February 2017 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the February issue find out how one local couple's beauty agency makes pampering convenient and fun, plus make yourself a little slice of chocolate heaven with Patisserie Margo's favorite flourless chocolate cake recipe.

Lake Minnetonka Magazine reader Bob Israel received an honorable mention in the Wildlife & Nature category of our 2016 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest for his photo Winter’s Waning, which features a sunset over Lake Minnetonka. Israel captured the photo last March.


Ask Margo Bredeson about the early days of her career, and she might mention working in a tiny bakery—eventually covered in flour, fully immersed in the art of baking Swiss and Austrian pastries—as a college student in Madison, Wisconsin.


Minnetonka is getting ready to celebrate its musically inclined youth at this month’s Young People’s Concerts put on by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra (MSO).


When husband and wife team Sam Koza and Jessica Mae created their own beauty business several years ago, they knew the name needed to be as fierce as the mission.


For over a decade, the Minnetonka Community Education program Tonka Dance Works has been giving youth time in the spotlight through its annual winter production, Tales and Tails of Folks and Fairies.


Marriage and family therapist Ally Wold of Excelsior’s Waterside Family Therapy spent the first part of her career at St. David’s Center’s day program for kids on the autism spectrum.


When we think about education, we usually think about a classroom with textbooks and technology that provide knowledge. Of course, we can also learn from the world around us—the natural world and our interactions with other people.


Jessie Jacobson, owner of Tonkadale Greenhouse in Minnetonka, has advice for gardeners who want to bring some green out of the yard and into the home.

For Beginners


Finding the perfect gift can be intimidating. It’s not easy to balance personal, useful and thoughtful in one package. Luckily, shops like Fleurish Boutique in Excelsior have the expertise to help.


Wayzata resident Heather Lambert loves her hometown. She also loves her career as a model. For 23 years, Lambert has worked steadily without having to move to New York or Los Angeles, as so many models do.


Forty-seven years have passed since Westonka Food Shelf first opened its doors. At the time, it was all about responding to a community need for more resources.


Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are everywhere these days. Part of that fundraising model includes tiered levels of rewards for the people who invest money, with the rewards increasing in value according to the amount invested.


Take a deep breath and rejuvenate (especially after the busy holiday season) with a trip to Wayzata Salon & Day Spa.


Clients are finding the ultimate balance of office and home at the Commons Workplace in Excelsior.


Achieving beautifully tanned skin during a Minnesota winter is not an easy task, but the Glow Lounge, which recently opened an Excelsior location, hopes to make bronze beauty more accessible—and safe (they offer only sunless tanning).


We love featuring your Travel Log photos every month and seeing where readers venture with their copies of Lake Minnetonka Magazine. Going forward, we’re expanding our Snap Shot section here to include a wider variety.


A year ago, we asked three local eligible bachelors to strike a pose as models for our spring men’s fashion feature.


Downtown Excelsior’s stretch of beautiful shop windows just got a lot more colorful thanks to new boutique Water on Water.


Wayzata’s calendar rarely sees a dull moment, so it can sometimes feel hard to keep up with the abundance of community events and local news.