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Tomodachi Mall of America is now at new location!

2019 at 09:36 pm by admin | Comments Off

It’s official! We have moved our MoA store and are now re-opened for business. Don’t worry,  you won’t have to go far…
we are just across the hall from our old space on the 3rd floor. Bigger, better, shinier, newer, with exciting products, art, snacks and much more. Look for our special grand re=opening party happening soon, but in the meantime stop by and say HI anytime.

Tomodachi 384 N Garden @ Mall of America

Tomodachi 384 N Garden @ Mall of America


Rosedale location closing..

2018 at 10:36 pm by admin | Comments Off


Attention Tomodachi Family: As of last month, our Rosedale Center store is closed. Our lease was up and, after 15 years at that location, we decided it was time to move on to new things — details coming soon!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our Rosedale patrons, friends and staff, who have been instrumental in Tomodachi’s growth and success. We’ll see you soon, and please visit and support our Mall of America location, which is going strong with new products, pop culture collectibles and candy/snacks galore! Oh, and we just started carrying Izzy’s Ice Cream! Yum!



2018 at 06:39 pm by admin | Comments Off

“Entering a Tomodachi is like being hugged by a kawaii rainbow.”

We’re a bit stunned and a lot delighted to learn that we’ve been named “Best Toy Store” in City Pages Minneapolis​ “Best of 2018” issue! Thank you so much, it’s an honor to be acknowledged. We work hard every day to bring smiles to our customers faces, and this award certainly brings one to ours.

MoA Pic


Alice Riot: Women-Owned Fashion Startup Combines Art and Fashion

2018 at 08:50 pm by admin | Comments Off

It’s no secret that we here at Tomodachi love a good creative collaboration — and a good mashup of artistic mediums. New Minneapolis women’s wear line, Alice Riot, checks both those boxes. Founded by artist Kate Iverson, and biz strategist Kelly Groehler, Alice Riot combines original artwork with timeless fashion pieces.


The line’s inaugural collection features the artwork of co-founder Iverson, but future iterations will highlight other female artists from around the globe (while maintaining consistency with garment silhouettes. Designed for the working woman, these office-friendly looks include a 3/4 sleeve dress, sleeveless sheath dress, midi skirt, pencil skirt and two sizes of silk scarf — all in a size-inclusive range from XS-3XL. Designed by Iverson’s sister, Andi Hillestad (whose daughter, Alice, was the inspiration behind the line’s name, in addition to Kelly’s beloved late, great aunt Alyce) each garment represents a classic style that’s work appropriate but brings a “creative spark” along with you, no matter where you work or what role you play.

A hat tip to feminism, Alice Riot encourages women to break free of traditional workplace style and own their power, fierceness and creativity — in other words, ditch the boring monochrome suit and literally wear your art on your sleeve!


Alice Riot is currently taking pre-orders via a flashy Indiegogo campaign, featuring real women leaders as ambassador models and a colorful, art-inspired presentation. The campaign runs through April 19th.

Check it out and support this Minnesota-grown, women-owned business HERE.

If you want to see and try on samples in person, the Alice Riot founders are hosting weekly open studio events at their spot in Northeast Minneapolis. Details on that HERE.

Follow them on Instagram and Twitter: @aliceriotstyle or on Facebook


Tomodachi's Favorite Moments of 2017

2017 at 07:00 pm by admin | Comments Off


HAAAAAPPY NEW YEAR! So long, 2017, hello 2018! We here at Tomodachi have had a wonderful year at our Rosedale and Mall of America locations — all thanks to you. We made lots of new friends and introduced plenty of cool, new products. We were lucky to host super-fun special events such as Pusheen Party 2, mini-concerts with J-Pop star/jazz master Senri Oe, book signing with author/illustrator Christopher Straub and more. Not to mention, we were nominated as “Best Toy Store” at the Designer Toy Awards in NYC! We truly couldn’t have done it without your support. Your smiles are what keep us going, every step of the way. THANK YOU. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.


Holiday Offer Special #3

2017 at 10:24 pm by admin | Comments Off

Tomodachi is your one stop shop for cool stocking stuffers! Through the holidays, we’re offering BUY 5 GET 1 FREE on blind boxes and capsule toys. Featuring video game characters, Mario, Bob’s Burgers, Dragonball Z and many more!

Blind Box


Holiday Special offer #2

2017 at 09:55 pm by admin | Comments Off

Trim your tree with Hello Kitty plush ornaments! We’re running a HUGE sale on these darling decorations. Now through the holidays: BUY 2 HK ORNAMENTS GET 2 FREE! Great for adding whimsy to your own tree or as stocking stuffers for the fam. Great deal!


It’s a puffy sticker extravaganza at Tomodachi! Through the holidays we’re offering a special BUY 3 GET 1 FREE deal on select sticker sets. Pick some up as gifts for friends, or just for yourself!

Holiday Offer #2


The UNABOMINABLE Yodi Book Signing with Christopher Straub

2017 at 09:39 pm by admin | Comments Off

Head to Tomodachi at Mall of America on Friday, Dec 8th for an exclusive book signing and meet and greet with Christopher Straub for his new book The UNABOMINABLE Yodi.

Christopher Straub and yodi

Christopher Straub and yodi

Be the first to get your hands on a copy of The UNABOMINABLE Yodi, as well as its adorable matching plush toy and other related merchandise. The illustrated children’s’ book tells the tale of a little yeti that wants to do good things, unlike his abominable older brothers. Ideal for ages 3-6 and makes a great holiday gift!

Complimentary snacks will be served and Tomodachi will be offering a special FREE gift for customers purchasing the book and plush bundle!

About Christopher Straub

Christopher Straub is a Minnesota fashion and accessories designer who gained national exposure on season 6 of hit television show, Project Runway. Since his time on the show, Christopher has worked on projects with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Maurices, Target, Yoplait and PBS. He’s also been featured in such magazines as US Weekly, Star, People, and O Oprah Magazine and is a regular guest on Fox 9’s The Jason Show. Though fashion is still his primary focus, Straub has found success with his series of children’s books (Albert the Confused Manatee, Rocky the Confused Platypus, and Albert’s Underwater ABCs) and the development of a number of plush toys.

Fri, Dec 8th from 4pm-7pm


Holiday Special offer #1

2017 at 07:38 pm by admin | Comments Off

FREE with $25 purchase!


Try these delicious sweet and tart healthy Calpico! Available in mango, lychee, white peach and original flavor..

Every $25 spent, you will receive a bottle for FREE.


Senri Oe's Holiday Jazz @tomodachi

2017 at 02:11 pm by admin | Comments Off

Head to Tomodachi at the Mall of America on Tuesday, Nov 28th from 4-6pm for an exclusive pop-up performance and CD signing with Japanese jazz sensation and J-Pop star, Senri Oe!

photo by Becky Yee

photo by Becky Yee

This special mini concert at Tomodachi follows on the heels of Senri’s performance at the MSP international airport, as part of their annual Holiday Performance Series. Senri Oe will provide a more intimate Holiday experience for fans at Tomodachi. Copies of his latest album will be on hand for people to buy and have signed by the artist himself.


Fun facts: Senri composed soundtrack music for Three Doraemon movies! Doraemon: Nobita’s Great Adventure in the south seas(1998), Doraemon: Nobita Drifts in the Universe(1999), Ending song for Doraemon: Nobita and legend of the Sun King(2000). Senri also composed the theme song “Dream” for Sanrio’s show in Japan.

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