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Compass SPRING/SUMMER 2014 | Volume 4, Issue 1

Your essential guide to living life to the fullest.

What’s Lurking In Your Closet

Healthy Living Runs in the Family


A Guide for Spring & Summer 2014 Special Occasions

Connecting onair

Three KARE-11 all-stars let us in on life in front of the camera.

Congratulations Tim Johnson Outstanding sales performance has placed him among the top sales associates in our company.

What people are saying… “Amazing. There were multiple offers on the home, and Tim guided us through so that we were able to acquire the home that we’ve both been dreaming of, within our budget. Amazing! Thank you Tim for being my perfect house-hunting partner!”

Ready to buy or sell? Contact Tim Johnson today to make it happen quickly and painlessly.

“From our initial introduction, to the hunt, bid, counter offers, inspection and final closing, Tim’s professionalism, organizational skills and attention to detail made this, our fourth home purchase, seamless and practically stress-free.”

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12 A Unique Brush with Art 18 Connecting on Air


Three KARE-11 all-stars let us in on life in front of the camera.

26 Celebrate! A Guide for Spring & Summer Articles


14 Healthy Living Runs in the Family 24 What’s Lurking in Your Closet 35 Oh Baby – Infant Product Guide 38 Let the Sun Shine In 40 Oh My! We’ve found 9 products that might make you do a double take.

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From the Editor

Polar vortex changes to solar vortex (fingers crossed). Today, as I write this message, it’s a balmy 40 degrees outside and partly sunny. This clearly is a sign of good things to come! I forecast a warm up in our future – within the next three to six months.

If anyone can forecast a real warm-up, it’s Kare 11’s Chief Meteorologist, Belinda Jensen. It was great having her and anchors Diana Pierce and Julie Nelson at The Shops at West End for this issue’s cover photo shoot. The three women gave us a glimpse of how they balance their busy lives in-front of and behind the camera.

Exciting things are happening in 2014 as we celebrate our fifth birthday!

Speaking of news makers, have you been to Yard House? The newest addition to The Shops at West End opened on March 13 with its 140 draft beers at the ready. If you haven’t been yet, come check it out. You’ll be impressed by its expansive menu selection and wonderful hospitality. Perhaps you’ve heard, Bonefish Grill - an American casual dining seafood restaurant - is also coming to our shopping center. The popular venue will feature a delicious menu of both surf and turf wood-grilled items. We are excited for what the change in season has in store at The Shops at West End. Our boutiques are blooming with the hottest must-haves for your warm weather wardrobe. In this issue we include a guide to help you navigate through spring and summer occasions, including: apparel, accessories, and great gift ideas. Exciting things are happening in 2014 as we celebrate our fifth birthday! At the start of this year, The Shops at West End’s PAY IT FORWARD Patrol rewarded shoppers with gifts on site and online as our way of thanking you for your patronage. Plenty of great free events are also lined up for this summer. And, this fall, don’t miss out on more fun things happening for our birthday. We hope you’ll continue to make The Shops at West End your shopping, dining and entertainment destination! Enjoy the sun!


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The Shops at West End 1621 West End Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416 (763) 450-0554 West End Compass is a free publication of Duke Realty Corporation. Compass highlights merchants, restaurants and customers of The Shops at West End. Publisher: Duke Realty Corporation Editor: Michael Landstad, Senior Property Manager Writing and Design: Pernsteiner Creative Group, Inc. Design: Jen Birr Copy: Sarah Howard, Todd Pernsteiner Copy Editor: Karline Koehler Advertising Sales: Todd Pernsteiner

Advertising in Compass: Advertising is open to tenants of The Shops at West End, West Metro businesses and Duke Realty tenants at the final discretion of the Duke Realty management team. Duke Realty does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services promoted or advertised.

For advertising information, contact (952) 841-1111 or email © 2014 Duke Realty Corporation. All rights reserved. PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. using soy based inks on recycled paper.

On the cover: Models: Kare 11 anchors Diana Pierce, Belinda Jensen, Julie Nelson

Michael Landstad Senior Property Manager

Photographer: Travis Anderson Hair: Molly Nelson, phresh spa salon Make-up: Kate Plec, phresh spa salon Clothing/styling: Apricot Lane Boutique, Hot Mama, White House | Black Market Creative direction: Todd Pernsteiner and Jen Haislet, Pernsteiner Creative Group

Close to everywhere The Shops at West End is located just five minutes west of downtown Minneapolis at the southwest corner of I-394 and Highway 100 in St. Louis Park. Metro Transit buses and cabs are easy to catch from local and downtown hotels and living spaces. Driving? Plenty of free parking is available in above- and below-ground heated ramps.

Downtown Minneapolis

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{ What’s Happening Bergstrom Jewelers Pays Sales Tax

Shops at West End Sidewalk Sale

Through April 15 Bergstrom Jewelers Now through April 15, Bergstrom Jewelers will pay the sales tax on your purchases!

May 16-18, Shops at West End merchants

Fish Prints Project

Easter Egg Hunt

June 14, Creative Kidstuff

April 14, Creative Kidstuff

Decorate Your Bike

April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ShowPlace ICON Theatre Atrium

Minneapolis Yoga Conference April 25-27, DoubleTree by Hilton – Park Place A meeting ground for hundreds of yogis from across the Midwest to gather for an expansive weekend of growth, learning, healing, community and fun.

For an up-to-date list of events, visit The Shops at West End on Facebook.


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Rojo De Mayo Block Party

July 1, Creative Kidstuff

May 5, Rojo Mexican Grill

Mother’s Day Thumb Print Project May 10, Creative Kidstuff


St. Louis Park Magazine “Best of St. Louis Park Awards”

Eric Paslay Concert May 14, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

West End Health, Fitness & Safety Expo July 10, 5-8 p.m. West End Blvd.

Shops at West End Sidewalk Sale July 18-20, Shops at West End merchants

What’s Happening You Betcha! Minnesota-Made Festival 2014

Creative Kidstuff Summer Concert Series

July 26, 5 p.m. - Midnight, West End Blvd. Live music, food, beverages, contests. or

Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., West End Blvd. Live music and fun! Bring a blanket and enjoy, then have lunch and shop at The Shops at West End. Series ends with Grammy winning duo The Okee Dokee Brothers! • June 18.......Will Hale & His Tadpole Parade • June 25.................... Kid Power with Rachael • July 2........................ Dance Party with J-Star • July 9.....................Paul Springs Family Show • July 16................ The Choo Choo Bob Show • July 23............................ The Sweet Colleens • July 30.............................The Splatter Sisters • August 13...................Tricia and the Toonies • August 20........... The Okee Dokee Brothers

Back to School Kick-Off & Outdoor Movie Night (Aug 16) August 15-17, West End Blvd. or

SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS K-TWIN Tuesdays & West End Shuttle Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. Catch 96.3 K-TWIN broadcasting live at various Shops at West End restaurants. Register to win prizes. Happy hour specials. Catch the shuttle to and from Target Field for the game. • April 15 • April 29 • May 13 • May 27 • July 1 • July 22 • August 5 • August 19 • September 2 • September 16 • September 23

Sunday Funday, all day happy hour

Mega Maggs Karaoke Last Sunday of the Month, 8 p.m. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill


Baseball Games start at the shops at west end

To the Game:

Shuttles leave the Shops at West End at 6 p.m. & 6:35 p.m. Get dropped off at Darby’s Pub and Grill, just a block from Target Field.

From the Game: Shuttles back to the West End leave Darby’s starting after the 7th inning and run until the end of the game.

Brought to you by, TMG Advertising, The Shops at West End, and Darby’s Pub and Grill.

Kids Eat Free

ON-GOING SHOPS AT WEST END MERCHANT EVENTS Sundays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Figlio,


Mondays, All Day, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Trivia by Sporcle Live Mondays, 8 p.m. Cooper Pub & Restaurant

Open Painting Tue-Fri, 12-5 p.m., $25 Brush Studio

Ladies Night Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Painting Classes Thursday-Friday, 6:30 p.m., $35 Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., $35 Sundays, 2 p.m., $35 Brush Studio Schedule subject to change. Watch The Shops at West End on Facebook for updates.


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Every Tuesday home game for the Minnesota Twins is a K-TWIN Tuesday at the Shops at West End. Everything starts at 3 p.m. as K-TWIN afternoon host Rider begins his broadcast, inviting you to be a part of the show. Swing by the K-TWIN table to sign up for some great prizes like Twins tickets, Shops at West End gift cards and more. Check out the great food at all locations plus drink specials. Then hop on the Shops at West End shuttle for a free ride to the game. Enjoy free parking at West End. Watch or The Shops at West End on Facebook for a list of live broadcast locations.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. June 18 ............................Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade June 25 ...............................................Kidpower with Rachael July 2................ Dance Party with J Star from Zinghoppers July 9 ............................................. Paul Springs Family Show July 16.......................................... The Choo Choo Bob Show July 23..................................................... The Sweet Colleens July 30...................................................... The Splatter Sisters Aug. 6................................................................. The Bazillions Aug. 13 ................................................... Tricia & The Toonies Aug. 20.......................................... The Okee Dokee Brothers P R E S E N T E D I N PA R T N E R S H I P B Y: | West End Compass




Auditions for “America’s Next Top Model” created buzz at The Shops at West End in December. Will we see any Minnesota faces on ANTM Cycle 21? We will just have to wait and see.


1. Stephanie Beneche from Minneapolis strikes a pose before her audition. Photo by Seth Rowe. 2. Contestants line up to Audition for America’s Next Top Model. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner 3. CW cohost Kirk DeWindt talks to contestants while in line for auditions. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner. 4. Maplewood resident Arieyana Nixon poses while waiting in line for an audition. Photo by Seth Rowe.


