When bathing suit season arrives, many of us think of sipping tropical drinks on sunny beaches in Florida. Images of tanned torsos and bright colored bikinis start to flood our social media pages. Though Minnesota is landlocked, there’s still a need for the perfect swimsuit for the summer season. These stores and outlets feature some of the most fetching swimsuits and aquatic gear that add to the fun of surf and sand.
Elsmore Aquatic Swim Shop
5885 149th St. W., Suite 101
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 997-6255

This swim outlet has swimsuits and accessories for the casual beachgoer, dedicated divers, and triathlete competitors of all ages. Adjacent to the Bluewater Aquatic Center in Apple Valley, Elsmore uses the facility to test all inventoried aquatic products and is open during the center’s aquatic meets. The store stocks FINA-approved swim and diving suits, goggles, caps, fins, paddles, kick boards, pull buoys, lifeguard suits and accessories, and water aerobic equipment. Elsmore is a destination for all the aquatic gear one needs.

Oh Baby!
757 Lake St. E.
Wayzata, Minnesota 55391
(952) 476-7662

Business woman and mom, Mary Lauer, had fashion concepts in mind when she opened this boutique clothing store for children. The swimwear for infants, toddlers and preschoolers makes them look adorable. Few swim outlets consider making a tot look well-dressed for a dip in the pool or a day at the beach. Visit the original store at 3509 Galleria in Edina, which is still open, or the newest location at Wayzata.

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Rah! Sports
7514 Oliver Ave. S.
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 866-1990

Style meets convenience at this swim and sports shop. Swimwear for men and women is designed for comfort and performance when you hit the water. A streamlined look flatters all sizes and shapes. Made of resilient fibers, the suit continues to look good when wet. Rah! Sports also has basic swim gear and accessories.

Nani Nalu Beachwear Boutique
3821 W. 50th St.
Edina, MN 55410
(612) 922-SWIM (7946)

Many specialty stores claim to be boutique but are actually designer walk-ins. Nani Nalu is truly a boutique, offering women personalized services for the bathing suit selection process. Instead of combing the racks in search of the perfect swimsuit, women are treated to a signature fit & flatter consulting session. The goal is to eliminate the time-consuming angst of choosing the right style and the right fit. Customers are encouraged to arrange an appointment for a personal fit and consultation. The store books appointments daily.

Photo Credit: Amy C. Rea

Photo Credit: Amy C. Rea

Big Island Swim & Surf Co.
229 Water St.
Excelsior, Minnesota 55331
(952) 923-2464

Those who browse this swimsuit store describe it as “a luxurious shopping experience.” Versatile beachwear for men, women and children, including flip flops and chic cover-ups, can be found here. The setting is friendly and welcoming. You walk in without that gnawing, self-conscious feeling and walk out satisfied with your purchase. A good swimsuit can be pricey but at Big Island Swim & Surf, you get a comfortable bathing suit at a reasonable price. The store’s owners believe in bliss and happiness on the beach.

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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.