Minnesota-shaped stone charms

Christa Kalk took a leap of faith when she opened the third location of her Minnesota Makers shop in August 2020 during the pandemic. The downtown Excelsior store features over 120 local Minnesota artists.

There’s no doubt that there’s a resurgence in Cathedral Hill. The historic neighborhood seemed (inexplicably) to be a hidden gem in the Twin Cities, a little secret reserved just for Saint Paulites.

Charlemagne Fine Jewelry has been specializing in custom jewelry design and one-of-a-kind gifts since 1972. “We think of ourselves as pure jewelers,” says Harriet Fogarty, who co-owns the shop with her husband, Charles.

Curved around a quiet Lake Minnetonka bay, the city of Excelsior is charming as can be, much to the delight of visitors, and the pride of residents.

It’s a sign that summer has truly arrived in Minnesota: The Cottagewood Store flipped its “closed” sign to “open” on April 30.

There’s an ebb and flow within the Artist Mercantile store on Seventh Place in Saint Paul.

Armed with more than three decades, collectively, of custom framing experience, Ken Herren and Melissa Williamson-Herren opened Your Art’s Desire Gallery of Art & Framing in Minnetonka in May 2005.

Originally located at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and providing locally made Minnesota-themed gifts, Uptown MN is now bringing local art to Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka.

The Sitting Room, an interior design firm that has called Second Street in Excelsior home for the past five years, opened a second location in November, right around the corner from its original spot.

If you live near Lake Minnetonka, cast on and spend a day cozied up by the fireplace at Excelsior’s Lakeside Yarn.

Thumb through Chuck Kanski’s reading materials and one might find wine periodicals rubbing elbows with journals examining Eastern philosophy, meditation and quantum physics.