm-6om
Dwell Local in Zumbrota
Dwell Local is a beautiful space, selling locally-made home goods. Find Dwell Local right on Main Street in Zumbrota. They sell gifts and other handmade goods created by artists and makers in the SE Minnesota area. Before you go, check out this post to find other things to do while you’re in town.
Location: 290 South Main Street in Zumbrota
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Closed Sundays
Website: Dwell Local
Gathered Goods in Forager Brewery
Whether you’re stopping in for a bite to eat or something cold to drink, be sure to browse Gathered Goods right inside the doors of Forager Brewery. This little boutique market sells locally made jewelry, ceramics, home decor, and other original handmade gifts.
Location: 1005 6th Street Northwest in Rochester
Hours: Open daily 11am-9pm
Clover & Rose
Find something totally unique at Clover & Rose! The shop sells locally-made art, products, and goods, and is also stocked with vintage finds like clothes and jewelry. It’s the perfect spot to stop, whether you’re looking for a gift or something for yourself.
Location: 923 6th Stree Northwest in Rochester
Hours: Hours vary. Check out the social media channels or call to set up an appointment.
Garden Party Books
Garden Party Books is a wonderful place to find the writing of local authors and publishing companies, as well as other locally-made goods. As many of the books at the store are donated by locals, the stock reflects what the community is reading! Keep an eye on their social media pages for updates on their local author section and more local goods – coming soon!
Location: 602 7th Street Northwest in Rochester
Hours: Mondays & Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Website: Garden Party Books
People’s Food Co-op
Find fresh, locally-grown produce and other products made in the SE Minnesota area at People’s Food Co-op. But PFC is so much more than food. The Co-op stocks an array of locally-made gifts, soaps, and lotions, seeds to start your garden, and home goods. Check out the events page to see what’s going on, and to read more about all that the Co-op has to offer, read this Rochester Local post.
Location: 519 1st Avenue Southwest in Rochester
Hours: 8am-9pm Daily
Website: People’s Food Co-op
If art is what you’re looking for, head to Gallery 24. This beautiful gallery displays various pieces done by local artists in all mediums. They’ve got something for everyone, regardless of budget!
Location: 611 North Broadway Avenue in Rochester
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
Website: Gallery 24
Find local music, merchandise, prints, and other gifts at Treedome in downtown Rochester. Keep an eye on their social media pages to stay updated about local musicians and performances in the area that they’re a part of.
Location: 309 Broadway Avenue South in Rochester
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, Closed Mondays (unless their door is open)
Art Heads Emporium
Art Heads Emporium is a gorgeous space that offers art classes taught by local artists, and so much more! Stop in to browse original art, handmade jewelry, resin art, organic candles, and eclectic goods.
Location: 317 Broadway Avenue South in Rochester
Hours: Wednesday 11am-3pm, Thursday 11am-3pm & 6pm-9pm, Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm & 6pm-9pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday
Website: Art Heads Emporium
Did you know that the Rochester Hy-Vee locations stock local goods too? Some of the many local items found at Hy-Vee are frozen pizza from Pasquale’s, honey from The Bee Shed, and popcorn from Carrol’s Corn.
Location/Phone: Four locations in Rochester, find the one closest to you here.
Hours: All Hy-Vee locations are open daily from 5am-11pm
Rootz of Inspiration
There is so much to see at Rootz of Inspiration! They’ve got plants, pots, jewelry, candles, and other handmade gifts. This lively store houses the work of over thirty-five local artists!
Location: 1121 7th Street Northwest in Rochester
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, Closed Sundays
Website: Rootz of Inspiration
Rochester Art Center Gallery Shop
This shop, located directly inside the Rochester Art Center’s doors showcases local artwork and goods available for purchase. There is so much to find here from coasters, notebooks, and clothing, to stickers and do-it-yourself art kits. It’s a perfect place to find a gift or something for yourself.
Location: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, STE 120 in Rochester
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 11am-4pm
Website: Rochester Art Center Gallery Shop