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{ What’s New Beer lovers unite! Yard House is sure to be a hit in the Twin Cities market. If you’re a draft beer aficionado, we have the place for you. The Shops at West End’s newest restaurant, Yard House, opened its doors mid-March with 140 tap beers ready to fill your pint glass. When plans for the area’s first Yard House were announced last fall, people began buzzing about their excitement for its arrival. Michael Landstad, senior property manager at The Shops at West End, has heard numerous people express their fondness for the restaurant. “People have told me they’ve been to a Yard House while on vacation in Southern states. They’re excited not only for the beer selection, but equally so for the food and ambiance,” said Landstad. Yard House is the creation of founder and entrepreneur Steele Platt, who came up with the concept shortly after relocating from Denver, Colorado to southern California in the early 1990s. Platt, along with partners Harald Herrmann and Carlito Jocson, wanted to create a restaurant that would offer one of the largest selections of draft beers, a diverse menu of American fare, and play a heady selection of classic rock music on a state-of-the-art sound system. On Dec. 7, 1996, the flagship Yard House opened along the Long Beach waterfront in southern California. The restaurant took its name from the 3-foot-tall glass containers originally designed in Great Britain used to hand stagecoach drivers after a long journey by horse drawn carriage. Each Yard House location features a center island bar and an endless fleet of tap handles ranging from classic lagers to more obscure ales. The glass-enclosed keg room is essentially the pulse of the operation, housing as much as 5,000 gallons of beer at a time. Three to five miles of individual beer lines stretch overhead from the keg room to the island bar, maintaining a constant temperature of 34-36 degrees and keeping the beer consistently fresh and perfectly chilled for every pint. Guests can sip their favorite draft beer from the popular half-yard, traditional pint or six pack sampler. The award-winning and extensive menu of American fusion cuisine features more than 130 items including appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, street tacos, grilled burgers, individual-size pizzas, seafood, steaks and ribs. The Kids Klub menu includes fresh-to-order favorites including a selection of healthy items for the Yard House pint-size guest. The lively environment is created by colorful abstract artwork, classic rock music and flat screens in every direction showcasing the day’s news and sporting events. “I’m excited to have Yard House here,” said Landstad. “I have no doubt it will become a favorite place to head for your weekly happy hour.” Yard House 1667 Park Place Blvd.


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Round Up for Charity Every day of the year, Yard House supports Round It Up America® by offering their guests the opportunity to “round up” on their check and donate that change to charity. Round It Up America supports over 20 charities nationwide which receive funds from Yard House based on geographic location to our store

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Francesca’s® opened its newest location at The Shops at West End in early February. The boutique offers a unique line of clothing, jewelry, accessories, gifts and household décor.

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Francesca’s offers an eclectic mix of carefully curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. Boutiques reveal an array of new arrivals almost daily, so you’ll always discover something special and amazing on every visit. And because they are a boutique, they only carry a few of each item, so everything you find is uniquely yours. Make sure to look in every nook and cranny, because around every corner, Francesca’s is brimming with treasures that are sure to become favorite pieces in your collection. Francesca’s 1675 West End Blvd.

Bonefish Grill announces plans



Seafood concept, Bonefish Grill, is finalizing plans to open at The Shops at West End in 2014. Bonefish Grill offers “unique and inspired dishes created from the freshest ingredients available and cooked over a wood-burning grill.” Their menu includes grilled, sautéd and baked specialties such as Chilean Sea Bass and Cold Water Lobster Tails, as well as pork, chicken and steak offerings. The company says “When you’re at Bonefish Grill, you’re not just enjoying a delicious meal, you’re enjoying yourself—and experiencing true happiness.” We can all come to appreciate that.

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ART with h s u r B e u q i n U A

Brush Studio at The Shops at West End is the perfect place to enjoy a fun night out while painting, drinking, eating and, of course, socializing. Brush Studio provides a stress-free environment for anyone looking to be creative – for those who have never picked up a paintbrush, as well as seasoned artists. Guests enjoy an afternoon or evening of entertaining art instruction while enjoying the company of friends or family. Daytime “open painting” options offer skilled


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and amateur artists a chance to explore their creativity on their own, no instruction provided. Studio owners Jodi Karn and Jean Forbes have backgrounds in both small and large business environments, each having owned other businesses in their past. Forbes also gained extensive marketing experience while working for a Fortune 500 company. At this new juncture in their lives, both wanted to create a business that would promote creativity and encourage people to try something new.

Brush Studio owners Jean Forbes, (left) and Jodi Karn

In addition to painting, Brush Studio offers a unique selection of craft beers and a wide variety of wine along with small appetizers that are all available for purchase.

“We’ve created a unique and fun destination for our patrons, one we hope will have them wanting to come back again and again,” said Karn. “We hope our guests leave a class with a positive sense of self, knowing they have accomplished something they never thought possible – creating a fabulous piece of art for that blank wall in their house.” Classes at Brush Studio are typically $35, which includes everything you will need: paint, brushes, canvas and professional instruction. A Brush Studio artist leads all guests through the process of creating their masterpiece. Online registration makes it easy for attendees to see which painting they would like to create and sign up quickly to reserve their space.

“Brush Studio is the perfect place to come to relax, enjoy a drink, and nosh on appetizers while experiencing a unique brush with art,” said Forbes. “Best of all, no painting experience is necessary.” Join Brush Studio for an evening of entertaining art instruction while enjoying your favorite beverages and the company of those close to you. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet some new friends along the way as well.





1651 Park Place Blvd. (952) 236-1700

EVENTS, PRIVATE PARTIES & FUNDRAISERS Brush Studio offers private or semi-private bookings for large groups, as well as group seating for smaller groups during scheduled painting classes. Brush Studio excels at making corporate team building and fundraising events both memorable and effective. Book your event on the day and time that works best for you based on the availability of Brush Studio calendar.

Brush Studio welcomes groups of all sizes. The experience is perfect for date night, girlfriend getaway weekends, bachelorette and bridal parties, birthdays, or any other occasion. Groups may join general sessions and be seated together on any scheduled painting class. In addition to a wide variety of wines, as well as draft and bottled craft beers, in-house catering and custom drink menus are available.

To book a private event, email or call (952) 236-1700. | West End Compass


For two Twin Cities families, fitness isn’t a passing fad, it’s a way of life. By Todd Pernsteiner


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Barre gets my heart rate up, which is different than yoga. With yoga, I had to do separate cardio classes as well. – Aruna Nookala

The Nookala Barre Quartet When the Nookala family moved from Woodbury to Golden Valley nearly two years ago, they wanted to find more ways to come together as a family. Parents Marthand and Aruna, and their youngest, Shivani, a high school sophomore, all live in their new home, while oldest daughter, Anu, lives in downtown Minneapolis, and middle child, Asha, goes to college out of state. The women of the family had always been active with their own fitness routines, but not really together as a group, which came to change last May and continues on today. Aruna met Haute Barre owner Amber Eggert at a WomenVenture networking event. She had read about barre classes in the newspaper and thought it sounded challenging. Remembering Amber’s new studio, she decided to take a free trial class at Haute Barre with her daughters on Mother’s Day last year. “I like to support women business owners,” said Aruna. “So Haute Barre was a good fit for us.” None of the Nookala women had ever taken a barre class, but they quickly fell in love with it and attend evening and weekend classes regularly. Aruna, Anu and Asha all have monthly memberships, while Shavani opts for a 10-class pass since she’s a typical busy teenager. Each of the women likes barre for both similar and different reasons. A yoga fan in the past, Aruna has found that barre is great for working all muscle groups. She likes that the stretches are longer and leaner than yoga. She feels she’s getting a more complete workout.

ABOVE: Shivani, Anu, Aruna and Asha Nookala

Barre is the first group fitness class Shavani has taken. A previous student of ballet, she likes that barre has a lot of ballet influence to its techniques. One of her favorite Haute Barre instructors is Jarrod Boltjes who is classically trained in ballet. In addition to the great workout, the quartet of Nookalas loves the studio’s expansive class schedules. “What’s nice about Haute Barre is the flexibility,” added Aruna. “You can always find a spot and it feels very personalized.” “I like that you can sign up for a class directly using the online registration form,” said Asha. “They’ve made things very accommodating.”

“Barre gets my heart rate up, which is different than yoga,” said Aruna. “With yoga, I had to do separate cardio classes as well.”

Right after our interview, the three daughters hopped right into instructor Boltjes’ Haute Burn 75 class, while I snapped some photos and chatted briefly with Haute Barre founder Eggert.

Anu, who is a Twin Cities physician, likes that Haute Barre class schedules aren’t just for people who work 8-5 hours. And, even though she lives in downtown Minneapolis, loves how convenient it is to easily get to The Shops at West End.

“I’m always impressed by this family’s incredible positivity and strength,” said Eggert. “They came in at different levels and abilities, which is exactly why barre is such a great option for all ages.”

Having primarily done spin classes in the past for cardio, Anu likes the challenges of barre. “I get a whole body workout with barre,” she explained. “And surprisingly, the Haute Rejuvenate class is actually pretty relaxing.”

‘Barre’ none, this is proof that fitness and family truly can go together pointed toe-to-pointed toe (er, hand-in-hand). | West End Compass



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Better food choices lead to a healthier life, and helping you live better is precisely why Rainbow has developed health key™. Using the guiding principles of science, trust and ease, health key was designed to help you identify foods with healthy attributes. Many of Rainbow’s products include color-coded icons that point out one or more of 18 important ingredient and nutrient attributes ranging from organic and gluten free, to no lactose, no added sugars and Vitamin C. To gain a health key tag, products must pass through filters specifically put in place to omit items with excessive fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium.

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Panek CHILDREN Learn ‘Mother Knows Best’ For the Panek family of Mahtomedi, sports are in their blood. Dad T.J. played football throughout high school and in college at St. John’s University, and mother Nikki excelled at volleyball and softball in high school. So it was inevitable that their three children would inherit the family’s athletic genes. Josh, 16, and younger brother, Zach, 15, are both active in football and lacrosse at CretinDerham Hall High School. The youngest, Sydney, 12, is establishing herself in hockey and soccer, pretty much year-round. With active lifestyles come healthy appetites and the challenges of eating right on the go. To help with top performance, they follow strict dietary guidelines and stick to regular workout routines.

