Shops & Business

Kenna Frees from Babble and Saddle

Kenna Frees isn’t your average teenager. Though she enjoys typical teen activities like hanging out with friends and spending time with her pets, Kenna also runs her own fashion enterprise online.

Reach for Resources is a Minnetonka-based nonprofit organization focused on providing support and services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
 

Cari Giglio, owner of Cherie Consignment Boutique in Excelsior, has always dreamed about owning her own shop and using it as a platform to empower women.

Excelsior Sawdust Company LLC was born when owners Patti and Steve Benson were searching for a reclaimed, rustic table to complete the dining room in their northern Minnesota cabin.

Liz Mattingly, the owner and lead designer of Deephaven’s Lilia Flower Boutique, dreamed about finding a way to combine her love for plants with her desire to connect people with nature.

Minnesotans love ice hockey. And we know—while it’s fun to play and watch, it comes with risk, just like any sport. Jeremy Schmoe, D.C., DACNB, works with athletes, including some pros, to treat concussions and other neurological illnesses and injuries.

When the holidays arrive, Andrea Loth’s friends and family can expect perfectly wrapped gifts—complete with a bow or two. While attending Orono High School, Loth worked at the now-closed Toy World, where she was trained to wrap gifts.

Since its move to Excelsior from Edina in 2016, Epitome Papers has become a local go-to for adorable stationery. Shoppers flock to find Rifle Paper Co.

When spring has sprung, fresh food does, too. We pack away our frozen vegetables for farmers-market fresh, trade in soups for salads and maybe even pop some peonies in a vase.

For Dan and Alex Cordell, business is truly a family affair. The husband-and-wife team are the creative minds behind Solid Manufacturing Co.—which produces artisan goods in leather and wood—and always seem to have new ideas up their sleeves.

On their website, entrepreneurs Harrison Blankenship and Garrett Faust sum up the origins of their artisan venture, Uptown Woodworks, as “the result of a search for a creative outlet and the need to decorate a

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