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Sandy Schmitz

Sandy Schmitz

Shopping Creekside Boutique for crafts

Bloomington resident Raynata Lundquist likes to crochet, and at 87, she’s an expert. Selling her baby booties, tatted earrings and other handmade crafts at the Creekside Boutique enables her to share the beauty of her work and brings in a little money. Crafting is the kind of activity that sticks for a lifetime and the Creekside Boutique keeps craft traditions going. 

The shop is unique in its year-round operation, selling new items handmade by older adults ages 50 to 90. Around 90 percent of the crafters hail from Bloomington.

For several decades, volunteers have run the shop at Creekside Community Center. Room 104 is brimming with lovingly crafted keepsakes. From embroidered towels to greeting cards to birdhouses to doll dresses, the range of items reflects the creativity of the crafters. Items cost from $1.25 for a kitchen “scrubby” to $99 or more for a faux fur or fleece jacket. 

These quality crafts offer something for everyone. “The Creekside Boutique is one of Bloomington’s best-kept secrets,” Program Leader Sandy Schmitz, above, said. Why not drop in and see what some of your neighbors have been crafting?

The holidays are a great time to shop for crafts. Stop in weekdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Tuesday evenings, 5 – 7 p.m., at Creekside, 9801 Penn Avenue South. In December, the boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit the boutique at the Indoor Farmer’s Market at Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road on Saturday, December 8. 

For information, visit blm.mn/boutique or call 952-563-4944.