POSTED Wednesday, February 5

I was sad to learn that Finding Joy Boutique in Chanhassen is closing on February 21.

POSTED Wednesday, January 29

Yes, we're stuck in a polar vortex (does anyone else feel like that's a term that belongs in a comic book?), but I'm pretty certain that's not stopping my fellow gardeners from dreaming of digging in the dirt. If you've been perusing seed catalogs or sketching up raised bed designs or debating on when you should start your seedlings indoors, I'd love to hear from you.

POSTED Monday, January 27

It seems like just yesterday I was in my senior year of high school, itching to abound on my college adventure. I fondly remember being excited for the next four years of my life, but not wanting an era to end. I didn't dance in high school, yet I can fully understand the emotions the senior dancers on the Eden Prairie Pom Squad are feeling this last semester.

POSTED Monday, January 20
Snowshoeing at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Has post-holiday cabin fever set in yet? In December, I was overscheduled, and in January, I purposely under-scheduled. It was a few weeks of bliss, but now I'm getting antsy. We're still a few weeks away from the February Festival in Chanhassen, and the temperature is forecasted to plummet yet again, so I'm hoping to get out to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to chase away the winter blues.

POSTED Wednesday, January 15

Staying warm in this winter weather has been a challenge—just imagine not having a winter jacket. The ChiroClub (10165 Hennepin Town Rd., Eden Prairie) is teaming up with the Prop Shop in Eden Prairie to collect lightly used coats, hats, scarves, jackets, boots and other warm weather gear.

POSTED Monday, January 13
Prep Elite 2012 & 2013

We're looking for outstanding high school students from the class of 2015, who excel in terms of academics, athletics, arts, activities or volunteerism. The students should be residents of Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Victoria or Waconia, and they should be on track to graduate in the spring of 2015.

POSTED Wednesday, December 11

The guilt has been killing me. Here it's already mid-December (yikes!), and I haven't had a chance to tell you about a local Christmas album and concert that you won't want to miss out on.

POSTED Monday, December 2

“Cheeeeeese,” swoons Wallace, a Claymation character from the adorably quirky British stop-motion films. I love the hilarious shenanigans of “Wallace & Gromit.” I also share Wallace’s affection for cheese.

I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. Cheese on crackers. Cheese with fruit. Cheese with wine. Serve cheese, any cheese and I’m happy. But I especially love quality cheeses served this time of year at cocktail parties and holiday celebrations.

POSTED Wednesday, November 27

Southwest Metro Magazine is hiring a web-based writer, content manager and social media specialist for a six-month term as the primary shepherd of our title on the web. This intern-level position is perfect for university students or recent graduates in the fields of journalism, media, writing, marketing and more. This position reports to web editor Alex Gaterud; read the job description below.

POSTED Wednesday, November 13

Welcome to the new Southwest Metro Magazine website! We are thrilled to unveil this radical makeover after nearly a year of dreaming, planning, coding and tweaking. We hope you enjoy the new look as much as we do.

During the process of coming up with this design, we came up with a few words that describe our monthly magazine. Engaging. Catchy. Open. Clean. Forward.