que será opened on historic Water Street, Excelsior in 2012,
but Mary Lauer has been building her fashion and interior design legacy for more than two decades.
In 1994, interior and clothing design maven Mary Lauer opened her first retail store at the Mall of America, featuring handcrafted furniture and intricately hand-painted children’s clothing. As she’s never been one to shy away from a challenge, the tiny shop rapidly and successfully evolved into both oh baby!, a magical children’s clothing and furniture store at the Galleria in Edina, and a sister store que será, an interior design and boutique furnishings happy place in Excelsior, Minnesota.
Ever since she was a little girl, Mary has always had a paintbrush, a sewing needle, a wooden spoon, a gardening trowel, or a magic wand in her hand — for her, life is a beautiful blank canvas to be imagined, painted, planted, decorated, and sprinkled with sparkling fairy dust. After the birth of her darling twin boys in 1990, Mary funneled her creativity into hand-painted children’s furniture and cute, comfortable children’s clothing that wouldn’t irritate their sensitive skin.
As demand for her creations grew, so did her businesses — today, Mary and her husband, Tom, are the owners of the two aforementioned extraordinary retail stores in the Twin Cities, as well as parents to three busy boys and one tiny, well-groomed Yorkie named Annie. Mary is also the designer of her in-house line of children’s clothing, bed linens, and artwork, which is handcrafted here in Minnesota and has been featured in national and local print publications, as well as on television. Mary's reputation for providing modern interior design inspiration in Minnesota has established her as one of the most respected and knowledgeable interior designers in Minneapolis.
In her free time, Mary loves to waterski on Lake Minnetonka, spend time with her family and girlfriends, garden on a sunshine-filled day, and eat freshly grilled fish tacos prepared by her son, Tyler.