November 2013

In the November issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, you'll meet Eden Prairie musician Mark Andrew Pudas, whose career as a songwriter and guitarist is taking off. You'll also find the best holiday gifts for everyone on your list this year, and we pay tribute to our local veterans as we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11. You'll also read about the best cocktails in our communities in our Restaurants section.

It was a cool early fall day for Waconia's annual community festival, held this year September 14. All photos by Jacqueline Hagyard.


Family Fun Classic Car Night in Victoria on August 21 attracted car lovers young and old. All photos by Momento Images.


Looking through a frosted window on a cold winter morning may cause some to crawl back under the covers, but for painter and graphic designer Bill Moeger, it’s reason to create something beautiful.


Another November is upon us, meaning the beautiful fall season is slowly transforming into another beastly Minnesota winter. There are fewer remedies for the frozen doldrums as tried and true as a strong, refreshing cocktail coupled with a favorite film.


The cosmopolitan is like an old friend—always fun and refreshing.


Nearly seven years passed while Andover resident Patrick Nelson was in the Army and, at the time, it felt like a job. He had daily tasks, a duty to fulfill—much like your average Minnesotan in a 9-to-5 career does.


It takes more than walls, doors and windows to make a house into a home. During the holidays, you’ll fill your own abode with family and friends, and visit the nests of your loved ones, too. We’re here with perfect presents and recommendations from lots of local businesses.


Everyone likes a good party—well, we think so, at least. So, we decided to scout out some of the best party-supply vendors in the area to help bring the level of fun at your next get-together to a whole new level.


For families of Chinese heritage living in the southwest metro, Chinese school helps reinforce language skills taught at home and keep students in touch with a culture far removed from the one in which they’re growing up.


It’s a gross understatement to say that Fred Mische took the scenic route to arrive at his present career as the owner of Fred’s Bread in Eden Prairie.


The Twin Cities music scene nurtures an abundance of notable talent.


Nothing makes you feel cozier on a cold winter night than a warm mug of mulled wine.  This mix of wine, fruit and different spices got its name from an Old English word meaning “muddled.”

Southwest Christian High School's Maria Brands

Maria Brands knows one of her favorite memories of her time at Southwest Christian High School (SWCHS) will involve the annual talent show, Night of Stars.


Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln
by Janis Cooke Newman
Recommended by Julia Sjoberg


After being inspired by her own experience with personalized prayer, Eden Prairie resident Morgan Wood created PrayerWorks—an app for iPhones that allows people to submit prayer requests and receive notifications or “pings” when others have prayed for them.


Take piping hot coffee, add a woolen throw, and you have a perfectly cozy morning, afternoon or evening curled up by the fire with a book, your tablet or even a game to help fight and forget the frigid winds howling outside this winter.

rareEarth Naturals

With a long Minnesota winter on the horizon, it’s hard not to think of escaping to a warmer climate.