Shops & Business

dog swimming in pool

Consider this: 56 percent of pet dogs in the U.S. are overweight, with 30 percent of those being obese, according to a 2018 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

paddleboarding with a dog

Who said letting the dogs out was a bad thing? With Adventure is Barking, there is no limit to what you and your pet can do together; whether it’s dining out, shopping, outdoor adventure seeking or even participating in weekly training.

Historic photo of Excelsior High School

In March 1915, ground was broken for the construction of Excelsior High School on the corner of what is today Highway 7 and Oak Street. The red brick building with white stone belting was designed by LeRoy Kinport of Manitou.

The Minnesota Wakesurf Championship (MNWSC)

The Minnesota Wakesurf Championship (MNWSC) returns this month after being held virtually last year, and it’s more than just a competition.

clothing collage

“Most people in the United States only wear about 20 percent of their wardrobes. That means that 80 percent of the clothes are languishing in their closet being unworn,” says Nancy Dilts, a personal wardrobe stylist, who specializes in sustainable shopping.

Walking a dog

Dogs quickly become integral members of their human family. Like most additions, these furry friends need attentive training and handling to help them adjust to their new home.

In-drawer tie organizer

Ties and belts: Use in-drawer organizers, which are preferable over hanging or mounted racks since items can’t slip to the floor or take up closet space for other hanging items. 

MartinPatrick3 - women's clothing line

For discerning shoppers who crave a unique boutique experience, MartinPatrick3, renowned for its elevated apparel, accessories and furnishings, has

lug-sole combat boots are also very chic and trendy

Fashion, you may say, has taken a back seat for many of us this past year. We’ve donned our favorite sweatpants or leggings and that well-worn top on a very regular basis—probably too regularly.

Minnesota-shaped stone charms

Christa Kalk took a leap of faith when she opened the third location of her Minnesota Makers shop in August 2020 during the pandemic. The downtown Excelsior store features over 120 local Minnesota artists.

Marquette Boutique, online clothing boutique

“It was nerve-wracking at first, taking that leap,” says business owner Elizabeth Berg. When she first started Marquette Boutique, Berg wasn’t sure the business would take hold.

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