Shops & Business

When a bride walks down the aisle, her gown may be the headline, but the bouquet serves as the exclamation point. Bridal trends influence more than color stories, bridesmaids’ dress styles and wedding dress silhouettes. Bouquets also ride the wave of style.

In 2012, Mike Pavelko was faced with a stack of wooden pallets and a request from his wife to create a unique piece of DIY art for their basement bar.

When most kids are bored, they watch TV or read a book. For Mary Margaret Mellen, a free summer afternoon was the perfect time to start her own charity. “I was like, ‘You know what? I am bored today. I really want to do something for others. I’m starting a cake business,’ ” she recalls thinking.

A handwritten note, scrawled in ink, adds a personal touch to each piece of jewelry that Jodi Henriksen sells. Tiny pieces of colorful glass are intricately assembled into miniature mosaics and fashioned by the artist into beautiful wall art, necklaces, bracelets, rings and belt buckles.

The good, old peanut butter and jelly sandwich—the workhorse of the lunch table. The team at Which Wich sandwich shop in Eden Prairie is taking the mealtime standard and spreading goodwill and generosity, one PB&J at a time.

When it comes to communication, teenagers often go one of two ways—radio silent or eager to voice their thoughts.

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. While baseball legend Yogi Berra was speaking about a pennant race, he could have been referring to Minnesota winters. February finds us knee deep in the season, and there are still weeks to go until spring pops and wardrobes shed their winter blues.

An idea, a book and inspiration from her two daughters guided Amanda Royer to found Two Sisters Spa four years ago.

For a truly unique Valentine gift, seek out handmade jewelry from local shops. Karen Rodriguez of Chanhassen created the “Enough” necklace ($45) as an inspirational reminder for her teenage daughter and found the message resonated with women of all ages.

Empathy Cards, a line of greeting cards from Emily McDowell Studios, offers kind thoughts for all occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and more. With sentiments like “If it can’t be my birthday, I want it to be yours,” these cards are a nice twist on traditional wishes.