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Lake Minnetonka wool blanket

After opening a new retail store in downtown Excelsior’s historic Miller Block Building on Water Street in March, Faribault Woolen Mill Co. will greet its first winter holiday season with new product lines, which hit the shelves this autumn.

Theoretically, running your own business sounds like the ultimate gig. Pursuing your passions can mean setting your own schedule and maybe even working in your PJs every now and then.

Some passions are born from a life-long fascination or study. Others seemingly fall into our laps. For Shore Boards owner Tim Shore, his love of crafting custom wooden paddleboards came from a nearby source: his wife.

For all the local small business lovers out there, this popular children’s toy store in Excelsior has everything—from specialty toys to books to old-fashioned candy.

People without vision issues often don’t prioritize their eye health, according to optometrist Dr. Sarah Rowe of Brevier Optical in Excelsior. However, keeping this important organ healthy goes beyond vision correction.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but what is a beautiful bouquet of flowers worth? Tell your mom just how much you love her this Mother’s Day with flowers from Weber’s Westdale Flowers, Home & Garden in Minnetonka.

It’s often difficult to find the perfect gift for the woman who has provided for your since day one.

Audrey Matson used to be a country girl. Her childhood was spent on the family farm in small-town Minnesota, where caring for cows and chickens was part of the daily routine, and summers meant gardening and canning.

When you walk through Vine Park Brewing Co.’s front door, you’re more than likely greeted by owner Andy Grage.

“Hey, how’s it going? What can we help you with?”

The Cottagewood Store in Deephaven opens each spring for the season and closes again on the evening of Halloween, with special events in the fall and winter like a chili cook-off and a Christmas festival.

Even in the depths of winter, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society is busy cataloguing the area’s past. Deep in the basement of the old Excelsior School House, the curators open the archives on Wednesdays and the second Saturday of the month to history buffs.

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