Monday, July 11, 2016

Celebrating 50 Years at The Bibelot Shops

Our official 50th year in business is in September, but we've already started our celebrations! 

The early days: Roxy in the St. Anthony Park location

In 1966, Roxana Freese opened the first Bibelot Shop in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood in St. Paul. In years to follow, Roxy and her talented staff added more Bibelot Shops locations on Grand Avenue in St. Paul (1982), the Linden Hills neighborhood (1995), and Northeast Minneapolis (2002) neighborhood.

 An eclectic array of gifts, jewelry, and apparel, along with a commitment to exceptional customer service, has been the foundation of the success of the Bibelot. This passion for excellence has created customers that are friends and staff that are family. This year we celebrate fifty years of the Bibelot experience!

We're doing a lot to celebrate, and we hope that you can help us! We are collecting customer memories for a Bibelot Memories book and would love for you to share your favorite store memories with us! You can do this 2 ways: stop by one of our stores to fill out a postcard, or email us. We appreciate your customer loyalty and would love to hear your stories!

Be sure to stop in any of our 4 shops from now until September 16 & enter to win a $50 gift card! Drawings held weekly, so you have multiple chances to win!

More celebrations will be happening leading up to our big anniversary & sale in September. Keep an eye on our website to stay current with all the happenings! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Treat your Dad to Something Unique

Father's Day is June 19! At Bibelot, we have tons of stuff your dad would love. If you need a little helping picking out a gift for Dad this year, see our ideas below & plan a visit with us soon.

For the well-groomed dad...

(pictured: Benjo's shoelaces, Jack Black skincare, well-groomed dop kit)
Does your dad spend lots of time perfecting his looks? Perhaps he could use some new skin products! We carry two skincare lines - Jack Black and Duke Cannon - that are a huge favorite amongst well-groomed men! Jack Black products fuse the latest skincare innovations with certified organic ingredients, vitamins, botanicals, and antioxidants to deliver wonderful results. We carry three popular items: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Turbo Wash, and Beard Lube. 

Duke Cannon skincare has a masculine scent and is perfect for your hard-working dad! A portion of all proceeds are donated to U.S. Veterans, so you can feel good about your purchase, too. Superior Grade Shaving Cream, Big American Brick of Soap, and Working Man's Face Wash are all available at our stores.
(pictured: apothecary travel set, duke cannon skincare, Boards by Joel)
Grab one of our apothecary travel sets to accompany your skincare purchase - that way Dad can bring his product with him wherever he goes!

Let your dad express his individuality with Benjo's shoelaces. These brightly-colored laces add just the right amount of subtle pizazz to regular old dress shoes. Plus, he'll think of you every time he looks at his feet!

For dads who appreciate a good drink...

(pictured: Prepara Whiskey gift set, Whiskey stones, Whiskey Wedge, 4-in-1 bar tool, cocktail recipe books)
Alcohol connoisseurs are covered with us! We've got great gadgets that would be a good addition to anyone's bar. Keep drinks cool without diluting them with Teroforma's Whiskey Stones, the Whisky Wedge by Corksicle, and ice spheres by Tovolo. The Whiskey Gift Set by Prepara is fantastic - it comes with a nice tumbler and an ice sphere. Pair it with a fancy bottle of your dad's favorite sip and you're good to go! Dad can make tasty craft cocktails with our assortment of recipe books and the 4-in-1 bar tool - it can pop off bottle caps, open cans, peel fruits & veggies, and make garnishes. 

(pictured: beer stones, The Beer Geek Handbook, bottle openers by g3studios)
Is beer more your dad's thing? Why not get him some Beer Stones! Made in Minnesota by local company Brewmuse, they keep beer cold, enhance carbonation, and keep a nice, fluffy head on your beer as if poured directly from a tap! Brewmuse has a great diagram on their website describing exactly how they work (and trust us, they're pretty cool!) Or maybe grab a magnetic bottle opener by G3 Studios. Individually handcrafted in Michigan, these pieces mount to a wall and catch multiple caps. The Beer Geek Handbook by Patrick Dawson is a hilarious guide for those obsessed with beer. It includes a guide to planning beer-centric vacations, the 10 Beer Commandments, beer quizzes, and more. 

For dads who love the Great Outdoors...

Is your dad totally the outdoorsy type? Help him plan his next camping trip with a couple great books. Best Tent Camping in Minnesota by Tom Watson describes in great detail favorite Minnesota campgrounds and recommends specific sites to pitch a tent in. Fifty Places to Camp Before you Die by Chris Santella features the world's top locations for sleeping under the stars ranging from U.S. National Parks to more exotic locations such as Botswana. 