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It was mom Nikki who made it her job to find ways to help her family stay energized and nutritionally balanced for the busy student athletes’ lives. She found Nutrishop at The Shops at West End. The goals for the boys were to put on mass for football season, increase athletic performance, and build strength while aiding muscle recovery. They need to build lean muscle mass while still remaining flexible. Nutrishop owner, Cody Haislet, analyzed the

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I’ve seen amazing results with not only the kids’ performance and muscle growth, but also their attitude. – Nikki Panek individual needs of the two teens and helped develop a nutritional program that would help them accomplish their goals. He set them up with a list of products to take at different intervals throughout their day. In the off-season, the boys train at a sports performance gym. During this season the boys take Nature’s Fuel, Fruits and Greens at the start of their day; VP 7 protein and BCAA Sport prior to their workout; and post-workout, Mass Complex and Glutacor which helps with muscle repair and recovery. If they have a game, they increase their calorie intake with extra servings of Mass Complex and BCAA Sport. The Mass Complex helps build muscle mass, and BCAA Sport and Glutacor helps increase their athletic performance. For young Syndey, it’s less about building muscle mass, but more about adding extra fuel.

VP 7 protein helps her get energy to withstand the long stretches of playing time hockey and soccer demand. She also uses BCAA Sport to aid in muscle recovery and increase athletic performance.

challenge with young athletes. As a parent, and for the athletes, the balance of all these elements is crucial and at times stressful. No parent, coach, or athlete wants to experience fatigue mentally or physically,” said Nikki.

“I’ve seen amazing results with not only the kids’ performance and muscle growth, but also their attitude,” said Nikki. “They have the energy and get the nutrients their growing bodies demand.”

While Nikki herself used to enjoy team sports, now being fit for her is for personal reasons. “I work out for general health and to feel good,” said Nikki.

“It’s important to maintain healthy eating habits along with taking supplements. We use the shakes as a guide to enhance our lifestyle and produce healthy future habits,” added Nikki.

ABOVE: Josh, Zach and Sydney prepare their daily shakes. LEFT: The Panek family from left – Zach, Josh, Syndey, Nikki and T.J.

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Nikki says that a healthy diet is key to all stages of life – from young multi-sport athletes to adults hoping to age well. It gives individuals the tools needed for success, whatever their fitness goals may be. She calls it a transformative lifestyle. While some may wonder about the demands parents put on young athletes, Nikki is quick to point out: “We don’t push our kids to ‘be the best’ by any means, we just want them to enjoy the sports that they’ve come to love. They challenge themselves to excel. And, if they can stay healthy during the process, with less injuries, that’s what matters.” “More kids are playing year-round sports, going to school, and working. The balance of commitment, expectations, and nutrition are an extreme

Working out also helps Nikki herself maintain a healthy weight – which can be a challenge since she lost her thyroid to cancer years ago. “Without a thyroid, my weight fluctuates quite a bit. It makes it hard for me to either lose or gain weight,” she explained. Nikki uses VP 7 protein as a snack between meals to meet requirements for daily health and wellness. It also supports her exercise routine of high intensity intervals, strength training, cardio and yoga. Nutek Nature’s Fuel, Nature’s Fruits and Nature’s Greens supply her with daily requirements of vitamins and minerals and increases energy. “Nutrishop products have really made a difference for us. And, so has their student discount card,” Nikki said laughing. “As a parent with three pending college tuitions to cover, that’s something I have really come to appreciate.” When it comes to sports nutrition, this family hits it out of the park.

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Connecting nair Three KARE-11 all-stars let us in on life in front of the camera. By Sarah Howard

e welcome them into our homes. We refer to them like longtime friends — “Did you see Bel’s coat last night?” We rely on them to tell us what’s important. They’re Diana Pierce, Belinda Jensen and Julie Nelson of KARE-11 and, in 2013, all three hit major milestones in their broadcasting careers.


Pierce, who came to KARE in 1983 when the station still went by the call letters WTCN, celebrates 30 years at the station — 20 of which were spent anchoring the evening news with Paul Magers. “It’s so rare in the TV business for someone to stay in one place for so long,” said Pierce, a California native and Boston University grad who began her broadcasting career at a 500-watt radio station in Massachusetts and worked at stations in New Hampshire, Virginia and California before coming to the Twin Cities. “They say once people come here, they don’t leave. I guess I’m one of those people!” “I grew up watching this market,” said Jensen, a St. Croix, Wisc. native who interned at KARE in 1988 under former KARE meteorologist Paul Douglas,


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graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in TV in Salt Lake City before being recruited by Douglas to come to KARE in 1993. Jensen, who has served as KARE’s chief meteorologist for the past seven years, wears a number of hats at the station — from “token female” on Minnesota Bound to host of both the Saturday morning show and Grow with KARE. “I have been afforded the opportunity to have a huge variety in my 20 years at KARE,” she said. “None of these programs existed before me. It’s been really fun to be part of something so creative.” “KARE has a phenomenal legacy and such good people,” said Nelson, an Eau Claire, Wisc. native and Indiana University graduate who worked in Indiana, two stations in Kentucky and KSTP here in the Twin Cities before coming to KARE in 2003. “The tone of the newsroom fits with my personality,” she said. “The people at KARE are genuinely good people who care about what they’re covering,” said Nelson.

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Community Ambassadors The people at KARE are genuinely good people who care about what they’re covering.”

All three credit their longevity at KARE to the station’s dedication to the community. “Everyone who works at the station is connected to this community in so many ways,” said Nelson. “We remember that our sources are people away from the story. There’s a level of respect.” “Our call letters are a value statement,” said Pierce. “We really do care — with a C. It’s been great to be part of an organization that promotes those values.”

– Julie Nelson



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Hair: For Nelson, Molly Nelson used Oribe’s Shampoo for Beautiful Color to brighten blonde, and Magnificent Volume conditioner, which has a plumping effect at the roots. She used Supershine Light Creme for Style, and Maximista for thickening. Nelson also used a medium sized round brush on Julie to create a polished look. Nelson finished the style with Dry texture and a little teasing at the crown. Makeup: Plec used Jane Iredale Skincare Makeup for Nelson — Smooth Affair primer; Glow Time foundation; Active Light concealer; Pure Pressed Bronzer; Pure Pressed blush in Barely Rose; Pure Pressed eye shadows in Allure, Cappuccino, Oyster; Black/Brown eye liner; Longest Lash Mascara; and PureMoist lipstick in Renee.


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“We’re all out and involved,” Nelson said of herself and her coworkers. “A lot of times our editorial meetings are just us talking about what we’re seeing in our communities and our schools.” From hosting fundraisers to starting their own charities, these women have taken KARE’s value statement and run with it, proving to be true philanthropists. For more than 10 years, the family-friendly Diana Pierce Family Mile has encouraged families to walk or run one mile as part of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. “The one thing I am truly passionate about is trying to get kids to understand that they can be active outdoors,” said Pierce. “I love that in this community being outdoors and being active is embraced.” “All of the philanthropy that goes on in this state is remarkable,” Jensen said. “When you’re comfortable on a stage and able to communicate a message, that’s a gift you should share. It’s a good way to give back and pay it forward,” she said of emceeing galas. “You really get to choose what you want to be involved in,” said Nelson. “We have a platform and we’re encouraged to take that platform. It’s part of the job and I love that it’s very important to management that we’re involved in the community,” said Nelson. Being involved also helps you know your audience. “By getting out and talking to people, I’m able to mentally have an idea of who I’m speaking with,” said Pierce. “When doing the news, it’s just me and a camera, but by being welcomed into homes and speaking to so many people, I can get that idea of who I’m talking to and who cares about these stories.” This past November, KARE held an all-day Food Fight fundraiser for Second Harvest Heartland. The idea? The four evening KARE personalities — Nelson and Jensen along with Randy Shaver and Eric Perkins — had to “fight” against one another for food donations at four different locations throughout the Twin Cities. The idea fit the foursome perfectly. Continued on page 22…



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“We love to give each other a hard time,” said Nelson. On a cold day right before Thanksgiving, they didn’t expect much turnout, but people came in throngs and the crew was outside for upwards of 14 hours. In total, 861,000 pounds of food were donated, along with a number of checks from companies. “It was amazing to see the way the community responded,” said Nelson. “It was one of those days that you go home and say ‘I love my job.’”

I’m a tomboy at heart. All of this hair and makeup, it’s not really me.” – Belinda Jensen



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Jensen arrives from a reading group at her first-grade daughter’s class. In a ponytail and casual all-black outfit, you wouldn’t guess that this woman is one of the most watched people on Twin Cities televisions every night. “I’m a tomboy at heart,” Jensen said. “All of this hair and makeup, it’s not really me.”

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And for news personalities in the Twin Cities, sometimes you have to be “on” even off camera. “It can be hard if you’re having a bad day at the grocery store with your kids,” said Jensen of being recognized in public.

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Pierce, Jensen, and Nelson gush over the opportunity to have their hair and makeup done for today’s shoot, which they’ll keep for broadcasts to come later in the day. Unless it’s sweeps, the women dress themselves and handle their own hair and makeup.

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Hair: For Jensen, Nelson used Oribe’s Shampoo for Beautiful Color to brighten blonde and Magnificent Volume conditioner which has a plumping effect at the roots. She used Supershine Light (lightweight moisture and heat protectant) through the ends, then sprayed Volumista at the base, and Gel Serum throughout to create that weightless volume. Nelson used a medium sized round brush, and dried section by section. She finished the style with Dry Texture spray and Superfine Hairspray.


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But all three maintain that they’ve been welcomed with open arms in their communities. “Everyone is so nice and kind,” said Nelson. “I really think that everyone should get this kind of encouragement in their jobs. I get really sweet emails and everyone is really respectful.”

