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Moss Envy is a 2500 square foot specialty retail store located in Minneapolis that sells eco products for your home and life. Our product lines cover a wide range of categories including furniture, home decor, gifts, jewelry, bath and body, stationery, clothing, mattresses, baby gear, building materials, and more. Every product that is sold at Moss Envy was chosen because of its eco-attributes and is somehow better for you, your family, your community, or your world.
Q & A
Q. 'In what year did you start your business? Tell us about your company history?
A. Tina and Ryan North's journey as business partners began in 2006 in response to Tina's excellent eye for "trash with potential" fueled by a tight budget during the holidays. Tina's thrifty/craftiness resulted in some beautiful and unique Tina-made gifts for her friends and family utilizing materials that might have been discarded otherwise. Tina's ability to see the sparkly diamond within the lump of coal didn't stop with small gifts. She started finding chairs on the side of the road... and dressers, and tables... "Can you believe what people just throw away?" With a little creative TLC, Tina turned abandoned items into sell-able works of art and function. But the North's only had so much garage space, so much basement space, so much bedroom, livingroom, kitchen space... they had to DO something about this... Tina's creations were taking over the house. That was the beginning of their first store - "Re Gifts." "Re Gifts," focused on sustainable gifts. In 2007 (a year later), the eco-duo opened "Twin Cities Green" in Uptown, expanding their concept to include furniture, home goods, mattresses, and more. Both shops generated critical praise and were wholly embraced by the local and green community.
In the Spring of 2010, the North's took the next step in the growth of their business and moved their store from Uptown to the Calhoun Lakes area. Their relocation served as an opportunity to rename, rebrand, and refine their collection. Their newest eco-conceptshop is called, "Moss Envy."
Moss Envy - incorporates the best of what worked at Twin Cities Green while adding several new categories and a refined, more coiffed look. Tina North adds eco-conscious clothing, building materials, and vintage items to her home and life collection with a stronger emphasis on sourcing locally, made-in-Minnesota products. This expansion represents the most comprehensive collection of "better for you" products in the Twin Cities. The creative re-do of the shop's design was led by local eco-designer and HGTV star Joshua Foss.