Founded as an online marketplace in 2011 by a Minnesotan husband-wife team, Make It Minnesota spent its first three years selling and marketing Minnesota-made goods. In 2014, the founding duo decided to print a magazine that featured the stories of a select portion of the makers sold in the online marketplace—and thus, the Make It Minnesota magazine was born. The magazine was so well received (and they had so much fun making it) that it soon morphed into the primary product of Make It Minnesota, fazing out the online marketplace completely. As the founding duo added a few more rowdy members to their family over the next couple years, they brought on an eager whippersnapper named Kara Larson as co-partner for the business. Late 2015, Kara became Editor-in-Chief, and by late 2017, sole owner of Make It Minnesota. After a refocus and rebrand in the beginning of 2018—you'll notice a slightly new namesake in Make MN and a new look/feel to suit.
Make MN Magazine is a quarterly magazine focusing on Northern craft, community, and connecting to this place, Minnesota. This is our home, our land to protect, our place to make. We believe in the story behind each Minnesota- made product, every Minnesota-grown vegetable, every Minnesota-inspired work of art. Our content encapsulates the stories, vision, insight, and perspective of bold individuals who are making big contributions to a more socially conscious and quality driven marketplace and world. Through unique storytelling, photography, illustrations, maker workshops, magazine pop-up shops, and more, we aim to strengthen and promote sustainable, altruistic, and inspiring communities.
"I hope for Make Minnesota to feel like a community endeavor—one that connects, informs, and inspires us to engage with local businesses, artists, non-profits, and our community in more impactful ways."
— Kara Larson, Owner + Editor
What guides us? It’s pretty simple. We feel connected to Minnesota and its vibrant people. We believe the stories of here root us to the land. We want to share these stories and offer a reading experience that feels special.
As a small, yet ambitious team, we are fueled by a passion for helping local businesses, artists, and makers. In each issue of Make MN Magazine, we aim to be a different kind of publication. One that feels like a collective effort created by members of our own communities. One that engages us and connects us with our local makers and artists. One that celebrates ideas, innovation, and authenticity.