Thursday, October 11, 2012

Faribault Woolen Mill Veranda Throw

To some, Minnesota is a frozen tundra of snow, hockey players, lumberjacks and lefse. This may be. But beyond the stereotypes, the land of 10,000 lakes is also producer of products synonymous with quality, authenticity and innovation.

The North Star state supplies a surprising number of goods and services people around the world recognize, enjoy and rely on.

Minnetonka moccasins are an international footwear favorite, J.Crew has been partnering with Red Wing Boots since 2007, every office depends on Post-it notes and every college dorm-dweller on Command Adhesive from 3M. General Mills Cheerios is an iconic American breakfast and suburbanites and city dwellers alike buy everything from Halloween costumes to Keurigs at Target. All in a day, you may shower with Aveda shampoo, caffeinate at Caribou Coffee, and self-diagnose at

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. is a Minnesota-made company with the same strength to swell beyond state borders. The uniquely self-contained Mill produces wool blankets, throws and accessories that have been warming generations since 1865. Between the 1960s and 1990s, the thriving operation produced over half the blankets made in the U.S. each year. The company closed in 2009 following a failed acquisition, reopening last year with renewed spirit and the same founding principles of quality and durability.

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With winter nipping at our heels, I want to wrap myself in the soft merino of the apple green Veranda Throw. Available in a rainbow of pastels and punchy sherbet shades, the solid throw is a burst of modernity and cheery contrast to the gray and hostile weather outside.

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On the other hand, I’m drawn to the classic plaids and buffalo-checked weaves in traditional navy, red and forest green. The cozy blankets fit flawlessly into rustic furnishings or add shavings of woodsy flair and masculine appeal to contemporary style schemes.

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I’m almost hoping for snowfall soon so I can hibernate in this soft woolen cocoon until spring. Whether used seasonally or year-round, the lifetime warranty on these heritage blankets makes them an investment I’m comfortable making.

Get your arms around the complete collection at Ampersand at the Galleria in Edina.

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