November 2012

Holiday Gift Guide | Giving Back

The festive Mound ceremony will be perfect for the little ones as Mr. and Mrs. Claus make an appearance on a fire truck and even hand out small gifts.


Intrigued with the reflection of the boat on the water in his photo Early Morning Pierside, Shorewood resident Al Whitaker says the unique lines of the watercraft represent a historical element of the lake area.


It’s no surprise that Betty Peck of Shorewood is known as the human encyclopedia. After all, she’s been a fixture of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society (ELMHS) for nearly 40 years, and has been witness to many changes in the lake-area community.


Occasionally, fashion forward means looking backward. Three area vintage and vintage-inspired shops specialize in helping fashionistas explore bygone eras.


The hum of brain activity in lake-area students is practically audible.


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 holidays just around the corner, it’s time to concentrate on guests and the plethora of social events filling up your calendar.


Set a classic mood this holiday season with a Jan Barboglio piece from Lily European Inspired Furnishings ($65–$1,200).


Monkeys with berets. Karate-fighting rabbits. Yellow monsters. Poodles with umbrellas. Top-hat wearing frogs.


Let us consider the prosaic potato. Sound boring? Not so fast. The realm of the unsung tuber warrants a closer look.


Ever passed a renovation Dumpster and wished you had one in your driveway? That’s what Minnetonka homeowner Cindy Oman wished when her neighbors were remodeling their kitchen.


Once a year, homes around the lake area transform into awe-inspiring displays of holiday pride.


The holidays are upon us once again. Have you made your list and checked it twice? If not, don’t fear: We’re here with 26 perfect presents for all the moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews… you get the picture.