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Keep it Local with Unique Shopping

When you shop at our small businesses and boutiques, you’re helping build and support our economy and our community spirit. Plus, you’ll find one-of-a-kind goods that will remind you of your vacation here!

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Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center

When you’re traveling to get here, stop in at the Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center on Hwy 371. We have lots of travel info with maps on trails, biking, ATVs, and county and state maps—to name a few. There’s plenty of green space outside to walk your dog (on a leash), have a picnic lunch, and take a selfie with Paul Bunyan!

The Welcome Center also is a gift shop selling classic Brainerd Lakes apparel, souvenirs, and the cutest Babe stuffed plush only available at our shop.

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From downtown Brainerd to shops in Baxter, you’ll find a mix of shops, furniture and home décor, bakeries, and restaurants.


If you’re vacationing up in Crosslake, you can find everything you need right in town. Check out the hardware store that carries so much more than hardware goods. You’ll have fun exploring specialty shops and boutiques that feature clothing, specialty soaps, home décor and furniture, and unique clothing. Crosslake businesses are famous for being welcoming—so stop in and say hello!

Cuyuna Lakes

Downtown Crosby has been revitalized with new quaint shops and restaurants. The repurposed old mining pits into mountain biking trails has been a boon for the local community. Lots of antique shops also dot the downtown streets. Explore these stores for treasures you certainly won’t find anywhere else! 

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Photo courtesy MN Traders Co.

Pequot Lakes

You’ll find an abundance of shopping in Pequot Lakes. Whether you’re stocking up on groceries during your stay or out for a leisurely walk through the many specialty shops in downtown, you’ll find it in Pequot Lakes! Get lake country sweatshirts for the whole family, explore Up North furniture, slip into comfy shoes for your adventures or try on some new clothing to bring home. Our businesses are ready to welcome you to Pequot Lakes and will help you find what just you’re looking for!


The sign may say “Pretty Good Shopping”, but that’s just Nisswa being modest. Mainstreet some of the best small town charm with boutiques selling delicious oils and vinegars, clothing, sporting goods, and home décor.



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