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Compass WINTER 2013-14 | Volume 3, Issue 3

Your essential guide to living life to the fullest.

Our Favorite Winter Eats

Recipes from West End retailers and friends

Catch the Opera Close to Home Live Met Opera performances at ShowPlace ICON Theatre

Dress Like a Gentleman Filling the Free Time

Crafty ideas to keep your little ones both entertained and educated

Mo coMes hoMe Minnesota-bred comedienne Mo Collins of MadTV fame visits Minnesota to fundraise for cancer support

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Keeping the Real in Realtor. “

From our initial introduction to the hunt, bid, counter offers, inspections, and final closing, Tim’s professionalism, organization skills and attention to detail made this, our fourth home purchase, seamless and practically stress free! Tim’s time and attention to me were above and beyond what I had even hoped for. In an eleven (yes 11!) hour day of searching for homes he just kept on with a positive even keel and steadiness that put me at ease. It’s a rare person that doesn’t start grating on someone’s (mine) nerves after a couple hours! I told him from the get-go that it might be difficult to work for me and my husband, as we had very different ideas of what we wanted in a home. I wanted a farm house, and my husband wanted to be in the city, among many other stipulations we both had. What did Tim find for us, but a farm house with a huge yard, in the city! Amazing! There were multiple offers on the home, and Tim guided us through so we were able to acquire the home we’ve both been dreaming of, within our budget. Amazing! Thank you, Tim, for being my perfect home-hunting partner! – Mary Winker and John Carrillo 8/27/2013

Timothy L. Johnson: Well-connected. World traveler. Real estate agent.

Tim Johnson Real Estate Agent/Realtor Coldwell Banker Burnet Cell: 651-338-6014 TLJohnson@cbburnet.com TJohnsonRealEstate.com Facebook: TimJohnsonRealtor

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Articles

18 Mo Comes Home

12 Fashion Night Out 14 Get Immersed in Your Movie 16 Filling the Free Time 24 Living by the West End 25 Apricot Lane Boutique:

Minnesota-bred comedienne Mo Collins of MadTV fame visits Minnesota to fundraise for cancer support

Winter Gift Guide

28 Best of West End –

44 Our Favorite Winter Eats

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Shopping for a Cause

25 Bergstrom Jewelers

Engagement Ring Promotion

26 Catch the Opera

Close to Home

38 Dress Like a Gentleman 50 FroYo For You 54 Winterize Yourself


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There’s Mo business like show business.

If laughter is the best medicine, there’s one Minnesota-born celeb who is working to take that saying to heart. West End Compass sat down with funny lady Mo Collins on a very serious subject during her visit for a local charity event. Outfitted in ensembles from Hot Mama, Collins worked the camera while explaining her very personal connection to a cancer fundraiser for Gilda’s House Twin Cities.

If laughter is the best medicine, there’s one Minnesotaborn celeb who is working to take that saying to heart.

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The Shops at West End 1621 West End Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416 (763) 450-0554 www.theshopsatwestend.com

Another fundraising event just wrapped up at The Shops at West End. Twin Cities Film Fest had one of its best years on record in October. The 10 day festival showcased 76 movies, a number of VIP mixers, special events and red carpet photo opportunities. Save the date – next year’s TCFF is set to open Oct. 16.

West End Compass is a free publication of Duke Realty Corporation. Compass highlights merchants, restaurants and customers of The Shops at West End.

Th is issue features our popular winter gift guide. Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? The Shops at West End merchants have it waiting for you – whether it be for Christmas, a birthday or Valentine’s Day, there are thousands of gifts here.

Editor: Michael Landstad, Senior Property Manager

While we’re talking about special events, we can’t forget figuring out where to host the celebration. The Shops at West End restaurants offer great private spaces for your party of any size. They’re perfect for holiday gatherings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations, retirement parties and company outings. Call the restaurants to book your space and tell ‘em Compass sent you. I’ve said it before and I feel it’s worth repeating. There’s always something new at The Shops at West End. Brush Studio, a group painting studio, opens this November. Francesca’s boutique, offering whimsical and eclectic collections, is set to open in the spring of 2014. And restaurant concept Yard House opens in spring 2014! The fi rst in this region, Yard House is an upscale-casual eatery known for great food, classic rock music and up to 130-250 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers. From all of us at The Shops at West End, have a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year! We hope to see you here often.

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Writing and Design: Pernsteiner Creative Group, Inc. www.pernsteiner.com Design: Jen Birr Copy: Sarah Howard, Todd Pernsteiner Copy Editor: Karline Koehler Advertising Sales: Pamela Palm (ppalm@pernsteiner.com) Todd Pernsteiner (todd@pernsteiner.com)

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. For advertising information, contact (952) 841-1111 or email info@pernsteiner.com. © 2013 Duke Realty Corporation. All rights reserved. PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. using soy based inks on recycled paper.

On the cover: Model: Mo Collins Photographer: Travis Anderson Hair: Molly Nelson, phresh spa salon Makeup: Kate Plec, phresh spa salon Clothing/styling: Hot Mama Creative direction: Todd Pernsteiner and Jen Birr, Pernsteiner Creative Group

Michael Landstad Senior Property Manager

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.

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“Like” The Shops at West End on Facebook to get store updates, sales and special events.

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{ What’s happening Grape Divas Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m., MINQ Wine tasting and networking event. Invitation-only, space is limited. Participants will have a chance to win a $50 gift card from mINQ and a 2 week unlimited membership to Haute Barre. To reserve your spot, send an email to Stacey at stacey@shopminq.com.

Ladies Night Out Thursday, Nov. 14, 5-8 p.m., select West End stores Interactive experiences, shopping offers, gift card giveaway. Details found at www.theshopsatwestend.com or at The Shops at West End on Facebook.

Shop and Give to Kids Sunday, Nov. 17, Creative Kidstuff Join Creative Kidstuff in raising money to benefit a group of organizations committed to improving the lives of children. Creative Kidstuff will donate 10% of revenue on designated sales to these non-profits. For complete details visit www.creativekidstuff.com.

West End Shopping Kick-Off Weekend Friday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 23, The Shops at West End Take advantage of special pre-Black Friday offers at participating Shops at West End merchants. Details at The Shops at West End on Facebook.

Thanksgiving Shopping & movie Night Offer Thursday, Nov. 28, 2-8 p.m., MINQ Let mINQ entertain you. Ditch the family and escape the turkey coma. Take 20% off purchases during event and mINQ will buy you a ShowPlace ICON Theatre movie ticket for every purchase over $175.

Shops at West End & K-TWIN Classic Christmas Friday, Nov. 29 – Monday, Dec. 23, The Shops at West End Enjoy an old fashioned holiday experience complete with a Charity Christmas Tree Lot, Santa appearances, a North Pole Passport featuring holiday discounts at participating retailers, and a chance to win a $500 holiday shopping spree!

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Procrastinator’s Night Out

Nov. 28 – Dec. 22, MINQ Snap a pic of your favorite mINQ item and post on Facebook at Facebook.com/shopmINQ. mINQ will grant one lucky wish on Dec. 23.

Monday, Dec. 23, 5-9 p.m. Guys, find that perfect Christmas gift while enjoying a night out with your pals. Interactive experiences, shopping offers, gift card giveaway. Details at www.theshopsatwestend.com or at The Shops at West End on Facebook.

America’s Next Top model Casting Call Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., West End Theatre Atrium Calling all girls and guys, here’s your chance to audition for Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top model. CW Twin Cities hosts will be on site to interview candidates and record video to be sent to the producers of the show. Enjoy special shopping offers from participating West End merchants. For more details visit The Shops at West End on Facebook.

mINQ & Diamonds Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., MINQ Benefit from mINQ’s exclusive partnership with Luxury for Less Auctions, LLC and receive up to 70% off diamonds and gem stones just in time for Christmas Day.

Johnny Holm Band Thursday, Dec. 26, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

New Year, New You Shopping Weekend Jan. 17-19, 2014, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., MINQ Amazing discounts on winter attire and first looks at resort/ spring break clothing.

Couples Date Night Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., MINQ Purchase over $200 in merchandise and mINQ will buy you dinner ($25 West End gift card good at any restaurant) and two ShowPlace ICON Theatre movie tickets.

St. Louis Park is just minutes from Downtown and Uptown Minneapolis!

St. Louis Park is the perfect location to host your special events. We have unique spaces for any function - whether it be a wedding, rehearsal dinner, bachelor or bachelorette party, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, holiday party or retirement party. If your event is being held nearby and you’re in need of a hotel room block, we can also help you out. Our great hotels, hip restaurants and unique spaces will welcome you and your guests with open arms. Contact us for complimentary event assistance and a St. Louis Park event space guide.

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Ladies Night Out

Friday, Feb. 7 & Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., MINQ Benefit from MINQ’s exclusive partnership with Luxury for Less Auctions, LLC and receive up to 70% off diamonds and gem stones just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Tuesday, April 10, 5-8 p.m., select West End stores Interactive experiences, shopping offers, gift card giveaway. Details at www.theshopsatwestend.com or at The Shops at West End on Facebook.

Ladies Night Out

ONGOING EVENTS Kids Eat Free Mondays

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5-8 p.m., select West End stores Interactive experiences, shopping offers, gift card giveaway. Details at theshopsatwestend.com or at The Shops at West End on Facebook.

Guys Night Out Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m., select West End stores Find that perfect Valentine’s Day gift while enjoying a night out with your pals. Interactive experiences, shopping offers, gift card giveaway. Details at theshopsatwestend.com or at The Shops at West End on Facebook.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Armstrong Cooper Youth Hockey Association Bar Bingo Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Line Dancing Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

New Mama Class with Amma Parenting Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Creative Kidstuff Do you have a brand new baby? Come see why moms tell us this class is the best thing they did for themselves.

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{ What’s Hot Sleep Nest is the new blanket

A meal planner for the meal planner

The Sleep Nest from Baby Deedee is a baby sleeping bag that keeps infants and toddlers warm while asleep. The unique cocoon shape provides a cozy environment that helps the little one stay covered all night long. Prices range from $41-$46. Now only if they made them in adult sizes, right?

