Rochester's Dwell Local is expanding its artistic footprint in southeastern Minnesota by opening a second store in Zumbrota.

Paul Bennett opened the original Dwell Local at 602 Seventh St. NW in Rochester's Cooke Park Design District in 2014. The eclectic boutique carries one-of-a-kind artworks and hand-crafted products from about 40 local makers as well as vintage home decor pieces.

Now, Bennett, who says he gets "antsy" if he doesn't have a project underway, has leased a building at 290 S. Main St. in Zumbrota, about 25 miles north of Rochester. The rambling building is about double the size of the Rochester shop.

It will sport the same name as the original Dwell and will carry a similar mix of items. Bennett will split his time between the two shops.

"Beside the retail area, it has a big space for large classes and seminars that we just don't have the space to do in Rochester," said Bennett. "People have been asking for those."

It will also have a stage area for live music and could eventually house yoga classes, he added.

A grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 7.

The second Dwell Local should fit in with the artsy vibe on Zumbrota's Main Street with other boutiques like Beelighted Fiber & Gifts, Luya Shoes and Other Fine ThingsWild Ginger Boutique and similar shops.

It also will be opening at time when Zumbrota will be losing a longtime artistic landmark store. The Crossings at Carnegie gallery recently announced on its website that it will close its doors for good sometime in September.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to or at 285-7798.

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