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Fun, Fabulous and Uniquely You

Laurie Kottke F IN E JEW ELER S

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Letter from the Editors


New year. New decade. New beginnings. Some exciting changes to our lineup are in store for you this year. We are excited to welcome the talented and well-respected interior designer Andrew Flesher as a regular contributor. He will be answering your most pressing questions about design—and will divulge some of the secrets to his success. Jen and Andréa at Fiddlehead Design Group are geared up for 2020. They have moved into a stunning new studio space at IMS and have some exciting plans in the works. Their Tastemaker Diaries feature has a fresh new look. In this issue, we feature interior designer Beth Boucher’s first foray into a full-home remodel— her own. She transformed a traditional English Tudor into a light-filled family home. We also spent some time with her family in their new space. The team at Dovetail Renovation has completed the transformation of the 1920’s bungalow in the Cedar Isles area. We love what they did to modernize this family home, without sacrificing its character. Shayne Barsness is a force of nature and is well known for her incredible Shayne & Coco jewelry line. She shares her memories of raising her family in the Lakes area. A couple of our feature contributors suggest ways to deal with the long Minnesota winters. Kim Bartmann pours through seed catalogs and loves to bake. Sara Ryan Duffy tempts us with planning an escape to a warmer spot. The Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii might be the perfect answer. The stunning renovation done under the umbrella of the Auberge Resort Collection is profiled in her feature. Kim Valentini had no idea how important a pair of good hiking boots might be as she pushed herself to the limit on the Inca Trail. She has created a life of pursuing adventure travel and giving back to communities in need, all over the world. Our friends at Hairless Dog Brewing Company are committed to combatting the stigma of non-alcoholic beers with an innovative approach to brewing. They are creating a portfolio of flavorful non-alcoholic craft beers that are 0.0% ABV. They give people who want to live a life free of alcohol some incredible options. We also visited with artist Bob Hest, who shared the most wonderful stories of his magical childhood in Hawley, MN. Those years have shaped his approach to his large format oil paintings, which are transformed into stunning rugs for the home. May these pages inspire you­—and give you a brief escape from the harsh realities of the Minnesota winter. We are ever grateful for your incredible support. lake society magazine





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Jen and AndrĂŠa have some suggestions on ways to chase away the winter doldrums.


Beth Boucher transformed a traditional English Tudor into a calming oasis for her young family.


A brand new studio space at IMS gives the design team at Fiddlehead more room to showcase product as well as design vignettes that inspire.


Interior designer Andrew Flesher answers your most frequently asked design questions.


The Boucher family balances a busy schedule with relaxing and restorative time exploring Lake Harriet and the surrounding park lands.


Sara Ryan Duffy tempts us with the perfect winter getaway, the Mauna Lani Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. lake society magazine







A charming 1920’s bungalow is given a major makeover while preserving the details that made it a well-loved family home. Shayne Barsness reminisces about raising her family in the Twin Cities – and describes her passion for reimagining vintage jewels.

56 TR AVEL WITH PURPOSE A hefty investment in a pair of hiking boots compelled Kim Valentini to push to the limit while hiking the Inca Trail.

Hairless Dog Brewing Company rides the wave of the “Sober Curious” movement with their non-alcoholic craft beers. Kim Bartmann shares her secret formula for dealing with the dreaded “cabin fever.”


Childhood experiences inspire Bob Hest’s paintings, which are transformed into beautiful rugs for the home. WINTER 2020




Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon of award-wining Fiddlehead Design Group are known for their signature use of color, texture and pattern play that stands out in the local design circuit. Their clients and friends also have them on speed dial for everyday lifestyle advice. These Twin Cities tastemakers share what they’re cozying up to this winter!

GRANNY CHIC “By Far” is a Fiddlehead favorite line to love and collec t. T hes e croc-embossed

HOT FOR HOYAS Stuck hibernating inside and need a little extra O2? Add a couple of the hottest new houseplants to energize your space. Both Hoya “Hindu rope” and Hoya “publicalyx” can be found at Tonkadale Greenhouse.

booties would make even Laura Ingalls Wilder a style star.

COZY CASUAL Perfect for a weekend at the cabin or ax throwing date night! We love this masculine trucker jacket paired with a feminine floral cord. Contrast for the style win. Levis jacket and Madewell cords

DOUBLE DUTY This Staud beauty really fits the Fiddlehead Mantr a of, “Serious about St yle. Fanatic about Function.” The tote will take you to the office and the clutch will take you out on the town!


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SAY ‘YA BETCHA TO THE DRESS! Stay covered and comfy in this full length dress from Warm (yes, that’s correct!). Throw on your coziest tights, boots and shearling vest for a chic MN night out!

