Shops & Business

Now in its 21st year, the Giving Tree Project has become a staple of the Christmas season in Excelsior. The project is organized by the Excelsior Fire District and sponsored by Gary’s First Class Car Care.

Ed Zembrycki, longtime proprietor of Tony's Barber Shop in Excelsior, has managed to avoid many of the issues that keep 21st century business owners awake at night. He doesn't have to worry about hackers, since the shop doesn't have a website, and Zembrycki doesn't do email.

Dan Prosser, author of Thirteeners: Why Only 13 Percent of Companies Successfully Execute Their Strategy — and How Yours Can Be One of Them, grew up sailing on Lake Minnetonka and attending Minnetonka High School. His book has become a popular business book around the world.

Mollie Krengel’s life is all about balance. She’s a businesswoman and a mom. Full of energy and full of calm. She’s always engaged in the world around her, whether she’s cozying up at her parents’ home on Lake Minnetonka, or traveling around the globe with her own kids.

Patrick Nelson and Mary Kay Mohs are not only husband and wife but business partners and artistic collaborators, too.

With all the transformations to downtown Wayzata, one place has remained the same: the Wayzata Depot and the trains rumbling along the shore of the lake.

Connie Frederick is in her 20th year of owning and operating Ooh La La Boutique in Excelsior. A resident of the Lake Minnetonka area for 35 years, Frederick has always loved being a part of the Excelsior community.

The 100th year of St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community’s history in Wayzata is drawing to a close.

Gina and Scott Davis launched their family business, Dog Threads, in late 2014, and had their first retailer, Lucy & Co., even before their line had officially been released.

Ron remembers the time his basement flooded. A severe windstorm knocked down a tree in his yard and took out the power line. This caused a surge of electricity into his home along with excessive flooding.

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