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.

In 1996, Ann Nye and Ellie Temple had been working together at Frog Island Books in Excelsior for eight years. When the owner retired and closed up shop that year, Nye wanted to keep a bookstore alive in Excelsior. “Ann turned to me and said, ‘Ellie, we could do this,’” Temple says.

Craig Beal likes to say the most dangerous part of an African safari is the drive down Interstate 494 to get to the MSP airport.

Laurie Pohlad’s business, You Are Here Design, literally began with a vision.

As the holiday season approaches, don’t forget to include the four-legged members of your family on your shopping list. Dogs like presents just as much as the rest of us, and given how much joy they provide all year, isn’t it right to show our love and appreciation?

Kisa Boutique owner Emily Johnson Kisa first envisioned selling the Turkish jewelry she now offers in her store while living in Istanbul in 2007.

For the past 14 years, an optometry shop has been a fixture of the Wayzata Village Shops. When the opportunity came up to purchase Latham Optical, certified optometrist Clayton Carlson did so, and updated the space.

Now in its 21st year, the Giving Tree Project has become a staple of the Christmas season in Excelsior. The project is organized by the Excelsior Fire District and sponsored by Gary’s First Class Car Care.

Ed Zembrycki, longtime proprietor of Tony's Barber Shop in Excelsior, has managed to avoid many of the issues that keep 21st century business owners awake at night. He doesn't have to worry about hackers, since the shop doesn't have a website, and Zembrycki doesn't do email.

Dan Prosser, author of Thirteeners: Why Only 13 Percent of Companies Successfully Execute Their Strategy — and How Yours Can Be One of Them, grew up sailing on Lake Minnetonka and attending Minnetonka High School. His book has become a popular business book around the world.

Mollie Krengel’s life is all about balance. She’s a businesswoman and a mom. Full of energy and full of calm. She’s always engaged in the world around her, whether she’s cozying up at her parents’ home on Lake Minnetonka, or traveling around the globe with her own kids.

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