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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 Kara Larson as co-partner in 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.


 

Production

We take pride in creating a quality print publication four times a year that deserves a special place on your bookshelf or coffee table. Read it in one sitting, one day at a time, or maybe save it for a snowy Minnesota day. 

DREAMED, DESIGNED, PRINTED, AND PUBLISHED RIGHT HERE IN MINNESOTA 

Every bit of this magazine is made in Minnesota. We're passionate about the stories we share, the truths we uncover, the communities we reach. Our contributors are incredible and without their integrity, talent, and drive to tell honest stories, this wouldn't be a magazine at all. From issue planning to final revisions to holding print copies in hand, we love the process of building this magazine. And it's an honor to be able to share it with you.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Format 8 × 10.5 in., 48+ pages (before 2018, 8.5 x 11 in.)
  • Binding Perfect Bound
  • Frequency Quarterly - published four times per year
  • Print run 250 copies
  • Printing & Shipping GLS Printing
  • Distribution Self-distributed
  • Single Copy $15
  • Subscription $56
  • Publisher Make It MN LLC

  • Editor/Production Kara Larson

  • Art Direction Sara Fowler


Stockists

Where to Buy

The easiest way to get hold of a copy is to order it online or visit one of the following retailers. Feel free to suggest a store in your town and we’ll reach out to them.

MISSISSIPPI MARKET CO-OP (3 LOCATIONS)

622 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104 / 1500 West 7th Street, St Paul, MN 55102 / 740 East 7th Street St Paul, MN 55106

GOLDEN RULE COLLECTIVE

350 Water St, Excelsior, MN 55331

MAKERS MERCANTILE

5727 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807

EASTSIDE FOOD CO-OP

2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

WINSOME GOODS

201 6th St SE #2, Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis, MN 55414

MAGERS & QUINN BOOKSELLERS

3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408


Become a stockist

Do you own a book store, local goods shop, bakery, coffee shop, or something of the like? Become an official Make MN stockist today! Email Kara to get the ball rolling! 

 

Contact

If you have a general inquiry, an impossibly interesting idea, or would like to contribute/collaborate, send Kara (editor + owner) a note! / kara@makemnmagazine.com

 

Contributions & Submissions / Before you submit! 

Thanks for considering us to publish your work! Please read the following guidelines first.

  • We are looking for new photographers and illustrators. 
  • We are looking for writers who’d like to publish a new or existing essay in our magazine. Keep the following in mind:
    • We're not about clickbait or hyperbole. We don't share one-off events in print or publish lists of the top ten trendiest brunch spots. We publish immersive, thoughtful stories, interviews, essays, recipes poetry, and curated guides that represent Minnesota and our communities in a genuine way. 
    • Subject matter is broad, though correlates with a theme for every issue. 2018 themes: Vision, Curiosity, Identity, & Possibility. Some examples of our content would be maker/artist interviews, recipes using local, seasonal ingredients, and tales of exploration, innovation, or growth in our own communities. 
  • We sometimes re-publish essays that have previously appeared online – feel free to send us a link to your piece. If you’d like to write a new piece for us, please include some references.
  • We are also always looking for guest editors of our monthly newsletter. If you’d like to share your favorite local goodies and spots with our audience, please get in touch.

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FAQ

 

Subscriptions

How do subscriptions work?
All of our subscription plans start with your choice of the current issue or next issue of Make MN, paid upfront. 

When do I get my supporter gift?
 If you have signed up for a subscription tier that includes a supporter gift, your gift is automatically sent out with the fourth issue of your subscription.

How will I know when my subscription is up?
 We will send you a note with your final magazine as well as an e-mail before the next issue. We do hope you renew!

Ordering/Shipping

How long does shipping take?
We ship orders once weekly (usually Mondays) from Minneapolis, MN. Shipping within Minnesota is quick, usually just 2-4 days. Outside of Minnesota (but still domestic) takes around 4-7 working days.

How much does shipping cost?
Each magazine weighs to $2.26 via UPS, but we charge $2 flat shipping on any order made on our website. Even subscriptions!

What payment methods do you offer?
At the end of the checkout, you can pay via PayPal or by credit card!

Can I change my shipping address?
We're hoping to build online account access for Make MN subscribers so you're able to change your shipping and billing details on your account at any time. Until then, drop us an email about your address change! 

General

Is there a digital version of the magazine?
Nope, there is no digital version. We're all about the print experience.

How often do you publish new issues?
We don't have a fixed schedule, but publish a new issue roughly every three months (four magazines a year). As a subscriber you’ll automatically receive every new issue as soon as it’s released.

Can I contribute to the next issue?
Perhaps! Please check our contact page for more info on submissions.

Can’t find an answer to your question? Contact us.

 

Opportunities

Make MN is published by a small, hardworking team of passionate Minnesotans. Additionally, we collaborate with a worldwide network of talented contributors on print, digital, and social content. If you’re a photographer, filmmaker, writer, illustrator, etc. and are interested in collaborating, contact us.

 
 
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Artist Collaboration

Our first artist collaboration was with Sarah Nelson of Auslandish Company for the Curiosity Issue (summer 2018). She was kind enough to donate a big bunch of her beautifully illustrated Good Livin' Bingo Cards to make our summer issue an extra special one. Every subscriber to Make MN will receive one of these lovely cards. 

 
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Event Collaboration

We love featuring unique events that creatively showcase local makers and artists while cultivating a sense of community. If you're interested in an online + social media feature package that will reach more than 20k followers (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter combined), send us a note using the form below! Past local event collaborations include: American Craft Council, Rummage MN, Junk Bonanza, Arc's Value Village, and more!  

 
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Make MN Team

We have a superb crew who make this magazine happen. Read more about them!