An antiques store is taking over a former Minneapolis mayor's 'gingerbread' home


A Northeast Minneapolis antiques store will celebrate its grand opening at its new location, the Hofstede House.

Antiquified – a shop that specializes in antique small furnishings, framed art, hand-sewn quilts and linens, Black Americana and affordable gifts – has relocated to 2430 California St. NE, and will be celebrating its grand opening this weekend.

Like the items inside the shop, the colorful, Dutch-style structure has a rich history.

It was home to former Mayor Al Hofstede, the youngest Minneapolis mayor ever elected, and it was also where he ran his 1973 mayoral campaign.

In fact, campaign material was still in the basement when the store moved in, Antiquified owner Julie Gubbin told The Journal.

Gubbin was interested in the iconic home – which is referred to as the "Gingerbread House" – because its exterior already matched the colors in Antiquified's logo, she told The Journal. She asked the current owners, who had bought it from the Hofstedes, to sell, and they agreed.

Antiques and collectibles are set up in 10 different themed rooms throughout the home, MinneyApple says.

The shop spent a decade at its previous location.

Grand opening celebrations begin Friday Jan. 16 and runs through Sunday Jan. 18, with a 20 percent discount storewide.

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