Keep your active dad hydrated with new travel flasks by Oggi. Made of stainless steel, they are double-walled & vacuum insulated to keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. Plus, the top has a slide lock, so no need to worry about spillage!

Maybe fishing is more your dad's thing. Let's Go Fishing!: Fish Tales from the Northwoods by Eric Dregni is a fascinating and informative compendium of tales that celebrate the history and sport of fishing. And there's always the fish flask - a fun little nip for Dad to take on those day-long fishing trips!

Fire up the grill, Dad!

Of course, we have to appeal to dads who love their grills! Dad will love trying the tasty recipes in our barbecue cookbooks. Stonewall Kitchen makes some delicious sauces that add great flavor to meats - boozy bacon barbecue, sriracha teriyaki, and honey sriracha barbecue...YUM!

The Great Scrape, made in Minnesota, is the ultimate grill cleaning tool! Made from solid hardwood, it custom grooves to fit your grill and will not harm grill grates. The Grill Light grilling spatula is a totally awesome grill tool - it lights up with a waterproof flashlight so Dad can grill in dark conditions and see exactly what he's doing. 

Of course, we have plenty more where these things came from! Be sure to stop by our shops before June 19 and let us treat your dad!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Congratulations Class of 2016!

Know any graduates? Send them off on their next big journey with something unique from Bibelot!

Make sure your graduate never forgets where home is! Whether moving out of state or staying put, our Home State Apparel t-shirts and mugs are a perfect fit for anyone with Minnesota pride.

Help grads keep organized with a beautiful, handmade desk caddy by Peg and Awl! These pieces are handmade from abandoned materials by a husband and wife team in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tradition meets modern with laser-etched quotes that will inspire any grad!

(Check out the video below for a peek into Peg and Awl's studio and process!)

Jewelry is always a great keepsake for grads! Whether you'd like to give a gift of inspiration, protection, or just a cute reminder of home, we have such a wonderfully-curated collection to choose from!

Leather bracelets by Good Work(s) - inspiration that gives back! 25% of proceeds help people in need.

St. Benedict coin bracelets by Brand Corazon offer protection for whoever wears one. Perfect for grads leaving home for the first time.

Grads will always keep Minnesota close with one of these sweet little Minnesota charm bracelets!

Of course, this is just a small selection of all the gifts we have to offer! Make sure to stop in one of our shops to browse everything we have to offer.

And big news: we are having our Summer Sale Friday, June 3 thru Sunday, June 5! 20% off storewide and online, with giveaways and drawings for a $50 Bibelot gift card! All details can be found on our website.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Something for Every Mom

*~* Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8 *~*

That's only a little over a week away! Do you know what you're doing for the special moms in your life?

At Bibelot, we know every mother is unique. Lucky for you, our stores are filled with gifts for moms, wives, and grandmas, so consider visiting us soon to find that perfect gift! We know we have a lot to choose from, so check our our ideas below to get some inspiration.

(And keep our special Mother's Day Shopping Night on Thursday, May 5 in mind if you plan to shop with us. We'll be offering 25% off one non-sale item, plus food tastings, trunk shows, and more!) 

Sprout Worthy Garden Boxes

For moms with a green thumb and a good heart! Sprout Worthy is a partnership between Plantables LLC and The Purple Tree in Hudson, WI that provides employment to adults with severe and moderate physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Each box is hand-assembled by their team made up of employees of all abilities. Sprout Worthy garden boxes come ready to grow with simple instructions, a self-watering system, soil, and seed pods. Available in gourmet lettuce, herb mix, or floral mix. Perfect for yards or apartments!

Womanswork Gloves and Hand Creams

“Strong women building a gentle world”
A woman-owned family business, Womanswork has been creating gloves specifically designed for women for over 30 years. At Bibelot, we carry the Digger with reinforced fingers and velcro wrist closures, and the Weeder with a latex-coated shell for good grip. Perfect for moms who love gardening!

Pamper mom with Womanswork Pink Grapefruit or Lavender Mint hand cream. Fair trade Shea butter and sunflower oil are combined in a smooth, non-greasy formula that will leave hands soft and smooth. The scent is mild and pleasant!

Ribbon Scarves by Debra Cross

Is it a scarf? Is it a necklace? Well, it's both! These handmade pieces by Debra Cross are colorful and lightweight - a perfect way to add pizazz to any outfit! They've been super popular at our stores...your mom is sure to love one!

