Tucked along the Cannon River near North Alexander Park, Faribault Woolen Mill has become a staple of quality, longevity and manufacturing over the past 150 years. It has, quite literally, woven itself into the fabric of Faribault since it first began operations in 1865, and it has stood the test of time through decades of perfecting its craft.
The Faribault Woolen Mill opened the year the Civil War ended, giving some context to the long-running tradition it has built in the town of approximately 25,000 about an hour south of Minneapolis. In fact, Faribault Woolen Mill says it is Minnesota’s oldest manufacturing company and one of the last few truly vertical woolen mills left in America.
It is often referred to as “The Official Gift of Minnesota.” If you visit Holidazzle this winter, you’ll see first-hand why it has that nickname.
“We look forward to sharing our 150-year history,” Faribault Woolen Mill Chief Marketing Officer Bruce Bildsten said. “We hope that people have a chance to touch and feel our products and experience the beauty of our timeless design. In a world of throwaway gifts and fads, we want them to understand that we make products that are timeless and are made to last for decades.”
The Faribault Woolen Mill tent is located just across from the Holidazzle Warming House, and it will be offering a collection of products that are indicative of the quality and timeless mantra this longstanding Minnesota company has become known for over the years.
They’ll have Buffalo Check Red & Black throws, Royal Carefree Stewart Plaid in Dress White throws, Lodge Stripe Wheat throws, Crosby Zig Zag Charcoal throws, City of Minneapolis Vintage Map throws, 150th Anniversary Pack A Robe throws, Revival Stripe White scarves, Nisswa Stripe Black scarves, Hatchet Plaid Olive scarves and assorted coffee scarves.
You can visit and see these products firsthand at Holidazzle in Loring Park. Stop by Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 23. Holidazzle is open 5-9 pm on Thursdays, 5-10 pm on Fridays, 11 am-10 pm on Saturdays and 11 am-7 pm on Sundays.
For Bildsten, the most exciting part about being at Holidazzle is the way it fits with the overall theme. Both are Minnesotan traditions that are beloved, and both cater toward helping people enjoy the Minnesota winter. Holidazzle is a gathering place for families and friends during the holidays, while the Faribault Woolen Mill offers a way for people to stay warm during the frigid months.
“Our products are the perfect complement to an outdoor winter event in Minnesota,” Bildsten said. “It’s almost as if a Faribault scarf should be the semi-official uniform. We provide warmth and comfort and beauty. We’re just looking forward to being part of the fabric of the entire event.”
The holidays are a time for bringing people together, enjoying traditions, warmth and beauty of the season. That’s what Bildsten said the Faribault Woolen Mill is all about. They have passed down products and traditions for generations, and they’re excited to share their tradition with you this holiday season.
They’re doing it at Holidazzle, embracing the climate and culture of our outdoor winter season as they have for 150 years just south of the Twin Cities. And they’ll continue to do so, because they’ve built a long tradition in their community that has become a beloved product across the state.
Now, they’re bringing their product to Holidazzle to help bring two Minnesota traditions together in one place.
“We truly consider ourselves a part of the fabric of Minnesota,” Bildsten said. “We are so proud to be part of the tradition of the Holidazzle, especially this new chapter.”