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.

When Mound’s Jennifer Buse was 19 years old, she was told that she had cancer. Waiting for her test results to arrive was one of the most stressful periods of her life—so she made sure she was busy.

Starting a running shop was something Derek Lindstrom always wanted to do. As a long-time running coach and an avid runner, opening Excelsior Running was a natural next step. “This is the place to be,” says Lindstrom, of Excelsior.

Excelsior resident Corey Wilcock has been running Minnesota Trophies & Gifts in Hopkins since 1989, creating tangible reminders of triumphs and experiences for people in the west metro.

If you’ve ever looked for a gift in Saint Paul, you’ve likely stepped into one of the Bibelot shops—and quite possibly found the perfect present.

For those cleaning out the closets this spring, consider consigning high-quality pieces. Elite Repeat and Encore Consignment Boutique are looking for spring and summer clothing and shoes in excellent condition.

Connie Frederick is in the business of keeping Excelsior fashionable. Her women's clothing store, Ooh La La, has been a fashion mainstay in the Lake Minnetonka community for 17 years.

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Local models show of some of the Excelsior Bay Clothing Co. line.

The VANTAGE program, now entering its second year at Minnetonka High School, provides students with real-world business experience. The students spend the first months of class learning about entrepreneurship and then prepare business plans for a “Shark Tank” competition each January.