Our Story

What is known as Goodthings today started back in 1973 in the basement of a bank building downtown White Bear Lake. With a $5,000 loan from her father Sharon Conrad at age 22 began as Spanky’s Emporium a 500 square foot store filled with shirts and socks for teens. She quickly learned the first three rules of running a successful retail store were location, location, location. Sharon quickly made the move to a street front location on Banning Avenue. Over the next 41 years, Goodthings has evolved through many different name changes and several locations in and around White Bear Lake. A few names include R.S Conrad, Conrads, GU Play Clothes, and The Cupping Room all these names that have pointed us to our current name, Goodthings.

The entrepreneurial spirit was in the blood of her son, Tyler, starting a manufacturing business in 1993 of his own at age 22. Her son Tyler Conrad realized he wanted to make Goodthings his own and in 1998 Tyler joined Sharon in the family business and set their sights on expansion. In 2003, they opened a second location at The Shoppes of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

In 2014 Goodthings expanded in downtown White Bear Lake. The new expansion created a multi-level clothing, shoe, and activewear boutique right next door to their gift store. The new space also includes a Yoga Studio run by Lifecore Yoga from North Oaks, Minnesota.

With the shift of the clothing to the new locations, the gifts store was expanded to increase their selections of their children’s, baby, kitchen, and gourmet food Departments.

Goodthings business strategy is always to be current and on top of the trends in fashion Gifts and home decor. We search and find The BEST good thing for every department.

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