Like Family “When you join KARE, you’re joining a family,” said Nelson, speaking of both her coworkers at the station and the families who watch the nightly broadcast. “I’ve had the best co-anchors,” said Pierce, who now shares the spotlight with Pat Evans. “All of the guys have a funny streak in them. We’re always joking that the real entertainment is behind the camera — but it wouldn’t all be appropriate for TV!” she says with a laugh. Jensen and Nelson have grown close in the 10 years they’ve been together on the evening news and often can be found after the 10 o’clock show in the parking lot chatting about the day. “We’ll talk about what happened that day, what balls got dropped, what’s happening with our kids,” Nelson said. “She’s one of my best friends. It’s been priceless to be with someone who understands the craziness of our jobs.”

For Jensen, the friendship is equally as important. “I don’t know what I’d do without her,” she said. Both women have two gradeschool-aged children, which can make family time hard. When the 6 p.m. show is a wrap, both do their best to rush home. “My dinner break is like a fire drill,” said Nelson, who spends the almost three-hour break like any parent: picking up kids, getting dinner on the table and helping with homework. For Jensen, the day can take even more unexpected turns if weather strikes. “I try to schedule the best I can, but if there is severe weather, it’s all out the window,” she said. “The weather is different every day, so my job can be different every day.” Both credit KARE for helping them make it all work. “Our news director understands how important it is to Bel and me

to have that check-in at night,” Nelson said. “Not every news director is like that.” “You can’t do it all as a working mom,” said Pierce, who has a grown daughter. “There is no perfect scenario,” Nelson said. “There are certainly moments when it’s heartbreaking. If I didn’t love my job so much, it’d be harder.”

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“We’re at work when most people are at home: during dinner and right before bed,” Jensen said. “Sometimes you just have to be present and that’s the one thing about this profession: You can’t be.” But the schedule, sacrifice and hard work is worth it. “We’re welcomed into homes and people trust us to tell them what they need to know. I don’t underestimate that or take that lightly,” said Pierce. “This job really is a privilege.”

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clothes that take up precious closet space?


lurking in your closet? Story and photos by Todd Pernsteiner


“People keep certain clothes for sentimental reasons; gifts, family heirlooms, special occasions, something that may fit again. They also tend to gravitate toward their comfort zones and buy multiple variations of the exact same item type. Think 15 black tops in your closet and you will understand what I mean.” said Finnegan. “Some people tend to keep two, three or more varying sizes in their closet either hoping or fearing they will eventually get to that certain size again.” Stacey goes on to point out that if we get back to that size we were in the past, those precious garments we are gripping onto will no longer be in style and it will be time to replace them anyway. Sometimes emotional attachment makes it hard to get rid of clothing that will never be worn again. It might have been a present from a parent, or something you’ve had since college. Herein lies the challenge. Going through your entire wardrobe can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. Finnegan’s new service, MINQ Closet Curators, can come to the rescue.

enhance their way of life. This dialogue brought out fun and interesting shopping habits between the happy couple. “She’s the frugal one, I like to shop,” said Adam. “However, we don’t just buy something with the goal to wear it once.” Adam likes to assist in helping his wife to show her true beauty. He also helps guide her to looks that are on top of fashion trends. “He’ll direct me to the more trendy, cute outfits which is great,” said Kari.

The good thing about this process is it makes you do it. It feels good. I didn’t realize how many clothes I had that didn’t fit.” – Kari

o you have a tough time finding something to wear when you gaze into your closet? Is there a designated area in your closet for those pieces that you’re guaranteed to wear? You just may have too many clothes that don’t work for you.


On a snowy day this past February, Finnegan offered her services to a busy South Minneapolis couple, Adam Meyer, owner of Studio M Architects, and his physical therapist wife, Kari Prestholdt. These busy parents of two knew they needed assistance pairing down their wardrobe.

When Stacey and the couple began evaluating the closets, they removed everything and sorted the items into piles: a pile for keep, consign, donate and tailoring. While some items held sentimental reasons, Stacey was able to direct them as to why they should or shouldn’t keep them – such as a dress from high school or a T-shirt from college.

Stacey Finnegan, owner of MINQ boutique, says people typically only wear approximately 35 percent of the clothes they own. The remaining 65 percent are either uncomfortable, don’t fit, or are out of style. So why do we hold onto so many

To begin the consulting session, Stacey interviewed the couple to understand their personal style and what their lifestyle demands were. She wanted to understand how they shopped, what their ideal wardrobe would look like to support and

“If I wore it in college, does that mean I have to get rid of it?” questioned Kari, to which she got a friendly, yet challenging smirk from Stacey. Needless to say, those items went into the donate pile.

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Adam’s Lifestyle • Tends to wear the same thing all day. Doesn’t have a lot of clothes just for business or just for evening. “I don’t want to have two separate clothing lifestyles,” he says. • Dresses to the client he’s meeting with. • Doesn’t wear suits very often. • Likes to wear slacks, shirts, sweaters. • Owns only one pair of black shoes. • He doesn’t attend a lot of formal events, unless it’s an award ceremony or company-sponsored event. • Tends to buy clothing in “reward” mode.

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Goals: • Wants a mix and match wardrobe. • Needs assistance determining which pieces are missing from his current wardrobe. • Wants to feel trendy and hip, but comfortable and not too edgy.

Kari’s Lifestyle • Dresses business casual; usually more professional than not. • Always needs “sensible black shoes” for work. • When she shops she’s usually “on a mission” for a specific need.

Goals: • What should she get rid of and what should she keep? • Needs more “date night” clothes. • Wants to determine how to pick out sexier and more flattering clothes.

“I suggest asking yourself some important questions when considering an article of clothing’s fate,” said Stacey. “Does it fit? Is the color right? Is it outdated? Do I like it? If I tailored it would I wear it?” “I also like to ask if they’ve worn it in the past year. That’s a very good indication of whether or not they’ll wear it in the future,” added Stacey. Stacey recommends that after completing the item sort, individuals should face all hangers with the hook facing out, opposite to how we normally hang our clothes. Then after wearing an item once,hang it back in your closet the traditional way with the hook facing the back of the closet. She encourages her clients to try to stretch yourself and wear things that you have not yet worn every time they go into their closet. Then after 3-4 months assess your closet and the items that are still hung in reverse that you have not yet worn. If the items are in season and you have not worn them, it is unlikely that you will wear them going forward and they should probably be removed from the line up to make room for other fabulous clothes. Throughout the sorting process, Adam and Kari were encouraged to try on pieces where the fit was questionable, which helped answer some valuable questions. “I don’t know that I’ll wear these, they are not really comfortable,” said Kari. “That’s a good sign that you shouldn’t be keeping them and taking up valuable closet space,” replied Stacey.

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One final piece of advice Stacey offered was get rid of bulky wooden hangers. “Wooden hangers look lovely but if you have a small closet they

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take up a lot of space.. Thin velvet hangers will help to create more usable space” said Stacey. At the conclusion of the sort, the couple had three large garbage bags of clothing ready to be donated to a local clothing charitable reseller, a pile that was to be sent to the tailors, a new awareness of what items they could mix and match that they already had, a short list of key pieces they could add to their wardrobes and much more room in their closets to find the clothing that they’ll actually wear. After all was said and done, Kari and Adam were very happy with the results. “The good thing about this process is it makes you do it. It feels good,” said Kari. “I didn’t realize how many clothes I had that didn’t fit.” Additionally at the end of the session, shopping foe Kari was so pleased by the results she exclaimed: “Look at all this space. I’m excited to go shopping!” Mission accomplished. Looking to hire a closet curator or just need help finding pieces to go with your current wardrobe? Contact Stacey Finnegan by email at or call (952) 217-4933 to schedule an appointment on site or in the MINQ store at 1637 West End Blvd, just south of the ICON Theatre. | West End Compass


Celebrate! A complete guide for mastering 2014 spring & summer occasions

When the snow melts, two things are guaranteed in Minnesota: the grass begins to transition back to green, and event season gets into full swing. Between April and August you’ll likely be invited to handfuls of seasonal soirées – Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day brunches, at least one graduation party and wedding, and numerous pool parties and cookouts. The Shops at West End has you covered with gorgeous garb, tantalizing treats, and glorious gifts.


Easter Save the Date: Sunday, April 20 Dazzling blues and kelly greens are hot colors for spring this year. The Pantone® Fashion Color Report says “designers have taken a modern twist on the traditional by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.” Pick up one or two of these colorful dresses at The Shops at West End and be ready for Easter and other spring outings.

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Green Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress Kelly green dress contoured with princess seams, a pieced waist and paneled skirt. Rendered in midweight stretch ponté fabric that lightly smoothes, holds and resists wrinkles. – White House | Black Market

Reggae Whirl Maxi Dress by Tommy Bahama A stunning maxi dress is versatile and gorgeous. Made from wrinkle-resistant travel fabric, it feels and looks great right out of your bag. The drawstring waist and adjustable straps create a personal, flattering fit. – Hot Mama

Floral Printed Sheath Dress Visually slimming, this stretch satin dress is framed in blue flowers and wrapped with a flirty bow. Contoured fit tailored with princess seams. Scoop neck. Cap sleeves. Removable bow belt with snapclose stretch back. – White House | Black Market

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Shops at West End boutiques have great looks for prom for both her and him. Boutiques offer one-of-a-kind looks that likely won’t be replicated by your peers. Come discover fun, flirty styles that will make you the belle of the ball or the handsome prince charming. For Her

Graduation Finding that perfect gift for a grad can be challenging. You want it to be memorable, yet practical. Jewelry is timeless and something a grad will cherish the rest of their lives.

