April 2019

Spring has sprung! April marks our annual homes & gardens issue, chock full of stories to inspire you inside—and out—of your abode. 

In September, Minnetonka High School rolled out its annual homecoming parade to celebrate the MHS community. Photographer Jim Douglas says the parade drew the biggest crowd he can remember. “The crowd was nine deep along Water Street.”

 

Jingle and Mingle for Minnetonka Choirs was held in November at Olive’s Fresh Pizza Bar in Excelsior.

 
DelSur Empanadas

"The empanada’s origins are from the Middle East, but every culture has something like it."

 
DelSur Empanadas

There are a few Spanish words and phrases that’ll come in handy when ordering at DelSur.

 
DelSur Empanadas founders Diego Montero and Nicolas “Nico” Nikolov

DelSur brings the quintessential Argentinian street food—hot, fresh empanadas— to a new brick-and-mortar restaurant on Minnetonka’s Excelsior boulevard.

 
iFly Indoor Skydiving

Need a way to shake off those early-spring blahs? iFly Indoor Skydiving opened in Minnetonka in December.

 
A close up photo of a flower at Noerenberg Gardens

We asked photographer Nancy Cohodes to tell us about “Close Up,” which received first place in our Wildlife & Nature category.

 
Lynn Messman of Gardens by Lynn Minnetonka decorates a container garden

Lynn Messman of Gardens by Lynn demonstrates some easy tips to assemble your own container garden.

 
A container garden by Gardens by Lynn

Most people plant annuals in their containers, but perennials are also something to consider.

 
Lynn Messman of Gardens by Lynn Minnetonka

Winter is finally over, but is it time to plant outside? Not yet, according to Lynn Messman, owner of Gardens by Lynn in Minnetonka.

 
Mary Kenney, Lake Minnetonka, Homes, Lake Life

The Kenney family wanted the perfect lake home—and after a few false starts, they got what they were looking for.

 
Balanced Meal with Honey, Bee-utiful Terroir

Just like certain wines go better with particular cheeses, Ames Farm’s honeys do the same.

 
A beekeeper from Ames Farm holds a bee frame

Brian Fredericksen, founder and owner of Ames Farm Ltd., has become a kind of bee advocate, running a sustainable apiary but also serving as a resource to others wanting to encourage healthy bee populations.

 
A honeycomb covered in honey from Ames Farm

The end of October is a big time of year for Brian Fredericksen of Ames Farm. That’s about the time he loads hundreds of beehives onto a truck headed for Texas.

 
Minnetonka High School alum Ryan McCartan performs as Fiyero with Jessica Vosk in "Wicked" on Broadway

Making it to one of the world’s biggest stages hasn’t been easy.

 
Top Dog Foundation, Lake Minnetonka

While Top Dog Country Club has earned the unofficial title of the “un-kennel,” boasting Club Med-style digs for dogs when their owners are away, behind the hotel lies a cause that’s close to the owner’s heart

 
Fit Haus, Health & Wellness

The owners of FitHaus, a boutique fitness studio in Long Lake, call it “a place [where] you can be yourself and work on yourself at the same time.”

 
 Marie Raley, owner of Laine Moire Floral Design

To the untrained eye, arranging a floral bouquet might sound like an easy task.

 
"Cottagewood" by local artist David Holmes

David Holmes’ hyperrealism painting technique means the image produced looks as perfect and real as possible—with no visible brush strokes.

 
Mike Piccioli, owner of Take the Bait fishing guide service

As the owner of Take the Bait Guide Service LLC, Mike Piccioli has been teaching anglers to find and catch fish in Lake Minnetonka for nearly a decade.

 
Lake Minnetonka sailing boat the Onawa

Built in 1893 by “Minnetonka’s Boat Builder” Arthur Dyer for Hazen and Ward Burton, the boat was conceived with the idea that greater speed could be attained by sailing over the water, rather than through it.

 
Volunteers clean up a beach

The next time you plan a trip (even here in the states), think about how you might do some volunteering while you’re there.

 
Post-it notes displaying a business plan and other business terms

Entrepreneurs who write a plan are 2.5 times more likely to launch a company.

 
Black Velvet by Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley's "Black Velvet" is a collection of B-sides and outtakes that features covers of Nirvana and Neil Young.

 
Vina Tondonia Reserva 2004

Rioja is a large wine region in northern Spain known for great medium- and full-bodied reds made from predominantly tempranillo.

 
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

We can’t seem to get enough Sherlock Holmes adaptations, and this Charlotte Holmes series will catch the eye of readers looking for a fresh reimagining of one of literature’s favorite duos.

 
A splash of color from a spring ephemeral

For a brief time, while bare branches allow sunlight to reach the forest floor, a few spring woodland flowers will appear.

 
Yoga

Growth occurs when we embrace our vulnerability.

 
Homegrown raspberries

Veggies and herbs are easy—and fun—to grow at home. Here’s where to start.

 
Designer clothing from Down the Rabbit Hole boutique in Excelsior

Sitting in the heart of downtown Excelsior is boutique Down the Rabbit Hole, which opened last spring and offers a combination of new and gently used clothing for women.