June 2013

Best of 2013 | Retail Border Battle

With faces like these, local photographer Judy Griesedieck knew she was going to have plenty of photo opportunities at the Orono Class of 2024 kindergarten graduation night.


The traditional miniature golf course tends to have bright, fake green grass, felt sand, a few rocks here and there, and a fountain for good measure. But Big Stone Mini Golf is a course with a look all its own.


’Tis our favorite season: summer. Make the most of it by making the most of the season’s best flowers—whether they are from your own garden or the local farmer’s market.


Mixology is a hot trend in fine dining, and you can easily create your own creative quaffs at home without fancy stemware or obscure liqueurs. We polled some of our favorite local watering holes for fun drinks to enliven a summer evening, or—why not?— a summer afternoon.


This year’s Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners’ (IOCP) Spread Your Wings gala will be held at a new venue, the Minneapolis Marriot Northwest.


Starting as a civic activity as far back as the 1870s, Lake Minnetonka’s Fourth of July celebration has gone through many changes to become the loudest and brightest firecracker on the string.


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.



You have to be on the inside to know the secrets of Lakemaid Lager, and even those do may never spot an elusive Lakemaid herself. Local advertising agency Pocket Hercules has fostered a love of the lakes and a created cult following surrounding the beer.


Personalized workouts are no longer a luxury just for the rich and famous, thanks to Koko Fit Club. Featuring a non-intimidating environment for people of all abilities and ages, Koko Fit Club offers custom workouts to tone and sculpt healthy bodies.


This summer marks the third consecutive year that Shirley Hills Primary School staff will crack open a good read for their hugely successful book club. Staff members’ overwhelming excitement to be involved in the club has meant a speedy implementation throughout the whole school.


The wacky and wild Big Thrill Factory opened its doors in Minnetonka on March 1, where kids of all ages can soar sky-high on bouncy outdoor trampolines, sink that perfect mini-golf putt that makes your spine tingle and defend home bas


I think about food all the time: What I ate yesterday, what I might eat tonight and what I want to eat on my birthday. I also think about what kind of restaurant I would like to open. This last line of thought is a fun one, especially when pursued with a fellow foodie.


It’s time to bust out that yellow polka dot bikini and hit the beach. Whether you’re looking for sand and sun or entertainment and activities for the kiddos, this guide has you covered.


The Commons Beach


Lake-area communities are known for their distinctive vibe and charm, and the local fashion scene is no exception. Specialty retailers with stylish siren songs beckon shoppers to come and discover what cannot be found elsewhere.


Best Financial Advisor: Christina Boyd, Merrill Lynch