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.

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.

Bob Medcraft mentions the word “serendipity” often as we sit in one of the two birthday party rooms at Choo Choo Bob’s, chatting about his store on Marshall Avenue in Saint Paul that has become a Twin Cities icon.

Upon closing Peapods Natural Toys after 17 years of business, Saint Paul residents Dan Marshall and Millie Adelsheim opened a new store in October.

Just before Valentine’s Day in 1981, Fleur de Lis opened its doors in Saint Paul’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood. “We’ve seen a lot of Valentine’s Days,” says owner Robin Rivard with a laugh.

Wayzata native Emily Johnson Kisa was an art student at San Diego State University when she decided to study abroad in Turkey. It was a decision that changed her life, and it’s shaking up the shopping scene in the western ’burbs, too.

It’s the fun thought that every group of great friends entertains, but rarely acts upon: “What if we started our own business together?” For Kristin Kuhlmann, Kelly Rettke and Tracy JoliCoeur, a group of longtime friends, this thought turned out to be worth looking into—it led to the opening of