Shops & Business

Downtown Carver’s historic charm coupled with a variety of independently owned shops and businesses make it a delightful destination for a day of shopping.

Peruse any candy aisle at the grocery or holiday store and you’ll find shelves upon shelves of nuts in various combinations—chocolate covered, clusters, cinnamon sprinkled, shelled, un-shelled, trail mixes, tins with who-knows-what inside.

Yes, it’s fun to chat and eat and drink, but sometimes the same old party routine gets a little stale. And it can be downright awkward when you’re trying to blend friends and family members with no common interests. Or crazy stressful if you’re hoping to entertain a pack of tweens.

Most 13-year-olds are just trying to figure out what growing up is all about. But when Brian Beniek was 13, he was kick-starting his career in landscaping, lawn services and snow removal. He also had a paper route, and used that job to promote his business with each newspaper delivery.

When communities come together, great things can happen. That’s what eight women from the southwest metro believed in August 2014 when they started planning Power of 100 Southwest, Women Who Care.

When Angel Eagen of Eden Prairie and Amy Ordahl of Savage met seven years ago in a class at the Eagle Creek Quilt Shop, their mutual love of all things handmade sparked the beginning of their own Etsy shop, TaDa! Creations.

Maxi dresses turn into midis, jeans transform into capris, and blouses are suddenly crop tops. Tall girls know the struggle of shopping for clothes that fit just right.

When Vasilisa Costin and her family immigrated to the United States from Moldova eight years ago, they felt like they had won the lottery. “We applied for a green card and won,” Costin says. “I was so excited to come to America. We wanted to see something new.”

Gone are the days of purchasing ill-fitting suits and clashing shirts. With help from Kingford Bavender, men can receive personalized, face-to-face style consultations in the comfort of their own home.

Twelve years ago, the Chanhassen community gathered to help Steve Chepokas keep a promise of the most solemn kind: a pinky swear to his 9-year old son, Mitch, to help other kids with cancer and their families after he was gone.

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