Uptown boutique closings

JAHNA PELOQUIN | Updated 7/22/2013

Two longtime Uptown boutiques quietly close up shop.

Left, Design Collective's storefront; Right, a window display at Everyday People's Uptown location

Uptown retail recently suffered a couple of blows when two longtime shops quietly closed their doors. Everyday People Clothing Exchange closed on July 5, while all-local boutique Design Collective closed on June 1.

"Uptown was getting so congested," said Everyday People co-owner Kitty Van Hofwegen. "Liza [Youngscap] and I decided we wanted to have one store and consolidate our efforts in St. Paul." She said that customers preferred making the trek to the St. Paul location, in large part due to the ease of parking.

Van Hofwegen and Youngscap moved to the Twin Cities from Lawrence, Kan., in 1997 to open the first Everyday People storefront in Dinkytown, which closed in 2010. The shop carries an eclectic mix of vintage and designer clothing and accessories, with most items priced between $5 and $15. (1599 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-644-4410, www.everydaypeopleclothing.com)

Design Collective owners Anita Neets Jensen and Jay Nelson took over ownership of the store from its original owner, Christina Nguyen, in 2011. Jensen cited various reasons for the closing, including a new baby and a substantial increase in sales for their other business, Perfect Fit Gear, which sells custom swimwear and workout apparel for fitness competitions. Design Collective first opened in 2006 at the cusp of the indie craft movement, selling handmade, one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories and stationery by an all-local roster of designers and artisans.

[Photos courtesy of Design Collective and Everyday People]