Novelist and Minneapolis resident Louise Erdrich turned this former Kenwood neighborhood butcher shop into the eclectic and inviting store.. In Short A gathering spot for bookworms and admirers of Native American culture, Birch Bark is packed with curiosities and necessities. The store is filled with herbs, native-grown foods such as wild rice and honey, artwork by Native American artists and a comprehensive selection of native and regional literature. But non-native writers--especially local and current literary lights--get their place on the shelf, too. Kids enjoy the cozy birchwood children's loft while adults come for free readings and lectures.