HUG IN A MUG Mus hroom Hot Cho colate?!?! We promise, it’s like a warm hug on a cold night and it tastes delicious! Jump on the reishi health train and treat yourself to an amazing night’s rest and reduced stress.

ZAC + FOX MADE IT TO MINNE! Finally! Zak + Fox, a Fiddlehead favorite, is being represented at the Holly Hunt showroom in IMS and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Their classic, yet storied, palette works so well with our love of layers and all things texture. Come check them out!

LAYERED LUXE The winter months in MN have many of us nesting at home. Layer on the patterns and textures to create a warm and cozy space to hide out until Spring. Tapis Decor and FSchumacher IMS

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LIGHT AND BRIGHT Beth Boucher transformed a traditional English Tudor into a calming oasis for her young family. written by ellen olson, photography by andrea rugg photography


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“For me, taking an older home and bringing it new life was always on my bucket list.” BETH BOUCHER, INTERIOR DESIGNER




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When James and Beth Boucher toured the traditional English Tudor in the East Harriet neighborhood, they weren’t quite sure how they could make it theirs. They loved the yard, which was perfect for two young boys and a rambunctious puppy, but the house was filled with dark woods and heavily textured walls. The previous homeowners had lovingly tended to the home, so there were no “major” infrastructure updates that were needed, and that was a big plus. Beth couldn’t quite shake the daydreams of making the home perfect for her family. “I just kept on thinking about the house,” said Beth. “For me, taking an older home and bringing it new life was always on my bucket list.” So she and James took the plunge. The first step of the process was to assess what they wanted to keep. “We fell in love with the original leaded glass windows and the original doorknobs,” said Beth. “The size and patina of some of the hardware would be impossible to replace.” They also loved the incredible woodwork, doors and wood floors, despite them being very dark and heavy. Beth collaborated with Darril Otto, who was able to formulate a process for lightening the beams, doors, and mantle. “He was able to enhance the beautiful wood grain and create the perfect balance between warmth and coolness,” remarked Beth. “He is a master at his craft, which takes the eye of a true artist. He plastered the walls, covering the heavy texture with a fine, Italian honed plaster. This creates a smoother appearance, yet preserves the integrity of a traditional Tudor from that era. The result is glorious!” Beth updated all of the lighting fixtures throughout the home excluding two sconces relocated to her office. “I wanted to create spaces for the way our family loves to live, and to create a lighter, brighter, more airy feeling,” she remarked. Beth had a very specific vision for the home that she curated from design magazines and her years of dreaming to be an interior designer. “I have favorite designers that really influenced the decisions I made in the home, including my mother, who was in the industry for thirty years,” said Beth. “I would fold and tear pages from magazines new and old— to bring together my ideas. This is our ‘forever’ home, so I wanted to make choices that would stand the test of time.” Beth worked with a number of local retailers who served as resources as she furnished and accessorized her home. Victory, Loft Antiques, Isles Studio, The Foundry, Zachary Ltd., and H&B Gallery are just a few that helped her find the perfect touches to create the serene and calming space. Beth also had a trusted advisor for her project, Jeff Vick, who provided day-to-day assistance and coordination. He was the caretaker for the couple who owned the home previously; his insights, stories and wisdom were invaluable to the process. Beth and her family lived in the home for a portion of the remodel. Needless to say they were pleased when finishing day arrived. Now that the project is completed, they are reveling in the choices that they made, and they feel it was completely worth it. “We all love this home so dearly and feel so connected to it,” said Beth. Beth Boucher Interiors: WINTER 2020


NEW DECADE, A brand new studio space at IMS gives the design team at Fiddlehead room to showcase new products and create design vignettes that inspire.

written by ellen olson with jen and andrĂŠa photography by andrea rugg photography


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“The natural light and open floor plan really foster collaboration and creativity.” JEN & ANDRÉA, FIDDLEHEAD DESIGN GROUP


