February 2014

In the February issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, we've consulted some of our favorite stylists and beauty experts in local salons for their tips, secrets and products that have them looking and feeling their best. We've collected the results and have put together a great guide for your enjoyment. We also check in with Chaska artist Richard Kochenash, who has opened his studio to students and the public, and chart the progress of the newly expanded Two Twelve Medical Center. Our Restaurants section is all about the great mac and cheese dishes you can enjoy in local eateries. Pick up a copy today.

When it comes to snapping a great photo, there’s little that can deter Deb Zeller, a Victoria artist by trade and photographer by hobby. She shot “The Walk Along Deer Run 10th Tee Box with Chevalle in the Background” in the midst of last year’s long winter.


There aren’t many dishes quite as comforting as macaroni and cheese. But, let’s get a few things straight about the legacy of this classic dish.


Chanhassen's popular Breakfast with Santa attracted plenty of good little girls and boys to the Chanhassen Recreation Center in early December. All photos by Henry Hendricks.


Families enjoyed an afternoon spent learning about Amphibians at the Lowry Nature Center in Victoria on December 1. All photos by Henry Hendricks.


When the Chanhassen Fire Department started participating in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in 2011, the station’s fitness coordinator John Williams thought it would be a great way to raise money for a good cause while helping build camaraderie and working towards fitness goa


When Ridgeview Medical Center opened its emergency and urgent care department at Two Twelve Medical Center three years ago this month, it estimated that it would receive about 13,000 visitors during its first year of operation.
Instead, it received 28,000.


O, winter! How we love thee. Well—most of the time. Minnesota’s favorite season isn’t always so kind to our skin, as most of us spend our days hopping between heated buildings and freezing outdoor temperatures. Dry skin is a familiar winter problem, but what about sun damage?


There is a lot more to being an artist than the ability to draw a straight line. In fact, when you speak to fine artist Richard Kochenash, you learn creating art has little to do with straight lines. According to Kochenash, art is about making connections.


Ask any young kids what they dream about growing up, and you will get a variety of answers. Some dream of becoming a doctor, a teacher or an astronaut.


“I want to come to a place that doesn’t have ‘Great,’ ‘Super,’ or ‘Fantastic’ in its name,” explains Debbie Mundahl, of Preserve Barbers, as I sit in her chair for my first haircut performed by an actual barber.


Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day keepsake to make with friends? Head to Waku Waku Photostickers, a recent addition to Eden Prairie Center.


A passion and talent for math has defined Sienna Ramos’ high school career and will probably influence her future. “I was thinking I want to be an electrical engineer,” Ramos says.


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
recommended by Beth Goodrich
A combination of fantasy, romance and steampunk, this book tells the story of Celia and Marco, two circus magicians who unexpectedly fall in love.


“Best-kept secret.” After the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s new executive director, Mark Weber, heard those words uttered about the foundation on three different occasions during the same day, it reaffirmed his goal to increase the organization’s visibility.


Whether you’re trying to pull together a birthday party or looking for a last minute Valentine’s gift, Nothing Bundt Cakes (8435 Joiner Way, Eden Prairie) is a perfect place to cover your bases with something sweet, a small gift and a


It’s almost spring, and that means fresh flowers, sunny days and new nail colors. Cassidy Steigauf, a nail technician at Sanctuary SalonSpa by Aveda, has the inside scoop on what’s hot for spring: