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A pompom hat and tote bag by By The Lake MKB Designs.

Make it Personal with Custom Minnesota Gifts. Intentional gift-giving makes a special mark this holiday season.

When spring has sprung, fresh food does, too. We pack away our frozen vegetables for farmers-market fresh, trade in soups for salads and maybe even pop some peonies in a vase.

For Dan and Alex Cordell, business is truly a family affair. The husband-and-wife team are the creative minds behind Solid Manufacturing Co.—which produces artisan goods in leather and wood—and always seem to have new ideas up their sleeves.

February 14 is a day for romance—and a fragrant bouquet of flowers is a time-honored way of saying “I love you.” Red roses are popular, of course, but “Valentine’s Day is not just red roses,” says Mary Becker, wedding and event designer at Westdal

Excelsior’s Licks Unlimited has been serving up cones piled high with various flavors of ice cream for years. Open April through October, Licks Unlimited, which draws crowds from all over the country, is one of the many reasons Minnesota summers are the best summers.

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St. Clair Avenue is a long way from the Champs-Élysées, but when you step around the corner from St. Clair onto Albert Street and stroll into Valise Apothecary and Boutique, you may feel Paris just got a little closer.

After working at Treadle Yard Goods for more than 21 years, Michele Hoaglund took over as the owner in 2015 when founder Mary Daley decided to retire.

For all the local small business lovers out there, this popular children’s toy store in Excelsior has everything—from specialty toys to books to old-fashioned candy.

It’s often difficult to find the perfect gift for the woman who has provided for your since day one.

Audrey Matson used to be a country girl. Her childhood was spent on the family farm in small-town Minnesota, where caring for cows and chickens was part of the daily routine, and summers meant gardening and canning.

Minnetonka’s Sweet Jules, which just opened a location on Greenbrier Road, is a one-stop shop for a sweet-tooth fix, candy gift boxes and Easter basket treats.

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