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When the opportunity to move into a larger studio space on the second floor of International Market Square became available, interior designers and business partners Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon of Fiddlehead Design Group couldn’t say no. “We had outgrown our old studio and this new space checked all the boxes,” said Andréa. “The natural light and open floor plan really foster collaboration and creativity.” At over 2000 square feet, the team will be able to spread out and showcase products and design vignettes that will inspire clients and potential customers. Jen and Andréa have been working together for over 15 years and offer a wide range of services that cover all areas of interior design. They differ from other firms, however, in that they offer custom kitchen and bath design in-house. Andréa is a certified kitchen designer with over 15 years of experience. The team at Fiddlehead can provide the necessary floor plans, elevations, and specifications for your project and work with local artisans and contractors to implement your design. Jen and Andréa work on every project together so that each client gets two different perspectives, skills sets, and opinions. “Our clients often comment on how much they enjoy watching the creative process and the synergy that our team has,” remarked Andréa. “Clients are drawn to Fiddlehead because we don’t have a ‘design recipe’ that we follow. Every project is custom and a true partnership with our clients.” This creates a result that is one-of-a-kind, as is the experience. “We take our designs seriously, but not ourselves,” said Jen. “The design process is supposed to be fun! Our goal is to have our clients love the journey as much as the end result.” Andréa and Jen have some fresh ideas about how they are going to use their new space. They plan to host a variety of events ranging from social happy hours for vendors and clients, pop-ups featuring collaborations with local artisans, and educational seminars for prospective and existing clients. Topics may include how to work with a designer, the design process itself, kitchen design, or how to survive a remodel. Information forthcoming. International Market Square is under new management and several exciting changes have been taking place. “The introduction of new, non-design related businesses into IMS has made it more approachable and useable. We welcome the foot traffic that these changes have brought to IMS, and we think it will positively impact our business moving forward.” When asked about what’s in store for this dynamic duo in 2020, they had this to say, “We are connecting with more clients outside of Minnesota, which gives us an opportunity to stretch our design muscles and work in styles that might not be as prevalent in our area. We are also adding to our team to better serve our clients and strengthen the foundation of our business. Many of our projects are for repeat clients—and we really appreciate those relationships. It’s humbling to be asked back time and time again.” If you are looking for a design adventure, consider Fiddlehead Design Group where their tagline says it best, “Serious about Style. Fanatic about Function.” Visit their new studio at IMS or online to connect with the team. WINTER 2020




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Interior designer Andrew Flesher answers your most frequently asked design questions. photography by paul raeside photography

Q. A.

Why should I hire a designer?

I get asked this question a lot. The practical answer is this: a good designer will guide you through a process that helps you achieve the result you want. They will save you time, keep you from making costly mistakes and will help minimize your frustrations with the more mundane aspects of interior design—like order tracking and managing time tables. They will handle all of those things that happen behind the scenes—things that you don’t really need to know or understand. This will save you a lot of time, and a lot of money in the long run. But the creative process—that’s where the magic happens. It’s the reason that I became a designer. I want to create beautiful designs and help people realize their dreams. A good designer will listen to your ideas and understand your desires, aspirations and lifestyle. They will consider elements in your room and its layout—and will bring it together in a way that you probably could never imagine. Clients often tell me “I know what I like and what I don’t like, but I don’t know how to make it happen. I can’t pull it all together.” That’s what a designer does. Some call it alchemy, which is defined as “a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation and combination.” Creative ideas and vision are some of the “it factors” that an experienced designer brings to the table; but they also are able to implement the design and bring that vision to life in your room. The ordinary becomes extraordinary. Working with a designer also provides you access to resources that are way beyond the scope of what is available in retail stores. You do not have to be limited to a brand’s seasonal choices. Designers have access to beautiful custom fabrics, wall coverings, lighting, furniture and accessories. The quality of choices is superior. I always say, “Buy good. Buy once.” So, hopefully I have made my case. A good interior designer can design room or a home that is uniquely you, down to the last detail. They can create a result that is better than anything you could have dreamed. And, most importantly, they can make the process a joyful one. If you have a design or resource question that you’d like me to address, please send it to and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: WINTER 2020 33

FAMILY AFFAIR The Boucher family balances a busy schedule with relaxing and restorative time exploring Lake Harriet and the surrounding parks. written by madilyn justine rowe photography by aj sundby


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“Breathing in the cold air out in the middle of the frozen lake restores your soul and is such a calming experience.” BETH BOUCHER






