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Shops & Business
In the years his children were growing up, Eden Prairie resident Mike Thomas was a hands-on dad, involved in everything from youth sports to church activities. As his kids moved toward independence, Thomas found he missed the opportunity to participate and grow his community.
Clean, simple scents paired with minimalist packaging make Nest of Sparrow Soaps a delightful addition to any sink. Owner Katie D’Amour of New Auburn makes the soaps in her own kitchen—usually late at night when the house is finally quiet, she says.
For Long-distance Cousins
Rubbabu’s soft rubber cars in fun shapes—like a fire truck and a cat—will have babies and preschoolers cruising through play time; $6-$7; Tazzie Baby & Child.
When the Luecke family of four posed for a family portrait with newborn brother Elliot, they made sure to include a green dinosaur right in the middle of the photo.
In 2002, Steve and Becky Chepokas of Chanhassen helped their son Mitch, who was dying of cancer, give away his life savings—about $6,000—to other families in his hospital’s pediatric oncology unit. Mitch made his dad “pinky swear” that he’d continue helping children with cancer.
Downtown Carver’s historic charm coupled with a variety of independently owned shops and businesses make it a delightful destination for a day of shopping.
Peruse any candy aisle at the grocery or holiday store and you’ll find shelves upon shelves of nuts in various combinations—chocolate covered, clusters, cinnamon sprinkled, shelled, un-shelled, trail mixes, tins with who-knows-what inside.
Yes, it’s fun to chat and eat and drink, but sometimes the same old party routine gets a little stale. And it can be downright awkward when you’re trying to blend friends and family members with no common interests. Or crazy stressful if you’re hoping to entertain a pack of tweens.
Most 13-year-olds are just trying to figure out what growing up is all about. But when Brian Beniek was 13, he was kick-starting his career in landscaping, lawn services and snow removal. He also had a paper route, and used that job to promote his business with each newspaper delivery.