Edina Magazine - February 2023

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Love Potion

up some unexpected but oh-so-lovely Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones

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Minnesotan designs luxury resort wear collections.

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Young Business Blooms

Edina High School student pursues entrepreneurial endeavors.

16 — Creating Place Out of Space

The Airport Foundation MSP’s art program invites travelers to pause.


18 — Love Potion Mix up some unexpected but oh-so-lovely Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones. 26 — Southern Flair and Fringe Altar’d State stylists break down how to achieve the Nashville look. 32 — A North Shore Gem Local travel blogger shares why Lutsen is her favorite weekend travel destination.



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t’s about this time of year, every year, when I’m ready for a vacation. The magic and excitement of early winter has worn off, and the bleak mid-winter settles in. With no break in sight from sub-zero temperatures and gray skies, it’s nice to think of heading somewhere warmer and sunnier, isn’t it?

For those who can’t get away or simply have to wait until spring break to escape the tundra, let this issue of Edina Magazine—which has a focus on travel and fashion—tide you over. Throughout these pages, we’re sharing some ideas on where to travel and what to pack.

Simply looking at the resort-wear designs by Edina’s Jennifer Van Hofwegen of CeCe Cabana gave me the feeling of being on a sun-soaked beach (page 12). Though local travel blogger Lizanne Dooner reminded me that I don’t have to hop on a plane to discover beauty and adventure; Minnesota has it in spades (page 32). But if you are heading to the airport for your next getaway, plan some extra time between security and boarding to explore the airport’s vast art collection, which I was unaware of until working on this article about the Airport Foundation MSP’s arts and culture program (page 16).

I may not be able to make the sun come out from behind those clouds or get that thermometer to rise—but I hope by reading the stories in this issue, you’ll experience some of the warmth and sunny inspiration I found in working on them.

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Siren Sojourns offers inspired travel for book lovers.

Kerri Miller is inspired daily by a quote that is on display in her home office. It reads: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”–Mark Twain

Miller is reminded of Twain’s sentiments while she tends to her business, Siren Sojourns, an adventure travel company for book lovers. “I create a dynamic reading list and opportunities for discussion about the books for every trip,” she says. “The reading list deepens our sense of discovery, fires up our curiosity about the world and enriches our experience of travel.”

As a Minnesota Public Radio journalist, host of Big Books & Bold Ideas and Talking Volumes, Miller embraces the notion that books truly help us understand and appreciate the world in a more personal way. “I believe in understanding our own values, experiences and stories through the stories of people in distant places,” she says. “Exploration demands generous listening, open-minded discovery, self-awareness and humility.”

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Regardless of the destination, there is a unifying experience. “The camaraderie of traveling with kindred spirits—people who love to read, see and discover—is a powerful part of the richness of exploration,” Miller says.

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... and maybe a gift or two. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your significant other. Want some ideas beyond flowers, chocolate or diamonds? We’ve got you covered. Head to page 18 for our gift guide.

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GROW Plants as Fashion

The 2021 film House of Gucci, starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga, takes place in some of the most breathtaking locations in Italy. Dripping with couture, there are plenty of stunning visuals as the scenes transport you to Milan, Lake Como and the snow-capped Alps.

While the tragic Gucci story of fairytale romance, family betrayal and fashion certainly captured my attention, after recently re-watching it, I had only one thing on my mind: The outstanding houseplants Rodolfo Gucci had flanking the front entry of Villa Necchi. The set director knew that a home of such grandeur called for accompanying plants—in this case, two majestic Ficus Burgundy, which stood over 12 feet tall with a perfect arch.

Houseplants are as impactful to a scene or a living space as furniture or a piece of art. Of course, committing to care for plants is not for everyone. But with a concerted effort, it can be quite rewarding to care for another living thing. A green thumb is not necessary—just a basic understanding of water, light and photosynthesis (and a little help from the Internet or your friendly neighborhood garden center). When successful, the result can be something as fantastic as a 12-foot-tall ficus.

Contributed by Sarah Davis, general manager at Sunnyside Gardens. She’s been with the company for 18 years and enjoys helping people find success with gardening.


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Rice bowls are one of my go-to dinners for our family; my kids love assembling their own bowls. These curry chicken bowls are so full of flavor and perfect for family dinner and meal prepping. They start with coconut rice, which is topped with curry-marinated chicken breasts, roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower, garbanzo beans and finally topped with a curry yogurt sauce. Find the full recipe online at edinamag.com.

Contributed by Taylor Ellingson, a local cookbook author and food blogger at greensnchocolate.com. Find her @greensnchocolate on Instagram.

