Maple Grove’s Fox Run Boutique Excited about Return to State Fair
Roughly 20 miles from its usual location at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is getting a taste of Maple Grove.
After the pandemic canceled the fair in 2020, Tia Scott and her store, Fox Run, are back; returning a second time to the first floor of the Warner Coliseum.
“I’m excited to see the amount of people that have come out and I’m excited to see the support that we have,” said Tia Scott, the owner of Fox Run. “We’ve already seen quite a few people who follow us on Instagram or are loyal customers to the store.”
Fox Run is a conglomerate of 30 Minnesota artists who make handmade products, which includes everything from jewelry to hand-painted wood signs with colorful language.
“I really try to keep things that I know would fit a certain, maybe, room of the house, something that I could see putting in my own home,” said Alyssa Smith, a sign maker with Fox Run.
The State Fair gives the artists the opportunity to showcase their work to people who may not usually find themselves in Maple Grove.
“I got this horseshoe necklace,” said Tammy Rassett, a customer from Lino Lakes “It’s a 16-inch necklace and I’m excited to put it on, wear it to the concert tonight.”
No apprehension about this year’s fair
While many vendors expressed concerns this year over the COVID-19 delta variant and the lack of a mask mandate, the Fox Run artists say they didn’t have any apprehension about showing up.
“We have tried to take the most precautions that we can to make sure that it is worth the risk, but that it’s not too much of a risk to our people to put them in danger,” Scott said.
To the artists, the risk is worth the reward, and it’s a reward that could potentially pay off well beyond the 12-day run of the fair.
“We’ve had a long year and it’s nice to feel like we actually have products that help people feel good and help people feel like, you’re not alone, and you’re in it together,” Scott said.