Letters to my Mom letter kit

Create a personal treasure for your mom with a collection of letters telling her how much she means to you! Envelopes enclosed prompt you on what to write about. This could even be a fun project to share with siblings! Your mom will certainly be delighted to receive such a meaningful gift. Also available online.

Italca Scarves of Italy

For the sophisticated, glamorous mom! These wraps come in gorgeous colors and are made from a super soft, lightweight fabric that is great for summertime. Wraps can be used as a scarf or a shawl. Find them in our clothing departments at Grand Ave, Linden Hills, or St. Anthony Park.

Penny Larsen Jewelry

For the mother who loves baubles! Minneapolis-based artist Penny Larsen creates beautiful, handcrafted charms from eco-friendly recycled silver. We've got many more styles than what you see above - there is sure to be something for any mom! Two styles also available online here and here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Athleisure (noun): 1. clothes for everyday wear influenced by sportswear 2. clothes appropriate for athletic or leisure pursuits 

Fashion and comfort seem to go hand in hand these days, have you noticed? Active women want clothing that makes them look and feel good at the same time. From long hours at work, exercise, and home life, it's necessary to have attire that works with all the busy parts of daily life. I mean, how nice is it to throw on a comfortable outfit that is both fashionable and appropriate to wear all day long? 

With nice weather on the way, Bibelot wants to help you make the most of your active lifestyle, which is why we debuted our Athleisure lines this Spring! Read on to see what we have to offer, and stop in one of our shops to pick something up! 

Our clothing department is bursting with new Athleisure styles that are perfect for working out or everyday wear. Stay stylish with fun layering pieces...leggings, cardigans, tanks, joggers, you name it! Clothing lines including Mystree, C'est Moi, Hem & Thread, and M. Rena will keep your wardrobe fresh and unique. Keep your feet cozy with cute sneakers by Clarks and Darn Tough socks, too. 

Don't forget to stay hydrated! Swell water bottles will keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. They are a stylish way to eliminate the waste of plastic water bottles, plus the company has partnered with UNICEF to help provide water to vulnerable children. Do something good for yourself and for others in need!

Soothe your post-workout aches and pains with Moon Valley Organics Medicinal Salves! Both the Muscle Rub and Rejuvenating Rub are made with 100% USDA certified organic and sustainably-farmed herbs, and all packaging is 100% recyclable. Moon Valley products are created by knowledgeable herbalists who wanted to create a product that was nourishing for body, mind, and spirit as well as the Earth. 

Hope to see you in the stores soon!

(On a side note: keep your eyes on your inbox & Facebook for an announcement about our Spring Sale!!!) 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Here comes the Easter Bunny!

Easter is on Sunday...are you ready? We want to help you make Easter an extra special day, so check out our Easter basket ideas below...

For the little ones:

  • Gummy Bear Bubbles: Your favorite candy now comes in a sweet and squeezable bubble dispenser by Gummygoods! Pair it with some gummy bears by Albanese, and you're good to go!
  • Bunnies by Jellycat: Everybody needs a cuddly bunny in their basket! And no bunny is sweeter than a Jellycat bunny. With a variety of colors and sizes, they are the perfect basket-filler.
  • Magic Eggs: Kids will be wowed by these magical eggs! When wet or polished, they reflect light in wondrous ways!

Fun for all ages:

  • Coloring Books: These are seriously fun for everyone! We've got a huge variety of coloring books that will appeal to all. Add a package of our scented markers and colored pencils, too! 
  • Green Beans: Nothing says Easter more than jellybeans! These all-natural candies by Marich are sure to please any palate.
  • K'ul Chocolate: A chocolate bar that's good for you?! That's exactly what locally-made K'ul Chocolate is. These tasty treats are all-natural and made from simple ingredients sourced from cacao farms driven by sustainable practices. 

For the host/hostess:

  • Poorboy Caramel Sauce: Stillwater-based company Poorboy Candies now sells delicious caramel sauce. Drizzle some on your Easter desserts or give it as a hostess gift! You can even taste-test it this Saturday at our Grand Ave shop during our Celebrate Spring Event.
  • Beeswax Egg Candles: Create a festive centerpiece with these egg-shaped votives by Sunbeam Candles. They are an Earth-friendly company that uses solar power to create their beautiful, 100% beeswax candles. 
  • White Ceramic Serving Dishes: Serve up h'ors d'oeuvres and desserts on these quirky yet beautiful dishes by Mudpie. They also work as fantastic hostess gifts, especially when paired with food to share!

Of course, we have so much more than what you see here, so be sure to visit Bibelot this week to discover more treasures for yourself! (And just a note: our stores will be closed on Easter Sunday) Happy Spring!