Fill Out That Christmas List!

Jenni Sommerness, owner of Serendipity Art Gallery and Gifts in Pequot Lakes, decked out her windows in holiday lights and festive scenes. Inside her store is artwork from more than 30 Minnesota artists, including painters, potters, glass blowers and jewelers.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: you'll find the perfect gift at the Whitefish Chain's fantastic retailers. There are so many great stores that we can't list them all here, so we're just going to get you started. Our local cities are all so decked out in holiday decorations and cheer that you won't even notice the nip in the air. Be sure to explore these towns to experience all the shops they have to offer, and all your last minute shopping will be a breeze!

Pequot Lakes

The town beneath the bobber has a lot to offer, including a couple new stores. Inside the Jack Pine Center is The Nest, which opened in November. It has adorable decor as well as boutique clothing and more, including a Minnesota-based clothing line. It's trendy, fun and beautiful. While you're in the Jack Pine Center, check out its other stores, including Serendipity Art Gallery and Gifts and Seeds of Sommer. Serendipity features more than 30 Minnesota artists, including the famous Jerry Raedeke and watercolor painter Rose Edin. Seeds of Sommer is a health food store with a whole lot more than just food. You  may also want to grab some homemade soup and a sandwich at the Hungry Loon.

Also new is the nearby Asian Accents, in the same building as the Wild Daisy. Asian Accents features Japanese furniture and decor, including pottery and textiles. The couple who owns the building spent 30 years in Japan, according to our local newspaper. The store is unique, with few of its kind in the state.

Pine River

You can find just about anything at the local standby, Gardiner Hardware. They have hardware, kitchen supplies and appliances, furniture and more. Just a few doors down is the Pine River Bakery, where you can pick up delicious donuts for the family or an assortment of home baked and beautifully decorated Christmas cookies. Stone Woman Herbals, next door, is the local home for holistic remedies, supplements, essential oils and more.

Crosslake

If it's local art you're looking for, there are two Crosslake stores you'll want to check out: Crafts and Cones and Kicks on 66. They're right next door to each other on the main road through town. Crafts and Cones is known for ice cream, but beyond the freezer counter is a huge space full of goods from local crafters and makers. At Kicks on 66 you'll find higher-end local artwork including wildlife photography, painting and locally crafted furniture. Kicks on 66 also holds painting classes and open studio painting time that's great for all ages.

Head over to Town Square in Crosslake and you'll find more fun stores, including Lundrigan's clothing, which has great outdoor clothing that's stylish and functional, and Crosslake Drug, the local drug store that's full of great gifts.

Nisswa

Though a little south of the Whitefish Chain, Nisswa has great shops. You'll want to check out Martin's Sport Shop, which has outdoor gear as well as shoes, skis and cross-country skis, sunglasses, helmets and much more. Next door, Indulge Your Senses is a boutique with stylish clothing and more. Across the street is Zaiser's, where you'll find kitchen gadgets, shoes, jewelry, home goods, toys and other unique items. Be sure to round the corner into the Nisswa Square, where there are several more cute boutiques to check out.

Around the Whitefish Chain, last minute shopping is a joy. You'll simply love exploring stores in any or all of the towns around the Whitefish Chain, and you can count on local retailers to make you feel welcome and help you find exactly what you need. Happy Holidays!

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