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James and Beth Boucher recently completed the dramatic transformation of their home in East Harriet and they are ready to settle in. The two of them, along with their two young boys, James (13) and Benjamin (3), and their puppy, Lincoln, take full advantage of their proximity to Lake Harriet. “We love spending time together enjoying the lakes,” remarked Beth. “We live just a block from the lake and the Rose Garden and we enjoy the changes each season brings.” They have lived in their current home for about a year and a half. They chose it because it had the perfect yard for the boys to run and play. Their home is also located near Nana, who lives just on the other side of the lake, an ideal stopping point for a cup of tea. The boys are as busy as you might expect. Young James attends South View Middle School and Benjamin goes to Sunshine Montessori. James is very athletic—running around the lakes, tossing the football. He also plays travel basketball and lacrosse. Seasonal favorites are skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer. Benjamin is currently obsessed with firepoles. He loves playing “fireman” and sets up scenes so the entire family can assume their different roles as firefighters. Both boys adore their pup, Lincoln, a rescue Boxer mix. He’s an incredible friend; he can be playful or snuggly, depending on the boys’ mood. In the spring, summer and early fall, the Boucher family walks and bikes the lake path to the band shell, the magical trolley that is a bit of a trip in a time capsule, or one of the many parks in the area. Treats at the waterfront concession Bread & Pickle are often part of the outing. “We love watching the changing seasons at the Lyndale Park Rose and Peace Gardens,” said Beth. “The Florentine fountain is beautiful and the spectacle of the gardens when they are in full bloom is really something to behold. The boys love catching frogs in the pond. The parks are such a wonderful sanctuary for taking pause.” The Lyndale Park Rose Garden is actually the second oldest rose garden in the United States. Over 3000 plants of 100 different varieties are carefully tended and make it a favorite destination for neighborhood families and visitors alike. The Bouchers also make the best of the winter weather—regardless of how cold it might get. “We love to get out on the lake with our dog, pulling our youngest in the sled,” remarked Beth. “Breathing in the cold air out in the middle of the frozen lake restores your soul and is such a calming experience. We all come home fully rejuvenated.” In their free time, the Bouchers like to venture to Linden Hills. They love going for a bite to eat, a trip to the bookstore, a treat of a new toy, a workout or just a stroll. The family can also be seen at any of the neighborhood eateries, including Punch Pizza, located in Calhoun Village. They make an evening of it by going for a new book at Barnes & Noble, then grabbing pizza at Punch, and topping it off with a Rustica cookie or tea for dessert. “Evenings like this are a win for every member of the family!” lake society magazine

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For those Hawaiian beach goers who want to be away from the throngs of tourists, the Big Island of Hawaii is just the spot. The largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it is home to only 13% of the total population of the islands. The volcanic island is approximately 4,000 square miles and home to colorful beaches of white, black and green sand. The island was entirely formed from volcanic activity. One of the most active volcanoes in the world is located on the South East side of the island. Kilauea Volcano measures 37 miles deep into the earth’s center. The frequent eruptions of molten lava have left the landscape with cooled blackened lava flows. In sharp contrast, travel to the north to the green hills of Waimea. It is a perfect spot to horseback ride or hike the Waipi’o Valley. The most popular beach resorts can be found on the Kona-Kohala coastline. Something old is new again. This certainly applies to the iconic Mauna Lani hotel located on the Kona-Kohala coast on the island of Hawaii. The Maua Lani has garnered the favor of celebrities dating back to Elvis Presley and more recently, Justin Bieber. In the past few years, the 30-year-old mainstay had become a bit tired. In May 2018, Auberge Resort Collection acquired the aging 32 acre paradise and began an extensive $250 million renovation. This was not your typical renovation, but rather a rebirth. In true Auberge Resort Collection style, they have succeeded in attaining approachable luxury. Gone are the brightly colored tiles and waterfalls. The open-air lobby has been given an airy and light filled update. The design is a great fusion of local touches and the Auberge elegance their guests have come to expect. Soft neutral tones grace the rooms, suites and bungalows. For the ultimate experience, the bungalows will afford the privacy you seek with the service you require. With 4000 square feet of indoor/ outdoor space, the crowning jewel is your own private pool and spa. Part of the extensive upgrades was the relocation of the swimming pools, including a newly built adults only pool. Home to one of the best beaches on the Kona-Kohala coast, the activities offered fuse the abundance of the surrounding nature. Outrigger Canoe excursions, coconut frond weaving and underwater rock running immerse you in the culture and topography of the Kona-Kohala coast. World-class golf is steps away at their 36 holes of championship courses. Home to the Senior Skins Game for 10 years, this golfing mecca is not to be missed. For those who enjoy fine dining, the Mauna Lani will not disappoint. They have just named chef Matt Raso, who was most recently the executive chef at Nobu in Dallas, Honolulu, and Miami, to head the on-site Canoe Restaurant. The openair casual dining restaurant, HaLani, offers a lighter fare and an innovative menu. A partnership with Goop was recently announced; they will be managing the retail space slated to open later this year. As the gray Minnesota winter days drag on, consider escaping to the sun, surf and sand of the Mauna Lani. It’s time to be a part of the storied history of this Hawaiian gem! SRD International offers a unique approach to travel—one tailored to the individual. This travel concierge offers traditional travel services as well as memorable, bespoke experiences for the adventurer, and those who desire highly personalized travel assistance. WINTER 2020


BUNGALOW REMADE A charming 1920’s bungalow is given a major makeover while preserving the details that made it a well-loved family home. written by ellen olson, photography by kory reckinger, kory kevin studio


