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.

If you have to leave the dogs behind this summer vacation, look no further than pet sitter and expert dog trainer Lisa Rydell.

It’s only natural to want the best for the little ones in our lives. Thankfully, more children’s products are being produced with our kids in mind, from clothing made of organic fibers to toys crafted from recycled materials.

It’s a place where everyone knows your name and you are only a stranger once.

Whether she’s teaching one of her Mannerly Manners courses, volunteering at a food shelf or helping at a local school, Marilyn G. Pentel lives a life full of giving back.

Haven Maven owner Nancy Boone Muller describes the store as a “glorified garage sale.” Located in a second floor suite in the heart of downtown Excelsior (and only open Thursday through Saturday), Haven Maven specializes in gently used home

With more and more independent bookstores doubling as coffee shops and gift stores, Wayzata’s long time Lake Street staple The Bookcase is also looking to expand.

Help restore the more than 800 acres of prairie in Three Rivers Park District by collecting native wildflower seed. Volunteers are needed to gather hundreds of pounds of seed for future restoration and enhancement projects.

Lunch is at noon, supper is at 6, and kids must be off the streets at 9. The Excelsior siren says so. Every day, an old fire alarm perched atop City Hall in Excelsior has blurted out these hours since the 1940s.

Mike Woodley’s career path includes stints as a broadcaster, voicing commercials, writing, editing, running LT Solutions Inc., “whatever it takes,” to support his family, he says. “You don’t just want to make a living, you want to challenge yourself.”