Shops & Business

Visiting a health spa is not a new concept.

When shoppers step through Boutique 78’s doors in Chanhassen, they might encounter mischievous Norwegian trolls poking their heads out, catch a glimpse of sparkling tiaras or stop to admire intricate handmade jewelry from Barcelona, Spain.

Rita Andrescik has been wowing them ever since kindergarten. “I would sing anytime someone would listen,” she says. “Music has been my whole life. I can’t remember when it wasn’t.”

Customs vary, but today, white, off white and ivory remain the most popular, traditional bridal colors in the United States. However, these hues weren’t always the color of choice.

Minnesotans are a fit and hearty bunch. Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night hold many from the swift competition of racing in some of the best local walk/run races.

An adult child’s older parents travel to warmer climes each winter, but the father’s arthritis has worsened, and they might not be able to make the trip alone. An elderly mother wants to visit her sister in Virginia, but she’s fearful of getting lost in the airport when making a connection.

When a bride walks down the aisle, her gown may be the headline, but the bouquet serves as the exclamation point. Bridal trends influence more than color stories, bridesmaids’ dress styles and wedding dress silhouettes. Bouquets also ride the wave of style.

In 2012, Mike Pavelko was faced with a stack of wooden pallets and a request from his wife to create a unique piece of DIY art for their basement bar.

When most kids are bored, they watch TV or read a book. For Mary Margaret Mellen, a free summer afternoon was the perfect time to start her own charity. “I was like, ‘You know what? I am bored today. I really want to do something for others. I’m starting a cake business,’ ” she recalls thinking.

A handwritten note, scrawled in ink, adds a personal touch to each piece of jewelry that Jodi Henriksen sells. Tiny pieces of colorful glass are intricately assembled into miniature mosaics and fashioned by the artist into beautiful wall art, necklaces, bracelets, rings and belt buckles.