Heather Fox’s Twin Cities Summer Activities List
Heather Fox already had her hands full of projects before the pandemic, and the work hasn’t stopped. She and her husband Brad Fox had recently extended the Fox Homes brand beyond real estate and home improvement on the HGTV show. Stay or sell.
“The housing market is on fire right now and it has been an exciting year for our businesses,” she said. “Buyers have a hard time finding a home, and almost every home our team lists has 20 offers – many are well above the list price. Buyers are making sacrifices they wouldn’t have made a year or even six months ago. The construction world is also very busy. With COVID, so many of our supplies are delayed, even if they show up! “
In June 2020, the Foxes opened the Foxwell Shoppe & Studio home goods store in Edina. “We have a whole inspired section of our vacation home in Palm Springs,” she says. “We stock a large selection of Mom’s jars colorful planters and plants. We love the pop of color they offer – add a cactus and you are ready to go. We like too Sunnylife outdoor blankets and pool toys. We also offer a ton of
designer women from all over the world, such as handmade rugs from Turkey and jewelry made in Scotland. “
For this summer, Heather offers a mix of tips for families, couples, and home decor enthusiasts.
“During First Thursdays at the Northrup King Building, we browse the different artists’ spaces to stay one step ahead of all new trends, find new artists and meet new people. These are people we have featured in projects and who will rotate at Foxwell, including Larissa Loden, Ashley Mary and Michelle Brusegaard. “
Top Vintage Shopping
“North St. Paul’s Haus theory is my favorite vintage store. They are really well organized. Books, brass objects, candlesticks and other Scandinavian-inspired finds are just the beginning of what you will find. “
2 neighborhoods that inspire
“One of our favorite things to do is roll down the windows, walk around Minneapolis. Chain of lakes, and look at the amazing architecture. There are some really spectacular homes and people have taken so much pride in their landscaping. I love to walk or go down Minnehaha walk. These are some of the coolest houses on the metro. “
4 tips for a day trip to Sainte-Croix and Taylors Falls
“Brad has family in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin so we often go to this area on weekends to explore. Interstate State Park. There are some really nice ice cream shops in the area, like Selma Glacier in Afton, and antique stores, like 136 Vintage at the Sainte-Croix falls and Cellar door restoration of antique furniture in Taylors Falls. It is only 45 minutes from the city center.
2 Stillwater weekend stops
“You can spend a night at the Lora charming hotel. It is ideal for strolling along the Sainte-Croix river and discovering the small restaurants and shops. A good place to dine is this little Italian place called Domaćin. The food is fabulous and we had a wine tasting in his little wine bar.
“Every year in July, Brad and I stay at the Hewing Hotel during the Aquatennial festival (July 21-24). A little known secret is that the best view of the fireworks is from their rooftop terrace. You can sit and grab one of their frozen Moscow mules as you watch.
“6Smith in Wayzata has the best patio. My kids use the little eyeglasses to look across the lake. They have a great summer menu with bar food prepared in a really cool way.
“We meet at Rustica in Southdale often. Spectacular cafe, cool vibe and so close to where we do all of our shopping. Another favorite: Gray fox, with great decor and great coffee in downtown Minneapolis.
“Brad plays drums in the local alt-Americana band Farewell Milwaukeeso we missed doing a lot of outdoor music this summer. This is finally the time when he can play at times suitable for children. All the guys in the group have kids. Normally they find outdoor festivals that they can play during the day so that all families can go. We are keeping our fingers crossed to come back to it this year.