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We are out for honey with a hungry bear! Warm, woodsy illustrations of a sneaky bear and an industrious bee fill the pages of A Bear, a Bee, and a Honey Tree, an inviting read-aloud book for children.

Minnesota Book Award–winner Daniel Bernstrom is a master of lyrical picture book writing (previous books include One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree and Big Papa and the Time Machine), and the lovely buzzy rhymes and rhythms of this book will be a delight to revisit with each reading.

The antics of the bear and bee are captured in lively illustrations featuring Brandon James Scott’s hallmark expressive animals with big round eyes. I can imagine young illustrators using these pages to practice drawing and capturing emotion through eyes and eyebrows.

This book hits an especially sweet spot for the youngest members of the picture book audience, who may have graduated from board books but are short on attention—so the pace of the action (and page turns!) needs to be swift.

Published in 2022, this is a fun readaloud romp with Minnesota roots.

Contributed by Megan Maynor, children’s book author, Minnesota Book Award finalist and Edina resident. You can find her books at meganmaynor.com.

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Making Waves

Minnesotan designs luxury resort wear collections.

SANIBEL, NASSAU, CORFU, AMALFI, NANTUCKET —each location conjures up a feast for the senses. There’s the taste of salty sea air, the feeling of warm sand beneath your feet and the sight of gorgeous blue waters lapping on the shore. Jennifer Van Hofwegen aims to bottle up all those sensations with her destination-themed collection of luxury resort wear.

The Twin Cities native relocated from Florida to Edina last year to be closer to family. Since that time both she and her fashion line, CeCe Cabana, have been warmly embraced by the local community. “I’ve been welcomed into this world,” she says. “I was pleasantly surprised … People up here really enjoy the idea of travel.”

Van Hofwegen introduced her line to a Minnesota audience in July 2022 as a featured designer at a fashion show at the W Hotel in Minneapolis. Her designs—including colorful tunics, maxi dresses and wrap skirts—proved so popular that she landed the closing show of Fashion Week Minnesota in the fall. “It really feels like I launched my company last year,” she says.

Though Van Hofwegen has long harbored a passion for interior design and fashion, it was a move to Florida that inspired her to dip her toe into the world

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of fashion design and start CeCe Cabana (named after her beloved pooch, CeCe).

“I was in a location where you need light fabrics, and I couldn’t find anything I liked,” she says. So, Van Hofwegen took matters into her own hands, designing a collection of patterns and sourcing artisans to bring her visions to life. She fell in love with the idea of hand-blocked printing, a centuries-old practice in India where designs are carved onto blocks of wood and then natural dyes are used to stamp the design onto fabric.

Van Hofwegen’s fabrics and patterns are named after some of her favorite travel destinations—the result of a lifetime of global exploration, which informs her designs and gives it a global perspective. “I moved to Europe after college,” she says. “I spent seven years working in Budapest and traveled every single weekend.”

Van Hofwegen’s goal for CeCe Cabana was to create a line of multi-purpose resort wear pieces, ideal for whatever a vacation may entail—from casual days to elegant evenings. “I wanted something a little more elevated,” she says. A wrap skirt can be worn over a swimsuit for lunch, but it can also be dressed up for dinner. A maxi dress paired with a sweater is perfect for the plane ride to paradise and easily transitions to a sunset walk on the beach. But her designs aren’t just for vacation; in fact, they’re perfect for Minnesota summers and days at the lake.

But Van Hofwegen isn’t stopping there. “I feel like there’s a lot more I can do,” she says. “I’m planning a party-wear look down the line.” She’s also considering how to expand her designs for colder climates, so people who love her designs don’t have to wait for warm weather to wear them. “I think that’s how Minnesota will influence my fashion,” she says.

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Young Business Blooms

Edina High School student pursues entrepreneurial endeavors.

ELODIE JONES , a senior at Edina High School, is quite business-minded for a 17-year-old. Elodie was only a freshman in high school when she started making and selling bracelets—and with great success and creative talents, she has since focused her business endeavors on designing and selling apparel under the name Elodie Bird Co.

“I’ve always had a yearning for starting a business, and I knew it was always something I wanted to do,” Elodie says. “I initially started making beaded bracelets, and when we had a month off during school because of COVID-19,

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I would just watch TV and make these cute bracelets and send them to everyone I could … I realized this could be a great business opportunity.”

When she changed Elodie Bird Co.’s focus to apparel in 2021, her love of running the business deepened. Elodie is an athlete on the Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club; she began to make custom pieces for her team and found her passion in designing clothes. She now specializes in making and curating apparel for athletic teams, clubs and anyone who requests a custom piece.

