Last May, we debuted our Minny Maker Wall, a mural devoted to honoring the makers we work with. The wall was designed as a focal point to the entrance of our studio, in hopes to inspire other makers + entrepreneurs to go after their own ideas. You can read about the entire process in our first Minny Maker blog post o our blog page.
While we had hoped to change out the vendors on a quarterly basis, in the midst of the holiday season and post holiday catch up, we decided rotating on an annual basis in concurrence with Art-A-Whirl made more sense. Learning the rhythms of our business has been huge for us this year. We are thrilled about this new line up of makers and invite you to come check out the Maker Wall in person!
Angie Davis, Byrd & Belle
Just a few miles down the road from our studio, byrd & belle specializes in custom felt and canvas designed goods. Their work has been recognized for its modern look, functionality and high quality design. Owner & designer, Angie, is an incredibly kind and genuine person who we’ve been lucky enough to work with from the very beginning. In our first ever holiday collection back in 2016, we featured her beautiful wool felt coasters in our holiday gift set.
More recently, we worked with Angie to design our signature binny. Combining our talents, us with the gifting experience and Angie’s innate eye for a unique, functional design, we landed on a canvas bin in two sizes + two colors (charcoal and cream,) adorned with a small leather hook.
The M&P binny has quickly become our most popular vessel - for both online shoppers and our corporate audience.
Craig Kaiser, Cry Baby Craig’s
If you haven’t tried Craig’s hot sauce, RUN to the next stockists (or here) and get your hands on this baby. A mix of pickled habenero and garlic, Cry Baby Craig’s hot sauce is full of flavor, just the right amount of spice and adds the perfect oomph to any dish. Not only has CBC won numerous awards but the man behind it all is a very awesome human. With a background as a chef, Craig first came up with the recipe on a slow night at work. After countless co-workers and friends requested more, he wanted to see if he could make this an actual hot sauce to offer in his restaurant. The rave reviews continued and CBC was born.
Besides the free hot sauce perks, we’ve loved working with Craig for his hilarious, vivacious personality. It seems he’s always dreaming up new sauce concoctions or crafting up fun ideas for the biz. Laura remembers when she first saw his fun packaging and called him up when the idea of Minny & Paul was well, simply an idea. They chatted for a while and he was one of our first ever vendors we signed on for our ‘Father’s Day Beta Box’ released to family and friends. Countless cases later, CBC will always be a staple at M&P.
Jule Vranian and Hope Klocker, Sweet Jules Gifts
Some of the best caramels you will find in town- hands down. Sweet Jules Gifts is run by sisters Jule and Hope, two serious foodies and professionals in the food industry. With a passion to make real, good food and share the importance of quality with others, these two brought Sweet Jules to life in 2009.
One of our favorite products (and yours too, according to our ever-depleting inventory) are the Pub Crawl Caramels. Infused with local beer, this product isn’t just tasty but also tells a unique story of the growing brewery market in the Twin Cities.
Hope and Jule have been so flexible and easy to work with, always accommodating with our last minute volume requests from corporate clients. We adore their gentle spirit and easygoing nature. See their goods in our Treat and Rustic Crate Gift set!
Ahmed El Shourbagy and Ashley Paguyo, Lucy & Co.
Ashley and Ahmed are the husband and wife duo behind Lucy & Co and @dogsofinstagram - two extremely popular brands all about dogs. Laura first met Ashley and Ahmed years ago while she was working for another company in the North Loop. We always knew we wanted to work with them - it was simply a matter of time until we were ready to release a gift set for our furry best friends.
In March we had our first meeting about our first dog gift set, Woof x Lucy & Co, a gift set we are extremely excited about. Ashley and Ahmed are incredibly hard working and the integrity they put behind their products and brand is truly inspiring. We had a blast curating the gift together and are are excited about adding to the pup inspired collection.
Come check out the new peeps on our wall at Art-A-Whril, open all weekend long! Interested in becoming a Minny & Paul maker? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org