Shops & Business

The TreeHouse event at Maureen and Greg Grazzini’s Chaska home featured a gathering to support local teens. TreeHouse is a youth outreach organization, with multiple locations throughout the U.S.

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.

Pei Ling Jamison’s mother had a clear vision of her daughter’s future. She could see it—directly in front of her in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, mall.

After years of working in fashion merchandising for larger corporations, raising three children and commuting to jobs outside her community, Michele Croat-Baggenstoss had a realization: She wanted to work in the community she calls home, help women feel good and create a personal space to reflect

In the years his children were growing up, Eden Prairie resident Mike Thomas was a hands-on dad, involved in everything from youth sports to church activities. As his kids moved toward independence, Thomas found he missed the opportunity to participate and grow his community.

Clean, simple scents paired with minimalist packaging make Nest of Sparrow Soaps a delightful addition to any sink. Owner Katie D’Amour of New Auburn makes the soaps in her own kitchen—usually late at night when the house is finally quiet, she says.

For Long-distance Cousins

Rubbabu’s soft rubber cars in fun shapes—like a fire truck and a cat—will have babies and preschoolers cruising through play time; $6-$7; Tazzie Baby & Child.

When the Luecke family of four posed for a family portrait with newborn brother Elliot, they made sure to include a green dinosaur right in the middle of the photo.

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