A Vintage and Creative Collaboration
Located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Chaska Boulevard (Carver County 61) and North Chestnut Street (Hwy 41) in downtown Chaska, SHOP 501 is a vintage and creative collaborative consisting of five unique businesses under one roof.
SHOP 501 is the brainchild of Maria Leary of ‘When We Were Young’, Betty Sorensen of ‘Petunia’s’, Jane Hall of ‘Mustard Moon’, Sara Smith of ‘Salvaged And Rescued Art (s.a.r.a.)’ and Suzanne Theisfeld of ‘Objects & Art, LLC’.
All five of these women had been in business on their own for over 10 years, but something just wasn’t working for each of them. They were tired of ‘going it alone’ and were looking for a way to help and support each other but also to remain independent.
Voila! In March 2012 SHOP 501 was born – an informal and eclectic space that allows customers to stroll from one unique shop to another, enjoying curated vintage and expertly handcrafted goods, experiencing the distinct character of each woman and her vision.
The five partners worked together to customize the space in the 100-plus year old building, doing much of the work themselves. “We have a very tolerant landlord,” say the women who have even used a Sawzall to remove walls in order to open up the spaces even further. The shop is a warm, light-filled and inviting space with tons of greenery that makes it pleasant and inviting year round.
Since its inception much has changed, but the original premise of a vintage and creative collaboration with five shops under one roof has not. Initially an occasional sale shop, SHOP 501 is now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday year ’round. Open-air markets were added on the third Saturday of each month during the summer and evening events were added throughout the year in conjunction with Chaska’s special events.
And as of October 2, 2014 SHOP 501 has expanded to become SHOP 501 & Company. In addition to their current space they have taken over the building directly next door at the north side of their parking lot and have added four new partners: ‘Four Vintage’, ‘The Tinker’s Ware’, ‘Stages’, and ‘When Pigs Fly’.
SHOP 501 is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
10am to 5pm
501 North Chestnut Street
Chaska, MN 55318