February 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the February issue we talk eyewear trends with optometrist Pei Ling Jamison, celebrate little luxuries with salon treatments for $50 or less and get to know Eden Prairie Campiello chef Chris Dmochowski.

On a typical afternoon, David Schmidt can be found blazing one of many trails near his Chaska home. One particular morning in late 2014, he was running along one of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s trails when he decided to stop for a moment.


Chris Dmochowski, executive chef at Eden Prairie’s Campiello restaurant, came to the highly respected D’Amico family after a varied culinary career that took him all over the United States for the past 16 years.


The Carver Scott Humane Society raised money during its annual Rescue Roundup on November 6 at the Chanhassen Event Center.


Can’t find a sitter for Valentine’s Day weekend? Don’t let it break your heart—instead take the family out for heart-shaped pizza at Davanni’s in Chanhassen or Eden Prairie.


Schools and teachers all need cheerleaders. For the Eden Prairie school district, this big supporter is the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, which raises funds to provide grants to teachers and staff within the district.


Getting the royal treatment at a local salon can be nothing short of heaven on earth. From the cucumber water to the healing massages, there is a certain type of calm that rushes over you upon entering one of these establishments.


While the month of hearts, roses and candy is often focused on our romantic relationships, embracing family is something to truly adore. We’ve gathered a bunch of ideas for creating a family date this month—without sacrificing a “real” date night on February 14.


There are some questions asked of local teachers that they wish students wouldn’t have a need to pose—“Where can I stay tonight?” or “Can I sleep somewhere in school?” Cassie, a 16-year-old local student, asked similar questions as a fourth grader and again for a brief time last summer.


Pei Ling Jamison’s mother had a clear vision of her daughter’s future. She could see it—directly in front of her in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, mall.


The Carver-Scott Humane Society celebrates its new offices in downtown Chaska with an open house on February 14 from noon to 4 p.m. In its new offices, executive director Mandi Wyman says, the group hopes to offer training and classes, as well as cats for adoption.


Now in her senior year at the International School of Minnesota, Carina Debuque set the bar high when it came to creating a high school goal: “Do it all, learn all of it.”


If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home: Stories -by John Jodzio
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Even before we could binge on a season of Orange is the New Black in one weekend (thank you, Netflix), there was the time-honored tradition of binge reading. Two different mystery book series from local authors are perfect candidates to keep you busy for the rest of the winter.


After years of working in fashion merchandising for larger corporations, raising three children and commuting to jobs outside her community, Michele Croat-Baggenstoss had a realization: She wanted to work in the community she calls home, help women feel good and create a personal space to reflect