These custom pieces are Elodie’s favorite orders to get. They allow for more creative expression, and she says the outcome is always better than what she originally envisioned. “Some of my customers have great ideas, and I love when they add to mine and we can create something amazing [together],” Elodie says.

A couple years in, Elodie Bird Co. is just getting started. “I plan to go to college and major in business, but I am also planning on continuing Elodie Bird Co. while I am studying,” Elodie says.

With these plans, she feels confident about her future—and herself. “Starting this [business] has really taught me how to market myself, talk about myself and overall just really believe in myself,” Elodie says. “I’m so much more confident because of it.”

With confidence comes success, and with success comes the need for money management. Since starting her business, Elodie has learned the importance of reinvesting profits back into her business; she likens it to nourishing a flower, watering it regularly to help it truly bloom.

To fellow young entrepreneurs waiting to start their own business or take a chance on a creative endeavor, Elodie has some simple advice: Take that leap. “It’s been such a great learning curve, and you learn so much about yourself,” Elodie says. “Just do it.”

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Creating Place Out of Space

The Airport Foundation MSP’s art program invites travelers to pause.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport, you’re greeted by murals and installations in the parking ramps, like Interrupted Landscapes of the Incomer by photographer Steve Ozone in the Silver Ramp, which features immigrant portraits displayed through punched metal panels.

Walk into Terminal 1 and you’ll discover The Aurora by sculptor Jen Lewin, a 29-foot-high glass and metal sculpture with nearly 3,000 light bulbs that soars from baggage claim to ticketing, changing colors with the seasons and local weather conditions.

Throughout the airport, many bathrooms are enhanced with colorful mosaics, and hallways are dotted with exhibits by local artists. Pass through at the right time, and you may also witness live performances from local musicians. And at any time, you can enjoy what’s showing at the See18 film screening room.

All of these experiences are available thanks to Arts@MSP, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP (AFMSP) and the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC). Program director Ben Owen seeks to “create place out of space,” using art installations, music and film to create memorable and meaningful moments throughout the airport for travelers to enjoy.

This program supports the mission of AFMSP, a nonprofit which seeks to serve the MSP International Airport community, enhancing the experience, exceeding traveler expectations and supporting the aviation community.

AFMSP, the only foundation of its kind globally, was started in 1982 by a group of business leaders who wanted MSP to be a leading hub for airlines— and one way to do that was to enhance the customer experience.

“Customer experience is a big part of what makes an airport successful,” says Edina resident Tom Anderson, AFMSP board member and chair of the Arts and Culture Steering Committee. “The airport is your first impression coming into the state. It’s your last impression when you leave. If you’re connecting through … it’s maybe your only impression in the state.” Anderson, who has been involved with AFMSP since its inception, says, “This is an important thing, to make the airport an exciting, beautiful, fun place.”

Jana Webster, the president and CEO of AFMSP, says in the beginning, the foundation simply paid for landscaping,

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signage and art in the airport and funded scholarships for aviation schools. “The foundation grew right along with the airport and so we expanded the … programs and services,” she says.

Today, the foundation utilizes a 25-person staff and over 450 volunteers to run it's operations—which include the Travellers Assistance program, an animal ambassador program, an arts and culture department and so much more.

Through the Arts@MSP program, Owen says,“We commission site-specific works of public art ... we’ll work on two to five of those per year.” Arts@MSP also rotates 15 to 20 exhibits annually, which translates into 400–600 pieces of fine art. Owen’s team coordinates approximately 1,000 live performances each year and plans programming for the film screening room, where “we show short films [and] documentaries, generally made by filmmakers from Minnesota or from the upper Midwest region,” he says.

“I think it’s one of the most comprehensive, robust arts programs of any airport in the world,” Webster says.

Working with local and regional artists is a big focus for the Arts@MSP team. With it's commissions, the team seeks to develop the careers of regional artists who are newer to the public art scene, giving them an audience of millions of people each year.

Edina resident Scott Brener, president of the AFMSP board of directors, says he believes art is part of the fabric of the Twin Cities community. And by showcasing the work of local and regional artists throughout the airport, he says it not only reflects the interests of the community, but it also brings cultural heritage into the airport. “It’s an opportunity for foreigners and [other] Americans to gain, in a relatively short period of time, a better understanding of what Minnesota, its people and its communities really are all about … and the airport is an opportunity to reflect upon that.”

