April 2017 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the April issue take a look at some local art and learn about a Lake Minnetonka local who has walked an ancient route in Spain.

Local author Robert Schneider has a thing for great coffee and great design. In 2013, he began turning his life-long hobby—and unrelenting curiosity about modern design—into Coffee Culture: Hot Coffee + Cool Spaces.


When It Comes to winning awards in photography, this isn’t Bob Israel’s first rodeo.


When 6Smith owner Randy Stanley first moved to Excelsior, he admits he was stymied by the geographical—and culinary—void that existed in the suburban space between Minneapolis and Maple Grove.


The Cottagewood Store in Deephaven opens each spring for the season and closes again on the evening of Halloween, with special events in the fall and winter like a chili cook-off and a Christmas festival.


Heidi Henderson’s garden has grown from small tinkering to a full-blown passion. How can she tell? For starters, lawn mowing. What used to take just under two hours to mow now takes about seven. While her mother was an avid gardener, Henderson didn’t have much of a green thumb as a kid.


Claude Riedel believes that his career as a psychologist doesn’t run counter to his artistic expressions. The disciplines coexist perfectly, he says.


Shorewood’s Kay McCarthy took a rather roundabout path to finding her passion. Sewing became part of her life early on; she learned to sew as a child and made her own clothes from a young age.


The Minnesota Vikings gained a new home last summer with the completion of U.S. Bank Stadium. But the latest addition to the Minneapolis skyline has some people worried about its impact on local bird populations.


Last fall, Anita Kordonowy of Minnetonka decided to take a long walk—a 500-mile long walk, in fact, that took her from France’s St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  


After a car accident in 2013 involving a distracted driver, Sharon Nicpon of Shorewood was left with a traumatic brain injury. Initially, she couldn’t walk or talk, and was forced to quit her job as a manager at Cub Foods, a position she'd held for 35 years.


T. Windahl will be the first to tell you that her life has been no walk in the park. It’s been turned upside down and inside out in more ways than can be counted on both hands.


Even in the depths of winter, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society is busy cataloguing the area’s past. Deep in the basement of the old Excelsior School House, the curators open the archives on Wednesdays and the second Saturday of the month to history buffs.


Pat Budish, youth services associate librarian at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior offers three seasonal picture books for young readers. These books and others are available at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior, 337 Water St., Excelsior; 612.543.6350; hclib.org


Holly Foley, a Mound stay-at-home mom, has enjoyed arts and crafts since she was a child, and now she’s turned her lifelong hobby into a business.


Dr. Bryan Laskin of Lake Minnetonka Dental is a long-time teeth expert, with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


The American Craft Show, produced by the American Craft Council, returns to the other side of the river this month; it’s hosted every spring at the St. Paul RiverCentre.


Bird Dog Studios is a fashion accessory company based in Lynda Larson’s home in Minnetonka that’s drawing attention for its unique bowties.


Minnetonka’s Sweet Jules, which just opened a location on Greenbrier Road, is a one-stop shop for a sweet-tooth fix, candy gift boxes and Easter basket treats.