Shops & Business

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.

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.

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