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Menomonie Welcomes The Gilded Faun to Main Street

charming, artist-owned boutique brings magic to Menomonie

Hannah Angell, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

FAUNING OVER IT ALL. Opening its doors just ahead of the new year, The Guilded Faun made its home in Menomonie with eclectic, beautiful gifts, art, and more.
FAUNING OVER IT ALL. Opening its doors just ahead of the new year, The Gilded Faun made its home in Menomonie with eclectic, beautiful gifts, art, florals, and more.

The Gilded Faun, an enchanting and mystical store, is revolutionizing the shopping experience in the heart of Menomonie by challenging traditional norms.

Now open at 110 Main St. West, Suite 1A, The Gilded Faun introduces a lovely fusion of peculiarities and delightful offerings. Included throughout its space are floral arrangements, bones, crystals, insects, and locally crafted art – among other distinctive gifts and oddities.

The Gilded Faun opened its doors on Dec. 9, captivating the community with unconventional offerings. Visionary entrepreneurs Miranda Wipperfurth and Jennifer Rentmeester aspire to redefine the traditional gifts and floral experience. “Our aim was to craft a space full of magic; that’s why we selected the name Gilded Faun,” Rentmeeseter said.

Enhancing the shop’s ambiance are a plethora of pieces from local artists. This collaboration not only provides distinctive products but also bolsters the vibrant artistic community in the Chippewa Valley.

The Gilded Faun’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its use of ethically sourced materials, ensuring that the oddities featured in the store are acquired responsibly and in accordance with ethical standards. Additionally, the shop implements sustainable methods to prolong the longevity of floral arrangements.

Wipperfurth and Rentemeester intend to enhance their role as a creative hub in downtown Menomonie by organizing workshops, events, and continued collaborations with locals. This commitment further establishes the store as a center for unconventional beauty and creativity. Anticipate courses at The Gilded Faun covering jewelry crafting, photography, and floral arrangement.

The first collaborative event is set for this February, celebrating “Gal-entine’s Day.” Local photographer, MLW Photography, will co-host a boudoir photoshoot, offering a spicy Valentine’s Day experience for interested participants.

Residents and visitors are welcome to The Gilded Faun from Tuesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturdays from 10am-5pm. The store is open to all, encouraging individuals to discover a fresh shopping expression from the area. Whether in pursuit of an enchanting bouquet or a unique gift, the store beckons those with a taste for the unconventional.

Visit The Gilded Faun at 110 Main St W, Suite 1A, Menomonie, and keep up with them on Facebook and their website.