Shops & Business

Kenna Frees from Babble and Saddle

Kenna Frees isn’t your average teenager. Though she enjoys typical teen activities like hanging out with friends and spending time with her pets, Kenna also runs her own fashion enterprise online.

Sandvold Financial Group was founded in the fall of 1986. Its mission? “To help as many people [as possible] get to their next financial level,” CEO Terry Sandvold says.

It’s often said a sports team isn’t just a team—it’s a family. That’s certainly true of the Mound Westonka High School varsity girls’ volleyball team. Aside from perfecting spike hits and bump passes, the volleyball team has accomplished quite a lot outside the athletic sphere.

Access to great public parks is one of the many perks that come with living in the Lake Minnetonka area, and Gale Woods Farm, a part of the Three Rivers Park District, is among the best.

Minnetonka resident Wendy Hitch is one of six founding members of North Star Therapy Animals (NSTA).

February 14 is a day for romance—and a fragrant bouquet of flowers is a time-honored way of saying “I love you.” Red roses are popular, of course, but “Valentine’s Day is not just red roses,” says Mary Becker, wedding and event designer at Westdal

The creation of RuggedWrist was really a happy accident. Owner Tina Galle noticed her golden retriever, Hudson, had a collar that quickly began to rust and disintegrate after his romps in the great outdoors.

I seem to be perpetually searching for footwear that’s stylish, practical, comfortable and durable—is that really too much to ask? This winter, I might actually have found the elusive pair: the Inez boot, from Minnesota stalwart Red Wing Shoe Co. The Inez is western-inspired.

The holidays are behind us, leaving many a social media post of smitten friends basking in the glow of their shiny new engagement rings. And right about now—almost like clockwork—event planner Sarah Trotter’s phone starts ringing off the hook.

BoxLunch, a clothing and gift retailer specializing in pop culture-inspired items, opened its second Minnesota location at Ridgedale Center mall in August.

Sometimes the craziness of the holiday season takes the magic out of sourcing the perfect gifts for loved ones. So we talked with a few of our favorite local shop owners, who specialize in stocking beautiful, useful items, right here around the lake.

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