Quite the Charmer Lucky Feather Pretty Moon Necklaces each come with a special message imprinted on their tags as a unique way to encourage a grad to reach for the stars. Charms have a satin gold finish and are nickel free. – Apricot Lane

Flower Lace Dress This sweet lacy flower dress is perfect for prom. Its flower design will look cute with a headpiece and strappy heels. – Love Culture

Sweetheart Plunge Lace Dress Steal the spotlight in this cute lace number. Chic lace bodycon dress with a plunge neckline and wrapped cut-out in back looks amazing with a statement necklace and strappy heels. – Love Culture

For Him Dazzle your date in a perfectly coordinated prom tuxedo from Jos. A. Bank. Whether your style is the classic traditional tux or something a bit more trendy, Jos. A. Bank experts will help you create a look that helps you feel confident while still being able to have fun. With hundreds of color options, you’ll be sure to find just the right accessories to complement your date. – Jos. A. Bank

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Say Goodbye to Mom Jeans Joe’s Petite Bootcut jeans are made of lightweight comfort stretch denim that’s been stone-faded to a medium indigo hue. Hand-sanded for a natural worn-in look, this wash is inspired by sun and surf. – Hot Mama

A Sign of Your Love Fun décor is a perfect reminder of just how much you love mom. Wooden signs from Primitives by Kathy include playful messages that will make her think of you and smile whenever she glances at them. – Francesca’s

Success, Rebirth and Creation Circles are a powerful symbol of success, rebirth and creation. The Circle Necklace by Dogeared is delicately hand-cast to be a graceful symbol of the good things that will circle the grad’s life. – Wedding Day Diamonds

Dashing Young Gent A suit for a recent grad, especially from college, is a must have in order to succeed in business. A gift card from Jos. A. Bank will help him pick out the perfect suit to help him transition into adulthood. Be sure to remind the grad to keep an eye open for buy one, get two free offers! – Jos. A. Bank

Charmed I’m Sure There’s no wrong way to build or wear a Lori Bonn slide charm bracelet. Select charms that represent Mom and her children’s birthdays and you’ll make her special day meaningful. For every new way she wears it, a whole new slew of compliments are awaiting her. – Bergstrom Jewelers

Wearable Art She’ll Love Somers Jewelry offers familiar shapes in bold colors. Form meets fashion with handsculpted designs. – Bergstrom Jewelers | West End Compass


Father’s Day

Great Gifts

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Save the Date: Sunday, June 15

Looking for fun and kitschy gifts for a birthday or bachelorette party? Look no further than Apricot Lane Boutique, Anthropologie and Francesca’s. From trinkets and toys, to signs and books, you’ll find perfect gifts that matches the recipient’s style and contagious sense of humor.

There are so many ways to tell Dad you love him. We’ve compiled a great list of unique gifts that will make his day special – and stylish.

Fashion Hemergencies A busy dad will appreciate the Hemergency Kit for Grooming & Personal Care. It’s stocked with 23 emergency essentials such as a mending kit, lint remover, shoe shine towelettes, stain remover and much more - all together in a black mesh dopp bag. Maybe get him two — one for travel and one for the office. – Apricot Lane Boutique

Make Time Stand Still

Frozen smiles ice tray, Pumped up phone stand – Francesca’s

Offering the ideal basics for every occasion, with meticulous craftsmanship and innovative design, the Bulova Dress Collection includes the perfect bracelet watch to go from morning to night in style.

PERFECT FOR THE BOOK WORM Have a cook in the family? Looking for words of inspiration to lift up a friend’s spirits? Anthropologie and Francesca’s carry a great selection of hardcover books ranging from cookbooks and journals to books on gardening, travel, careers and life.

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Hip Dad


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Yes, buying Dad a tie for Father’s Day might seem like a cliché, but one can never have too many ties, especially ones of quality. Jos. A. Bank’s Platinum Collection silk ties are hand crafted in Italy from a single piece of silk that won’t fray, tear or fade. – Jos. A. Bank

Man of Steel Classically styled and timeless in design, this handsome Stainless Steel ID-style bracelet features a comfortable flexible band and double-finish face. Perfect with both casual and dress wear. – Wedding Day Diamonds

For a more casual look, the TechnoMarine Cruise Sport is designed for someone with an active lifestyle. Straps and case covers are easily interchangeable to match dad’s style or mood.

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One; Here’s to You! – Francesca’s

Bountiful; 66 Square Feet – Anthropologie

The Old Standby

Make Dad feel young again with trendy new jeans. Citizens of Humanity Core Slim Straight Jeans offer a more relaxed and comfortable hip and thigh with a more modern straight leg. – MINQ

The Grilling Guy For a dad who loves to grill, Omaha Steaks is your one-stop-shop for gifts. In addition to great steaks, they have grilling accessory sets, grill thermometers, rubs, seasonings, marinades and cookbooks. – Omaha Steaks

Chill Out, Dad For the beer aficionado, we recommend the Chillsner by Corkcicle. Just freeze, insert into any standard size bottled beer and he’ll never suffer through another warm brew again. – Available at Francesca’s and Apricot Lane Boutique

Perfect for Every Palette

“I Thee Wed” If You Can Dream It, They Can Make It The Perfect Ring Might Just be the One You Design on Your Own Do you want to be totally hands-on with the design of your engagement ring? Stop by Bergstrom Jewelers to use CounterSketch and release your inner da Vinci as you design your own ring with a few clicks of the mouse.

Want to design your own ring now? Bergstrom Jewelers offers shopping that fits your schedule with 24/7 online shopping. CounterSketch at lets you mix and match precious metals, engagement ring styles and various shapes and sizes, so you can browse and buy online. Or, set up an appointment to see the ring in our store before you buy.  – Bergstrom Jewelers

Wedding Guests While you don’t want to show up the bride, you also want to showcase your beauty at summer weddings in a fun, playful way.

Wedding Day Diamonds offers custom-designed rings – at the same cost as the settings you’ll find in their jewelry case. While most jewelers may charge up to $300 to start a custom design, Wedding Day will start your custom creation for free. You can enjoy the process without worrying about payment until you approve your design. If you don’t like the piece, no problem. You can return your custom piece in 60 days, no questions asked. Within the first 365 days, you can also put the value of your jewelry toward an exchange for another item. – Wedding Day Diamonds

For the bride looking to accessorize her bridal party on a budget, she needs to look no further than Charming Charlie. The store carries coordinating bracelets, necklaces, purses, and rings in a spectrum of colors. – Charming Charlie

Stunning Style for Sophisticated Grooms This is the ring for gents. Three alternating rows of brushed and high polish finishing adorn the flat surfaces while the outer beveled edges gleam from every angle. This 18K white gold band is the perfect way to seal the deal. – Wedding Day Diamonds

Annabella Bib Necklace Sets

Slip Up Flap Wallet in Dark Coral

Stripe Molly Shift Dress The Stripe Molly Dress by SANCTUARY is fun, flirty and playful. Best of all, it’s machine washable! Black and white stripes allow you to accessorize with your favorite jewelry colors. – Hot Mama

A Dress to Impress This figure flattering dress by Analili is great for office to evening. Not only stunningly beautiful, it’s user-friendly ­ poly/spandex fabric makes it a travelers best friend. – MINQ

Cage Tribal Maxi Dress Dance to your own beat in this edgy, free-spirited dress! Silky maxi dress in a bold tribal print, with double straps and a strappy, cage-like design at the waist. Exposed zipper in back and stretch fit. Built in short slip. Looks amazing with dangle earrings and ankle strap heels! – Love Culture | West End Compass


Grooms who Look Like a Million Bucks Your big day may be months away, but a few of the many details should be finalized early in the process. Jos. A. Bank can help you find the perfect formal attire for your special day: classic black tuxes with tails for the most formal weddings, groom and groomsmen in cream or tan tuxedos for a picture perfect beach wedding or sleek charcoal grey tuxes to complement your more modern affair. - Jos A. Bank

The Man of the Hour A Bogosse shirt is great for the occasions leading up to your big day, including engagement photos, the bachelor party, and your groom’s dinner. A stunning primary print is complemented by a contrasting accent print in the collar and sleeves. Bogossse shirts are made of 100% cotton Italian fabric with octagonal shaped buttons and a wide spread collar. – MINQ

Cheers to You and Yours Mr. and Mrs. shot glasses for you and your bride should be kept at the ready throughout wedding week. They serve as a great reminder what you’re celebrating, no matter what comes your way. – Francesca’s

A Bow for the Beau

Dibi Bow Tie - MINQ

Bow ties are trendier than ever. Whether you need a traditional bow tie in a classic pattern to pair with a sportcoat and dress pants for your romantic proposal, or a sophisticated bow tie to wear at your wedding, you’ll find the perfect one at Jos. A. Bank or MINQ at The Shops at West End.

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WE NOW PRONOUNCE YOUR WEDDING BREATHTAKING. We invite you to consider the Minneapolis Marriott West as the perfect location for your special day. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy, that is why we've covered all the details. We want your vision to be our reality! Please contact one of our Certified Wedding Coordinators by calling 952.544.4400. MINNEAPOLIS MARRIOTT WEST 9960 Wayzata Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN 55426 952.544.4400

For Matriarchs of the Couple Just because you’re the mother of the bride or groom, doesn’t mean you can’t look stunning at the same time. Break free from traditional styles with flattering silhouettes you’ll be happy to be photographed in.

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A Toast of Champagne This dress is perfect for the woman who wants to blend in while standing out. This beautiful gown from Laundry by Shelli Segal has a sophisticated cut and comes in this lovely champagne color. A matching cover up is also available upon request. – MINQ

A Classic in Black Modern elegance perfected. Faceted stones, sequins and seedbeads bring glamour to this long pour of chiffon. – White House | Black Market Online

Recipe by Cooper Pub & Restaurant –– 1 1/4 oz. 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey –– 3/4 oz. Baileys Irish Cream –– 1/2 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut –– 3/4 oz. Guinness simple syrup –– 4 oz. chilled coffee Garnish: Whipped cream (optional) Build in a shaker pint glass with ice. Shake, and return contents to pint glass. Garnish with homemade whip (make an option for guest).