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“We carefully considered how we could retain the best features of the home while creating more modern living spaces that were in keeping with how our clients want to live today.” NATHAN CHRISTENSON, DOVETAIL RENOVATION




Raising a family and living in the same home for 25 years is a wonderful gift. But, after the children are grown and gone, and the dust settles, one might take a look around and realize that maybe a little bit of the luster has worn off – and that a “makeover” is in order and well-deserved. That was essentially the call that Nathan Christenson and Doug Tanner, partners at Dovetail Renovation, received from the owners of this charming 1920’s bungalow. It had been 20 years since the last update, and the homeowners decided that it was time to make some pretty extensive changes, without sacrificing any of the charming details of their lovely family home. Dovetail is known for their ability to join exceptional design with meticulous craftsmanship and they were the perfect choice for the project. After a walk-through and discussion about the homeowners’ desires with the interior designer and architect, it was clear that a major redo of the home was needed. As with many homes from this period, it was characterized by lots of heavy wood detail and very well defined, but small spaces. To start, walls were opened up to connect the family and living rooms, which lightened and brightened the entire floor. The opening to the family room was widened and the room painted – creating a welcoming, but sophisticated, space for relaxation and family time. In some of the rooms, the dark wood trim was painted white. The beadboard paneled ceiling, however, is part of the original finishes. In the living room, the mantle was reworked for the brick fireplace, along with contemporary built in pieces that complement the original millwork. In the dining room the original oak buffet was preserved, as were the beautiful oak floors. Martha Dayton Design assisted the homeowners in choosing new furniture for the main living areas. Choices are classic and fresh, with a bit of mid-century modern edge. Splashes of vibrant color are located throughout the home, although they were used sparingly. The kitchen was updated with new light-colored granite countertops and a bright teal backsplash. A new, light-filled mudroom with custom-built cabinets, drawers and shoe cubbies completed the changes on the main floor. Upstairs, four bedrooms and two bathrooms needed modernization. But, the first order of business was to address the very narrow, steep, and dark staircase that started from an open door in the first floor dining room. “It was an odd configuration and it felt like you were going upstairs into an attic,” commented Doug Tanner. “So, we raised the height of the door opening and the height of the staircase ceiling, and then opened up one of the staircase walls as it transitioned to the second floor. The result is a more open and more pleasant trip up and down the stairs.” The bedrooms and bathrooms were updated with classic finishes – white cabinets, new bathroom fixtures and hardware, new sconces, beautiful marble tile and stone floors. “A home like this has so much character that one has to tread carefully,” remarked Christenson. “We thoughtfully considered how we could retain the best features of the home, like the amazing millwork and flooring, but to create more modern living spaces that are in keeping with how our clients want to live today.” The result is a charming bungalow that feels comfortable and modern, but still like home. 50

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ARTIST CHIC Shayne Barsness reminisces about raising her family in the Twin Cities—and describes her passion for reimagining vintage jewels. written by ellen olson, photography by agv photography


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“The most rewarding aspect of my business is that I get to redesign jewels with pieces that might otherwise end up languishing in an old forgotten jewelry box or worse yet, landfill.� SHAYNE BARSNESS, SHAYNE & COCO


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Shayne Barsness has the most charming habit of referring to many of her life events as “happy accidents.” She is a creative tour de force and a fountain of positivity—and is well known in the community. Shayne grew up in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and left at the age of 17 for college in Colorado. After college, she lived in many different places, including Delaware, California, Florida, Pennsylvania (again), and then Wisconsin before landing in Minnesota, where she has lived for 25 years. “I was married to a Navy pilot turned commercial pilot,” explained Shayne. “We stumbled into Minneapolis after I visited SR Harris Fabric. I was sourcing fleece for my children’s outdoor accessory line. It was a happy accident.” Shayne and her husband fell hard and fell fast. They loved the Twin Cities so much that they decided that it would be the perfect place for them to raise their three children. Shayne’s children are now grown. Daughter Greer spent several years in southern California and southern Sweden working with dressage horses. She pursued that great adventure with a passion, but returned to Minneapolis four years ago. Greer is back in the Twin Cities and is happy to be in the place where her roots are: home. She currently works in real estate with a local lakes area firm. Shayne also has two sons; one lives in Salt Lake City and the youngest lives in New York City. “We have a family tradition of going to Isles Bun & Coffee for that perfect little treat, puppy dog tails, when the whole crew comes for a visit,” said Shayne. “For those of you who don’t know, they are the small, twisted versions of their classic cinnamon roll—and they are delicious!” The creation of Shayne’s jewelry line, Shayne & Coco, was another “happy accident.” When Etsy first launched as a selling platform, Shayne was ordering vintage jewels for her shop STYLE MINNEAPOLIS on Nicollet Avenue. “I started re-designing the pieces by adding pearls,” remarked Shayne. “People took notice and the line was launched.” Shayne’s inspiration and muse is the classic Coco Chanel (hence the name). “I always try to incorporate pearls in my designs, as I believe they are timeless and can be worn with absolutely anything and everything!” For Shayne, the most rewarding aspect of her business is that she gets to redesign jewels with pieces that might otherwise end up languishing in an old forgotten jewelry box or worse yet, landfill. “I love making old things feel current and giving tired jewels a new, classic life,” she said. Shayne has lived in the Uptown and Lowry Hill neighborhoods for most of her 25 years in the city. She was drawn to the area because it has on of the few “hills” in the city—Mount Curve. “I grew up in Pennsylvania, which is full of rolling hills—and I missed them,” said Shayne. “I also love the city lakes, and they are an integral part of my daily life. I walk or rollerblade the chain of lakes at every opportunity.” She has fond memories of her children learning to ice skate on Lake of the Isles, playing tennis on the Kenwood Park courts, and many winter days sledding on “suicide hill.” Shayne’s life is full of self-described “happy accidents”— and her love affair with the Twin Cities is one we hope continues. Instagram: @shayneandcoco WINTER 2020


