Shops & Business

Kristi Piehl

Life’s turning points are rarely planned nor expected. Almost over the night, the pandemic served as a critical turning point that changed not only many lives, but the world as we knew it. Despite its hardships, some people flipped the script on their careers.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Deephaven home

When old houses are torn down along Lake Minnetonka to make way for more modern counterparts, architectural gems that don't fit present-day tastes sometimes succumb to the wrecking ball.

In the 1970s, Steve Gerring got with the times by putting his business in the Yellow Pages. Less than two years ago, the owner of Gerring’s Car Wash in Wayzata adapted again by offering a special through one of the nascent online deals sites.

With age comes any number of things, from wisdom to wrinkles. As life evolves, these elements are expected to accompany aging. But what if the weight of the worry you carried also grew as you got older? What if your chances of becoming isolated increased over time? Would you prepare?

Finding a signature spring fragrance for yourself or someone you know may seem like a daunting task, but Diane Wissink, owner of La Petite Parfumerie in Excelsior, ensures it’s actually quite simple once you narrow down the myriad of choices.

Quality items at an affordable price is how Jennifer Finlay, owner of The Bee Cottage, likes to describe her shop, which offers a mix of new and heirloom items.

It isn’t the money. It isn’t the status. It isn’t the vacation. But for four generations of the Kokesh and Kraemer families, owning and operating hardware and general stores has been the kin’s vocation.

After Alex Augustine and Emily Martin discovered brides were limited when it came to quality headpieces, they put their backgrounds in fashion and costuming, and founded Brides Head Revisited, a line of handcrafted veils and hair accessories.

Unlike other charity organizations that focus on one issue, The Caring Effect connects people to volunteer organizations by spotlighting a different issue affecting the community each month.

From the proposal to the I do’s, the bride and groom can have very different perspectives when it comes to planning for the big day.

It doesn’t take long to realize how fortunate we are to have warm meals to eat, cozy beds to sleep in and homes that provide shelter.