A Beloved Gem in the Twin Cities
Local Motion Boutique has been a women’s retail store in the iconic Uptown, Minneapolis, neighborhood for more than 30 years. Founded by Barbara Heinrich, a passionate designer in her own right, the boutique was one of the first Twin Cities retail stores to carry collections from local designers. Today, we also carry small labels from the east and west coasts, but our dedication to local designers is still how we are best known.
In addition to unique women’s clothing collections, Local Motion Boutique features a gallery experience showcasing local artists and jewelry designers and a “studio” for pet clothes. We often host trunk shows and fashion seminars that feature cocktails and live music.
Meet Tonya and “Roux”
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue bringing fashion to our community.”
In March 2018, Barbara Heinrich announced her desire to retire from Local Motion, which was met with much outcry from many longtime customers who hold the store in special regard. Fortunately, one of those longtime customers, Tonya Bryan, jumped at the opportunity to continue the legacy. She assumed ownership in June 2018 with Barb agreeing to stay on part-time as a designer and host of fun store events.
Tonya is from the Uptown neighborhood herself and believes that brick-and-mortar stores add to the vibrancy of communities.
While she is dedicated to keeping what longtime customers love about the boutique, she has already added special new features, such as the inclusion of artwork from local artists, jewelry from local designers and even her adorable dog, “Roux,” who serves as the shop dog and keeper of our pet clothing “studio.”
“Before Instagram and Etsy, before virtual stylists and same-day delivery, there was Local Motion in Uptown, celebrating local designers and creating community among shoppers.”Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
“Local Motion [Boutique] has been an important part of the Twin Cities retail scene, as it [is] a spot to shop local designers.”City Pages
“…one of the first Twin Cities stores to carry local designers, such as Kokoon, before it became hip… local fashion has always been the bedrock of Local Motion.”Minnesota Monthly
Local Motion Boutique is back
As a pediatrician, Tonya Bryan already had plenty on her plate. But she couldn’t bear the thought of Local Motion closing after 30-plus years in Uptown.