Store Spotlight: Teysen’s Moccasin Shop

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Teysen’s Moccasin Shop 300 E. Central  Mackinaw City, MI  49701

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Teysen’s Moccasin Shop is a third generation business, currently owned by Greg and Vicki Teysen.

Teysen’s has carried Minnetonka products for over 60 years and we’ve always enjoyed the variety of styles that Minnetonka has offered.

Being in the Midwest’s premier tourist destination, Mackinaw City, the travelers who visit Mackinaw (as well as locals alike) have always been attracted to Minnetonka’s mocs, boots and slippers.

Pictured here are owner Vicki Teysen, employee Barb and manager Kelly Myers. All three have worked at Teysen's Moccasin Shop since its opening!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
Currently the Kilty in taupe is our most popular style, but all of the Kilty colors are definitely customer favorites.

What’s your favorite pair and how do you like to style your mocs?
My favorite pair of mocs are my dusty brown Kilties.  I like to style them casually with either jeans or capris.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
There are a number of must-see destinations near our store including two Historic State Parks in Mackinaw City, a restored Historic Village west of town and an International Dark Sky Park.

Along with the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls and the Soo Locks.

Our store is located at the entrance of a 12 acre open air mall in downtown Mackinaw City close to Marina’s and two band shells.  Many festivals and activities take place near our store from early May till mid October!

 

Store Spotlight: DNA Footwear

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: DNA Footwear 273 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 1001

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Keeping up to date with the current trends and fashion in New York City isn’t always easy. The good news is that with six locations in some of Brooklyn’s stylish neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Greenpoint, DNA Footwear always has the newest trends hot off the press.

This spring we opened our first Manhattan store, located on the corner of Prince St. and Lafayette St., in the center of the Soho shopping district. This new vintage-inspired space takes the rustic feeling of Brooklyn and combines it with the trend setting styles of Manhattan, just like our favorite pairs of Minnetonka mocs!  Their combination of classic style, hipster-chic and casual fashion are some of our favorite characteristics of the Minnetonka brand.

What’s the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?

The most popular styles in our Soho store would be the Monte Carlo Low Wedge Sandal followed by the Kilty Suede Moccasin. People love styling the sandals with summer casual clothes and the Kilty mocs work all year long. They’re a New York closet staple!

What’s your favorite pair and how do you like to style your mocs?
This question sparked a heated discussion in our Soho Store! For our store employees, the decision was split evenly between the Kilty moc and the El Paso style.

For styling the brand, we are partial to styling Minnetonka moccasins with casual fashion choices. The shoes go perfectly with a pair skinny jeans and chunky sweater, or simple top and cardigan. Even with this more casual relaxed look, focused on comfort, New York City style still takes center stage in all our outfits.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Since our Soho store is located right in downtown Manhattan, it’s hard to do anything else than try out all the amazing restaurants on every block!

Mac Bar, right around the corner, is a great place to pick up some delicious gourmet mac and cheese. They have great flavors to choose from, including lobster mac and duck mac and cheese! If you’re looking for a place to get a great cup of coffee check out Le Colombe. It’s right across the street from our store and we pop over all the time. Really anywhere you turn in this neighborhood you’re guaranteed to find something delicious to enjoy!

Store Spotlight: Southern Exposure

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Southern Exposure
27 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT 06355
264 Main St. Old Saybrook, CT 06475

After years of traveling through the Southwest exploring their interest in Native American art and culture, Lu and Les Lupovich left their professional careers and opened their first Southern Exposure store in Mystic, Connecticut in 1994. In 2005, a second Southern Exposure store opened in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Over the years Southern Exposure has expanded its offerings to include home furnishings, clothing, cowboy boots and footwear, along with many one of a kind handmade items.  Learn more about Southern Exposure today in our Q&A.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Minnetonka was added to our product mix in 2001. Shortly thereafter, we hung a Minnetonka neon sign in one of our front windows and people responded immediately – we’ve never looked back!

Our selection of moccasins and slippers are always popular, and when we added Minnetonka sandals to the store our customers were extremely excited. We keep an ever increasing list of customer phone numbers who ask to be called as soon as the new collection of sandals arrive each year.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
At our Mystic store we get travelers from all over the world due to Mystic’s colonial and whaling history. Mystic is home to the largest Seaport Museum and Aquarium on the Eastern Seaboard. Along with many local clientele, we do our best in our Mystic store to present a mix of merchandise that appeals to many personalities.

In our Old Saybrook store, which is located 30 miles south along the shoreline, we serve a more local clientele year round but our store always becomes busier in the summertime with returning cottage owners and renters.

Store Spotlight: Walker General Store

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Walker General Store 516 Minnesota Ave. West Walker, MN 56484

Walker General Store, located in Walker, Minnesota, is an old-fashioned store the whole family can enjoy.

The town of Walker is located on Leech Lake, the third largest lake in Minnesota boasting over 600 miles of shoreline. The area is now considered one of Minnesota’s top summer vacation destinations and visiting has become a family tradition passed on for generations.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Walker General Store opened 10 years ago in a smaller location, three years ago we decided to move into a different space that allowed us to create a larger store and begin carrying Minnetonka products.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The Kilty Moc reigns as the most popular style for both our customers and employees.

We carry over 40 Minnetonka styles and try to have everyone’s favorite on hand – for men, women and the kids!

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Our area has so many beautiful destinations! We have some of the best bike trails in the upper Midwest. The one thing that our area is most known for are the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  Plus you can always count on catching a fish or two in one of our 10,000 lakes!

Store Spotlight: General Store of Minnetonka

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: General Store of Minnetonka 14401 Highway 7 Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345

What’s your Minnetonka story?
We opened the General Store of Minnetonka in 1984 as a family owned business.  Since 2005 we have carried a wide selection of Minnetonka mocs, boots and slippers.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The most popular style in our store are the slippers – everyone loves the slippers!

What is a must see destination near your store?
Our favorite must see destination near our store is Lake Minnetonka, of course!  Some of our claims to fame are having both Minnetonka moccasins and Tonka Toys named after our lake—and of course, having Prince mention Lake Minnetonka in his hit Purple Rain!

General Store of Minnetonka employee Nicole with her favorite Minnetonka style, the Cally slipper!