You can find millions of online recipes, but perhaps no site is as userfriendly as Rainbow’s online meal planner. The easy-to-use site offers full dinner ideas for every day of the week along with detailed recipes. You can also select items to put into a shopping cart and print or email yourself the list for easy shopping at the store. Go to rainbowfoods.com and click on RECIPES in the top menu bar to discover this helpful tool for yourself. Rainbow 5370 W. 16th St.

Creative Kidstuff 1665 West End Blvd.

Shining. Shimmering. Splendid. Spray on a splash of dusting powder to give your skin a fresh, silky smooth feeling. Charming Charlie’s Shimmering Dusting Powder comes in fancy little spritzing bottles and is available in gold, white and pink hues. $15 per bottle. Charming Charlie 1676 West End Blvd.

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Shed a little light on the subject Light up your life with playful lamps and shades from Anthropologie. If you’re a fan of eclectic design, you’ll find your inspiration here. Mix and match bases and shades to create a look that’s uniquely your own. Anthropologie 1622 West End Blvd.

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Avoid the Black Friday rush and kick off your holiday shopping at The Shops at West End. • Help fight hunger donate non-perishible food items to STEP

CHRISTMAS TREES

CAROLERS SANTA CLAUS An old fashioned “up north” holiday experience complete with Charity Christmas Tree Lot, Santa appearances, a North Pole Passport featuring holiday discounts at participating retailers, and a chance to win a $500 Holiday shopping spree! For more information visit www.theshopsatwestend.com.

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More details on The Shops at West End’s Facebook page

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ShowPlace Subway Icon Rojo Room Theatres Hot Mama

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Roosters Men's Grooming Center Francesca's

Verizon Wireless Apricot Lane Boutique Forever Yogurt Wedding Day Diamonds White House | Black Market Creative Kidstuff Charming Charlie Brush Studio

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Pick up a Top Model passport flyer at shopping center entrances for special offers toward your audition outfit and beauty services. Plus, complete the passport at participating stores and you’re eligible to win gift cards to use toward the purchase of your audition apparel and hair/make-up services.

Come celebrate with us. Gift cards available at guest services.

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{ seen in the scene KiDs eVenTs The Shops at West End was hopping with family-friendly events this summer and fall. Creative Kidstuff’s summertime concerts took to the central mall arcade on Wednesdays from June through August. The busiest concert featured Grammy award winning band The Okee Dokee Brothers. In October, the popular Great Pumpkin Fest attracted hundreds of families with kids in costumes. Photos by Todd Pernsteiner

Collector Car Show, photo by Jen Haislet

Peter Lang, photo by Neil Schloner

Loon Calling Contest, photo by Neil Schloner

The Rave-Ons, photo by Neil Schloner

The Del Counts, photo by Neil Schloner

YoU BeTCHa! minnesoTa-maDe FesTiVal wHen: Aug. 17, 2013 Thousands flocked to The Shops at West End’s You Betcha! Minnesota-Made Festival. The full day event featured a classic car show, food trucks, exhibits, loon call and Minnesota accent contests, and live music. Music included legend bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s, Prince cover band The Purple Xperience and disco band Boogie Wonderland. The event was presented by The Shops at West End, Discover St. Louis Park and the City of St. Louis Park.

The Purple Xperience, photo by Todd Pernsteiner

Boogie Wonderland, photo by Jen Haislet

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Twin Cities Film Fest WHEN: Oct. 17-26, 2013 For the fourth year in a row Twin Cities Film Fest showed audiences the best films the industry has to offer while also showcasing the Twin Cities as a hot spot for premiere work. Held at ShowPlace ICON Theatre at The Shops at West End, TCFF offered a “total film experience” by including mixers, educational offerings and special events. For a recap of the 2013 festival visit twincitiesfilmfest.org. Photos by Dallas Smith

StrongMan Competition WHEN: Oct. 26, 2013 A strongman competition was held during the Great Pumpkin Fest involving the St. Louis Park police and fire departments. Events included an obstacle course, 500 lb. tire flip, keg run, fireman’s carry, tarp carry, tug of war and the pulling and pushing of a 2,400 lb. Fiat. The police were victorious over the fire department with a final score of 5.5 to 4. The event was sponsored by M. Gayle Studio located in St. Paul. Photos by Jen Haislet

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Blanc slim ankle pant, Lotus, studded drape neck top, military ponte jacket, long Lotus necklace, Lotus crystal bauble earring, suede/ snake heel – White House | Black Market

Scott James grey/ red plaid Merton shirt, Scott James Abramo gray quilted vest, Scott James Raleigh denim in crimson, Scott James Ortwin jacket in navy – MINQ

Press sweater, Luv 4 Anouka stripe grey top, Big Star grey skinny jeans, Lizou Collection necklace – Apricot Lane Boutique

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Red cross back dress from Laundry, Sterling Silver adjustable necklace with moonlight Swarovski from Helen Wang – MINQ

In September, The Shops at West End merchants MINQ, Apricot Lane Boutique, phresh spa salon and White House | Black Market came together to host a fall fashion show at MINQ. Compass gives you a glimpse at some of the merchant’s hottest fashion, hair and make-up trends.

Hazel coat, Nikibiki black cami, pleather leggings, earrings, TOMS ballet fl ats – Apricot Lane Boutique

Scott James Foster trouser in light grey, Scott James Donald shirt in wine, Scott James Barthold vest in burgundy – MINQ

Scott James Barthold vest in green, Moods of Norway patched sleeve sweater in ivory, Scott James Sikke green, Scott James Gert Corduroy camel – MINQ

Instantly slimming ponte leggings, cowl neck stripe tunic, glass pearl necklace, mixed metal/pearl bracelet, nappa leather boot – White House | Black Market

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“Dolby Atmos provides the completely immersive sound experience that filmmakers like myself have long dreamed about” Film director Peter Jackson

ShowPlaceICON Theatre at The Shops at West End now house Kerasotes’ first Twin Cities premium large format screen, known as ICON•X, The ICON Enhanced Xperience – featuring Dolby® Atmos™. The ICON•X Xperience begins with high-back Euro-style chairs in the ICON Reserved seating section or deluxe memory-foam chairs in the VIP Reserved section; a giant screen that is almost 1,500 square feet; Real-D 3D capability; all-digital Barco Ultra-Brite enhanced 4K projection for the brightest and sharpest picture on screens today. In addition to projection and visual enhancements, ICON•X features Dolby Atmos; 53 individually powered QSC speakers; and 33 QSC digital amplifiers, creating 100,000 watts of audio power. Dolby Atmos enables sound to be placed anywhere in the auditorium, delivering a unique and compelling experience with natural and lifelike soundscapes, surpassing anything else currently available in theaters. Dolby Atmos has quickly become the preferred choice for next-generation sound in the cinema with major studios, directors, sound teams and exhibitors from around the world adopting the solution.

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“We’re raising the bar yet again for moviegoing in Minneapolis with ICON•X. Features presented in ICON•X will not only look spectacular on screen, but with the addition of the cutting-edge Dolby Atmos sound technology, guests will feel like they are in the middle of the action. It’s a sensory experience surpassing anything else that is currently out there,” said Fred Walraven, director of digital projection and sound. ShowPlace ICON Theatre has once again redefined how movies are enjoyed in the Twin Cities with a multi-sensory experience of digital widescreen picture and sound, the Lobby Lounge where you can enjoy cocktails and food, and Premium VIP Reserved Seating. First in the greater Minneapolis area to offer reserved seating, all digital projection, and Dolby Surround 7.1 – the ICON continues to lead the way with ICON•X. ShowPlace ICON is the only theater in a 300 mile radius to deploy the Dolby Atmos™ system. “Dolby Atmos provides the completely immersive sound experience that filmmakers like myself have long dreamed about,” said Peter Jackson, film director. Moviegoers should visit ShowPlaceICON.com, “Like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check local listings for the latest information on Dolby® Atmos™.

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Filling the free time

When school is out for winter and spring breaks, the last thing a parent or grandparent wants to hear from their grade schooler is: “I’m bored.” Here are crafty hands-on ideas that will keep your little ones both entertained and educated. Who knows, they may get a jumpstart on a successful career, saving you college money. Or, maybe not. One can always dream.

Make It Work Have a fashion designer or stylist in the making? Charming Charlie has solutions for your inspiring fashionista. Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio Design your own fashion line with this easy and fun portfolio! It comes with removable, plastic stencils with 100+ fashion and accessory shapes to help create your designs on the pre-printed drawing sheets. The spiral bound book is great for designing wherever you go. Includes 40 fashion and accessory design drawing pages, 7 plastic stencil sheets and over 100 fashion shapes. Fashion Stylist Sticker Set Become the next great fashion stylist with the new Fashion Angels® Fashion Sticker Stylist®. This chic album comes with 20 style sheets and 700 stickers for you to mix and match to make the perfect outfit for every occasion! Choose garments, accessories, fabric swatches and more to create a stylish look. This all-in-one album is easy to carry and features metallic, puffy and paper stickers for endless outfit combinations. – Charming Charlie

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3D Nail Design Set Create 3D nail designs to display on a presentation board or your own nails! This kit has everything you need to glam up your nails and make a fabulous statement. This set includes 2 enamel colors, 20 nail design planning sheets, 50 stencil stickers, 20 3D nail charms, presentation board, brush, 40 gems, sequins, 140+ glitter stickers, and easy instructions!


