Shops & Business

Organic flowers from Fiddles and Fronds, a florist in Spring Park.

Susan Snegosky runs Fiddles and Fronds, an organic florist business, out of her Spring Park home.

Yacht rentals from Paradise Charter Cruises on Lake Minnetonka.

Since 1985, Paradise Charter Cruises has offered yachting trips on Lake Minnetonka for special events.

Minnesota's only two licensed marine archaeologists have made it their mission to study what’s at the bottom of local lakes—including Lake Minnetonka—in order to better understand our past.

An advertisement for the Big Boat Burning, when the ship Excelsior was lit on fire on Lake Minnetonka.

In 1901, Dr. George LaPaul had a stern-wheel steamboat built bearing his name at a cost of $10,000.

The George launched from the Excelsior docks with a large crowd of over 1,000 spectators. The boat held 800 passengers and was the largest boat on Lake Minnetonka at the time.

A child plays with blocks in the play area at Ridgedale Center.

Within the last two years, Minnetonka mainstay Ridgedale Center completed several phases of renovations, and the shopping mall now boasts a number of family-friendly shops and activities.

A rack of stylish children's clothing from Pip & Pal.

Nestled on Excelsior’s Water Street is an impeccably curated shop full of baby and kids’ clothing (and accessories) that would make any modern mama swoon.

The bookshelves and bar at Cream & Amber, a new bookstore/taproom/coffee shop in Hopkins.

Coffee shop cum bookstore cum taproom Cream & Amber opened in Hopkins this spring, and it’s quickly becoming a beloved local gem on the near west side of the metro.

Laura Hotvet, executive director of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce

We spoke with the executive director of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce about her role in the community and her deep, deep roots here.

A hat made by Excelsior company Summit Creek Hat Co.

Excelsior native Tony Filippi founded Summit Creek Hat Co. last summer, inspired to create a line of hats and other products that make the wearer think about their favorite places in the world.

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