I don’t know how to describe Mille (formerly Pretty Mommy) other than to say it is my happy place. Michelle has created a little version of (retail) utopia in South Minneapolis for those of us who dream of items that are lovingly and meaningfully made. I used to think that I had to travel or shop online to find the newest brands, now I know that I just have to wait for Michelle’s Shop Mille newsletter sharing what’s new in the shop. (But don’t worry – Michelle actually opened her B&M location after being an online shop, so everything she has is available online!)
You feel at home instantly, with the gorgeous vintage rugs underfoot, my favorite Le Feu de L’eau candles (gris!) burning throughout, and the supply of coffee and treats Michelle has available for her steady stream of visitors or friends… you certainly don’t feel like a customer when you are there.
Even more amazing than the products Michelle stocks is the company she keeps – through visits to the shop, I’ve been introduced to amazing, inspiring women – designers, artists, and makers who are so kind, creative, and supportive it is mind-boggling.
Really, the only bad thing about Mille is that now I have to come up with other excuses to travel… because I can get all of my favorites right here in Minneapolis. Make sure to check it out… and let me know your favorites!
[photos by the amazing Wing Ta]