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Cooking up a Storm Cooking just got a lot more fun! Most kids love to help in the kitchen, and what better way to reward (or bribe) them than with their very own real kitchen utensils! St. Louis Park-based company Nordic Ware has come up with a line of cooking tools perfect for little hands. The Nordic Ware Kid-Size Measuring Cup and Spoon Set includes a 1-cup, whale-shaped measuring cup and a 1-tablespoon, diver-shaped measuring spoon perfect for lots of deep culinary dives. Nordic Ware’s Alligator Rolling Pin will give kids the giggles as they press and roll with this 13-inch-long nonstick rolling pin with gator head and tail handles. The Nordic Ware Caterpillar Spatula: Kids can scrape and spread with this 12-inch-long spatula with a cute caterpillar handle sized just for little hands. The silicone head is heat tested to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. So, heat up the oven, grab your aprons, and get cooking! Ages 3 and up. – Creative Kidstuff

Getting Crafty For the kids that love to craft, Creative Kidstuff has a wall full of fun ideas – from knitting and bracelet making to stamping and scrapbooking.

Paleo Lab Tyrannosaurus Rex by Geoworld The Geoworld Tyrannosaurus Rex Paleo Lab Excavation Kit is a wonderful wall hanging in the making. Using the included excavation instructions and tools, young paleontologists will chisel out a detailed replica of the ferocious T-Rex, embedded in “rock” and framed for posterity. Also includes a 16-page, illustrated booklet to teach youngsters about this prehistoric predator. – Creative Kidstuff

Building Family Time Red Toolbox is a new and innovative concept of woodworking for kids offering parents and children the opportunity to spend quality time together while learning new skills. The world of Red Toolbox includes a wide variety of specially designed tools and kids woodworking kits that let them explore and create. Families enjoy valuable team time while building unique woodworking projects designed with the kids in mind. Projects are suited for a variety of skill levels. Now the whole family can share the fun of woodworking together! – Creative Kidstuff

Tie Dye Kit Suitable for all ages, this Tie Dye Kit from Jacquard is a super way to get started with tie dyeing! You supply the shirts, and everything else you need is here. Includes a DVD with multiple folding techniques for great results every time. Instructions are illustrated and easy to follow. Ages 8 and up. Adult supervision advised.

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Haute Couture Fashion Studio Dr. Toy named this Small World Toys Haute Couture Fashion Studio one of the 10 best technology toys for 2012. We agree! Little fashionistas can learn how to design and sew their own clothes by turning the fabric and patterns in this craft kit to make runway-ready fashions for 12-inch dolls. What we love the most is the included battery-operated sewing machine perfect for crafting small fashions and building confidence and self-esteem. – Creative Kidstuff

Green Science Clean Water Science Kit Water is a precious resource, and it is estimated that 97% of the earth’s water is salt water. The Green Science Clean Water Science Kit by Toysmith 4M shows kids how scientists have learned to extract salt from sea water. Ages 8 and up. – Creative Kidstuff

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Minnesota-bred comedienne Mo Collins of MadTV fame visits Minnesota to fundraise for cancer support By Sarah Howard

“Hell yes, I’m nervous,” exclaims Minnesotan, comedienne and MadTV veteran Mo Collins. It’s Aug. 5, 2013 and tonight she’s doing stand-up at the Gilda’s Club Twin Cities annual Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit. Why is she nervous? “My mom and dad are going to be there!” she says with a laugh. “I haven’t slept in a week and won’t until it’s over.” But the sacrifice to her sleep schedule is worth it if she can help Gilda’s Club Twin Cities (see next page), which has a special place in Collins’ heart for two reasons. First, the Club is named after fellow comedienne Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. “I love Gilda,” she says. “Still love her to this day.” Second, cancer support has become a cause close to Collins’ heart. In 2011, she was diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) cancer after discovering a lump in her abdomen. “Because of my own cancer story I perk up when I hear about something in the cancer support world,” she says. “I want to be a part of that. Not just to support others, but to support myself as well.”

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So Collins went to the Gilda’s Club website and contacted the organization saying she was interested in getting involved. The response? An enthusiastic yes from Gilda’s Club Twin Cities board chair Jenni Lilledahl, who is also co-owner of Brave New Workshop where Collins spent many years doing improv and sketch comedy. “We were giddily surprised!” exclaims Lilledahl. “As anyone [working at a] nonprofit knows, having a major talent contact you to offer their support is a real rare and surprise gift. So of course our response was ‘Wow! Yes!’”

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No one should have to face cancer alone. That was comedienne Gilda Radner’s vision. Now, her vision is coming to light in the Twin Cities as the Gilda’s Club Twin Cities sets to open by the end of 2013. “The Minnesota medical community is on the leading edge of cancer care,” says Gilda’s Club Twin Cities executive director Michelle Silverman, who lost her mother to cancer at age 14. “But effective cancer treatment requires more than medical intervention. It requires social, emotional and psychosocial care. That’s where Gilda’s Club comes in.” Gilda’s Club offers a comprehensive program free of charge that offers support to those touched by cancer, at any stage from diagnosis, to reoccurrence and even bereavement, including their families, friends and coworkers. Gilda’s Club offers support groups, education, workshops, mind and body programs such as yoga and meditation, artistic expression and nutritional classes as well as social opportunities — all overseen by licensed mental health professionals. “Cancer can be very isolating,” says Silverman. “We will provide the community with support that is so needed.” The first Gilda’s Club was founded after Radner passed away from ovarian cancer in 1989 by Radner’s widower Gene Wilder, broadcaster Joel Siegel and Joanna Bull, Radner’s cancer psychotherapist. In 2009, Gilda’s Club merged with The Wellness Community, and both are now part of the Cancer Support Community. Together, the three organizations have more than 50 affiliates nationwide. “Being part of this national affiliation really helps strengthen our organization,” says Silverman. “We’re using the best practices that have been developed over 30 years, and we’re part of ongoing research about the psycho-social aspect of cancer care.” The mission to open a Gilda’s Club in the Twin Cities began with a Capital Campaign in 2010 to raise $3.8 million. As of September 2013, $3.2 million had been raised with a goal to open the 7,300 square foot clubhouse by the end of 2013. To donate to Gilda’s Club Twin Cities — which is located at 10560 Wayzata Blvd. in Minnetonka — log onto gildasclubtwincities.org.

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Top: The Gilda’s Club Twin Cities Golf Tournament celebrity hole included: (standing) musician and author Paul Metsa; golf author Larry Berle; comedian, Hollywood actress and artist Mo Collins; Guthrie actress Sally Wingert; Guthrie actor John Skelley; From KTWIN and GameOn TV Rod Simons; and Guthrie actor Hugh Kennedy; (kneeling) KTWIN DJ Brian Turner. Left: At press time, the Gilda’s Club Twin Cities Club House is in its final stages of completion. Multiple local interior designers donated their time and worked together to create the organization’s welcoming spaces; even many of the lighting fixtures and multiple gallons of paint were donated to help the cause.


“I have a chronic disease, but I don’t want it to affect my quality of life,” she says. I believe in the power of positive thinking and taking care of myself.” – Mo Collins

“All of a sudden I got an email from Jenni,” recalls Collins, who had crossed paths with Lilledahl on the Minnesota comedy scene. “That was really cool and a total coincidence.” Instantly Gilda’s knew that Collins would be the perfect headliner for its fundraiser. “She was amazingly generous . . . offering her time, talents and willingness to share her cancer story,” says Lilledahl. “Mo has been a true gift to Gilda’s Club Twin Cities.” At the Roseanne Roseannadanna benefit, which raised $180,000 and is named for Radner’s well-known character from Saturday Night Live, Collins performed a stand-up set to the 250-person crowd that focused on her own cancer journey. “My stand-up is very storytelling,” says Collins. “I try to get the feel of the room and incorporate my stories into the room.”

“Mo’s performance was hilarious and touching,” says Lilledahl. “She not only made us laugh, but shared true vulnerability with her own cancer story. Mo gave that gift of understanding to so many in the room who have their own cancer stories.” “Mo was Gilda’s spirit in motion,” says Michelle Silverman, executive director of Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, of Collins’ performance. “She completely understood the need for humor and was so relatable to every single person in the room.” Her stand-up was followed by a question and answer session with Brave New Workshop co-owner John Sweeney, who has worked with Collins on previous projects. “He always speaks highly of her,” says Lilledahl, who is married to Sweeney. “Anyone who has worked at Brave New Workshop will tell you, once you’ve worked at BNW, you have a common bond forever with everyone before and after you.”

Collins’ start in comedy is not the story of a stage-hungry attention-seeker. “I was about the shiest kid you can possibly imagine,” says Collins, who was raised in New Hope, Minn. But a teacher in 8th grade changed all of that. He saw Collins — then called Maureen — in the hallway and yelled after her, “Hey Mo!” Collins, thinking he was calling after a boy, didn’t think to turn around. But then the teacher pointed at her. “I started shaking,” she says, recalling the moment. The teacher made her audition for a sketch and improv group. And then it clicked. “He gave me the name Mo. He gave me my life,” she says, getting teary-eyed thinking about the moment. Up until his death, he continued to keep tabs on Collins and called to check up on her. Following high school, Collins worked at Brave New Workshop in the 1990s doing improv and sketch shows. “Brave New Workshop and [founder] Dudley Riggs were a perfect training ground,” she says. “You got a work ethic there. You worked really hard and you made crap money. So you really had to ask yourself, Do I want to do this? And I learned that yeah, I need to do this. I’m supposed to do this. I have to do this.” So after stints doing shows in Los Angeles and performing street improv at Disney in Florida, Collins packed up her North Minneapolis home in 1997, put her two-year-old son Cullen in the car and moved out to Los Angeles. “My husband at the time [drummer Jimi Englund] could have worked from anywhere and even toured with Stomp at the time,” recalls Collins. “I just knew I wanted to be out in LA and I thought, What kind of parent am I if I don’t go for my dreams?”

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Want Mo’s Look? While Collins came to her Compass magazine shoot fresh-faced and relaxed from a day of boating on Lake Minnetonka with family, makeup artist Kate Plec from phresh spa salon wanted to make sure Collins would sparkle under the lights. To do this, she started by applying Jane Iredale Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream with SPF 25 in SoBronze 2 to Collins’ entire face followed by Connection cream blush to give Collins a warm glow. To help Collins’ eyes pop, Kate used Pure Pressed eye shadows in Antique Gold to give a deep bronze base and Double Espresso to help enhance her eyes with autumnal colors. The look was finished with Terra Cotta lip liner and Raspberry pure gloss. All products available at phresh.

