July 2012

Best of Lake Minnetonka 2012| Top Choice Burgers & Brews

Wakesurfing fanatic Chris Bank snapped this high-action photo of Wayzata resident Chad McShane on Lake Minnetonka last summer.


What exactly is a smoothie? Good question. Pureed fruit drinks first appeared in America in the 1930s and the health food craze of the 60s ran with the formula. These days, smoothie parameters are vast and wide. A smoothie may—but not always—include fresh or frozen fruit.


When Deephaven was a wild woodland with nothing more than a twisty wagon trail winding under the maple trees, Charles Gibson visited and envisioned a grand hotel on the spot.


Olov Strole isn’t one to hesitate when it comes to asking for a deal—and his initial meeting with current business partner Chad Commers proves the point.


It’s no secret that, for most people, public speaking is excruciating. In fact, many fear getting up in front of a group to speak more than they do of dying.


Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.



With the close of its Mound location earlier this year, occasional sale shop Mama's Happy has a new home at 7888 Cty. Rd. 6 in Independence. The 2,800 sq. ft.


Those who frequent Lakewinds in Minnetonka have most likely met employee Teri Lynn Schons. But what you may not know is Schons recently co-authored her first novel, My Secret Husband, under her pen name Angelina de Mourier along with John du Prey, also known as Wayne Olson.


Dr. David Stussy, executive director of Brain Balance Center of Lake Minnetonka and Woodbury, is committed to improving the quality of children's lives.


Instead of making an executive decision, the City of Wayzata has opted to ask its residents how they would like to see the some $100,000 spent to improve the city’s lakefront.


Great ideas are not always paired with epic moments. Take, for example, lake-area residents John Klick, Patrick Foss and Jon Lewin’s decision to start Excelsior Brewing Company.


As if the fun and excitement of the Spirit of the Lakes festival wasn’t enough of a reason to celebrate life on the western shores of Lake Minnetonka, this year’s extended festival has the privilege of also ushering in Mound’s Centenni


Looking for a way to kick start your workout routine?  In the mood to try something new? Take a look at three unique lake-area fitness facilities offering  group classes, personal training and even nutritious meals that can help set you on a new path toward better health.



The classic hamburger has its place in our hearts and our stomachs. But as the old adage goes, variety is the spice of life.