Salty Watermelon Cooler –– 1 part UV Salty Watermelon –– 3 parts lemon-lime soda

Polished Hair, Make-Up and Nails Don’t forget to schedule your wedding party’s hair and make-up appointments well in advance. Phresh spa salon and Blast Blow Dry Bar both offer run-through appointments to help style your hair and make-up perfectly prior to the big day. Both salons also have wonderful private relaxation areas for you and your bridal party to congregate while getting your services done. For nails, phresh and Glamour Nails at The Shops at West End will have your fingers and toes looking beautiful. Blast Blow Dry Bar

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For men, phresh spa salon and Roosters Men’s Grooming Center can assist with your cut and style. Roosters manager, Shannon Schoettler suggests getting an initial haircut one week prior to the ceremony and then scheduling a trim and cleanup the day before the wedding. Men should also consider a manicure and pedicure.

At left: Photography: Richaux Productions Hair / Make-up: phresh spa salon

You deserve to be pampered. SPRING SPECIAL! 10% offphresh group parties of 5 or more! spa Please salon call for more details.

• Manicures • Pedicures • Spa Packages: Bachelorette Parties

Office Meetings Birthdays

• Gift Certificates GLAMOUR NAILS

Blue Frost –– 1 part UV Blue –– 1 part raspberry sherbet –– 1 part lemon-lime soda

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Peach on the Beach –– 2 parts UV Peach –– 1 part orange juice –– 1 part cranberry juice Recipes and photos ©UV Vodka

Great wine to pair with red meat: Carnivor Cabernet Just as Cabernet Sauvignon, the “King of Red,” resides in the upper echelons of the wine world, the carnivore sits atop the food chain. Inspired by these two kinds, Carnivor Cabernet is a sophisticated wine whose bold, intense flavor is matched by a refined smoothness. – Available at Rainbow

To pair with burgers and brats: Build Your Own Sampler Want to try a variety of beers or sample brands that are new to you? Make your own experimental 6 pack from a wide variety of craft and imported beers in the Build Your Own Sampler area of Rainbow’s liquor department. How many different 6 packs can you create? – Available at Rainbow

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There’s a Space for That Shops at West End restaurants and common spaces are perfect places to host groom’s or rehearsal dinners. They offer just enough privacy while still being secluded or stuffy. For bachelor and bachelorette parties, Toby Keith’s private party room is directly next to the stage which makes for a fun place to celebrate while enjoying live music. The spaces are also great for birthdays, retirements, reunions, corporate meetings and Bar and Bar Mitzvahs. And to make the night complete, four St. Louis Park hotels are within walking distance to crash after the fun night out. You can inquire about private rental spaces directly from most of the venues’ websites.

Many Shops at West End Restaurants have full service catering available for parties of all sizes. Visit for a link to West End restaurant’s websites.

Fire Up the Grill

Shops at West End Event Rental Spaces VENUE & Contact


Capacity (seated)

Rental Fees

Brush Studio 952-236-1700

One large space for painting classes or cocktail parties

Seated: up to 50 Cocktail style: 160

Fees dependent on events. Full catering and cash bar available.

Cooper 612-252-1618

Two: Screening Room Cutting Room

Screening Room: 40 Cutting Room: 30

No fee with food and beverage minimum.

CRAVE 612-462-4194

Multiple private Up to 500 party options

Figlio Two: 612-462-4194 Milano A mmusolf@ Milano B

Milano A: 24 Milano B: 48 Total: 72 for plated dinner Cocktail party: 100

No fee with food and beverage minimum.

If you’re a true die-hard griller, you’ve likely been grilling through the snow and polar vortex. For many though, spring is the first time the grill will be uncovered after its winter hiatus. Here are grilling tips and recipes courtesy of Shops at West End merchants.

No fee with food and beverage minimum.

Great Grilling from the Experts

Toby Keith’s I Love Three: Barn 1: 40 This Bar & Grill Barn 1 Barn 2: 15+ 763-450-9999 Barn 2 VIP Room: 25+ (includes private bar VIP Room and bathroom)

$50 on Fridays/Saturdays plus $250 food and beverage minimum. No fee weekdays unless a national act is scheduled; inquire for details.

Lobby Lounge Multiple private party Full lounge: up to 125 612-568-0371 options based on event VIP room: 12-15

Varies on time and day of event. Currently no food or beverage minimum.

Rojo Room 952-657-5385

One: Rojo Room private event space

75, plus private outdoor patio (25)

Varies on time, day of event and number of guests.

The Shops at West End 763-450-0554

Three: Theatre Atrium Community Room Outdoor Arcade Area

Varies, call for details

Varies, call for details.

A Sweet Tooth’s Paradise Asked to bring something to the BBQ or potluck? Choose the dessert! Rainbow’s bakery has you covered. Rich cream pies, delicious ice cream cakes or fresh fruit pies will all delight guests. And no one will know they’re store-bought.


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Cakes for Any Occasion Rainbow’s bakery has a wide selection of cakes appropriate for any occasion. Their on-staff decorator can create a playful design to delight children and adults alike. Rainbow also has blank sheet cakes available in the bakery freezer that you can decorate yourself.

Omaha Steaks knows grilling practically as well as they know their cuts of meat. “T-bones, ribeyes and porterhouses sell well in summer since they sizzle on the grill,” said Omaha Steaks manager Steve Clem. “Our Italian sausages, gourmet hamburgers, steak burgers, gourmet franks and bratwursts are also popular.” Clem also told us to tell readers about their popular 50% off sales. The next one is June 20-22. He also says to watch for sales around big holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. When you complete your purchase at Omaha Steaks be sure to ask the cashier for their Great Gathering Guide and Cookbook – it’s full of great steak preparation tips and recipes. You can also find over 100 great grilling recipes from the professional on-staff Omaha Steaks chefs at – Omaha Steaks

Grilled Meatballs with Barbecue Sauce

Garlic & Chile-Stabbed T-Bone Steaks with Grilled Corn Relish

Recipe by Nordic Ware –– 2 pounds ground beef –– 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce –– 1 cup rolled oats, processed to fine crumbs –– 1 egg, lightly beaten –– ½ cup onion, finely diced –– 1 tsp salt –– 1/3 cup barbecue sauce –– ½ tsp pepper –– 4 cloves garlic, minced –– 1 cup barbecue sauce, for serving

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Steaks: –– 4 Omaha Steaks T-bone Steaks –– 6 cloves garlic cut lengthwise into thick slivers about 3/8 inch long –– 1 serrano chile, seeded and cut lengthwise into thick slivers about 3/8 inch long –– Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Relish: –– 1 red bell pepper –– 4 ears fresh sweet corn, husked –– 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided –– 1/4 cup diced onion –– 3 tablespoons diced sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil) –– 2 scallions, sliced –– 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice (the juice of one half of a large lime) –– 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar –– 1/2 tablespoon minced marjoram –– Salt, to taste Preparation To prepare the relish, roast the bell pepper on the grill and let steam. When cool, peel, seed, and dice the pepper, and place in a mixing bowl. While the pepper is cooling, brush the corn with 2 tablespoons of the oil and grill over indirect medium heat for about 15 minutes, turning frequently, until lightly browned on all sides. Remove and, when cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the cobs and add to the mixing bowl. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet and sauté the onion over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, until soft. Add the sautéed onions, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, lime juice, vinegar, and marjoram. Season with salt, and toss to combine. Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, make incisions in the steaks about 1/2 inch deep. Insert the garlic and Serrano slivers into the incisions, making sure they are embedded beneath the surface of the steaks. Season with salt and pepper and bring the steaks to room temperature. Grill over direct medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare, 7 to 8 minutes for medium, or to the desired doneness. Serve with the relish. See more recipes at

Thoroughly combine all ingredients in large bowl. Form into 12 equally sized meatballs and place into Nordic Ware’s Meatball Griller cavities (Griller available at large retailers or at Nordic Ware Factory Outlet in St. Louis Park). Grill over medium heat until cooked through, turning once, about 15-20 minutes. Heat additional barbecue sauce and serve with meatballs.

Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Lamb Burgers Recipe by Cooper Pub & Restaurant Makes 6 servings. Burgers –– 1/2 cup minced onion –– 2 pounds ground lamb –– 1 egg –– 1 cup bread crumbs (panko) –– 1 clove garlic, minced –– 1 teaspoon salt –– 1 teaspoon black pepper Filling 4 1/2 teaspoons salt –– 1 tablespoon ground black pepper –– 4 ounces soft goat cheese –– 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil –– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves –– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano Preparation Gently knead together the onions, lamb, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts, form into small burger shaped patties, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

one portion of the goat cheese mixture. Place one more portion of meat on top of the cheese mixture, gently press and form the meat patty around the cheese filling, making a burgershaped patty. Repeat with each ball of the lamb mixture.

Mix together the goat cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, basil and oregano until well combined. Separate into 6 equal portions, cover and chill.

Grill the patties on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and well done, about 8 minutes per side

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat

Serve each burger on your choice of hamburger bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion.

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Beach Style Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget looking stylish this summer at the beach. Shops at West End boutiques have you covered - head to toes.