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When Needed Most Along with Gilda’s Club of the Twin Cities, there are many resources available for those facing life-threatening illness or who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Here’s just a brief glimpse of some of the many supportive opportunities available to you, a friend or a loved one. Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center Pathways serves individuals who seek healing for body, mind and spirit. The nonprofit organization offers complementary healing services designed specifically for people affected by health crisis. Pathways provides a safe, warm, creative, and nurturing environment and believes everyone should have access to complementary healing methods. They believe everyone should have the help they need to become active participants in their own healing. www.pathwaysminneapolis.org

Within a year she landed the gig on MadTV and stayed for five seasons playing such beloved characters as Stewart’s mom Doreen and Lorraine with the infamous cough, among many others. Since leaving MadTV, she’s appeared on a number of television series, including Arrested Development, According to Jim and currently appears in NBC’s Parks and Recreation as unpolished cable-TV host Joan Callamezzo. “Everyone is phenomenal,” Collins says of the Parks and Recreation cast. “Amy [Poehler, who plays lead Leslie Knope] just lets the camera roll. She’s very generous. She wants comedy and lets it happen. A lot of times, Amy and I improv and a lot of that gets used. I love that.” And then in 2011 her life changed. “I was sitting on the couch watching the Discovery Channel when I noticed this lump in my abdomen,” Collins says. Without symptoms, Collins didn’t think anything of it, but her fiancé (now husband) Alex Skuby insisted she have the lump looked at. “Thank God for Alex,” Collins said. “I didn’t think anything was wrong, but he knew I needed to have it checked out. Without that, who knows how bad it could have gotten.” After being diagnosed with GIST, things moved quickly. Collins went on a chemo pill, which she still takes to this day, that causes chronic fatigue and issues with her eyes. The pill shrunk the tumor to half its size. Then, surgery followed. Following surgery, Collins received good news. They

had removed the tumor and a reconfiguration of her intestinal tract was not needed. “It was one of the happiest days of my life,” she says. Collins is a big believer in the power of mental well-being when living with cancer. “When I was first diagnosed, my fear was high and the tumor grew really quickly. I believe that fear fed the tumor.” It was during this time that Collins threw herself into her passion for painting. “I wanted to keep busy, but art truly is my first passion,” she says. In July 2013, she opened her first art show with other comedians called “F-ART: Funny & Art,” in Los Angeles’ Echo Park. “I need that outlet,” she says of painting. “Being creative just makes me who I am.” After a two-year battle, Collins is now in remission and continues to work with cancer support groups in addition to Gilda’s. The Life Raft, which is a research and support group specifically for people with GIST, is especially close to her heart. “GIST is a very rare cancer that doesn’t take traditional treatments,” she says. “I want to educate people — even the doctors! — who often loop it in with stomach and colon cancers.” Throughout her journey, Collins has been a role model for those living with cancer. “I have a chronic disease, but I don’t want it to affect my quality of life,” she says. “I believe in the power of positive thinking and taking care of myself.” And that’s something Gilda would have stood behind.

4th Angel Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-onone, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. www.4thangel.org Children’s Grief Connection The Children’s Grief Connection grew out of Minnesota funeral directors’ concern and compassion for grieving families that they assist and support every day. Through Children’s Grief Connection, grieving families have an opportunity to attend a weekend camp together where they will experience a developmentally designed program for all members of their family. www.childrensgriefconnection.com Faith’s Lodge The mission of Faith’s Lodge is to provide a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or loss of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present and build hope for the future. Faith’s Lodge is located in northwestern Wisconsin, less than two hours from the Twin Cities. www.faithslodge.org Open Arms of Minnesota It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet it happens every day that people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help. That’s where Open Arms of Minnesota comes in. Open Arms cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with HIV/ AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer and more than 60 other diseases. www.openarmsmn.org

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Living by the West end there’s no better time to make the move. By Tim Johnson, Real Estate Agent/Realtor

Just driving through St. Louis Park it’s hard to miss many of the amenities and perks of living here. It takes just minutes to get to downtown Minneapolis and many other destinations are easily accessible via Highways 100, 394 and 62. Of course we can’t forget the beautifully developed Shops at West End area – which seamlessly incorporates independent boutiques, restaurants and entertainment. One of my favorite perks is the ShowPlace ICON Theatre with its comfortable seats and VIP area where I can enjoy my favorite cocktail while watching the season’s biggest hit. Plus, to stay healthy, the area doesn’t disappoint – from the mammoth Life Time Fitness to the smaller options of Haute Barre, Surge Cycle and the nearby Jewish Community Center (JCC). St. Louis Park seems to have it all, which translates into value for both potential homebuyers as well as current owners who may be thinking about selling. We continue to see the housing market improve across the Twin Cities Metro area, paired with mortgage rates that are still at historic lows. But what does this mean for St. Louis Park, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s important to understand that the housing environment is changing as it relates to distressed properties (foreclosure and short sale properties), which have drastically affected market values over the last five years due to the higher number of homes on the market. That has all but changed. Over the last 12 months in St. Louis Park, the number of foreclosed homes dropped 25.8% from the previous year, which in turn dropped 22% from the year before. Interestingly enough, the number of traditional home sales in St. Louis Park has also decreased by about 26% over the prior year. Take into consideration

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both of these factors, decreased distressed properties as well as a decrease in the inventory of traditional homes for sale, and it comes down to the principles of simple supply and demand. More and more individuals and families are looking to call St. Louis Park home, but with limited homes to choose from, property values are going up. We are at a unique point in time where many properties are still very affordable, even though they are gaining value at an impressive rate. To give you an example, the average price per square foot of a home in St. Louis Park as of September 2013 is $136 vs $117 a year ago. The average sales price as of September 2013 in St. Louis Park was $215,500 vs $182,500 one year ago. It’s pretty clear to see in increase in property value in St. Louis Park. So what does this mean in dollars and cents? Let’s look at the median home sale in St. Louis Park with a sales price of $215,500. Estimating a conventional mortgage with 5% cash down at a rate of 4.25%; annual taxes at $2,500/year; homeowners insurance at $1,200/year and you are looking at a monthly payment of about $1,315 per month. Keep in mind, this is the estimated total PITI payment (Principal, Interest, Taxes, Insurance). Many renters are paying well above that and do not have insurance. Now is the time to find the home of your dreams and enjoy the convenience of living near the thriving West End area. There’s a beautiful property with your name on it just waiting to welcome you home. Tim Johnson is a Real Estate Agent/Realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet. He has over 15 years of combined experience in real estate and real estate lending. For more information on St. Louis Park or South Minneapolis home values and opportunities, email him at tljohnson@ cbburnet.com or find TimJohnsonRealtor on Facebook.


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If you like to shop, you’ll love shopping for a cause. Since it opened in 2012, Apricot Lane Boutique at The Shops at West End has been holding special charity shopping events that give back to local causes. In August of this year, the store hosted the University of St. Thomas Women Connect group. During the networking event 10% of sales went to the UST Women's Connect scholarship fund, and shoppers got a 10% discount on their purchases. “I offer 20% shopping rewards and it's up to the group if they want the full 20% donation or to share between a customer discount and donation,” said Apricot Lane Boutique owner Kristine Haas. “We handle the event details for the organization; we customize an invitation, provide a $25 gift card for the host, and offer a bottle of wine and a cheese and cracker tray to share.” To host a shopping event (minimum of 10 guests), contact Christine Haas at (952) 582-1951 or send an email to westend@apricotlaneusa.com.

Rain showers are a great start for local newlywed couple Bergstrom Jewelers promotion leads to $5,000 refund on Brian and Melissa Meyers’ engagement ring In August Robert Zagaros, owner of Bergstrom Jewelers, announced the names of a winning couple in the store’s Wedding Showers promotion. Brian and Melissa Meyers received a check refunding $5,000 of the cost of their engagement ring because it rained more than one inch on their wedding day. “At Bergstrom Jewelers, wedding showers mean refunds!” explained Zagaros. The heavy downpours in July resulted in the win. The Meyers participated in the Wedding Showers promotion by purchasing their ring from the jeweler, then completing a Wedding Showers Certificate and returning it to Bergstrom Jewelers 30 days prior to their wedding on July 13, 2013. Because the National Weather Service at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport measured 2.63 inches of precipitation between 12:01 AM and 11:59 PM on the day of their wedding, a refund for the purchase price of their engagement ring was issued. A supersized check for $5,000 was presented to the happy couple at Bergstrom Jewelers in The Shops at West End. Brian and Melissa may have had some trepidation about selecting unlucky number thirteen as their wedding date, especially when coupled with a second thirteen in the year 2013. But for the local landscaper and his marketer wife, it turned out to be a lucky choice indeed. For them, wedding showers meant extra dollars in their newlywed budget! Bergstrom Jewelers has been offering fine jewelry and exceptional customer service to Minneapolis shoppers for 90 years. For more information about the store, contact Cindi Kranz at (952) 767-0606 or by email info@bergstromjewelers.com.

Pictured (from left to right) Cindi Kranz of Bergstrom Jewelers, Melissa Meyers, Brian Meyers and store owner Robert Zagaros as check is presented refunding $5,000 of the cost of the couple’s engagement ring thanks to heavy rains that fell on their wedding day.

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OPERA Close to Home The Met Opera offers live performances at ShowPlace ICON Theatre If you’re looking to hear one of the best opera companies in the world, you’ll want to take in The Met: Live in HD at ShowPlace ICON Theatre. ICON offers comfortable reserved seats and premium sound – plus you don’t have to travel to New York City. You can catch a whole season of live opera close to home.