Want to explore some of this art the next time you head to the airport? Owen says, “All of our assets are on the digital directories throughout the terminals, so you can program yourself a walking tour of our collection.”

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Love Potion


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to find the perfect gift for your special someone. Whether you’re in a new or long-term, committed relationship it can be challenging to find a gift that’s both meaningful and personal. But the gift-giving doesn’t end there. You can’t forget about the other great loves of your life—your friends, the kids in your life and your pets.

To give us some ideas for unique gifts that are guaranteed to please, we asked Jamie Carl, owner of Serge + Jane in Edina, to share some of her top picks for Valentine’s Day gifts. She put together a “Love Potion”-inspired gift guide that will help you mix up the perfect gift for all your loved ones.

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Giving your significant other jewelry for Valentine’s Day is a classic move. Consider something a little more playful and unique that they might wear on a regular basis rather than just on special occasions.

“We think every love potion should include pink and gold and hearts in some form— and we love them oversized and sparkly. (Pink Champagne not included but highly recommended.)” —Jamie Carl

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Reversible Leather Belt, $142

Kelly Harrington Chanel Necklace, $225

Heart Serial Number Necklace, $245

Pink Enamel Necklace, $68

Heart Crystal Earrings, $48

Heart Crystal Necklace, $68

Heart Ruby Crystal Earrings, $50

Heart Brooch, $66

Heart Hair Clip, $66

Crystal Heart Drop Earrings, $88

All Gold Men’s Watch, $225

Women’s Rose Gold Watch, $175

Icy Ike Black Bracelet, $99

Crystal 5-Ring Stack, $295

Black + Silver Link Bracelet, $225

Love Cuff, $250

Studded Cuff, $295



Amortentia! For the little Harry Potter fans in your life, mix up a love potion filled with treats that only look sweet. We’re talking cute new outfits, books, paper yo-yos, “unicorn glitter” and the softest plush hearts. After all, they’ll get enough candy from friends.

Want to include your kids in the festive drinks at dinnertime? Cherry 7UP is the perfect pink drink for little ones—and rimming the glass with vanilla frosting and sprinkles will make it feel extra special. Carl suggests ending the evening with a “cookie in a jar,” which has all the ingredients you need to make one cookie. (You might want to get one of these for everyone on your list.)

“Local teen baker Maisy of @_maisybakes will be providing magical single-serve, make-your-own M&M cookies for Valentine’s Day gifting. Call the shop to pre-order for Valentine’s Day pickup.” —Jamie Carl

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“Make Your Own Magic” framable art by Meera Lee, $30

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Fashion Legends Alphabet Book, $24.95

Maisy Bakes Single Serve Cookie Jar, $15

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Looking for something a bit more playful or useful? From trinket bowls to wallets and beauty sets, you can find something everyone on your list will love—even if it’s just a tiny handwritten love note or message in a bottle.

“We partnered with SENTi at 50th & France to feature these Tiny Love Notes and a Tiny Message in a Bottle to add a heartfelt message to any gift.” —Jamie Carl

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Camille Hempel Leather Love Medals, $45

Vegan Leather Wallets, $94.95

Lip Gloss, $28

Beauty Sets, $46

Reader Glasses, $109

SENTi Tiny Love Notes, $12

SENTi Tiny Message in a Bottle, $5


Don’t forget your pets. After all, where would we be without their unconditional love? At Serge + Jane’s dog bakery, you’ll find the cutest dog treats and accessories, which are just as much a gift for yourself as for your pup.

“Give Valentine’s gifts to everyone in the family—including the puppies.” —Jamie Carl

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Lick It Dog Bowl, $14.95

Lips Decorated Dog Cookie, $3.95

Pretty & Paws Dog Bandana, $24 Dog Waste Bag Dispenser Keychain, $24

Sometimes the best gifts are ones you can eat or drink. Mix up a perfect pink love potion of your own with this variety of pink and red mixers from Dashfire Bitters, Liber & Co. and Sharab Shrubs. They can all be mixed into cocktails with liquor, a zero-proof alcohol alternative or soda water. Or follow Carl’s lead and keep things simple and playful with Champagne poured over pink cotton candy. For the mix master who has it all, she suggests taking things to the next level with an absinthe fountain—for two, of course.