Shades That Give Back TOMS sunglasses are not only stylish, but also charitable. With every pair of TOMS eyewear you purchase, the company will help give sight to a person in need. Together, with their Sight Giving Partners, they’ve helped restore sight to 200,000 people in 14 countries around the world. – Apricot Lane Boutique

Flips That Don’t Flop Turn heads at the beach while being comfortable at the same time. Havaianas flip flops have comfortable straps that wear well between the toes, especially for extended use. “If you have a hard time finding a flip flop that doesn’t hurt your toes, try these on!” said Apricot Lane Boutique owner Kristine Haas. – Apricot Lane Boutique

Style is in the Bag Hit the beach in style with this spacious chevron-printed tote bag with interior and exterior zipper pockets. This trendy bag will tote all of your belongings to the beach. There’s an abundance of space and an attachable shoulder strap for more comfy carrying. – Charming Charlie

Hail to the Headband Local designer Heidi Person of Inwood Designs offers a timeless collection of girly accessories that blend fun colors and prints.” She says her headbands are perfect for both working out and going out. – Apricot Lane Boutique

The West End Hotels Hosting your special event at a local country club, synagogue, sports venue, ballroom or church? Let us host your overnight guests AND transport them! • 13 passenger or 25 passenger vehicles

• On site fitness center, indoor pool & guest grills

• Rates start at $100 for two round trips

• Less than 1 mile from the St. Louis Park Shops at the West End

• Complimentary hot breakfast daily

• 60 person meeting room at each hotel Contact Elicia for more details: (763) 772-3231


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Oh Baby!

Being a new parent brings both joys and challenges. Today’s new parents look to products that are versatile and useful, as well as pleasing to the eye. Being a new parent brings both joys and challenges. Today’s new parents look to products that are versatile and useful, as well as pleasing to the eye.

What You’ll Find at Creative Kidstuff Creative Kidstuff carries an expansive selection of products just right for baby, including many all-natural products without harmful chemicals. We stopped into the store to pick out products we thought every expectant or new parent should know about. Creative Kidstuf 1665 West End Blvd. (952) 540-0022

All-Natural, Organic Baby Oil Gentle and Great for Sensitive Skin. Care for your loved ones with 100% natural, safe and soothing Badger Baby Oil. Formulated with moisturizing oils and calming herbs to nurture and protect delicate baby skin. Organic extra virgin olive and jojoba oils gently soften and moisturize even the most delicate skin. The mild scent of true Roman chamomile calms, while gentle calendula soothes and protects.

Boon Cargo Snack Box Cute and convenient – we love that! This snailshaped Cargo Snack Box from Boon is a four-compartment divided tray with an air-tight, keep-fresh, snap-on lid and carry handle that kids love. Moms love it, too, because the Cargo Snack Box is dishwasher safe, BPA-, phthalate-, and PVC-free, and has an easy-clean, two-piece design with no hard-to- | West End Compass


Aden + Anais Organic Swaddles An Aden + Anais Organic Swaddle is prewashed so it will be soft right out of the package. The generous size makes swaddling simple, and the breathability of the 100% organic cotton muslin fabric helps keep baby at that just-right temperature for optimal sleep.

Boon Clutch Dishwasher Basket Aden + Anais Mod About Baby Washcloth Set

Build Your Family Naturally

This washcloth set will keep getting softer with each use, which means they will feel better and better against baby’s soft skin. That’s because they are made from gentle, 100% cotton muslin. These three washcloths are a generous 15 by 15 inches, which means you can get that cute little face clean in a single wipe before your tiny tot wriggles away.

Trying to get pregnant? Recent medical research has shown that acupuncture can improve the outcome of IUI and IVF cycles. Whether you are trying to get pregnant on your own or if you are using Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART), acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs can help increase your chances of getting pregnant and can also help prevent miscarriage. Acupuncture helps: Regulate hormones and ovulation • Increase egg quality • Improve chances of implantation


Contact Jennifer Johnson at Dharma Wellness & Spa to discuss how acupuncture can help with your fertility at; Wellness & Spa or schedule an appointment online at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis at

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Wellness & Spa

CMYK: Dark Blue: C:100 M:20 Y:0 K:40

at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis

Jennifer Johnson


4200 Minnetonka Blvd St. Louis Park, MN 55416

952.345.1953 Book appointments online:

GIVE THE GIFT OF WELLNESS. Dharma Wellness & Spa gift certificates available in any denomination.


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Light Blue: C:60 M:12 Y:0 K:24

Baby’s first tennies! Little ones will be stepping in style in these adorable brown sneakers. The soft, durable, non-slip suede soles are great for young walkers, giving their toes extra grip and aiding in balance and proper muscle growth, while the elasticized ankles and straps help prevent stumbles.

This clamshell basket holds large and small baby bottle nipples tight and secure to ensure they get really clean, and also can corral caps and other small items that otherwise would end up somewhere in the bottom of your dishwasher. Holds up to 6 large or 14 small nipples and additional parts for up to 8 bottles.

Creative Kidstuff’s website is great for finding infant products, too. Visit and click on the “Shop” button on the top of the page, then select “Infant”. The Infant page is split into categories such as Bedding for Baby, Dolls and Plush, Rub a Dub, Safety First and more!

Aden + Anais Serenity Star Electronic Feeding and Sleep System The Serenity Star Electronic Feeding and Sleep System is a must-have, multi-tasking nursery accessory that offers an electronic feeding diary; a sound machine; nightlight/temperature indicator; and a clock all packaged in an attractive white star.

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Gift Finder Creative Kidstuff’s new gift finder is an interactive online tool that helps you pick out the best gift for a young person. The gift finder asks you to input the child’s age, gender and what type of product you’re looking for. Head online and find that just-right gift that they’ll rave about.

Summer 2014 June 12th - 15th

Senior Dinner June 12 at 4:30pm Marriot Minneapolis West $15 per person, registration form online.

Night-Night Balm The Sweet Dream Balm for Kids. Night-Night Balm is a natural Sleep Balm specifically designed with children in mind, to help ease younger minds into the magical realm of the sleep world. This special kid-friendly formula includes essential oils that are known to be especially beneficial for children, helping them unwind naturally after a busy day of learning and growing. A safe and natural sleep aid for children (and it works for moms and dads, too)! The perfect addition to any bedtime ritual.

What You’ll Find at Francesca’s Francesca’s at The Shops at West End also carries a fun selection of baby products. From toys and blankies, to cute rompers, you’ll find the perfect gift for the new little person in your life. Francesca’s 1675 West End Blvd. (763) 546-8674

Rock the Block with The R Factor June 13th at 6pm Excelsior and Grand Town Green. FREE! Food and drink for purchase, including 21+ beverages with ID.

More Parktacular Events!

Cuddle Bear Blankie The Cuddle Bear Blankie by Bunnies by the Bay will keep little ones happy as they count sheep. The Sweet Shearling friend with printed knit body comes with attached swaddle blankie. 100% breathable cotton muslin. Machine wash & dry.

-Grand Day Parade -Inflatables and Water Slides -Kidtacular Family Events -Food Trucks, Promote Yourself Tradeshow, and much more!

SaraKety Snapsuits They’re only babies once, don’t put them in boring rompers. These adorable onesies come in a variety of clever designs for both girls and boys. Available in a variety of sizes, they are 100% babysoft cotton and machine washable.


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SUN shine in As we transition into spring and summer, we need to make a point of taking care of our delicate skin and temperamental hair. We sat down with phresh spa salon aesthetician Kate Plec and stylist Molly Nelson to get tips for keeping skin and hair looking radiant as the season changes.


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for Skin Kate Plec of phresh spa salon suggests Skinceuticals and Eminence products to protect the skin again sun damage. “These products are a must-have for treating and speeding the healing process of sunburns as well as caring for all skin that enjoys spending the summer outdoors,” said Plec. “Try leaving the products in the fridge for an extra cool and soothing sensation.”

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Eminence Stone Crop Masque –Heals hydrates and nourishes as well as naturally brightens uneven skin tones. The stone crop plant is almost 10 times more healing than aloe!

Skin Ceuticals B5 Hydrating Gel and Masque – Infuses dehydrated and stressed skin with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to replenish moisture levels and improve skin’s tissue repair functions.

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion – Enhances natural skin tone and boosts daily radiance while increasing the skin’s defense against UV and heat stress. SPF 50 that is water resistant for 40 minutes.


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Eminence Red Currant Protective Moisturizer with SPF 30– A lightweight moisturizer with an exclusive blend of antioxidants that promote skin elasticity and micro encapsulated tea tree oil to help prevent breakouts.

Skinceuticals Sheer Physical Fusion - SPF 50, and a sheer, mattifying texture with a weightless finish.

Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense – A nourishing and moisturizing formulation with SPF 30.

Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer – SPF 30 protects while a natural hydraquinone alternative and Gigawhite brighten skin, reducing the appearance of dark spots and the signs of aging.

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Weekly must-see regulars at the Dakota, minneapolis’ premier Jazz venue, the travis anderson trio are among the best on any twin Cities stage. playing standards from Duke ellington, Count Basie, Benny goodman and more, the band brings an unrivaled youthful energy to every performance.

for Hair With Spring right around the corner, Molly Nelson recommends getting a Cellophane treatment to add shine, or an Oribe moisture mask to help heal dry winter locks! “With more humidity in the warmer months, Imperméable (Anti-humidity spray) will help protect your style all day and night,” said Nelson. “As always, Dry Texture spray is our number one seller and a perennial favorite!” With spring knocking at our door, Nelson recommends a Cellophane treatment to add shine, or an Oribe moisture mask to help heal dry winter locks. “We are still seeing a lot of the tousled waves, which can be achieved by finishing your style with Aprés Beach Wave and Shine Spray,” she said.

Nelson suggests picking out the right combination of Oribe shampoos and conditioners to ensure healthy hair and the best styling capability. “Any of our stylists would be happy to consult with you and get you on a regimen that’s just right for you,” she said.

Most products shown are available at phresh spa salon at The Shops at West End, 1639 Park Place Blvd. To schedule an appointment with stylist Molly Nelson, esthetician Kate Plec, or any of phresh spa salon’s beauty experts, call (763) 452-3690.

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products that might make you do a double-take.

If you’re looking for clever, yet practical, household goods, foods and gifts – we have you covered. Here’s a round up of interesting and memorable product finds at The Shops at West End. Don’t be shy. Have some fun and surprise houseguests with these fun, functional products.


