While new restaurants and retail shops have opened at a dizzying clip over the past two years at MSP Airport’s Terminal 1, several existing concessions have also been busy with renovations to keep the dining and retail experience fresh and fun.
First up on the renovation tour is long-time favorite XpresSpa at its location by the entrance to Concourse D. Popular with massage-seekers and makeover fans, the shop received a makeover of its own recently, with a new look from floor to ceiling, including new cabinets and workstations. The spa offers facials, waxing, massage and nail treatments. The remodeled space also has a shower and relaxation loungers that allow customers to set their own level of intensity for massage.
“We can do a lot for people, and a warm, welcoming interior space is all part of the experience,” said Juliette Tetrault, the manager of XpresSpa at MSP. The XpresSpa on MSP’s Concourse F is scheduled for remodeling later this year.
On Concourse C near Gate C7, Vino Volo recently rearranged its seating to make room for the new Verdi Market (pictured), which offers healthy grab-and-go options. The market offers gluten-free, organic and vegan items – including vegan beef jerky and lentil chips. Verdi Market also serves coffee made with beans from Dogwood Coffee and bakery items from The Lynhall - both popular Minneapolis businesses with loyal followings.
“The new space and Verdi Market make it easier for us to introduce more travelers to what we have to offer,” said Eduardo Decache, the general manager.
In the Airport Mall, Hammer Made is significantly larger after blowing out one of its walls and finding some room to grow. The refresh and expansion helps the brand show off more of its customers’ favorites, including tailored shirts in limited-run fabrics.
"We nearly doubled in size after our remodel. Now we sell jeans, trousers, and sport coats," said Britt Berghorst, manager of the MSP store. "We have more space to merchandise our layering pieces like our v-neck tee shirts and light-weight hoodies. Now you can shop Hammermade and get the head-to-toe look, starring one of our limited-run shirts."
The store’s fitting room also expanded and will soon become two separate units.