With Farmers, you can work directly with me, an agent who knows our community and can offer you insurance coverage for the things you’ve worked so hard for - auto, home, boat, RV, life, small business and more. Your home is perhaps your largest financial investment. That’s a good reason to choose Home insurance protection from a company that has stood the test of time. And in the event that something goes wrong, you can count on HelpPoint® Claims Services to address your claim quickly and fairly. I can help you create a customized home insurance package for your specific circumstances. I’m just a phone call away: (952) 595-5884. Win a gift card! Call for a free quote by January 1, 2014 and you’ ll be registered to win a $50 West End gift card! Ryan G. Anderson, Agent 7841 Wayzata Blvd, #210 St. Louis Park, MN 55426

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For the complete Met opera experience, here are great details you should know:

Q How did the idea of The Met: Live in HD start?

A The program was developed as a way to reach existing audiences and to introduce new audiences to opera through new technology.

The Met has an 80-year tradition of broadcasting live performances to millions of radio listeners globally on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. This offered the springboard for the Live in HD program. Most of the HD transmissions are also simulcast on radio.

Q How many people at the Met are involved in producing the Live in HD presentations?

A There is a huge team of people involved in bringing Met performances

to the big screen. This includes everyone from stagehands and stage managers to the singers, chorus and orchestra, audio and video technicians, cameramen, producers, scriptwriters, hosts, and people in charge of marketing and distribution of the series.

Q Where can someone obtain a list of the featured operas, performance dates, start times, and participating locations?

A Detailed information is available at metopera.org/LiveinHD.

Q How can someone find out about the cast for each of the HD performances?

A Cast sheets and synopses are available by email prior to each live

transmission. Sign up at metoperafamily.org. For complete information

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on the Live in HD season, you may also request a free copy of the 2013–14 Live in HD and Radio Program Guide, which includes synopses, casting, and special features.

Ildar abdrazakov as Prince Igor Svyatoslavich in Borodin’s “Prince Igor” Photo: Micaela Rossato/Metropolitan Opera

Q Is this program just for opera fans?

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for everyone. The productions are chosen to represent a variety of styles and the full range of the Met repertoire and artists. They all feature great storytelling, great singing, and extraordinary production values. Many people tell us that it is a perfect, low-risk way to introduce a reluctant opera-goer to the art form.

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Q How are the operas chosen for the series? Are there some operas that might be more “challenging” for a general audience than others?

A Various factors play a part in choosing the repertoire for Live in HD,

including the music, the composers, the performers, a Met favorite, etc. In general, opera, when it’s presented at the highest level both musically and theatrically, appeals to a very broad audience.

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Q What happens during intermission of the live transmissions?

A The Live in HD events are enhanced by specially produced features that

offer audiences a look behind the scenes. These include live interviews with singers, directors, designers, and stage technicians, as well as documentaries and other short features. In the past seasons, the intermission features have been hosted by Met stars like Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Patricia Racette, and Deborah Voigt.

You can purchase The Met: Live in HD tickets and pick out your seats directly on www.showplaceicon.com. For a full schedule, descriptions of the operas and approximate run times, go to www.metoperafamily.org and click on “LIVE IN HD”.

2013-14 THE MET: LIVE IN HD SCHEDULE Puccini’s Tosca Live: Sat, Nov 9, 11:55 a.m. Encore: Wed, Nov 13, 6:30 p.m.

Massenet’s Werther Live: Sat, March 15, 11:55 a.m. Encore: Wed, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Verdi’s Falstaff Live: Sat, Dec 14, 11:55 a.m. Encore: Wed, Dec 18, 6:30 p.m.

Puccini’s La Boheme Live: Sat, April 5, 11:55 a.m. Encore: Wed, April 9, 6:30 p.m.

Dvorak’s Rusalka Live: Sat, Feb 8, 11:55 a.m. Encore: Wed, Feb 12, 6:30 p.m.

Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte Live: Sat, April 26, 11:55 a.m.

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Bordin’s Prince Igor Live: Sat, March 1, 11 a.m. Encore: Wed, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

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Apricot Lane Boutique Jewelry and Scarves Apricot Lane Boutique is proud of its selection of a variety of scarves and jewelry – from necklaces and earrings, to bracelets and rings. You can even customize your own necklace for that special someone at the charm bar. $8-$44

Chillsner Beer Chiller For the beer fan, the Chillsner is the perfect gift. The one and only in-bottle drink-through beer chiller is simple to use – just freeze and insert into any bottled beer for a chilled beer from start to finish. $30

Cheerz Wine Wraps For a great hostess or host, give a bottle of wine with a cozy Cheerz Wine Wrap. Skip the card. Skip the bag. Personalize the bottle. $5

Charming Charlie Crossbody Bags The perfect gift for a fashionable lady. Functional crossbody bags and clutches are a great way for her to carry necessities for a night out. They’re available in the hottest colors and styles this season. Prices vary.

Lolita Bling iPhone 4/4S Case A teen who loves her “bling” will get a kick out of the hundreds of options for phone covers and keychains available at Charming Charlie. Fits iPhone 4/4S ®. $15

Tribal Ikat Hair Wrap Add a layer of tribal ikat to your look with this hair wrap. Elastic band at back for secure, comfort fit. $8

Handmade Clipboard Frames One-of-a-kind clipboard frames are designed by a local artist. Attach a favorite photo, recipe or note and you have a truly unique gift. $26

Hydra Soap Shower Burst, Hydra Aromatherapy Women and men alike would love this in their stocking. When you place a Shower Burst in your shower, the aromatherapy oils combine with the rising steam to create a true spa-like experience. $5

Charlie Girl Beauty Products The Charlie Girl line offers girls and tweens options for glamming it up for not a lot of dough. Put together a fun gift package of a variety of products – from nail polish and lip gloss, to hair products and mascara. $3-$4 each theshopsatwestend.com | West End Compass

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Fluffin’ Awesome Jacket Cold weather is inevitable; getting cold doesn’t have to be. This water-resistant puffy jacket will keep her warm as the seasons change. Insulated with 800-fillpower premium goose down, this jacket helps lock in heat without extra bulk. $228

Dex color block sweater $59, Sold leather like jeans. $180

The Cozy Yogi Infinity Scarf Can be worn as a hood, a scarf a pashmina, and much more. $88

Helen Wang hand made ring in sterling silver with 14KG filled twists and frosted Versace Swarovski stone. $88 Unique Uno de 50 bracelet. $250

Give the gift of warmth with the Frosty Run Gloves, made with four-way stretch Rulu complete with X-STATIC ®, The Silver Fiber ®, paneled fingertips make it easy to tweet, talk and text during a long run. $28

David Kahn camel wool/ faux leather trimmed moto jacket. $170

The Ascent Pant is the perfect weekend pant- from hiking, biking, working and traveling, these pants are durable while also having an athletic, breathable fit. $128 Perfect Cream fuzzy stole by Tart $199; Versitle swarovski crystle and 14KG hand made necklace by Sara Goldfiine, $190 Changing seasons mean a chillier commute, but the Relay Jacket with durable water repellent keeps out the cold when we’re going from home to work to workout. $168

Bugatachi socks $14

Mens Daily Sock These lightweight socks are designed with an anti-stink treatment to go everywhere, from bike to boardroom (no need for a pre-work pit stop in the changeroom either). $14

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Marco Valentino Grey suede belt with contrast white trimming. $60-65

Ted Baker Charcoal Quilted jacket with remarkable finish. $225


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Frederic Duclos uses luxurious pearls, natural stones and exotic materials and textures. These stunning, bold and feminine pieces are perfect for today’s modern woman. Prices vary

Designed for today’s man, Triton is the ultimate jewelry collection that fuses inspired artistry, innovative engineering, and contemporary metals to create bold statements. It’s strength meets style, backed by master craftsmanship and uncompromising attention to detail - because it’s the details that make the man. Prices vary

Marriage is a long-term commitment, so propose to that special someone with an A. JAFFE ring. A. JAFEE products are covered by a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. Speaking of long-term, the company has been around for over 120 years, so they’re a trusted name in the ring business. Prices vary

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Nina Nguyen Designs jewelry helps any woman define her own style with intricate, colorful and artistic creations. The jeweler’s mission is to also give back to women in the process. The artisans in the Nina Nguyen Studios Women's Cooperative in Vietnam receive above-average wages, full benefits and professional training for both work and life. The Women's Cooperative links Nina's commitment to empowering women with her continuing ties to her homeland. Prices vary

Nutrishop Her Essentials Let’s face it – winter can wreak havoc on your skin and nails, but it doesn’t have to! Her Essentials is designed to target nutritional needs for quality hair and nail growth for healthier, lustrous hair and stronger nails as well as improved skin appearance. $34.95

Pro-5 Hers This protein is designed specifically to tone muscle and burn body fat. Awardwinning taste. Mixes instantly. Perfect for on-the-go, active women. $39.95

Nature’s Daily Essentials Balancing time and proper nutrition in today’s fast-paced world can be a struggle in and of itself. These easy-to-mix powders are a complete, high-potency blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, greens, fruits and immunesupporting nutrients, including Omega 3,6 and 9. $149

ForzaPro A great gift for the guy in your life who is looking to build muscle AND burn fat. $59.95

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Blast Blow Dry Bar Flowing Locks Bio Ionic Style wand creates full cascading waves while providing constant heat for even styling. $120 The Bio Ionic Hybrid bristle paddle delivers shiny, silky and static-free hair with each brush stroke. $32

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Omaha Steaks If you know someone who loves to grill all year long, a grilling package could be a great gift. Put together a nice package of a grill light ($24.99), meat thermometer ($24.99) and combo pack of steaks (various prices).

Front Lines Camo Skinny Jeans Our favorite skinnies in camo print! Front button and zipper closure and decked out with zipper accented pockets and hem. Throw on your combats boots and report for battle!

