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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.

If perfectly cast, a supporting player can steal the show—just as thoughtfully culled accessories and accoutrements step out of an ensemble’s shadow to elicit appreciative nods and maybe even, “Where did you get that?” This year, our gift guide focuses on the big style impact of those supporting

In our world’s current boom of technology, it’s hard to imagine a travel agency existing in 2015. But not only does Wayzata’s Minnetonka Travel still exist—after 39 years in business—it continues to thrive.

Three Sisters Eclectic Arts has made the move from Lowertown to Grand Avenue, but their mission remains the same: to support Minnesota artists.

Since 1926, Regina’s Fine Candies has been a haven for Saint Paul residents with a sweet tooth.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

The largest specialty cross-country ski store in the United States has just gotten bigger.

Mike Thomas has done just about everything around the family business, Thomas Liquors, including being ordered into the cooler with his dad, Jim Thomas, while a not-so-friendly “visitor” dipped into the cash register.

Susan Zdon, owner of CorAzoN, is bringing a little heart to the Twin Cities. She opened a second location on Selby Avenue this past year, giving customers a place to shop in both Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Too often, going to the salon can feel like just another chore. Add it to the list with a dentist appointment, getting an oil change and doing the laundry, and it can feel annoying and overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a tried-and-true stylist you can trust.

Saint Paul’s Mama’s Happy shop changed locations in January, giving their “mamas” more room to show off what they can do. The boutique home store has been compared to a living Pinterest board, and for good reason.