Shops & Business

While neckties hold a firm spot on the Father’s Day gift go-to list, we scoured local shops for presents he’ll appreciate when he isn’t clocking hours in an office.

Tucked away just west of the Twin Cities resides a farmstead that resonates with Swedes and Americans alike: The Andrew Peterson farm.

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many children. It’s a place where kids can go to make new friends, step outside their comfort zones and practice new skills.

Imagine an energy filling a fitness room that is welcoming, inclusive and encouraging. This is the motivational atmosphere that fills Choice, Inc.’s Shape Center, the fitness room located at its Eden Prairie facility.

A faucet handle mounted to a reclaimed board becomes a flower with a stem made of old tape measures—a piece of art ready for the walls thanks to the artist behind Re3, a series of custom welcome signs and home decor.

Three years ago, Donna Garhofer bought a book on soap making and began crafting unique black and brown soaps.

Betty Sorensen’s Excelsior lease was up for Petunia’s, her vintage décor retail shop. What to do? What to do? Her query was answered, as are many of life’s questions and uncertainties, over a fortuitous cup of coffee.

When Diana and Nathan Stokes moved into the cul-de-sac on Eitel Road in Eden Prairie five years ago, they were welcomed right away to dinners, block parties and outings with the group of four other families that shared their neighborhood.

There’s a lot to love at Madison House Interiors, which functions as both a showroom and a home décor shop.

There are some questions asked of local teachers that they wish students wouldn’t have a need to pose—“Where can I stay tonight?” or “Can I sleep somewhere in school?” Cassie, a 16-year-old local student, asked similar questions as a fourth grader and again for a brief time last summer.

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