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With their tagline “Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know,” you’re sure to get a chuckle when using Poo-Pourri. Poo-Pourri is a blend of essential oils that virtually eliminates bathroom odors! Their award-winning before-yougo sprays come in a variety of scents and sizes. Best of all, it contains no harsh chemicals and is aerosol free. There are scents for both men and women. Where to buy: Apricot Lane Boutique

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Poodle Pedigreed Cookie Jar

Though it won’t bark at you for stealing a cookie, it sure will get you to “paws” for a moment and smile. It’s sturdy and full of charm. Where to buy: Anthropologie

Hollywood Fashion Tape

If you watch red carpet arrivals on awards shows, you know that some celebrities push the envelope on how low of a cut dress they can get away with. Very rarely are there wardrobe malfunctions. Why? Fashion tape. Hollywood Fashion Tape empowers women to wear any style of clothing easier and more comfortably. Easy-touse, clear double-stick apparel and body tape is discreet and fabric-friendly. Where to buy: Primp

Bacon Popcorn

Glamour magazine says “After I flushed, a pleasant lemony scent filled the stall.”

If you like bacon, you MUST try the bacon popcorn at ShowPlace ICON’s Lobby Lounge. Freshly cooked real bacon crumbles are sprinkled atop fresh popped movie style popcorn. It’s so unique that even Rachael Ray’s magazine covered it in one of their issues.

Where to buy: Lobby Lounge at

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PB2 – Powdered Peanut Butter

You may never look at plain peanut butter the same way again. PB2 has the same consistency as full fat peanut butter with all the natural roasted peanut flavor, but with nearly 85% fewer fat calories. PB2 is made with high quality peanuts that are slow-roasted and pressed to remove the oil. All natural with no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and no preservatives. Add it to a protein shake for a delicious, healthy snack. Where to buy: Nutrishop

Pet Steak Treats & Canine Cookies

Muffin Tops™

These cute baking cups are summed up best with their tagline: “Baked with a little something extra.” We’ve all seen this look before, but not like this! Fill these adorable jeanstyle cupcake pants with your favorite cake batter. As Muffin Tops bake, they develop that little extra bulge around the middle! The makers say “Eat up, it’s just more to love.” Where to buy: Francesca’s

Buddha’s Hand

Buddha’s hand, Citrus medica, is a fragrant citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections. Buddha’s hand fruit is very fragrant and is used predominantly in China and Japan for perfuming rooms and personal items such as clothing. The peel of the fruit can be candied. In Western cooking, Buddha’s Hand is often used for its zest. The inner white pith is not bitter as is usually the case with citrus, so the “fingers” may be cut off and then longitudinally sliced—peel, pith, and all—and used in salads or scattered over cooked foods such as fish. Where to buy: Rainbow

Your best friend deserves the best treat, right? Your pets will absolutely go wild for Pet Steak Treats. They’re cut from genuine round steak, dried and sprinkled with all natural preservatives. For dessert, Omaha Steaks Canine Cookies are guaranteed to drive your canine crazy with delight. Made with a delicious combination of genuine Omaha Steaks USDA meat, peanut butter, cheddar cheese and more. Where to buy: Omaha Steaks

Midnight Moon Moonshine

We may have come a long way since Prohibition, but you can still pretend it exists with Midnight Moon Moonshine. The handcrafted, triple-distilled moonshine is based on Junior Johnson’s legendary family recipe. The spirits are inspired by moonshine recipes, handcrafted in small batches, distilled from corn, born in a copper still and triple-distilled in the small town of Madison, NC. Learn about Junior and find recipes at Where to buy: Rainbow Liquor | West End Compass


MErchant Directory HEALTH AND BEAUTY


29. Blast Blow Dry Bar

36. Anthropologie

Blast Blow Dry Bar provides customized blowouts and products that are consistent, high-quality, affordable and efficient in an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere with excellent customer service. 612.564.6959

22. Glamour Nails A full-service nail salon offering a variety of manicures, acrylic sets and fills, pedicures, and paraffin wax treatments. 763.545.9937

39. Haute Barre A fresh approach to fitness delivering an effective total body workout in an upbeat and motivating small group environment. 952.681.2639

23. Nutrishop Nutrishop specializes in complete programs for weight loss, strength and muscle gain as well as general health. 952.657.5721

40. phresh spa salon phresh spa salon is a full service luxury salon and spa with massage services. 651.288.4040

21. Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Roosters gives you the fun and comfortable atmosphere of an old-school barbershop without being old-fashioned. 763.546.1140

CHILDRENS 16. Creative Kidstuff Creative Kidstuff is stocked full of classic developmental and educational toys that are creative, innovative and imaginative. 952.540.0022

A one-of-a-kind shopping experience specializing in unique women’s clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, jewelry and home goods. 763.544.2053

17. Apricot Lane Boutique Today’s fashion boutique featuring celebrityinspired apparel, jewelry, handbags and gifts in the latest styles. 952.582.1951

28. Charming Charlie With a blend of fun, style, color and affordability, Charming Charlie helps shoppers complete their look with key finishing touches. 763.546.9530

19. Francesca’s Francesca’s boutiques offer an eclectic mix of carefully curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. 763.546.8674

38. Hot Mama Motherhood doesn’t mean you have to give up on fashion! Hot Mama caters to soon-to-be moms, new moms, and moms who still love looking fashionable! 952.303.5034

9. JoS. A. Bank A heritage of unique, quality workmanship and extensive selection of classically styled tailored and casual clothing for over 105 years. 763.593.6172

30. Love Culture Love Culture is a cool and unique shopping experience for the fashion-conscious shopper. 763.546.1390

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ENTERTAINMENT 35. Brush Studio Get ready to paint, drink and be merry! We provide everything you need and we offer beer and wine for your enjoyment! 952.236.1700

10. ShowPlace ICON Theatre Modern design and delectable dining converge with state-of-the-art cinematic technology for a feast of the senses. 612.568.0375

GROCERY 48. Rainbow Foods A new gourmet concept focusing on grocery with freshly prepared foods, specialty products, and a wine and liquor store. 952.546.1665

MANAGEMENT OFFICE 11. Mall Office/Guest Services West End gift cards make the perfect gift! Available Monday-Friday. Call for hours. 763.450.0554

OFFICE SPACE Regus Corporation Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces. With their ever expanding range of innovative products and services Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. 763.259.5700


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lululemon makes technical athletic apparel for yoga, running, dancing, and most other sweaty pursuits. 763.545.9069

13. MINQ MINQ is the Twin Cities “dress address” for women, and a diverse collection of quality garments and accessories designed for men who aren’t afraid to dress with style! 952.217.4933

37. Primp Offering a high end boutique experience while keeping every hand selected item under $100. Adorable, affordable clothing. 952.303.3791

12. White House | Black Market White House | Black Market’s clothing remains a symbol of who they are: the honest simplicity of black and white, and the unique styles they build from it. 763.544.0602

RESTAURANTS 8. Bonefish Grill (Coming Soon) Fueled by their mutual passion for fish and adventure, Bonefish Grill’s founders set out to create a unique dining experience.

44. Cooper Pub and Restaurant A fun, energetic Irish pub from the team that has brought you Kieran’s Irish Pub, The Local and The Liffey. 952.698.2000

7. CRAVE CRAVE offers fresh, innovative cuisine along with an impeccable wine selection brought to life in a chic yet casual atmosphere. 952.933.6500

6. Figlio From crispy fried calamari to succulent tortellini, Figlio delivers a rich Italian menu true to the classic taste you fell in love with. 952.345.2400

20. Forever Yogurt A self-serve frozen yogurt concept featuring 16 flavors and over 50 toppings that allow for literally trillions of healthy possibilities! 763.544.1212

2. Jimmy John’s Quick-serve gourmet sandwiches offering bread baked in-house daily. Fresh meats and veggies are sliced in-house daily. 952.544.7827

45. Little Szechuan The finest restaurant in the Twin Cities to bring you the culinary art and flavors of traditional Szechuan cuisine. 952.322.7671

1. Noodles & Company No matter what you’re watching — calories, fat, sodium or carbs — Noodles & Company offers many healthy pasta dishes that taste amazing. 952.545.6422

46. RAKU Sushi An upscale fusion restaurant that focuses on traditional Japanese dishes with French, Italian and Asian influences. 952.378.1803

47. Rojo Mexican Grill Rojo Mexican Grill promises unique twists on familiar Mexican fare — with more than 75 tequilas — served in contemporary surroundings. 952.657.5385

5. Subway A healthful alternative to traditional fatty food. Fresh, made-to-order healthy food with a great taste. 952.746.4506

43. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill Leave it to Toby Keith to create a restaurant that offers great food and the best live music in St. Louis Park. 763.450.9999

33. Yard House Yard House offers one of the largest selections of draft beers and a diverse menu of American fare. 952.417.0490

SPECIALTY SHOPS 24. Bergstrom Jewelers Since 1923, Bergstrom Jewelers has dedicated themselves to providing fine quality jewelry and expert service to their customers. 952.767.0606

42. Omaha Steaks For over 90 years, Omaha Steaks has been bringing our customers grain-fed beef of the highest quality. 952.545.6079

3. Verizon Wireless Being on Verizon Wireless means you get the 3G Network, Friends & Family plus Unlimited Messaging with an eligible plan, Mobile to Mobile calling within the Verizon Wireless network and much more. 952.545.9191

32. Wedding Day Diamonds Straight-up, diamond for diamond, you won’t find a better selection anywhere. 952.345.2100


Where do I park? The Shops at West End offers plenty of free parking! Choose the underground parking lot on the west side of the complex (entrance between Rojo and Anthropologie) or the five-story garage attached to the Showplace ICON Theatre building. Additional parking is available just east of the complex in the Moneygram tower evenings and weekends. A skyway over Duke Drive takes you directly into the theatre lobby. | West End Compass




The largest selection of diamonds, engagement rings and wedding bands in all styles and prices! 952.593.5602 |


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Shops at West End Compass, Spring/Summer 2014  

Official publication of The Shops at West End, St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Highlights food, fashion, entertainment, boutique shopping, gifts,...