June 2016 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

Batter up! In the June issue you can get to know Minnetonka High School's Division 1 baseball recruits, plus find out the best spots for grown-up playdates and welcome J. Novachis to the lakeshore.

It's said that a picture is worth 1,000 words. But this photo, “Tu4Tu,” which took first place in the People & Families category of our 2015 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest, offers even more of a story.


Anoush and Elli Ansari of Tonka Bay have been eating organic at home for 15 years. It’s a personal choice that’s turned into a passion—and a mission—for Anoush and his business partner, Tim Cary.


The lake’s annual North American Pond Hockey Championship was a little damp this year, with most on-ice games canceled due to warm weather. But there was plenty of fun to be had with other activities and gatherings.


Wine on Wayzata Bay is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Wayzata Yacht Club to benefit the nonprofit Wayzata Community Sailing Center (read more about the center on page 24).


Minnetonka High School has a storied tradition of producing top-tier athletes in a wide variety of sports. But recently, the sheer abundance of elite athletes who wear Skippers baseball jerseys has many spectators turning their heads.


Who says playing in the park or frolicking in the water is just for kids? Lake Minnetonka and surrounding parkland areas provide the perfect venues for grown-ups to tap into their inner, summer child.


In early January, as Minnetonka resident Kyle Rooney struggled to reach the 19,341-foot-high summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, he thought about his son’s daily struggles with a rare disease, and felt a heightened sense of purpose.


For the Past 10 years, men’s clothing shop J. Novachis had occupied an Edina block in the 50th and France neighborhood. This spring, owner Anthony Novachis made the big decision to move the beloved store to Excelsior, his new hometown.


Tonkadale Greenhouse owner Jessie Jacobson says customers tell her it’s their “happy place.” It’s easy to see why.


The Wayzata Community Sailing Center’s history goes back a long way—officially, even back to 1890, when the facility that houses the WCSC was built.


A couple of years ago, Excelsior resident Deb Rodgers was chatting with neighbors about the less-than-ideal state of the Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior.


The summer breeze carries memories: maybe it’s your mom’s rhubarb pie or your grandma’s knack for hosting garden parties; or maybe it’s your neighbor’s secret-recipe barbecue rub, which has been in the family for generations.


The Mound Farmers Market and More was founded in 2009 by Peg Heilman, Laura Lloyd, Linda Olson and Mary Perbix.


Orono resident Chuck Bolton is president and CEO of The Bolton Group, an executive assessment and development firm.


Growing up on Schmidt Lake in Plymouth, Josh Leddy, owner and operator of Life’s a Beach Shoreline Services, has long loved the beauty of Minnesota’s lakes.


For the enjoyment of locals and out-of-towners alike, Excelsior continues its beloved shop-till-you-drop Thursday nights in summer. Thursday used to be known as Girls’ Night Out; this year, the event series has been rebranded as Open Late Thursdays.


Muddy Feet Farm in Minnetrista continues to expand and offer healthy eating options for members. This summer, the farm’s community-supported agriculture (CSA) program will offer members traditional shares as well as ayurvedic shares.


Lake Minnetonka Magazine made the trip to the Eiffel Tower in September with Kathy and Will Skadsberg of local travel agency Skads Travel.


Voice, an online marketplace founded by Wayzata High School alumnus Mitch Reaume, aims to create a space for consumers who want to add a little oomph—in the form of charitable giving—to their dollars.


Looking for a change of pace and to get back to her (tasty) roots, Michele Eggert Phillips launched Bacon Fatte, an online portfolio and blog that celebrates all things food.


Greg Varner, owner of Excelsior Vintage, opened his boozy utopia in 2001, specializing in craft beer and unique spirits—but his first passion is wine.