Minnesota makers get a boost with RAAS Local Market reopening

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    POSTED March 2, 2018

The RAAS Local Market at Mall of America, which was met with great success by Super Bowl crowds earlier last month, will reopen with a new batch of Minnesota makers. 

The second collection, which opens at the MOA on March 9, will boost exposure for a variety of local home decor, accessory, clothing and beauty brands including Still Kickin, Urban Undercover, Mouse-work Glass, Strey Designs and more.  

The Local Market will be produced in partnership with RAAS Instant Retail, a national pop-up market with a mission of “reinventing shop ownership by reducing all barriers of entry.” For many of the brands featured in the second collection, the market will be their first brick-and-mortar store.

The market promises to boost visibility and support for the local makers selected. “We were absolutely thrilled with the first collection of brands that opened at RAAS Local Marketplace at Mall of America,” said Mich Berthiaume, brand curator of RAAS. “The opportunity for these businesses to be able to showcase their product to the millions of visitors at Mall of America is an unbelievable opportunity that has proven to be extremely successful for many of the brands who were featured in the first collection.”

The RAAS Local Market's second collection will run through May 13.

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Mayor Megan Barry said it was the city’s first glass bottle recycling initiative. “Lower Broadway has become an international tourist destination, and long-neck bottles are now synonymous with the honky-tonk experience,” Barry said. “For too long, we’ve had to throw away glass that could have been recycled and repurposed. This program is like no other, and we are excited to lead the charge toward a more sustainable city.”


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