The Meat Cookbook More than 150 recipes, accompanied by 40 mouthwatering full-color photographs, ranging from down-home hearty comfort food to exquisite epicurean fare. $25.95

Chateaubriand Looking for the perfect entree to serve special company? This elegant roast-size Filet Mignon is not only beautiful to serve, it’s absolutely delicious and tender beyond belief! That’s why they call this “The Roast of Romance!” $69.99

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Mini Houndstooth Knit Cardigan You can never go wrong with black and white clothing. This oversized flyaway juniors cardigan features a thick knit fabric with mini houndstooth design. Buttonless flyway closure and waterfall hem create a draped, relaxed fit. Ribbing at neckline and sleeves. $29.95

Combat Buckle Boots These trendy leatherette boots feature a laced-up front design with side buckles. Side zipper closure and rubber sole. $38.95

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Tea Tree products from Paul Mitchell Your guy will love a gift of invigorating hair and body products – the tingle of Tea Tree Special, the citrus refreshment of Lemon Sage, and the soothing tranquility of Lavender Mint. Tea Tree’s natural extracts and rejuvenating scents turn a shower into a spa-like indulgence. $7.50-$16.85


Wedding Day Diamonds Money Clips Give the man in your life only the best. M. Clip says they offer “The World’s Finest Money Clip” that does not lose its grip strength over time. Since that’s what they specialize in, we tend to believe they know what they’re talking about. Prices and styles vary

Lafonn Fashion Jewelry Lafonn fashion jewelry is shining, shimmering, splendid. Lafonn offers extravagant expertly crafted designs in sterling silver, handset with the world’s finest simulated diamonds. Prices start at $100

Malakan Fashion Jewelry California-based Malakan Diamond has been family owned for over 70 years. They surely know their craft. Tell that special someone just how special they are with Malakan pendants, earrings and cufflinks. Prices vary

Sterling Silver Floral Pearl Stud Earrings by Gabriel & Co. An iridescent pearl reflects light from each ear while lustrous high polish carved floral halos form the petals of a breathtaking flower. These sterling silver carved floral pearl stud earrings will be begging for attention. $98

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St. Louis Park Farmers Insurance agent Ryan Anderson suggests insuring valuable jewelry under your home or renters insurance by adding a floater to the policy. Floaters offer itemized coverage and peace of mind knowing your belongings are appraised and insured to value. “You’re investing a lot of money into something to be cherished for years to come. Invest a little more to make sure it’s protected,” says Anderson.

ORIBE Purse Size Collection Includes: superfine hairspray, dry texturizing spray, anti-humidity spray and hair refresher. $65

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Creative Kidstuff Slackers 70-Foot Zipline Eagle Series Kit with Seat Hours of fun backyard adventures! String this Slackers 70Foot Zipline Eagle Series Kit with Seat between two trees, then take a seat, and have the ride of your life! The steel trolley mechanism is extra durable for years of use, and the rope length and height can be adjusted to accommodate riders of different sizes. 250 pound maximum weight limit. Ages 7 and up. $140

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Lundby Smaland Dollhouse This adorable dollhouse is modern and contemporary with windows that open and an adorable secondfloor balcony with French doors that swing out. Ages 3 and up. $99.99

Cognac Boots $54 Apothecary candles from Paddywax are filled with the perfect remedy of fragrance. Geranium & Basil, Verbena & Eucalyptus, Rosemary & Thyme, Chamomile & Fig, Vetiver & Cardamom! $18

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Contraptions 200 Plank Set Open-ended play, with no rules and no gimmicks make this Contraptions 200 Plank Set from MindWare a great problem-solving toy. $49.99

Travel Organizer Keeps passport, airline tickets, credit cards and other travel essentials handy, in one place. Detachable strap. $65

Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit The best thing to attach to trees since the hammock! Besides being a great outdoor activity and tons of fun, Slacklining also builds balance and strengthens the core and can be done by both kids and adults (don’t worry - this Slackline is rated to 800 pounds!). $79.99

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Lambswool Argyle V-neck Sweater A standout in the crowd, this Australian lambswool assortment is designed for softness and cool-weather comfort. Fully fashioned shoulders, ribbed cuffs, banded bottom. $125

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Ant hropologie Voluspa Cut Glass Jar Etched glass and warm, alluring scents fill the room with an aromatic glow. Gift to your dearest gal pal or a hard-to-please hostess. $26

Mr. Boddington’s Mistral Soap These pretty paper goods, like these soaps, are designed to delight, each one hand-tailored and letterpressed, just like the olden days. $8

Belmondo Gift Set This handy kit contains smaller sizes of some of aesthetician Daniela Belmondo's best - The Rain cleanser, After The Rain toner, The Dunes exfoliant, The Cloud face cream and The Nectar hand and body butter packed in a fabric pouch printed with the words of India's first prime minister Jawarhalal Nehru. $66

Monogrammed Mug Distinguish your mug from everyone else’s, or just whet your appetite for alphabet soup. $8

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Rainbow Crown Royal Gift Set Includes two limited edition rocks glasses. $23.49

Prairie Organic Vodka & Gin Gift Sets with Olive Oil Pours $19.99

Scharffen Berger fine chocolate $3.49

Gift Cards Galore Score a variety of gift cards for that special someone all in one place! (Subway, Visa, Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Macy’s, airlines, Home Depot, Barnes and Noble, Banana Republic, Shell/BP gas, etc.)

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Skullcandy Supreme Sound Merge Give that special someone an audio treat this holiday with crisp, clear Skullcandy Supreme Sound Merge earbud headphones. Skullcandy technology offers booming bass, natural vocals and precise highs. Mic1 technology is great for making and receiving phone calls. $39.99

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White House | Black Market The Boyfriend Cardi The boyfriend’s back and it’s never looked better. Slim, soft and lightweight with equestrian buckle details on the pockets and a ribbed band to define the waist. $88

The Boot

The Trench Fashion pulls rank on trench coat traditions with princess seams, a fitted waist and fullskirted twirl. $198

Tall, sleek and sophisticated— it’s the perfect boot for any occasion. $200

Instantly Slimming Leggings Soft and smooth, these mid-weight leggings smooth out all concerns about their body-skimming fit. Sleek under tunics, long sweaters—and tucked into boots. As seen in Lucky on Blake Lively. $60

The Statement Necklace Hand-cast goldtone jeweled settings bring in Lotus teal stones to frame a swag of substantially sized jet black crystal beads. With a chunky, textured double chain in the back, this necklace glimmers and shimmers with a bold presence that works at the office as well as after five. $88 Editor’s note: Prices given subject to change.

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Dress Like a Gentleman Gents, do you need some help defining what to wear to certain events and parties? Whether your host requests white tie or black tie attire, formal or semiformal wear, follow these tips to look your best. By JoS. A. Bank

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Dress for the occasion. Do some research before deciding what to wear. You can find tried-andtrue tips below, or you can ask other attendees what they plan to wear if you’re unsure. To be safe, overdress rather than underdress; it is easier to remove a tie or jacket than to scramble for one before the party.

Prepare your outfit ahead of time. Waiting until the last minute could limit your choices. If you need to rent men’s formalwear, the selection could be picked over. On the other hand, if you’re buying a new tuxedo or suit, you’ll need to give your clothier or tailor at least two weeks to fit it to you.

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Wear it with confidence. No matter what you are going to wear, wear it with poise. Looking good requires more than just wearing the right thing. You have to carry yourself well.

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Tips

for choosing white tie, black tie & semiformal attire

Keep these tips in mind when preparing for any occasion. JoS. A. Bank is ready to help you for any event with their expert staff and expert advice. White tie events

Black tie optional

Think ultra fancy. Required attire is a black tuxedo jacket with tails, formal black trousers with a single band of satin running down the leg, a formal wing collar dress shirt, a formal white pique vest and a white bow tie. Since tuxedo pants don’t allow for a belt, you will need to wear braces. When choosing a fabric, avoid polyester. Instead, opt for wool, which is a versatile fabric that holds its shape and keeps you comfortable. Complete your white tie look with patent leather black dress shoes.



You may either wear a tuxedo or a black suit; however, you should really wear the tuxedo. If you are wearing black, check for any rips, missing buttons or stains. Stave off lint with a lint roller or brush before dashing out the door.


Black tie events Black tie attire means you should wear a tuxedo, not a black suit. A classic tuxedo will always fit the bill. Wear a black tuxedo jacket, tuxedo pants, formal dress shirt, cummerbund or vest, bow tie and highly polished dress shoes. Look like a true pro with these style tips: Choose grosgrain lapels instead of satin. Grosgrain is more durable and will look sleeker longer.

Also, remember to match your socks to your pants and not your shoes (e.g., If you are wearing a navy tuxedo, wear navy socks).


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Cocktail dresS Try a freshly pressed suit with a tie and dress shirt. You want to look polished, not like you just walked away from eight hours in the office. If the event is in the evening, you should wear a dark suit and add a splash of color with your tie and a pocket square.



Semiformal attire Semiformal wear can be a gray area. Traditionally, it means you should wear a suit, but you may also be able to wear dress pants with a sportcoat. Make your decision based on the time of day and nature of the event. If it’s a daytime wedding, for example, err on the side of a suit. But if it’s friends going out for a nice dinner, dress pants and sportcoat would be fine. Choose lighter colored trousers and jackets in cream or tan for daytime events and darker colors such as charcoal, navy and black for evening.

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The modern Man Needs in his Closet By Stacey Finnegan, MINQ Owner and Fashion Curator 1637 West End Boulevard, St. Louis Park • www.shopminq.com

Remember the days when dressing casual meant you jumped out of bed, put on your favorite jeans and t-shirt from the floor and scrammed out the door? Yes? Well, forget those days. Hate to break it to you, but those days are over, at least most of them anyway. Sure you have those lazy Sundays when you don the too-big and too-old college jeans, watch sports all day on the couch and don’t leave the house, but the good and bad news is that isn’t every day. Now that you are a mature adult you need to dress the part. Here are some tips to build your wardrobe that will leave your friends wondering when you got so cool. Don't stress, this isn’t tough duty. Here are some tips that include big-boy wardrobe essentials and some ways to rock the current trends.

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Dark Denim – the new dress pant. Who says jeans are just for weekends? Consider these dark denims by Citizens of Humanity as the casual version of your dark suit when properly accessorized. Dress them up with a woven shirt that speaks attitude and class, dress them down with a high quality T-shirt and still look like you fit that part.