WALK A MILE‌ A hefty investment in a pair of hiking boots propelled Kim Valentini to push to the limit while hiking the Inca Trail. written by kim valentini 56

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I have always defined a great vacation as an exotic getaway, taking in all that the local culture has to offer, indulging in great food and wine, and relaxing under sunny skies as the surf pounds the beach. Rarely did my picture-perfect vacation include any kind of physical exertion beyond operating a motorized scooter, bike or boat. That all changed when at 48 years of age I purchased my first pair of hiking boots as I reluctantly prepared to hike the Inca Trail in Peru. The fabled path, constructed centuries ago by the Incans, was on my bucket list—along with parachuting out of an airplane, climbing Kilimanjaro, running a marathon, and other various activities which required a more elevated level of fitness. I admit, I was reticent about purchasing a pair of boots that would set me back a few hundred dollars and, following the trek, would collect dust adjacent to my coveted collection of high heels. Yet, the importance of having the right gear was stressed as necessary by the mountain guide, in order to climb the steep ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass at 14,000 feet in the Andes and then on to the Gate of the Sun, which rests majestically above Machu Pichu. To gain access to the Inca Trail, a bridge that spans the raging Urubamba River is crossed. I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie navigating the bridge on foot as the wind blew through the canyon carved out by the strong currents of the river. The excitement of the adventure and the accompanying adrenaline propelled my feet up the mountain. At first it was easy. I had trained for months. But, as I climbed higher, every step became more challenging and I was consumed with self-doubt. I began to talk to myself, “I can do this!” I took a few more steps and reminded myself to breathe. Oxygen is in short supply at that altitude. Consumed with the physical task at hand, I was unaware of the beauty of the snow-capped mountains in the distance, the sun beginning to set behind the peaks, and the sound of the gentle breeze blowing through the mountain passes. In retrospect, it was a physical and mental challenge tantamount to childbearing. In the middle of it, we ask ourselves, “What have I gotten myself into?” You promise you will never subject yourself to something like this again. But when it’s over, you look back and review where you have come from and, like childbirth, you believe that you can do it all over again! I was hooked. Trekking the Inca Trail endeared me to a love of adventure beyond my comfort zone that I had never experienced before. That was 12 years ago. Since then I have hiked the peaks of Cape Town on Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, trekked in Patagonia in Chile, and rode horses and biked through the National Parks of Ecuador. Over the years, my boots became a staple of my wardrobe and they have taken me around the globe. Most recently I wore them on a 150-mile trek on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. At mile 145, I was walking with a sole-less left shoe, having worn away the tread of the boot after a decade of miles and memories. Those boots had been a good investment after all. When was the last time you leaned into adventure? Let this be the year! Kim Valentini is the Founder of Smile Network International, a global non-profit organization established to provide medical services free of charge to impoverished children around the world. The work of this organization is funded in part by organizing adventure travel to many of the world’s most popular destinations.





