Shops & Business

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.

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

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.

Empathy Cards, a line of greeting cards from Emily McDowell Studios, offers kind thoughts for all occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and more. With sentiments like “If it can’t be my birthday, I want it to be yours,” these cards are a nice twist on traditional wishes.

Who can resist a fresh-baked treat? They come in so many varieties that there’s something for everyone. Maybe you’re a red velvet cupcake enthusiast. Maybe your favorite treat is a densely studded chocolate chip cookie.

Whether shopping for a family member who lives across country or looking for a gift for the neighbors, find personal and personalized gifts for everyone on your list this year—without leaving the southwest metro.

When Angie Gamades was a teacher at Chaska High School, she started baking dog biscuits with her special education students. When she left her job at the high school to return to the elementary school setting, the dog biscuit business left, too.

Husband and wife Jim and Sandra Peterson of Homade gifts often hear from new customers that they heard about the shop from a friend.

There are all sorts of tricks for getting preschoolers to wash their hands, like directing them to put on their “bubble gloves” or singing the “ABCs” or “Happy Birthday” as they scrub, but our favorite soapy directive comes in the form of hedgehogs, rubber duckies and sea turtles from Chaska-base

What began as a Chanhassen family’s commitment to their child has grown into a national organization. It comes as no surprise to the Chepokases. “I always believed in my heart of hearts it would [grow],” Becky Chepokas says.

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