Citizens for Humanity Sid $225, MINQ


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Watch your style Tell me you don’t look at the watch a man is wearing and make a bit of an “assessment,” and I will tell you I don’t believe you. This so-small accessory speaks volumes of a man’s style and choices. Check out this beauty from MAX watches with interchangeable bands to give you class and variety. This 24-hour wristwatch offers a quartz movement, topgrade stainless steel case with screw-down crown cover and interchangeable bands in stainless steel and rubber. This watch is water-resistant to 200 meters, and has scratch-resistant mineral crystal. Great gift. You know, the “To: Me, Love: Me” kind.

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It’s OK to step up and buy some quality T-Shirts. You can save the logo tees for washing the car. These 100% cotton shirts by Velvet for men come in a variety of colors and will look as good as they feel. $59, MINQ

Don’t sell yourself short with the plain white button down all the time. You are more interesting than that, and your shirt should be too. Step out with this beauty from Bogosse with that dark denim you scored in step one. The color and button detail with the removable leather cuff links clearly states you have style and can carry it off with ease. Bogosse Shirt, $228, MINQ

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Color outside the lines

Let the lion out jackets that roar Men’s prints these days are more brash and adventurous than ever. Turn your eyes to the catwalks and you will see scores of Prince of Wales plaids made popular by old Scotsmen who wove these timeless fabrics. Today you will see them resurface with more crafty color than ever. Make this classically cool style effortless by paring with denim, or rock the suit if you really want to own it. And yes, you will feel those double takes coming your way. Relish them, you’ve earned it.

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Bogosse Shirt, $199, Moods of Norway jacket, $399, Citizens for Humanity jeans, $225 All found at MINQ

Give those dogs something to bark about Brown shoes? Check. Wear with denim? Check. Spice them up with great strings to show you care how you look? Checkmate. Let them know you pay attention to detail with this easy upgrade. $20, MINQ

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Bag it up We know you work hard and you should have a bag that works hard for you. Yes, you need to carry that laptop, but not in that eyesore, nylon, free-with-purchase thing. Carry your computer and paperwork in style with this leather messenger by Ben Sherman.

take a vested interest in how you look and you will strike the right cord. OK, we know you need to let your hair down sometimes, and this stylish option both looks good and feels good. This fresh take on the vest is versatile and plays well with others. Toss it over a sweater, woven shirt or even over a well fitted suit jacket if you’re true style trailblazer. Here it’s paired with the season’s latest corduroy in a neutral stone color that works with everything. And yes, cords are both warm and in style. Thank goodness for practical fashion.

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Scott James vest in burgundy $175, Scott James cords in slate $170, Scott James shirt $135 All found at MINQ

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Let’s tie this up Yep, ties are back. Wool ties, thin ties, bow ties with color. All are happening. Pair a gray wool tie with any button down or spread collar and give that shirt new life. Want to be noticed? Wear a colorful bow tie like this one, by local designer, Julie Marble, and you will. $48, MINQ

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TOaSTED COCONUT BUNDT CaKE Submitted by Nordic Ware

Makes one 10–12 cup Bundt cake CAKE – 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour – 2½ tsp baking powder – ½ tsp salt

– 1 cup (240 g) margarine, softened – 2 cups (400 g) sugar – 4 large eggs

– 1 tsp coconut extract – 1 tsp vanilla extract

– ¾ cup (180 ml) buttermilk – 1½ cups (350 g) sweetened, flaked coconut, toasted, divided GLAZE – 1 cup (120 g) confectioners’ sugar – ½ cup (120 ml) cream of coconut – 2 tbsp milk

– Sweetened whipped cream, optional Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour the Bundt pan you will be baking in. Set aside. Toasted Coconut: Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often until toasted and fragrant. Set aside.

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Cake: In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In another large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, cream the margarine and sugar together, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the extracts and beat well. Add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk and ending with the flour. Gently stir in 1 cup (230 g) of the toasted coconut. Pour batter into prepared pan and gently cut through batter once or twice with a rubber spatula. Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until cake is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Invert cake onto rack and cool completely. Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk confectioners’ sugar, cream of coconut and milk together until smooth. Place cooled cake on a serving plate and drizzle glaze evenly over the top. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup toasted coconut. Serve.

Toasted Coconut Bundt Cake – baked in the Nordic Ware pound cake and angel food pan


TIM’S UNIVERSaL BEEF RUB

LOW CaRB KID-FRIENDLY STEW Submitted by Janice Kalien, General Manager, ShowPlace ICON Theatre Lobby Lounge

– 1 lb of ground beef

– 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced or crushed tomatoes with juice – 1 box of low sodium chicken broth – 10-12 okra, sliced

– 1/2 small bag of frozen peas

– 1/2 bundle of kale (de-rib and tear into small pieces) – 1 cup barley

– 4 cloves of garlic

– 2 tablespoons of herbs de Provence or comparable dried herb mixture – Salt and pepper to taste

Submitted by Tim Johnson, Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Pan sear ground beef with grated garlic and half of the herbs until done. Put in a large saucepan with cans of tomatoes, chicken broth, herbs, barley and kale. Bring to boil then let simmer roughly 45 minutes or until barley is tender. Then add okra and peas and simmer for another 15 minutes or until okra is tender but still a little al dente. Add salt and pepper to taste.

– 1 cup brown sugar

– 1/4 cup ancho chili pepper – 1/4 cup smoked paprika

– 3+ tsp garlic powder (depending on your love of garlic) – 3+ tsp chipotle pepper (depending on how spicy you are) – 1 tsp cumin

– 2 tsp rosemary (I prefer to grind it down instead of using it whole) – 3 tsp epazote

Mix ingredients together and rub on beef before cooking.

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DOUBLE CHOCOLaTE CaKE WITH PEaNUT BUTTER FILLING Submitted by Nordic Ware

Makes one 10–12 cup Bundt cake PEANUT BUTTER FILLING – 1 cup (260 g) creamy peanut butter – ¾ cup (90 g confectioners’ sugar, sifted CAKE – 1 cup (240 g) unsalted butter, softened – 1 cup (200 g) sugar

– 1 cup (220 g) light brown sugar, packed – 1 tbsp vanilla extract – 3 large eggs, room temperature – 1¾ cups (210 g) all-purpose flour – 1 cup (85 g) unsweetened cocoa powder – 1½ tsp baking soda – 1 tsp salt

– 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk

– ½ cup (115 g) sour cream – 8 oz (225 g) 60% cacao bittersweet – chocolate bar, coarsely chopped GLAZE – 1¼ cups (165 g) semisweet chocolate chips – 7 tbsp heavy cream

– Semisweet chocolate curls, for garnish – Peanuts, lightly salted, for garnish – Whipped cream or ice cream, for serving Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour the Bundt pan you will be baking in. Set aside.

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Peanut Butter Filling: Mix peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar together in a small bowl. Set aside. Cake: In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and blend well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until light and fluffy. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together. Mix buttermilk and sour cream into batter, alternating with sifted dry ingredients. Mix well, but do not over beat. Fold in chopped chocolate. Spread 2/3 of batter evenly in prepared pan, using a spatula to push batter into crevices of pan as needed. Top with peanut butter filling in a ring, careful to not let filling touch the sides of the pan. Cover with remaining batter and smooth top. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Invert cake onto rack and cool completely. Glaze: In the top of a double boiler, combine chocolate chips and cream over simmering water. Stir until smooth. Pour glaze over cooled cake. Place cake on plate and decorate with chocolate curls and peanuts. Serve with fresh, sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.

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CROCK POT LaSaGNa Submitted by Chef Marshall O’Brien Serves 8 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time: 6-8 hours

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 2 cups mushrooms, sliced – 1 cup green bell pepper, seeded, chopped – 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped – 3 cups spinach, loosely packed, chopped – 1 lb. 2% cottage cheese – 2 cups + plus ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

– 26 oz. jarred low sodium pasta sauce – 1 pound, about 3 cups, zucchini, sliced, ¼-inch thick rounds – 8 oz. no-boil whole wheat lasagna noodles – ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated, divided

Directions: Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms, peppers, onions and spinach. Cook 5 minutes, or until water evaporates. Season with salt and pepper. In mixing bowl, mix cottage cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Divide into 2 portions. Grease slow cooker. Cover bottom with 1/3 of sauce and assemble as follows: single layer noodles, 1/3 of cooked vegetables, single layer zucchini, 1 portion of cottage cheese mixture, single layer of noodles. Repeat layering once in same order. Add layer of remaining sauce, cooked vegetables and zucchini. Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella and remainder ¼ cup parmesan cheese on top. Cook on low for 5 hours or until noodles and zucchini are tender.


SPECIaL BLaCK BEaNS aND RICE Submitted by Tim Johnson, Realtor with Coldwell Banker

Start by soaking 2 cups of dried black beans overnight in red wine instead of water. In the morning the beans will have soaked up the wine. Add water to cover the beans until you’re ready to cook.

GARNISH: – 1 large chopped tomato – sour cream

– 1 large onion, diced small

– fresh mozzarella (I like to use the small mozzarella balls)

– 1 green pepper, diced

– grated parmesan (optional)

– 1 rib or about 1 cup diced celery – 1 red pepper, diced

– 2 whole dried ancho chili peppers – 2 tsp salt

– 2 bay leaves

– 4 cloves minced garlic – 2 tsp dried thyme

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper – 1/2 cup sherry or port – 1 tablespoon miso

– 1 fresh squeezed lime

– 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped – 2 cups cooked brown rice

– lime wedges

– avocado wedges Drain the beans and add to a large pot. Add about 5 cups of water. Add in the onion, celery, peppers, ancho peppers, salt, bay leaves, garlic, thyme, oregano, and cayenne. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for about 20 minutes. Reduce to low and cover. Continue to cook until beans are soft (about 3 hours). Remove bay and ancho peppers. Mash up the mixture slightly with a fork or wooden spoon. Add in the cilantro, sherry/port, miso and lime juice. Cook for about two more minutes.

