Must-Haves for Your Holiday Trip!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.. but can also be the most hectic time of the year trying to balance work, family time, and the holidays! One thing that we can check off our list this year is what we will be wearing for the holidays. For those cozy nights baking Christmas cookies […]

Gift Guide: Sidney’s Picks

Meet Sid: Sidney is a Junior studying Elementary Education at Gustavus in St. Peter. Outside of school, Sidney is a part-time stylist at our St. Peter location. She has been with us for 4 months and has a passion for working with people to find items that not only fit their unique style, but also […]

‘Tis The Season!

Happy Holidays, my friends! It’s the official last week of November. Can you even believe it? This past month has been filled with so many exciting events and has left me with the biggest smile. I have had the opportunity to meet so many new customers and create new memories and shopping experiences with our […]

All About Dozinky Days!

The Dozinky Day’s Celebration is a Fall Harvest Festival that goes on in our very own community of New Prague, MN. This Czech festival is full of food, drinks, parades, and a fun time with family and friends. This week, we invited two local guests to contribute to our blog, featuring Dozinky Days! Kirsten and […]

Never Forgotten…

This morning I sat in the living room with my 4 year old son  as we watched a special report appear across the TV screen. Waking up today and knowing today marked 17 years since 9/11, those words scrolling across the screen created an instant pit in my stomach. As the story came on it […]

Back to School Event & Outstanding Teacher Nomination

Last week you all blew us away with your support for our Back to School Event throughout our Chaska, New Prague, and St. Peter locations! The continuous support we see for the communities we are a part of is a support like non other. This event happens to be one of my favorite every year […]

Because It’s Monday!

By the time you read this you are likely settling in from yet another “Manic Monday”. A day likely filled with lots of coffee, laughs, what the hell moments, unexpected surprises, and just about everything in between. Sound about right? I feel like I have SO much to update you on that I figured a […]

Market Trip Day 1

Day one officially in the books! We had such a successful first day at Market. HUGE thank you to all of you that followed us along and helped us out with making some of our selections. We love being able to incorporate our customers in this experience! Here are just a few fun things we […]

Up, Up, & Away

Up, Up, & Away, Fall Fashion here we come! We are officially in route to one of our biggest markets of the year and we couldn’t be more excited! This will be Krista and I’s first market trip together since becoming partners and we couldn’t be more excited! We have big plans for this upcoming […]

Welcome To The Big City

As I sit here writing this blog post, I keep thinking to myself: has it already been 2 years since I walked into The Refinery asking if they were hiring? I remember it was the summer after I got married, I had a year left at school, and I was just looking for a fun […]

Duty. Honor. Country

Patriotism Instilled at an Early Age Duty. Honor. Country Remember and Honor In Memory of Our Fallen Hero’s. Just to name a few of the countless Memorial Day, and patriotic quotes that were instilled in me at an early age, remembering as far back as the 4th grade. Floyd and Marge Allen (my grandparents), and […]

“You gotta Nourish to Flourish”

This Past week we had the amazing opportunity to shoot at a beautiful local Organic Farm with our friends from Tink & Fox.  I had the opportunity to see the entire property throughout the shoot and was amazed by the concept and passion behind a farm to table atmosphere.  Growing up as a military brat […]

Hey Hey Minneapolis!

We are almost to the weekend my friends! Last week we shared some pretty exciting news via social media and assured you details were to follow. Yes, it’s true we are opening a new store in South Minneapolis and couldn’t be more excited! You may be thinking another one? This girl is crazy. I like to […]


When I first moved to Waseca, I knew no one. I had heard of the town once before when a former student had moved from there but I had to quickly google it to see where it was in Minnesota. I never knew I would find myself calling it home one day and I sure […]

Hello 2018.. A New Year

It’s here… The New Year! A new year full of wonder, growth, new opportunities,  new challenges and so much more.  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was recapping 2016 and sharing the endless ideas and plans I had for 2017.  2017 was such a great year. It was a year full of […]

My favorite time of the year!

Can you believe summer has come and gone? It’s a little surreal just how quickly summer flew by. We are now two weeks into the school year and I am finally getting a routine down at home and at the shop! Fall brings a whole new kind of busy to the stores which we love! […]

Small town, BIG hearts

I Hi Sitting here writing this post and I can’t help but laugh to myself. I came over to the New prague store this afternoon to do some prepping and planning for this weekends big 1 year anniversary and somehow managed to get locked outside  of the store. Currently awaiting a lock smith to arrive […]

Hello Summer!

Can you believe June is already over and that it is 4th of July weekend? What an eventful month it has been! We have been busy busy between keeping up with the stores and the crazy yet fun demands of keeping up with the kiddos and their summer activities. This month alone we have managed […]

A letter from Sara….. In honor of Catherine

If you walked into The Refinery and looked around amongst many of our vendors you will have seen a vendor by the name of Rustique Living. This particular vendor makes  a lot of signs throughout all of our locations. All of which are handmade and done so with the utmost love. Nate & Sara Olson are the […]

The “Juggle” is Real

5 kids, multiple stores, Dairy Queen, 4-5 healthcare appointments a week, kid activities, store events, ordering, buying, bookwork, reports, meal times, summer schedules, staffing, training, blogging, marketing, projects, constantly changing and evolving , growing pains… just a few of the things we have going on day in and day out . We are often asked […]