December 2016 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the December issue raise your glass as Excelsior Vintage owner shares his favorite holiday cocktails and shop for your little elves with a baby gift guide.

Have you ever walked in the door of a friend’s house and sighed as you sank into a perfectly padded chair? That’s what comfort feels like, and it’s what the team at Bacio in Minnetonka goes to great lengths to create for its guests.


We can spend hours at the local mall trying to find the most comfortable sneakers or the perfect pair of jeans. With all of the time and energy we put into shopping, it’s no wonder we often need to take a break to refuel at the food court.


The Berset family works hard and plays hard—and they do almost all of it close to Lake Minnetonka. Cindy Berset, with her daughters Kelsey and Ashley, opened The Suburban sports bar in Excelsior in 2014.


Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America. That’s something the American Heart Association wants every woman to know. This year, three Lake Minnetonka-area women who have been affected by heart disease are helping spread the word.


’Tis the season for bundling up; even the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will be colder and snowier than average. Lucky for us, our favorite winter gear comes in tiny sizes, too.


Starting with the annual Christkindlmarkt in late November, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce extends its local holiday festivities into this month.


The Lake Minnetonka area is home to dozens of independent coffee shops and chef-driven restaurants, many of which transform into intimate settings for live music on certain days of the week. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to catch a show close to home.


Minnetonka resident Matt Swenson’s creativity is sparked when he is presented with a box of junk—yep, junk. An executive coach by day, Swenson wanted an outlet where he could channel his creativity.


Once a week, five lake-area guys, all but one in their 50s, get together in Paul Norton’s Deephaven basement to thrash out three-chord anthems with guitars, bass, drums and keyboards, and play rock star.


Studying abroad is an exciting rite of passage for many college students, a chance to travel beyond the classroom to explore different cultures, foreign languages and new experiences.


For more than 60 years, KMC Dance Studio has been teaching lake-area kids and teens dance moves, from beginning to advanced. The popular family-owned business experienced a change.


The Aim Higher Foundation, based in Minnetonka, was founded in 2011, when community leaders noticed a need for tuition assistance at Catholic schools throughout the rural and urban Twin Cities area.


Minnetonka is known for its plethora of activities and cultural experiences for people of all ages. More than ever, it’s becoming a great place for seniors to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and friendly residents.


Amy Brace knows that if there’s one thing people love, it’s sweets. In 2011, Brace started baking cupcakes and other treats out of her home kitchen. Several years later, she decided it was time to expand her business. She opened her storefront bakery this summer.


In our August 2014 issue, we featured the story of Minnetonka High School graduate Holly Henry, who found success in a national singing competition. Since then, Henry’s star has kept rising.


Find the boost of energy you need at the new Dunn Brothers Coffee location in Minnetonka.


Ray and Rita Quist of Mound enjoyed a sunny day at Boston’s Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, with Lake Minnetonka Magazine in hand.


Chris Dinesen Rogers, a lake-area resident, recently published her book 101 Things to Do On Lake Minnetonka, which features the lake area’s abundant opportunities for adventure.


To those of us who live here, Lake Minnetonka means home. To some global music fans, however, it might mean funk and jazz.


Eggnog is always a hit around the table during the holiday season, but it can sometimes feel a little predictable. Switch it up this year and impress your family, friends and guests with some new beverages.