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.

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

If you’re in need of a chocolatey Valentine’s Day gift for your other half, your bestie or yourself, Laketown Chocolates has you covered. And dipped. And sprinkled.

Cheers Pablo opened its newest location in Minnetonka last October.

Salon Bellemar, which opened in October, offers a full range of high-quality services for men, women and children, including haircuts and color, Brazilian blowouts and facial waxing.

Everyone knows that Grand Avenue offers some of the best shopping in Saint Paul. But did you know you could polish off your shopping list by stopping in just one building? The shopping mall at 867 Grand Avenue is brimming with stores and services for every audience.

How many film viewers have wanted to reach through the screen and touch the curiously enticing Le Ballon Rouge as it moved through the post-war streets of Paris during Albert Lamorisse’s French short-film classic, The Red Balloon?