Shops & Business

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.

Lotus Lake Gifts & Home Décor in Chanhassen sells antiques, gifts and home décor made locally by several different artists. Co-owners Katie Nordby and Nancy Lund, Katie’s mother, always wanted to open a store together.

Waconia Brewing Company is celebrating two years in business with an all-ages party featuring Rolling Hearth Bistro food, live music by No Stone Unturned and, of course, new and re-released beers.

Sara Trosen has an eye for creating beautiful spaces. As the owner of Madison House Interiors in Eden Prairie, she’s spent the last 16 years in the interior design industry and the previous two years running her own firm.

June Rosckes saw herself as a boutique owner well before she became one. It came to her in a vision over two decades ago.

When Wendel Strong started baking bread, he was aiming to make something healthier than the processed products he was finding on store shelves, but his first mission was to make it taste good.

Chris and Amanda Duffy knew something was wrong long before hearing the horrible news from the doctor. The couple had eagerly awaited the birth of their second child, a girl named Reese, who had been scheduled to be delivered by caesarean section the following day.

With delightfully outdoor-inspired scents, highlighting our state’s pine forests and lakeshores, MNMutt Candles fit perfectly in any dog lover’s home.

From Yoda ears to bunny ears and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle masks to Vikings horns, Erica Carlson-Burval’s crocheted creations have expanded the definition of a winter hat. The Eden Prairie mother of two gets inspiration from her 8-year-old daughter, Audia, and 5-year-old son, Callen.