Stephanie Hansen is our kind of thrifter!

HI! My name is Stephanie and I am the broadcaster, blogger, photographer, podcaster, thrifter and eater behind and the podcast MakersofMN. It all began in 2005 when Stephanie March (Food Editor for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine) and I started the radio show #WeeklyDish on the Twin Cities station Mytalk1071. Ten years later, the show is going strong. You can listen every week on Saturdays from 9 to 11 am or listen to the Podcast of WeeklyDish on Podcast One.

The @MakersofMN podcast is my way to talk with entrepreneurs and business owners in Minnesota doing cool things. We have released 70+ podcasts to date, and some of my favorites are:


  • Hearing about how Brett Striker created the unique flavor Maddy and Maize popcorns
  • Talking with Parasole Restaurants owner Phil Roberts about the system he created for cataloging food photographs
  • Hearing about the social responsibility felt by Dean Phillips as a member of his prosperous family with the brands Belvedere, Phillip Vodka and Talenti Gelato in their past portfolio of success.
  • Visiting with Teen Entrepreneur and founder of 212 West Jewelry Company Clair as she talked about the process of learning how to get her jewelry ideas manufactured and to market.

As a blogger and photographer, I love to cook, but I really love to eat. The restaurant scene in Minneapolis and Saint Paul is vibrant and exciting. On my website, I love to talk about my dining and travel experiences and to share my latest Instant Pot and Crock Pot successes. I love dinner parties and pulling out the unique holiday dishes and vintage Champagne coupes for my guests. I have a record player and tons of mismatched silverware, and I love to find creative ways to tie it all together in a beautiful table. I am nostalgic for cookbooks, thermoses and dishes.

I am delighted to be the new spokesperson for Arc’s Value Village. I am hoping to share with others the excitement of thrifting. When you can find a set of beautiful dishes or a cashmere turtleneck sweater with the Dayton’s tag still in it that is memorable. I am hoping to highlight some of my finds throughout the year but also to continue to donate items that I no longer need or bring me joy. It is entirely true you give new life by letting your unwanted items find new purpose in someone else’s hands. When you donate items or make a purchase at Arc’s Value Village, you are making life better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Shopping and donating at Arc’s Value Village is a win-win.








We are honored and delighted to partner with Stephanie Hansen this year! Listen in on myTalk107.1 radio as well as social media with our hashtag #ThrifTABLE.