“This gift idea includes the art and science of a love potion, featuring the flavors of absinthe. Drip cold water over special sugar cubes and into Pernod, and voila—a Pernod Cocktail, with all the flavor and none of the… other stuff.” —Jamie Carl

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Glitter Rose Gold Fifth Bottle, $34.99

Glitter Rose Gold Rehydration Bottle, $39.99

Dashfire Cinnamon Bitters, $19.95

Liber & Co. Raspberry & Blood Orange Syrups, $16.95

Sharab Strawberry Shrub, $15

Polished Silver Shaker, $34.99

Shaking Tin, $19.99 Strainer, $18.99

Pink Vanilla Cotton Candy, $7.95 Oval Marble Serving Tray, $48 Cheetah Napkins, $9.50

Vintage Champagne Glasses (set of 8), $48 Wrapped Sugar Cubes, $36 Sugar Cube Tongs, $26

2 Set Glasses, $28

2-Drink Fountain, $198

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Altar’d State stylists break down how to achieve the Nashville look.

Nashville, Tennessee, is currently the most popular bachelorette party destination in the U.S., and its popularity is only rising. This city’s culture is booming with country music, bars and amazing restaurants, and many people are opting to travel there for not only bachelorette parties, but also simply for weekend getaways with friends.

With that, the style of this Southern city is also gaining popularity. And the clothing brand Altar’d State specializes in bringing this look to life.

Justin Johnson, manager of the Edina location, has many tips on how to confidently achieve that Southerninspired Nashville look when traveling to the Music City—from fringed tops and flared jeans to cowgirl boots and wide-brimmed hats. And remember:

Nashville has a more casual, laid-back vibe, so even if you’re headed there for a bachelorette party, there’s no need to get too dressy.

Color Scheme

When traveling, simplify your outfits by packing in a set color scheme.

“The colors I’ve been seeing a lot for [bachelorette] Nashville looks have been ... pink and white,” Johnson says. “Or there is the traditional Southern color scheme of brown and black.”


Denim is key to a casual Southerninspired look, from jackets to jeans. “Southern style will always support the flare-bottom jeans,” Johnson says. “But we are also seeing the

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Just landed in Nashville and heading out for coffee and shopping? Keep it casual and comfortable, while also showing off your fun style. This outfit features a chic wide-brimmed hat paired with flared jeans and a comfy flannel “shacket” (shirt jacket).


Dressing up for a nice dinner with the girls? It’s time to pull out your “disco cowgirl” look. If you want a more elevated look, glam it up with metallic sheen—and a faux fur jacket if there’s a chill in the air.

‘mom jean’ look making a statement this year.” When heading to Nashville, pack some flared jeans— or turn this trend on its head and pair your favorite denim with a flared-sleeve top.


Johnson says you can never go wrong with fringe—his favorite Nashville look. Clothing with fringe, whether it’s on a jacket, skirt, jewelry or belt, is a perfect look when hitting the town in Nashville. “Our top sellers are our fringe-style skirts,” Johnson says. “I really love the fringe skirts because they are so versatile. You can pair them with everything, including a T-shirt, a flowy shirt or a dressier shirt. You can mix it with a lot of different things, and it adds a fun flair to your outfit.”

Glitz and Glamour When going out for a nice dinner or celebration, don’t forget to add a bit of bling to your Southern-inspired look. “For bachelorette parties, we see a lot of glitz and glam added to Western outfits. There are glitter belts, glitter T-shirts and diamond fringes,” Johnson says. Altar’d State calls this glammed-up look “the disco cowgirl.”

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Celebrating the bride-to-be while out for drinks and a couple of concerts? A night on the town calls for a put-together-but-playful look. “She is dressed in one of our fringe skirts that goes great with [a] soft bodysuit,” Ana Cole, a style specialist at Altar’d State, says. A neck scarf complements the traditional Southern style of a fringed skirt. Paired with cowgirl boots, heels or even sneakers, this outfit is versatile enough for more occasions than just a night out.

Doing Good

At Altar’d State, the company does more than just make trendy, fun clothing—it strives to make the community better. “Our goal at Altar’d State is to be the number one giveback company in the world,” Johnson says. “We are currently one of the top retailers for giving back and have donated millions of dollars to local communities and charities.”

Every Monday at Altar’d State is called “Mission Monday,” where 10 percent of it’s proceeds go toward local charities that each individual store picks each quarter.

“Our company as a whole builds schools in Peru, and we focus a lot on that,” Johnson says. “We have this commitment because our CEO, Aaron Walters, has always been about giving back to the community. Every Monday, even during the lockdown, he was still giving back.”

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Cowboy Boots

You can’t truly pull off Nashville style without cowboy boots. Go with a traditional stitched leather style or something with more personality— like cow-print booties or something finished with glitter or diamond studs.


