Shops & Business

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.

When Jesse Held, a Minnetonka resident and notable bartender at Eat Street Social in Minneapolis, won a local bartending competition, he was thrilled—and a little scared.

A new kid moved onto the block when Just For Kix dance program opened its doors in Minnetonka. Girls and boys at any skill level, preschool through high school, can learn to dance and experience a team setting.

For Kate McNally, entrepreneurship is a family business. Both her father and brother run their own companies, and this McNally is no different.

When Jennifer Hedberg’s parents moved the family from California to Massachusetts, the cold was a shock to their system. To combat the winter blues, their mother created winter activities for them, including ice lanterns.

Excelsior is in for a world of change. The waterfront town has development plans for a hotel, a grocery store, a steakhouse, a library and Mexican restaurant.

Before hitting the slopes this season, stock up on sunglasses to protect your eyes (and look stylish). We found two local sunglasses experts to recommend a few pairs that will take you from the slopes to après-ski with no work at all.

The best gifts of the holiday season are often the gifts of time, talent and charitable contributions. As 2012 draws to a close, consider carrying your volunteer efforts into the New Year.

This holiday season, Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet will provide pet owners with one more thing to be thankful about.

It’s no surprise that Betty Peck of Shorewood is known as the human encyclopedia. After all, she’s been a fixture of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society (ELMHS) for nearly 40 years, and has been witness to many changes in the lake-area community.

Occasionally, fashion forward means looking backward. Three area vintage and vintage-inspired shops specialize in helping fashionistas explore bygone eras.