Shops & Business

More than 30 years ago, Nicole Hodo of Eden Prairie was perhaps the youngest “saleswoman” in the southwest metro.

Like many middle school students, Chanhassen’s Jackie Coulter loved crafting and making things. But five years ago, she decided to revisit that childhood passion and ended up with a business.

The kitchen bowl cradles so much more than the food it serves. The vessel holds memories of a grandmother’s warm German potato salad, sweet mounds of cookie dough or a family’s treasured holiday recipe.

Cat or dog? Ketchup or salsa? Shower or bath?

In an effort to help the downtown business of Chaska and Carver during the closing of Hwy 41 and 101 due to flooding, the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce will offer a “Rally for Downtown Business” program to anyone and everyone that

Amanda Ficek had an idea for a business, but she needed a name, so she turned
to her husband for help. “I told him I didn’t know what the final product mix
would be,” she says. “But that I wanted it to be a place that made the women

Dave Philp of Waconia believes that the giving-back gene can be found in all of us. We all have an interest in helping someone less fortunate. “If we all make a little bit of a difference, it will make a big difference,” he says.