To drive home that cowgirl look, Altar’d State has playful cowboy hat and boot earrings to top off your look. (They’re cute and tasteful, without a hint of kitsch.) And don’t forget to pack a hat. “We sell so many topround hats and Western-inspired hats,” Johnson says. A wide-brimmed hat is the perfect addition to a more casual outfit, donned when grabbing coffee, shopping or going out for brunch. You can also add a bit of flair to an outfit with a bandana or scarf— which you can easily tie to the handle of a purse when not being worn.

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If a global pandemic brought one good thing, it was encouraging us to explore the beauty close to home. Though the Midwest may not have the towering mountain ranges or endless oceans of the country’s top destinations, there’s so much to discover and enjoy within a day’s drive of the Twin Cities.

Exploring and sharing these nearby treasures is a challenge that Lizanne Dooner, an Edina-based travel blogger at Lizanne Lately, has embraced wholeheartedly. We connected with Dooner to hear her perspective on one of Minnesota’s favorite vacation destinations, Lutsen, just in time for waterfall season. Lutsen is a small mountain town nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains on Minnesota’s North Shore that boasts epic views, hikes, stays, shopping and

activities. And though Lutsen is traditionally known for its premier ski mountain, Dooner offers insight into how to make the most of Lutsen year round.

Enjoy our conversation with Dooner below, and don’t miss her North Shore drive itinerary and breakdown of some other Midwest travel destinations.

Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

What were your first impressions of Lutsen?

Anywhere on the North Shore is beautiful, and I think when you get up to Lutsen you start getting into the cream of the crop of the North Shore. It’s nice because it is a year-round destination. There’s something for you to do in every season … It’s a huge ski town,

but I would say within the last couple of years [it’s] been opening up with more to do all year round, even for people who don’t ski. I love Lutsen, and I don’t ski at all. You can still go hang out at the mountain. [Lutsen has] live music, a winery, coffee shops. It’s starting to blossom into its own. Most times, people would drive all the way to Grand Marais … but I think Lutsen is becoming a little gem, too.

I love how you introduced Lutsen as a year-round destination. Of course, everyone knows about Lutsen as a winter skiing destination, but why do you think people should visit Lutsen in the spring? Lutsen is strategically [located near] several state parks within a short

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driving distance that have great waterfalls. When the snow starts to melt, you want to be there. Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park … and there [are] a couple others just along the highway. Spring is a great waterfall season [with] the rivers rushing. And also … hiking is just great all year round. The trails are just really well taken care of, but also you have a sense of community up there, [where locals] will let you know what trails might not be safe as the snow is melting.

What are some of the primary activities on Lutsen Mountain?

They have the gondola ride … so you can go up the mountain. There’s great views, and they have a restaurant and shop up there … and it also connects to the Superior Hiking Trail. They also have the alpine slide. You can

take the alpine slide down—that’s fun, especially for kids … When you go up [the mountain], you can take as much time as you want. Whether it’s a quick trip—see the views, grab a bite to eat— or you know, go up there, have lunch and do some hiking, too. You can spend an hour to six hours up there … That’s what I love about the North Shore: It’s all about creating your own adventure.

What was your favorite part of a trip up Lutsen Mountain?

The gondola … just hopping in and riding up the mountain and seeing the sweeping views of [Lake] Superior. You have Superior on one side and the forest on the other, and it’s just breathtaking and so serene. You just stop and reflect on how beautiful Minnesota actually is. We’re just so lucky to have this place.

Tell me about getting to Lutsen from the Twin Cities. It’s pretty easy. Just straight up [Interstate] 35 … and right after Duluth you hit [Highway] 61 … It’s a straight shot, and there’s so many places to stop along the way. Some of my favorites are Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park, Sugarloaf Cove … There [are] so many pull-offs and overlooks and beautiful spots that I always say [to] give yourself a lot more time. It takes maybe four hours to get there, but sometimes it takes us eight or nine hours to get there because we’re stopping so much.

Where have you stayed in Lutsen and what did you love about the experience?

I stayed at the Lutsen Sea Villas. It was magical … Each villa is along the North Shore, so you literally just walk out and

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Lutsen Bucket List

Ski Lutsen Mountains, the largest ski resort in the Midwest (open by Thanksgiving weekend through mid-April, weather dependent).

Take the Summit Express Gondola up to Lutsen Mountains and have lunch at the Summit Chalet (open during the winter ski season and on weekends June–October) with a view of Lake Superior. The gondola is open year round—daily in the summer and winter and with limited hours in off-season (March–May, October–December).

Play a round at Superior National Golf Course (open spring through fall, weather dependant).

