November 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the November issue we're unraveling the story of Kristen Vidmar, a local upholsterer who gives much-loved furniture a new lease on live.

It was in March of 2015 when Thor Hansen noticed a rafter, or group of turkeys, congregating in his backyard. It wasn’t the first time Hansen saw the turkeys, as they frequently visited his Eden Prairie home. “They were displaying their feathers especially that day,” Hansen says.


You might have seen it before on a restaurant menu, but then again, maybe not. It’s lovage: an herb commonly used in Europe that’s starting to sneak onto menus this side of the pond.


Santa and Mrs. Claus are busy this time of year, but they still make room in their schedules to visit nice (and maybe naughty) children.


Wayne Hays’ 10th birthday in 1968 was something. The day was gift wrapped with a poodle puppy named Sam and a family move into a house on Powers Boulevard in Chanhassen, which served as the family’s homestead until last year, when his mother, Jennie Hays, passed away.


“The scariest thing is nonexistence,” Reynold Philipsek says in the opening of the documentary A Life Well Played. To be sure, he’s talking about nonexistence in the form of many things, but music is clearly his focus—his 36th album came out in October.


A lemonade stand appears each Sept. 11 at the end of Sue Donkersgoed’s driveway in the Olympic Hills neighborhood of Eden Prairie. Many of the faces of those selling the lemonade beside Donkersgoed have changed, but the promise made years ago to annually remember those affected by the Sept.


Lorene Brown has discovered her “happy place”—The Langdon, a 501C3 consignment-for-charity resale shop located in an elongated, rustic log cabin in Mound.


When Kelsey Keltgen, OD, along with her husband and business manager, Mitch Peterson, looked to open their optometry practice in downtown Victoria in January 2017, “all the stars kind of aligned,” Peterson says of the research that went into opening the business.


Nothing brings Kristen Vidmar more satisfaction than redoing a lifeless piece of furniture, creating a brand new feel with perfectly paired fabric.


Bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, is a master of compelling historical fiction. In this slim but powerful new novel, she takes Shakespeare’s Othello and sets it into the racially-charged 1970s world of a suburban Washington, D.C. middle school.


Brian Vaughan was just 16 when his trombone-playing skills launched him on a journey with The Continental Singers, taking him from his home in Arizona to stages around the world.


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2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 oz. Templeton Rye whiskey
1 oz. Remy Martin VSOP cognac
1 tsp.  Lucid absinthe
3 star anise pods


Have you ever noticed a metal star on the side of an older brick building?  Have you wondered why it was there? There is a very practical reason for the ornament, other than for decoration.  


It can be difficult to find time for beauty upkeep, let alone finding a trusted beauty salon. This holiday season, don’t just focus on getting a party outfit that suits your figure—get brows that compliment your face, too.