Coming Soon….

I could stare at home décor all day long! Staging, decorating, and setting displays is my all time favorite thing to do! About three years ago we bought a home in Saint Peter. A complete fixer upper. Every. Single. Inch. We put lots of love and labor into the home and always knew it would […]

Refining the True Meaning of Controlled Chaos!

Whether you work outside of the home or work from home, I feel as though it is a constant juggle! Especially this time of the year. We are all jumping back into school routines, after school routines, and the never ending activities that continue into the Fall season. This year has brought many life changes […]

Fall is my favorite time of the year! The colors, the scents, the temperature… I look forward to this season at home and in the store! Layering is a staple in the Fall and really allows me to carry pieces from season to season. Maybe it’s a fun graphic tee paired with a dressier blazer, […]

The Joy in Retail!

You hear so much about the brick and mortar retail experience dying but in our eyes the idea of Retail is simply changing. We have seen a lot of larger big box stores leaving various areas or going out of business all together which makes many worry or wonder what’s next? Over the last few […]

Mankato We’re Ready!

Opening day in Mankato is just days away and we couldn’t be more thrilled! As I have shared before, this year for us has been a fun year all about growth and change. This year we have really taken a step back and taken a broader look at our customers, our service areas, the products […]

Wine with me Wednesday Re-cap!

Thank you to all that were able to tune in last night for our weekly LIVE video! It is always such a great time to be able to share my favorite new arrivals, new and exciting announcements, and most of all to be given the opportunity to connect directly with you! I know it’s not […]

New Prague/Chaska

With growth comes change and with change comes growth! The saying still holds true after almost four years in business here at The Refinery. Each year we are growing, changing, and reevaluating our plans and goals for the overall business. As we look at the big picture,  one of the most important things to us […]

My Teaching Style

My dream of being a teacher started in first grade. I remember playing school with my little brother and telling my mom I needed a red teacher correcting pen. As she handed me a red, Bic pen, I shook my head and told her, “No… I need a REAL red teacher correcting pen.” With some […]

Take a chance..

Throughout the last four months we have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the Sleepy Eye community! A community that has welcome us with open arms since the beginning. About 9 months ago I received an email from an individual by the Kurk Kramer. Kurk is the Economic Development Coordinator for the […]

4 Ways To Wear a Graphic Tee This Spring!

In the April issue of River Valley Woman Magazine, we showcased 4 ways to wear your favorite graphic tee this spring! We chose our “Gorgeous” Graphic Tank to be featured in this issue and some great ways to dress it up. Look 1: Simple & Chic You know spring is here when your favorite white […]


The month where you find those with a little extra pep in their step as sunshine enters their lives after a cold brutal winter here in the Midwest. A month where flowers begin to bloom and the excitement of seeing fun colors everywhere you turn. By now many of you are thinking its probably time […]

How To: Transition To Spring

Who else has Spring on their mind? With all of this snow and cold weather we’ve been braving, I can’t help but to daydream of warmer weather. And… with warming weather comes time for wardrobe changes and transitioning your closet from Winter to Spring! I have some great tips and tricks on how to organize […]

Packing For Vacation!

You know that part in the animated movie Frozen when the cute little snowman, Olaf, is dreaming of summer and we all know he’s not going to enjoy summer that way? Well… yeah.. that’s me and vacation this year, folks! Like it’s Not. Going. To. Happen. So, I’ve decided to act like Olaf, embrace all […]

  Many of you may be attending or even hosting a Super Bowl Party this weekend… and we are here to help you out by sharing not only some great outfits to wear, but also some great recipes that are easy, delicious, and will be loved by all guests (and kiddos)!   First let’s start […]

With another new year, comes new trends that we are all a little hesitant to try! Sometimes these new trends can be a bit scary at first, but I promise you this year some of the trends aren’t as risky as what we have seen in the past! Here are 3 trends for this upcoming […]

River Valley Woman

  As we continue our ongoing journey to connect with other women, business owners, and customers across the state we have had the amazing opportunity to partner with a local magazine, River Valley Woman. As you may remember, Ashleigh was on the cover of their September 2018 issue that featured her journey before founding The […]

Hello 2019

Happy New Year my friends! Another beautiful year has come and gone and what it year it was!  A few words that come to mind when looking back on this year are.. opportunity, growth, change, challenges, adventurous, and life changing. A few highlights from the year include: Highlights of 2018 : This year we opened […]

Holiday Traditions With Nissa & Maggie!

It’s that time of year when we dust off the holiday decor, decorate our homes, gather with friends and family and share our holiday traditions!  The differences in traditions are bountiful but to each person, their tradition is what makes the spirit of the holidays come alive.  In our Norwegian rooted family we make lefse. […]

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 […]