Shops & Business

I seem to be perpetually searching for footwear that’s stylish, practical, comfortable and durable—is that really too much to ask? This winter, I might actually have found the elusive pair: the Inez boot, from Minnesota stalwart Red Wing Shoe Co. The Inez is western-inspired.

The holidays are behind us, leaving many a social media post of smitten friends basking in the glow of their shiny new engagement rings. And right about now—almost like clockwork—event planner Sarah Trotter’s phone starts ringing off the hook.

BoxLunch, a clothing and gift retailer specializing in pop culture-inspired items, opened its second Minnesota location at Ridgedale Center mall in August.

Sometimes the craziness of the holiday season takes the magic out of sourcing the perfect gifts for loved ones. So we talked with a few of our favorite local shop owners, who specialize in stocking beautiful, useful items, right here around the lake.

In 1996, Ann Nye and Ellie Temple had been working together at Frog Island Books in Excelsior for eight years. When the owner retired and closed up shop that year, Nye wanted to keep a bookstore alive in Excelsior. “Ann turned to me and said, ‘Ellie, we could do this,’” Temple says.

Craig Beal likes to say the most dangerous part of an African safari is the drive down Interstate 494 to get to the MSP airport.

Laurie Pohlad’s business, You Are Here Design, literally began with a vision.

As the holiday season approaches, don’t forget to include the four-legged members of your family on your shopping list. Dogs like presents just as much as the rest of us, and given how much joy they provide all year, isn’t it right to show our love and appreciation?

Kisa Boutique owner Emily Johnson Kisa first envisioned selling the Turkish jewelry she now offers in her store while living in Istanbul in 2007.

For the past 14 years, an optometry shop has been a fixture of the Wayzata Village Shops. When the opportunity came up to purchase Latham Optical, certified optometrist Clayton Carlson did so, and updated the space.

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