About Us

Paul & Laura Bednarczyk, Owners

My husband Paul and I are college sweethearts who in 2010 became the proud owners of LuLu & Luigi.

Paul grew up in the Minneapolis area and has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, works in business development and is LuLu & Luigi’s bookkeeper, IT support, and handyman.

I am a licensed attorney who left the practice after a short stint in the immigration field. I’ve been involved with LuLu & Luigi in many different capacities since 2007. Currently, I focus on the day-to-day operations of the company and buying.

Both our fathers were entrepreneurs and it was our dream to follow in their footsteps and operate our own business. When not working we love to spend time with our twin children, travel, cook, and take our two Havanese, Stogie and Peso on walks.

We feel very blessed to be a part of this vibrant community and appreciate your business and the relationships we have formed with our guests throughout the years. Thank you for your continued support.

– Laura Bednarczyk

The History of LuLu & Luigi

LuLu & Luigi was named for two rescued pets, LuLu (a Maltese) and Luigi (a ragamuffin), belonging to the store’s original founders, Karen L. Howe and Liz Sand who opened LuLu & Luigi in 2003 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Karen’s years of design and retail management and Liz’s expertise in marketing were instrumental in building the LuLu & Luigi brand.