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NO REGRETS Hairless Dog Brewing Company rides the wave of the “Sober Curious� movement with their non-alcoholic craft beers that are always 0.0% ABV. written by ellen olson, photography by hairless dog brewing company



AROUND TOWN “We are committed to creating high-quality, full-bodied and flavorful options that are always 0.0% ABV.” JEFF HOLLANDER AND PAUL PIRNER, CO-FOUNDERS, HAIRLESS DOG BREWING COMPANY


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Hairless Dog Brewing Company co-founders Jeff Hollander and Paul Pirner find themselves in the right place at the right time. In 2018 they created the first craft beer with 0.0% alcohol by volume (ABV) in the United States and they are well poised to capture market share in the burgeoning non-alcoholic beverage industry. The demand for low-to-zero alcohol beverages is projected to grow by 32% by 2022—thanks in large part to the “Sober Curious” Movement. Jeff and Paul, former neighbors, founded the company in 2017 after seeing one another at a holiday party. They realized neither of them was drinking and they began talking about the lack of options in the marketplace for people, like them, who were choosing to live a life free of alcohol. That conversation evolved into starting Hairless Dog. Once they came up with the play on the phrase “hair of the dog” for the company name, it stuck. “We founded Hairless Dog on the principal that consumers shouldn’t have to compromise when choosing an alcohol-free option,” said co-founder Jeff Hollander. “We are committed to creating high-quality, full-bodied and flavorful options that are always 0.0% ABV.” Traditionally, non-alcoholic options have lacked in flavor, have developed a bit of a stigma as a lackluster option, and therefore relegated to the back shelves of the liquor store. Hairless Dog co-founders Jeff and Paul felt they could do better—a lot better. Although non-alcoholic products are only required to contain less than 0.5% alcohol, Jeff and Paul felt it was imperative to create a 0.0% beer, and to do it in a different way. “Creating an alcohol free beer is very challenging,” said Paul. “All current brewing methods start with alcohol, which is removed through various processes. However, when you remove the alcohol, you also strip the flavor. We created our own proprietary brewing process exclusive of alcohol to ensure we could deliver a flavorful craft beer that is always 0.0% ABV.” Hairless Dog is one of only a few craft breweries across the country that exclusively brews non-alcoholic beer. Their four staple offerings include a signature Black Ale, NA IPA, Coffee Stout and the addition of their next release, their Citra Lager, which should be hitting the shelves this spring. The response to Hairless Dog Brewing products has been overwhelming. They currently use a co-packer in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to keep up with demand. Although the company is focused on growth and distribution in 2020, they hope to welcome friends and customers to their own taproom sometime in the future. “We’ve come a long way from when we were labeling bottles in our basement and hand delivering them to stores around Minneapolis,” remarked Paul. “It’s incredible to see what a difference a year can make.” The brews are available in a number of independent liquor stores locally and Jeff and Paul are grateful for those partners who gave them a chance as they started the company. They recently landed a national distribution deal with Total Wine, which was the ultimate stamp of approval. “It’s an exciting time to be in the non-alcoholic industry and we are committed to creating a company that sustains itself with integrity and value,” said CEO Jeff Hollander. “Consumers are looking for options and support for living a life free of alcohol. We will continue to develop our flavor profile by releasing seasonal brews and give them that freedom of choice.” WINTER 2020


CABIN FEVER written by kim bartmann

Lemon Poppyseed Layer Cake


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7 Lemons (zest + juice, separate) 4 C Flour, Turkey Red Heritage White Flour 1 tsp Baking Soda 3/4 tsp Salt 12 oz Butter (soft) 3 1/4 C Sugar, organic evaporated cane juice 5 Eggs (large), organic, free range 12 oz Buttermilk 4 oz Sour Cream 1/2 C Poppyseed, blue 1 C Sugar, organic evaporated cane juice

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About this time of year, I’m starting to contract that north woods condition known as Cabin Fever. Luckily, I employ some farmers and gardeners who are bugging me about what kinds of vegetables we should be serving in our restaurants this summer, and how much can they be spending on seeds?! So, one of the little cures I have for winter blues other than a nice southward-facing plane ticket is to hunker down with a baking project for warmth and look through my seed catalogs. I suggest you do the same! For the catalogs (or online!), I like to know that there’s organic and non-GMO seed available, of course. Seed Savers of Iowa, a non-profit that preserves heirloom vegetables, is a good start. Then check out Johnny’s, High Mowing, and if you’re into growing native plants in your yard instead of regular old grass, which helps our pollinators, check out Prairie Moon. Looking at beautiful pictures of plants, flowers, and vegetables and imagining where they could go in your yard or garden definitely warms the senses. SO what can you be doing while lounging around looking at seed catalogs on a winter day? Baking of course! I’m going to suggest two options here, one gluten free that will surprise you, and both using citrus, which feels like summer! And, thanks to our friends at Henry & Son, we’ve got some lovely cocktail suggestions for you to either sip on while you’re perusing catalogs and waiting for that cake to bake, or to serve to the lucky recipients of your baking project.


