Shops & Business

Jason Kraus, owner of Northstar Forge knife-making business, stands with his forging equipment

Mound bladesmith Jason Kraus makes knives and swords for his business, Northstar Forge.

A model shows off fall fashion picks from The Golden Rule in Excelsior.

Jump into the fall fashion season with inspiration from the style experts at The Golden Rule in Excelsior.

Jim Koktavy, founder of Root Salon in Wayzata.

New Wayzata salon focuses on honesty to guide clients to what they’re really looking for.

Bracelets from farahbean, a natural jewelry company founded in Minnesota.

Unusual combinations of beautiful natural materials are the hallmark of local jewelry biz farahbean.

A customer models a pair of eyeglasses from Eyebobs at Ridgedale Mall

Twin Cities eyewear shop expands to Ridgedale with customized specs.

Organic flowers from Fiddles and Fronds, a florist in Spring Park.

Susan Snegosky runs Fiddles and Fronds, an organic florist business, out of her Spring Park home.

Yacht rentals from Paradise Charter Cruises on Lake Minnetonka.

Since 1985, Paradise Charter Cruises has offered yachting trips on Lake Minnetonka for special events.

Minnesota's only two licensed marine archaeologists have made it their mission to study what’s at the bottom of local lakes—including Lake Minnetonka—in order to better understand our past.

An advertisement for the Big Boat Burning, when the ship Excelsior was lit on fire on Lake Minnetonka.

In 1901, Dr. George LaPaul had a stern-wheel steamboat built bearing his name at a cost of $10,000.

The George launched from the Excelsior docks with a large crowd of over 1,000 spectators. The boat held 800 passengers and was the largest boat on Lake Minnetonka at the time.

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