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.

Hard-core sailors on Lake Minnetonka couldn’t wait until the warm summer breezes filled their sails. Instead, they took a cue from bundled New York yachtsmen on the Hudson River who built their ice boats beginning in the late 1790s to skate over the frozen ice.

Since opening in 1992, Natures Harvest has been family owned and operated. But a few changes did take place over the company’s 20 years in business, like the move to Wayzata Boulevard from Historic Lake Street.

Birds need more daily food intake to survive cold winter days, approximately 25 percent more than in warmer weather. Providing a well-stocked winter feeding station can help birds more easily survive harsh winter weather, and bring them in close enough for you to observe and enjoy.

While you may not know Tom Steinke, chances are you’ve seen his work. Those signs out front of Hazellewood, Sunsets, Lord Fletcher’s and Maynard’s are all original Steinke creations.

More than a decade ago, Wayzata’s Maia and Allen Haag married Maia’s writing skills with Allen’s graphic design abilities to create I See Me!, a local publishing company that personalizes books for kids.

Using stationary bikes that lean side to side, Pedal Wild spin classes build upper body strength in addition to toning your legs. Additional classes include yoga and ZUMBA. 

The American Civil War broke out 150 years ago this year. More than 600,000 soldiers and civilians died in the bloodiest war our nation has ever fought. Although far on the frontier at the time, Lake Minnetonka was not immune to its effects.

In June 2008, a two-day old infant was abandoned in the countryside of Guatemala, left to battle the pouring rain and driving winds without so much as a blanket. Miraculously, she survived.

The Hennepin County Library system is massive. More than 5 million books, CDs and DVDs in 40 languages are at the fingertips of the avid bookworm or the curious student. But what happens when you can no longer walk through the door of a library to check out a book?  

Three years ago, Connor Guenther followed in his parents’ footsteps and began his own start-up, combining his love of business with his passion for firewood.