Vintage buffs will find some quality antiques shops downtown along West 7th Street.
The covered open-air St. Paul Farmers’ Market (290 5th St. E., 651/227-8101, 6am-1pm Sat., 8am-1pm Sun. Apr.-Nov., plus some winter Sats.) in Lowertown has been operating since 1853. Most days there is live music 9am-noon.
Minnesota’s own hometown storyteller, Garrison Keillor, owns Common Good Books (8 Snelling Ave. S., 651/225-8989, 9am-9 pm. Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm Sun.).
The Red Balloon Bookshop (891 Grand Ave., 651/224-8320, 10am-8pm Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm Sat., noon-5pm Sun.) is a wonderful children’s shop.
Excerpted from the Fourth Edition of Moon Minnesota.