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Black Friday Specials

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017


Support local businesses and shop downtown Stillwater on Plaid Friday! Here are some of the specials we’ll have in store.





September Ladies’ Night Out Specials

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Alfresco Events

Join us on September 8th during the Stillwater Ladies’ Night Out as we celebrate our 14th Anniversary with some great gift-with-purchase specials, door prizes, gourmet food samples, product demos and more! It’ll be a festive night celebrating all of you who tell me that we’re your favorite shop in Stillwater. THANK YOU!


  • Waxing Poetic gift with purchase
  • Barefoot Dreams and Faceplant Dreams Trunk Show with Lynn Merril
  • Free Spartina cosmetic bag ($29 value) with at least $100 Spartina purchase
  • Free Chamilia silver wristlet with at least $100 Chamilia purchase
  • Free 3.5oz. Raspberry Amaretto Preserves by Robert Rothschild with your purchase of any two Robert Rothschild products
  • Free Scout shopper bag with $75 or more store-wide purchase
  • Plus . . . door prizes, gourmet product sampling and product demos!







Thursday, February 13th, 2014

We’re delighted to be featured in March 2014 Buyer’s Guide of MinneapolisMart magazine! See us on page 36 of the flippable online magazine here:, or click the image to see it online!

Alfresco Magazine Retailer Spotlight

Alfresco Magazine Retailer Spotlight

The Holidays in Stillwater

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

One of my favorite times of the year is when Santa comes roaring down Main Street in a parade of fire trucks on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving (November 29). I just run outside and jump up and down and wave…it’s so fun and exciting! Bring the kids down! It’s usually not very crowded, so you can get right up close.

Also that day, many Downtown Stillwater businesses have “Sleepyhead Doorbusters”, opening at the not-so-early hour of 9am. It’s kind of a joke, really…the polar opposite from big chain stores that open up earlier and earlier each year. We offer fun, relaxed, old fashioned Black Friday shopping as it should be—without all the frenzy and craziness of the box stores. Our Hometown for the Holidays includes Victorian carolers, a strolling Santa, free carriage rides, Twinkle Parade, and live reindeer & sleigh with Santa for a great family photo opportunity. See the full schedule at

Oh—and very importantly—we merchants & restaurants downtown are working with Community Thread for their Holiday Hope program: collecting toys, gifts and necessities for those in need in the St.Croix Valley. We will have drop off locations at Darn Knit Anyway and Valley Bookseller and we will be collecting at the Twinkle Parade as well.

And finally…

Alfresco is open until 8pm Monday-Saturday, and until 7pm Sunday all through the winter! Now other shops have committed to staying open until at least 7pm Thursdays & Fridays through the holidays!


Friday, April 12th, 2013

Join us on Saturday, April 20 for the first ever Sweets Kendama Tournament! We will have Matt “Sweets” Jorgenson here to run the competition! We will post details on the event as we find out! Sponsored by Alfresco.

Here are details of the event:

The event is broken up into 3 different skill levels. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. There will be prizes for the 1st-3rd place winners of every skill level.

Here is how a Sweets Kendama Battle works. Sweets Jorgenson will put out a list of tricks 2 weeks before the event. All kids competing practice the tricks in their skill level for the two weeks prior to the event. On the day of the event Sweets will line up 6 kids at a time and they compete against each other to complete the list of tricks the fastest. The top 3 move onto the next round and this happens until we have a final 3. They go head to head for the top 3 spots.

Registration will be an hour before the event because a lot of kids change their minds about what skill level they want to be signed up for.

Here are the tricks for the tournament:

Sweets Trick List


  1. Orbit
  2. Candlestick
  3. Around the Block = Big cup, Little cup, Small Cup
  4. Clack Back
  5. Spike


  1. Earth turn
  2. Jumping stick
  3. Around the World = Big cup, Little cup, Small Cup, Spike
  4. Kenflip
  5. Lighthouse In


  1. Around the USA
  2. Lunar
  3. Bird over the Valley
  4. Lighthouse flip to in to jumping stick
  5. One turn airplane + double jumping stick


Friday, April 12th, 2013

Alfresco EventsJoin us on Saturday, April 27th for our Spring Garden Party-themed Open House! We’ll have door prizes all day plus several fun activities and specials featuring our products. More details below!

Spring Garden Party Open House

Spartina 449

Receive a gift with any purchase from the Spartina 449 collection during our Open House.


Receive a gift with your qualifying Chamilia purchase during our Open House.

Fairy Garden

FAIRY GARDEN DEMOS. Learn how to create these charming scenes!

April Cornell

We'll be featuring an April Cornell trunk show at our Spring Open House. Get an exclusive look at the latest designs!

Food Sampling: we'll be featuring tastings from Stonewall Kitchen Gourmet foods at our Spring Open House!

Finally, don’t miss our demonstrations of Charles Viancin silicone lids. They’re amazing!