February 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the February issue refresh your winter wardrobe with help from local boutiques and set the table for romance at area restaurants.

Eden Prairie art teacher Thor Hansen, who captured this shot in his backyard last winter, has been sharing his passion for photography with the students at Eden Lake Elementary for 27 years. He began taking photos when he was in third grade with his Kodak Instamatic.

 

Hidden behind an unassuming exterior along West 78th Street in Chanhassen is a long-time member of that community’s culinary history. Originally opened as an American Legion Club outpost, the location eventually morphed into the more upscale Riviera, which operated as an old-school supper club.

 

Is love greater than hate—or jealousy? Explore the meaning of love with King Arthur as he discovers a new way to govern and navigates a love triangle with his greatest love, Queen Guenevere, and his good friend, Lancelot.

 

Birthdays come like clockwork—every 365 days, to be exact. Get ahead of planning your next party with this handy guide to some of the top kids’ party venues in the area. Just set a date, send some invites and your next party is in the (gift) bag.

 

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.

 

While many of her peers pursued college, Eden Prairie High School graduate (2009) Alex Baumhardt took off for New Zealand and worked on an organic farm.

 

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

 

Anne Hayes is an accomplished artist who lives in her own home on a quiet Eden Prairie cul-de-sac with her dog, T-Bone, a black lab/St. Bernard mix. “Much better than a husband,” she quips. “He doesn’t talk back.”

 

Celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) on February 28 with one of my favorite Cajun cocktails. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Creolo Cocktail
Makes 1 drink

 

As a parent, some topics are just easier to avoid—until they can’t be ignored. When Kristine Rauenhorst’s mom, Karen Wiswell, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, both women were concerned about how to discuss it with Rauenhorst’s 2-year-old twin boys, Henry and George.

 

Chanhassen High School senior Sam Buisman is always up for a spirited conversation, and he’s using his activities in high school to help position himself for a career as a lawyer.

 

Lighter than My Shadow by Katie Green

 

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.

 

Children’s Learning Adventure, a national early childhood education company, is set to open its newest location within the next few months in Chanhassen.