February 2013

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Last winter while checking out the views near the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Bill Moeger stumbled upon the scene this scene and created Chaska Snow, which won first place in the nature category of our annual photo contest. “I keep my camera, a Nikon Coolpix, with me at all t


The Eden Prairie Players kick off their 2013 season with The Dining Room, a play that follows generations of people living, eating and talking in the same dining room over several decades.


At the corner of First and Olive streets, in beautiful downtown Waconia, sits the Curly Willow floral and gift shop. The evolution of the business mirrors that of the building it occupies. Each has been built on a rich past that evolved with the ebbs and flows of a changing community.


From body shaping to skin treatments, local spas are at the ready to transform southwest metro men into suave, hygienic heroes just in time for Valentine’s Day.



Author, speaker and advisor Barb Greenberg is using her story to inspire women.


Test your knowledge of food and wine with board game nights at Sovereign Estate Vineyard and Winery in Waconia. On Saturday nights in the Willow Room wine bar, the Wine Wars and Foodie Fight trivia games will be available for all guests to play.


The End of Everything: A Novel

by Megan Abbott

recommended by Sarah Garbis


Carver County is offering a new resource for local entrepreneurs called Open to Business, a branch of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers.


Shake things up this Valentine’s Day. Instead of looking for Champagne to pair with chocolates, try delving into the relatively new world of chocolate wines.


Have you made it this far through winter with both your mittens? If so, congratulations! If not, here are three pairs worth checking out:


Reclaimed Mittens


When we are seeking a comforting meal, foods that contain carbohydrates are surely the highest on our crave scale. If you’re yearning for fragrant and hearty breads, pastas, and potatoes, you’ll find them at these local restaurants.

Hash Browns


With a new executive director, a new name and an exciting action plan, the Eden Prairie Community Foundation is preparing for a new era of growth.


The Southwest Metro area is so rich in private school options it’s a tad overwhelming—never mind the wealth of information on all of these schools’ websites.