Shop at The North Country , a cute shop featuring local Midwest makers located on the same property as North Country Cottages

Enjoy live music and bites at Papa Charlie’s (open daily in the winter and summer and on weekends in the fall and spring).

Ride the alpine slide at Lutsen Mountains (open daily June–September and on weekends in the late spring and fall).

Enjoy a hike on the Superior Hiking Trail (try Oberg Mountain Loop, Poplar River Falls or White Sky Rock).

Stock up on maple syrup at Wild Country Maple Products, located on a beautiful maple-lined path in Lutsen.

Visit Cascade River State Park and view five waterfalls during a half-mile hike on the Cascade River Lower Loop.

Stop in at North Shore Winery for a wine or cider flight and live music (open year round; see seasonal hours on website).

Take a day trip in Grand Marais and enjoy harbor views, shop downtown and book a massage with LutZen Massage Studios in Grand Marais. Or grab a bite at Fisherman’s Daughter, enjoy a beer at Voyageur Brewing Company, then cap it off with ice cream at Superior Creamery

Curious to hear about Dooner’s other favorite regional travel destinations? She’s sharing three more on edinamag.com.


Dooner’s North Shore Drive Itinerary

Though Lutsen is just a four-hour drive from the Twin Cities, you may want to take a day to enjoy all that the journey north has to offer.

1. Shop at Moon Market, a beautiful home goods store located just down the road from New Scenic Cafe.

2. Then stop and have lunch at New Scenic Cafe Located along the scenic North Shore Drive just outside Duluth. It’s an intimate cafe that boasts sophisticated American fare.

3. Try the classic Cream Ale at Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors.

4. Fuel up at Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors. Or make a quick stop at White Pine Market, a tiny cafe and shop off of Highway 61 with beautiful wares from local vendors and creators.



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5. Visit the historic Split Rock Lighthouse, then drive down through the state park to the beach to catch views of the lighthouse from the shore—or hike down the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to pebble beach. 6. Explore Black Beach in Silver Bay, a small black-sand beach set amid jagged cliffs. 7. Drive up to Palisade Head in Silver Bay (open seasonally) for epic, panoramic views of the cliffs and Lake Superior.

8. Hike the trails and enjoy the High Falls of the Baptism River at Tettegouche State Park

9. Grab a sweet treat from Coho Cafe & Bakery in Tofte as you enjoy the last few miles of your journey.

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you’re on the water. It’s beautiful. We had a wood-burning fire stove; it was so cozy. We had a full kitchen, and we would make a fire and have this big window overlooking [Lake] Superior. We would wake up, and it would be a gorgeous pink sunrise right out our window. Where you check in, the community house … [has] a gorgeous pool and a large hot tub with beautiful huge windows. I went and sat in the hot tub, and it started snowing, and I was like, ‘Am I in a Hallmark movie?’ It was crazy.

Another option is right after Lutsen … North Country Cottages. There are three little, very cute cabins/cottages in the woods right in Lutsen. We stayed in a one-bedroom cabin—again gorgeous [with a] very cottagey feel. It had a big wood-burning fireplace. Very, very cozy [and] secluded.

What are some can’t-miss places in Lutsen?

Definitely go to Fika Coffee; that’s my favorite coffee shop. It’s right in town, on the end of a little strip mall. The coffee is amazing—some of the best coffee in Minnesota. My favorite thing is the Maple Latte.


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Edinborough Park offers family-friendly activities all winter long.

ARE YOU AND YOUR KIDS starting to get cabin fever as we enter the second half of winter? Don’t forget to utilize Edina’s Edinborough Park. This expansive indoor park is the perfect place to meet up with friends and burn off energy.

The PlayPark features three separate play areas. Adventure Peak is a 44-by-44-by-37-foot Northwoods adventure. It’s suitable for all ages—including adults! From a canyon and climbing wall to a 30-foot lookout and adjacent slide, it offers not only physical activity but space for imagination to run wild. Little Peak is designed specifically for toddlers ages 4 and under. The entire structure is padded, netted and enclosed for safety—and includes more than 45 activities. The Great Hall is an ideal space for kids ages 2–10 to enjoy. This 60-by-90-foot multipurpose gym space offers room to play with balls, scooters and other parkprovided equipment.

The Edinborough Park facilities also have spaces geared toward adults—including an indoor swimming pool for lap swimming, an indoor track and exercise equipment. Throughout the year, Edinborough is also host to a number of family-friendly activities and events. For a full list of events, visit edinamn.gov.