Port Toddy

• 3 ounces ruby port • 1 teaspoon brown sugar • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange juice • 1 cinnamon stick • Hot water • 1 inch-wide ribbon of orange peel studded with 3-5 cloves

Stir the port, sugar and juices together with the cinnamon stick. Add hot water to fill, and garnish with the clove-studded orange peel.

Cake Directions: 1. Spray and parchment line 3x 9 inch cake pans, set aside. 2. Combine all lemon zest with 6 tablespoons of lemon juice in a small bowl, set aside. 3. Beat eggs together in a liquid measuring cup with a fork until homogeneous, set aside. 4. Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, set aside. 5. Add soft butter to stand mixer bowl with paddle attachment, beat until fluffy. 6. Add sugar to butter, beat until fully combined. 7. With mixer still running, pour beaten eggs in a slow and steady stream, mix until combined. 8. Use a thin silicone spatula, scrape sides & bottom of bowl; add poppyseeds, combine. 9. Alternate adding dry and buttermilk/sour cream, scrape bowl, mix until just homogeneous. 10. Fold in lemon zest/juice mix. 11. Divide evenly between baking pans, bake until set. 12. While cakes are baking, combine remaining lemon juice with second sugar, stir together. 13. When cakes are done, let cool until just warm, then evenly soak each cake with lemon syrup 14. Layer and frost with your icing of preference. Preheat oven: 350F. Bake time: 18-24 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. WINTER 2020




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Childhood experiences inspire Bob Hest’s paintings, which are transformed into beautiful rugs for the home. written by ellen olson photography by agv photography



When you speak with Bob Hest about his childhood years in Hawley, MN, you can’t help but feel a slight pang of envy for the freedom that he and his four siblings enjoyed while living on a farm just outside town. “My brother and I were in the 3rd or 4th grade when we moved there—we tramped all over the place,” said Bob. “We explored the fields and the rolling hills east of town, as far as our legs would take us.” Wildlife was abundant. They observed animals of every sort, in every season. “I learned the rules of Nature by being in it—by living in it,” remarked Bob. He spent a lot of time at his grandparent’s farm in North Dakota, an experience that also shaped him. “I learned how to drive at 12 years old. I worked in the fields. To some extent, Mother Nature was my master. I learned to honor and respect her rhythms and seasons.” Bob started drawing as a child, as early as he can remember. He and his brother used to lie on the bedroom floor and stare into a closet, where they imagined scenes and drew them from their imagination. “We always wanted mountains,” said Bob. “We loved the West.” At Moorhead State, Bob studied art. He had a pedantic art professor who put him through his paces—learning everything from welding to ceramics—before he got to pick up a brush. Once he worked with oil paints, knew he had found his medium— and his passion. His subjects are usually animals—fox, rabbits, horses, and dogs—although yes, there is the ballerina. “My work has a certain quietness to it,” said Bob. “The paintings are thoughtful. They represent the moments that catch you by surprise—seeing a fox walk across the lake at dusk or in the early hours of the morning. They capture the honesty of these animals. They tell the truth.” Bob now devotes himself full-time to his art. He started by painting large canvases—50 inches x 66 inches —of images he loves. It was when he was helping a friend purchase a carpet that Bob met Farzan Navab, who is now a friend and business partner. Farzan and his brother, Sam, who own Navab Brothers Rug Company, taught Bob about rugs and the stories they can tell. It was Farzan who suggested to Bob that they turn his paintings into rugs. That was nearly two years ago. Farzan and Bob collaborate with rug makers in Northern India. The wool and silk are hand-dyed and each rug is hand knotted. Each rug can take as many as 3 months to create. The rugs are striking. They are playful and fun— and saturated with color. Bob is particular about his color. It has to be just the right shade. He has had his rug maker create custom colors so his pieces turn out “just right.” He doesn’t design rugs—he creates paintings that are turned into rugs. It’s a unique and specific process. Bob is about to take delivery of a large shipment of rugs, featuring some new images. He will take them on the road and show them at galleries and stores throughout the Midwest and the West. Bob has finally found his “mountains”—his work has been especially well received in places like Bozeman, Montana—home to big skies and ever changing landscapes—just like Bob’s childhood home. WINTER 2020



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When was the last time you did something for the first time? Along the Coastline of Spain a passage to self-discovery awaits. Somewhere high in the Andes lies a path crafted hundreds of years ago by the Incas. On the southern tip of the African continent, Table Mountain rises out of the ocean beckoning us to summit. Join a Smile Network adventure trip in 2020 on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Inca Trail in Peru or Table Mountain in South Africa.



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