Rochester MN Guide to Shopping – Local Artists and Makers

local artists work in storefrontWhen 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 

Photo by Tiffany Alexandria

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

Phone: 507-218-7211

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm, Thursday 10am-6pm, Closed Mondays

Website: Threshold Arts

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


SEMVA Art Gallery 

Photo Courtesy of 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: 320 South Broadway in Rochester until May 21st. Keep an eye on their pages for more information about changes happening soon!

Phone: 507-281-4920

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Website: Semva Art Gallery

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Rochester’s Farmers Market 

Naturally Dyed Yarns from Berry Fun Yarns found at the Rochester 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

Phone: 507-273-8232

Hours: Outdoor Market Saturdays May-October 7:30am-12pm, and Wednesdays June 15-October 2pm-6om

Website: Rochester’s Farmers Market

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Dwell Local in Zumbrota 

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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

Phone: 507-202-3815

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Closed Sundays

Website: Dwell Local

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Gathered Goods in Forager Brewery 

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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

Phone: 507-259-5157

Hours: Open daily 11am-9pm

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram 


Clover & Rose 

Photo Courtesy of Cassandra Buck – 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

Phone: 507-319-4038

Hours: Hours vary. Check out the social media channels or call to set up an appointment.

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


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

Phone: 507-722-1533

Hours: Mondays & Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Website: Garden Party Books

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


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

Phone: 507-289-9061

Hours: 8am-9pm Daily

Website: People’s Food Co-op

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Gallery 24 

Photo Courtesy of Gallery 24

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

Phone: 507-226-8200

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm, Closed Sunday and Monday

Website: Gallery 24

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Treedome  

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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

Phone: 507-206-3298

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, Closed Mondays (unless their door is open)

Website: Treedome

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Art Heads Emporium 

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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

Phone: 507-319-0117

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

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Hy-Vee

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

Website: Hy-Vee


Rootz of Inspiration

Photo Courtesy of 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

Phone: 507-271-6799

Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, Closed Sundays

Website: Rootz of Inspiration

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram


Rochester Art Center Gallery Shop

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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

Phone: 507-722-2552

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 11am-4pm

Website: Rochester Art Center Gallery Shop

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram

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Blair is a wife to Rodney and mommy to Kyus (2016). She grew up in Red Wing and has lived in Rochester for 15 years. Blair works full-time at the Mayo Clinic as a Psychometrist (she tests people’s thinking). She finds mental health and psychology extremely interesting and loves learning about wellness. In her spare time Blair likes to do all things relaxing. This includes, but is not limited to: napping, going for walks, taking baths, and watching reality television. On the weekends you can find her thrift shopping, and attending fun events around town with her family of 3. Blair loves to make people laugh with her sarcastic and blunt personality, and she doesn’t take life too seriously.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Wonderful list! Couldn’t help but notice a HUGE omission- the gallery shop at the Rochester Art Center! Many local and regional artists are represented with every thing from paintings, pottery and jewelry to upcycled vintage clothing, stickers, notebooks, coasters, one of a kind DIY art kits and more! Located inside the Rochester Art Center at 30 Civic Center Dr SE.

    • Wow, you are right! Huge miss. We’ll get the Art Center added ASAP. Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention.

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