Shops & Business

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.

Personal stylist Jess Burke sits on a chair.

Personal stylist Jess Burke helps women feel beautiful in their everyday looks.

A woman on a laptop building a website from scratch.

Today, you can launch a simple website in just a few days.

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