About Moss Envy
MOSS ENVY IS OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY FROM 10am - 7pm, SATURDAY 10am - 6pm, AND
SUNDAY 12pm - 5pm
(Scroll to the bottom of the page for our holiday days off)
What an interesting name... why Moss Envy?
From a conceptual point of view, "Moss" invokes thoughts of green, soft, serene, and natural... a living plant that grows delicately upon its host. Moss is not in a hurry, is not harmful, and has a gentle connection to the Earth below it. Why wouldn't we envy moss?
What is Moss Envy?
What is different about Moss Envy's products?
Moss Envy sells eco alternatives to everyday products. The items that fill our floor and shelves fit into one or more of the following categories: recycled, reclaimed, natural, organic, sustainable, vintage, energy saving, water saving, or fair trade. We are also very proud to seek out, support, and purchase from a number of local artists, designers, inventors, and craftspeople.
The History of Moss Envy.
Tina and Ryan North's journey as business partners began in 2006 in response to Tina's excellent eye for "trash with potential" fueled by a tight budget during the holidays. Tina's thrifty/craftiness resulted in some beautiful and unique Tina-made gifts for her friends and family utilizing materials that might have been discarded otherwise. Tina's ability to see the sparkly diamond within the lump of coal didn't stop with small gifts. She started finding chairs on the side of the road... and dressers, and tables... "Can you believe what people just throw away?" With a little creative TLC, Tina turned abandoned items into sell-able works of art and function. But the North's only had so much garage space, so much basement space, so much bedroom, livingroom, kitchen space... they had to DO something about this... Tina's creations were taking over the house. That was the beginning of their first store - "Re Gifts." "Re Gifts," focused on sustainable gifts. In 2007 (a year later), the eco-duo opened "Twin Cities Green" in Uptown, expanding their concept to include furniture, home goods, mattresses, and more. Both shops generated critical praise and were wholly embraced by the local and green community.
In the Spring of 2010, the North's took the next step in the growth of their business and moved their store from Uptown to the Calhoun Lakes area. Their relocation served as an opportunity to rename, rebrand, and refine their collection. Their newest eco-concept shop is called, "Moss Envy."
Moss Envy - incorporates the best of what worked at Twin Cities Green while adding several new categories and a refined, more coiffed look. Tina North brings a stronger emphasis on sourcing locally, made-in-Minnesota products. This expansion represents the most comprehensive collection of "better for you" products in the Twin Cities. The creative re-do of the shop's design was led by local eco-designer and HGTV star Joshua Foss.
What's going on with Moss Envy? Would you like to learn more about our products, receive updates, news, information about events, sales, promotions and more? Below you'll find many ways to interact with Moss Envy!
How we earn your trust.
We sincerely hope you allow us the honor of earning and keeping your trust as a consumer... particularly when it comes to the kind of products that we carry. There still tends to be quite a bit of mis-information floating around out there as well as outright lies when it comes to products claiming to be eco-friendly. We want you to know that we do our homework, ask the hard questions of our vendors, and vet our products to the best of our abilities to bring you the most sincere collection of products with eco-attributes! We pride ourselves on being "real people" not sales people. We also appreciate how far a warm greeting and a nice smile can go. Come in and find out for yourself!
Moss Envy's Eco Labels
A set of fourteen "eco-labels" and accompanying icons were developed to help create an at-a-glance communication system so our customers could quickly identify why a particular product might have been included in our collection. Please click here to find out more details about what each icon represents.
About the Owners
and Ryan North are proud to be the owners of Moss Envy. Before they
were business partners, they were life partners. The eco-entrepreneurs
met in the late 90's while acting in the long running, interactive
theater show, "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding." (No, Tina did not play Tina.)
Ryan and Tina are stage and commercial actors by trade and still
continue to work, perform, direct, and teach across the metro. Ryan
also (as if he didn't have enough to do) enjoys graphic and website
Regular Hours/Days of Operation
Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day