To serve: Ladle the cooked brown rice into each bowl and form into nest. Ladle the black beans into the middle of the rice nest. Top with fresh mozzarella, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, lime wedges and avocado. If you’re a cheese lover, add some grated parmesan for an extra layer of deliciousness! Serve and enjoy. Makes about 6 large servings.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 Noon - 4 p.m. An active outdoor community event open to all and filled with fun presented by St. Louis Park Rotary Clubs and St. Louis Park Parks and Recreation Department. Event participants should bring skates, skis, sleds, etc. to participate in the various events. The Rotary Club will be accepting donations at all bonfire/treat locations and in the Park Pavilions. Proceeds will support the 2014 St. Louis Park Summer Concert Series and provide funding for kids and families who need fee assistance for Parks & Recreation programs and events.

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STEaK & MUSHROOM PIE Submitted by Cooper Pub & Restaurant

Yield: 2-1/2 gallons (adjust measurements accordingly to fit your needs) – ½ cup oil blend – 10 lbs beef shoulder clod, diced – 7 lbs button mushrooms, sliced – 1 quart red wine – 3 ½ quart water – 3 tbsp beef base – 3 tbsp dry thyme – 5 sprigs rosemary – 3 cups onion, diced – 3 cups carrots, diced – 36 oz canned tomato fillets – ½ cup garlic, minced

Directions: In large skillet, brown beef. Remove from pan and reserve. Add onions, mushrooms, herbs, garlic and vegetables to pan. When vegetables are cooked add tomatoes and wine to deglaze. Cook until liquid is nearly evaporated. Mix water and beef base together. Return meat to pan with vegetables and add water/beef base mix. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. If sauce is too thin thicken with a roux or slurry. Place in desired serving dish. Top with mashed potato and place in oven to brown potato.

– To taste salt and pepper

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Yield: 1 quart – 2 ½ oz yellow onion, chopped – ¼ oz garlic, minced – ¼ oz oil – 1 large basil leaf, julienne – 1/3 cup tomato paste – 1 quart whole peeled tomatoes – 3 oz vegetable stock – 7 oz heavy cream 36% – 2 tsp kosher salt – pinch white pepper

Submitted by Janice Kalien, General Manager, ShowPlace ICON Theatre Lobby Lounge

Directions: Sweat onions in oil until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until it starts to brown slightly. Add tomato paste and basil and sauté quickly. Add tomatoes and stock, bring to a simmer then add cream. Let simmer to reduce slightly. Add seasoning then puree partially. There should be some chunks of tomato left.

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– 1 box of sheets of phyllo dough

– 10 thinly cut slices of prosciutto

– Expeller pressed coconut oil in spay can or basic cooking spray Wash and cut (or snap off) tough ends of asparagus. Set aside in groups of two. Take one slice of prosciutto and wrap, barber pole style around the two asparagus leaving tips exposed and set aside. Repeat with remaining asparagus. Take thawed phyllo dough sheet, cut in half lengthwise and spray with cooking spray (protect surface under with wax paper or something comparable). Roll pair of prosciutto wrapped asparagus in half sheet of phyllo dough, leaving tops of asparagus visible and spray again with cooking spray.

Pour soup into desired serving dish. Top with sliced bread and choice of cheese. Place in oven to melt cheese and brown bread.

Place on cookie sheet and cook at 350˚ for 10-15 minutes or until phyllo dough is golden brown, and serve!

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franchise and the product, as well as what it takes to run a store directly from the store’s team members. Once back in the Twin Cities, she also spent time achieving her food manager certification from the state of Minnesota. Fast forward nine months, and Frandsen was opening her first Minnesota Forever Yogurt location at The Shops at West End in late August 2013. Three weeks later, the store had its official grand opening on Sept. 21. To celebrate the opening, Frandsen held a contest which awarded free yogurt for a year to the first 50 people in line that day. Four brave souls set up camp outside the store at 5 a.m. that morning to secure their place in the giveaway.

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One thing that stood out to Frandsen is that Forever Yogurt is extremely in tune with its customers. Jewish customers will be pleased to know their yogurt is Kosher certified, as are select toppings. For those with nut allergies, the store separates nuts in one specific area of the topping bar; plus, the staff is trained to avoid cross contamination. And, those who are lactose intolerant always have at least two non-dairy options available. Forever Yogurt’s yogurt dispensers also have detailed flavor labels that indicate any possible allergens as well as other key dietary facts. Forever Yogurt at The Shops at West End rotates between 90 flavors throughout the year and based on the season. Mom’s Cake Batter, the hottest seller, is always available; so

Did you know? Forever Yogurt can host birthday parties! See a manager for details.


are variations on vanilla and chocolate flavors. There are always tart flavors, non-dairy sorbets and lowfat/nonfat/no-sugar-added options as well. This winter, FY will feature seasonal flavors including Candy Cane Crush and Holiday Eggnog. If you’re in the mood for a hot beverage, Frandsen suggests a Forever Yogurt Froth™. Froths are premium hot chocolates available in one of six flavors, including a spicy Abuelita, Hershey’s Milk and Dark Chocolate, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and Andes Mints. Froths are made with milk but can be ordered with soy or lactose-free options; for even more flavor, toppings can also be added as well. In addition to flavorful yogurts and rich Froths, the bright interior layout also makes each store special. “I love that each Forever Yogurt store is unique,” explained Frandsen. “From the Minnesota-themed illustrations on the wall, to the reclaimed wood used on the walls and tables, the design is unique to my store.” Another unique addition to the interior is that Frandsen opted to create a free-standing topping bar. Most frozen yogurt stores have

their toppings mounted on the wall, but she wanted the toppings to be a decorative focal point. Frandsen says the best part of her store experience thus far has been the satisfying commendations she hears from her customers…“This is the classiest yogurt place we’ve ever seen.” “We won’t go anywhere else.” “This place is always so clean, we’re impressed.” Her store is beginning to build quite the following; in fact she knows the names of many of her frequent customers who have already become loyal to the brand.

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With one store now open, and the excitement for the franchise spreading, Frandsen plans to open additional Forever Yogurt stores in the Twin Cities in the coming years. We admire her drive, especially since she spends over a hundred hours per week nurturing her first location. But that’s exactly what keeps her going. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from running my own business, there’s no sitting down. I’m constantly on the go. I love it!” said Frandsen.

Get Connected: For those who like finding a deal, Frandsen suggests customers follow Forever Yogurt on twitter at “@FYwestend” where Forever Yogurt will post surprise offers including discounts and contests.

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HOW CAN I GET MOTIVATED TO STAY ACTIVE IN WINTER? Certainly enlisting the support of others helps maintain motivation. Joining a tennis league or a Nordic ski club can help give a sense of community, accountability and structure. In addition to staying active physically, consider establishing creative or intellectual activities such as an art class, book club or learning a new language. What better time than winter to explore indoor activities, which can invigorate the mind and provide a healthy distraction.

WHAT ARE GOOD WAYS TO KEEP MY MOOD UP THROUGH THE COLD, DARK WINTER? Through a balance of rest, movement, nutrition, connection to others and relating kindly to yourself, rather than engaging your inner-critic. Many with the winter blues can be hard on themselves. It’s important to remember your feelings aren’t permanent and you’re not alone. I recommend a meditation practice, and ideally a moving meditation such as yoga, to assist with letting go of that inner-critic. This is a vital and ancient medicinal practice which modern scientific research also supports. Also consider brainstorming a list of all the factors that lead to your overall well-being. Then select 3 that are “non-negotiable.” An example could be: (1) getting 8 glasses of water a day, (2) sleeping 7 hours a night, and (3) exercising 4 days a week. Then ask a friend to help hold you accountable.

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YourselF Ways to take care of your mind and body while surviving and thriving this challenging season. By Rachel Allyn, PhD

I’VE READ ABOUT LIGHT THERAPY. HOW DOES THAT WORK AND IS IT EFFECTIVE? Light therapy involves exposure to a full-spectrum light by sitting in front of a box containing light bulbs with a screen, similar to a lamp. By allowing the skin and periphery of our pupils to absorb the light, it is understood that a "light box" influences our circadian rhythm, the body's internal clock. Depending on when bright light is presented, the body's internal clock - which controls daily rhythms of body temperature, hormone secretion, and sleep patterns - shifts ahead or becomes delayed. Light therapy can correct an inner clock by stimulating chemicals in the brain connected to mood. One example is the hormone melatonin, which in excess can lead to sleepiness. This may explain why people not getting the light they require feel lethargic, less motivated and experience the "winter blues." Research indicates that resetting or maintaining the schedule of your internal clock through light therapy sessions can help alleviate low mood. This is particularly true when used consistently for about 20-30 minutes per day, typically in the morning upon waking. Experiment with the time of day and length of time that's best for you.

YOU’RE A RUNNER AND A YOGI, WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN WINTER? This has changed over time and been driven by different factors. Ultimately, my goal is self-regulation. I focus on regulating my mood, energy, nutrition, sleeping, and movement. It's taken me a long time to establish a deep sense of connection myself and the ways I can be thrown out of balance. When this happens I turn to my resources - such as my breath to manage my nervous system, or my community to feel support. These resources can be different for everyone. For me, physical movement and a sense of purpose has been crucial to staying present and energetic in the winter months.

About the Author – Dr. Rachel Allyn is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified yoga instructor practicing in St. Louis Park. Dr. Allyn’s lifelong experience as a competitive athlete combined with her training as a psychologist and yoga instructor create a mind-body-spirit healing session tailored for your needs. To learn more about winter blues, yoga, and meditation, visit www.DrRachelallyn.com.

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Glamour Nails

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

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

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

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

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

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. COMING SOON

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A healthful alternative to traditional fatty food. Fresh, made-to-order healthy food with a great taste. 952.746.4506 Leave it Toby Keith to create a restaurant that offers great food and the best live music in St. Louis Park. 763.450.9999

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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