The PlayPark is open 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 per child, ages 1–17. Adults 18 and up are free. Daily admission for the pool and track is $9. For the PlayPark, pool and track, cost-saving admission passes and annual memberships are also available. —Amy Overgaard

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Mini Soccer Shots 02/01–02/23

Bring the kids to learn about the fundamentals of soccer. Ages 2–4. $150 for residents, $155 for nonresidents. Times vary. Braemar Field, 7509 Ikola Way; 952.826.0367; edinamn.gov

Trivia Night at Wooden Hill 02/01–02/22

Bring up to five friends every Wednesday for a night of drinks and trivia. Ages 21 and over. Free. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wooden Hill Brewing Company, 7421 Bush Lake Road; 952.960.9663; woodenhillbrewing.com

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Amazing Athletes 02/06–02/13

Encourage your young athlete to explore a variety of sports and skills, as coaches break down each sport into simple steps. Ages 2.5–6. $91 for residents, $96 for nonresidents. 9:45–10:30 am. Braemar Field, 7509 Ikola Way; 952.826.0367; edinamn.gov

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No experience is required for this paintby-number workshop with Gray Duck Art. Submit a photo of your pet prior to the class. All ages. $70. 6–8:30 pm. Wooden Hill Brewing Company, 7421 Bush Lake Road; 952.960.9663; woodenhillbrewing.com


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Bundle up and have fun at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Enjoy scavenger hunts, ice carvings, parades and more. All ages. Free. Times vary. Rice Park, 109 W. Fourth St., St. Paul; 651.223.7400; wintercarnival.com

WinterFest 02/04

Grab your hats and gloves and join the winter celebration at Loring Park. There will be s’mores, hot cocoa, a bonfire, music, face painting and much more. All ages. Free. 1–3 p.m. Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Mpls.; minneapolisparks.org

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 02/09–02/12

Experience the magic of Harry Potter all over again. The film will be shown on the big screen while the Minnesota Orchestra plays the score live. All ages. Prices vary. Times vary. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.; 612.371.5656; minnesotaorchestra.org

To Kill a Mockingbird 02/19

Academy Award®-winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is coming to Minneapolis.

Emmy Award®-winning actor Richard Thomas will play the role of Atticus Finch in the national tour. Ages 12 and over recommended. Prices vary. Times vary. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.339.7007; hennepintheatretrust.org

Winter Beer Dabbler 02/25

Head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to try beer samples from breweries across the country. There will also be some cider, wine and seltzers in the mix, along with live music and food trucks. Ages 21 and over. Prices vary. 3–6:30 p.m. Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul; 651.288.4400; beerdabbler.com

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Amplify Mission Network is an Edina-based nonprofit that connects Christian business leaders with nonprofit leaders to amplify their impact in the community and around the world. On September 20, 2022, Amplify celebrated its fifth anniversary at its annual fundraising gala—called Grace: No Strings—which took place at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina. Six hundred business, community and ministry leaders gathered and raised more than $75,000 to advance the organization’s mission. Father Greg Boyle was the keynote speaker and Sara Groves was the musical guest.

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Turkish Delights

Coccinella at 50th & France produces its own award-winning olive oil in Turkey.

WHEN UMUT KAPLAN —the business operations manager of Coccinella at 50th & France—was 15 years old, his family hosted an Italian exchange student at their home in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. During that year, the Kaplan family experienced the richness that comes from engaging with another culture.

This formative global experience ultimately resulted in Umut and his younger

brother, Cosku, moving to the U.S. in 2012, where they attended a boarding school in New Hampshire, followed by college in Minnesota.

During Umut and Cosku’s high school and college years, their parents, Suayip and Seher, would visit from Turkey. “They would get to meet my friends, their families [and] our faculty. They always felt so appreciative for the fact that all those

people have really embraced their children and made us feel home away from home,” Umut says, adding, “They wanted to bring a part of our culture to the community that welcomed their children.”

And that’s where the idea for Oleavia extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)—and ultimately Coccinella, where it’s sold— was born. Umut’s parents are entrepreneurs, working in renewable energy and

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insurance back in Turkey. So he says it was very natural for them to turn their desire to share their culture into a business. And they saw no better place for it than in Minnesota, where both of their sons had settled.

During their visits to the U.S., Umut’s parents made observations about American culture and shopping habits, which informed the direction of their business. “One of the things that was really vivid to us was whenever we shopped [for] groceries, [we] never saw a Turkish olive oil in the market,” Umut says, noting that olive oil is part of the heritage of Turkey and other Mediterranean countries. “That was surprising to us because the spread of olives happened in Mesopotamia, which is actually ancient Turkish land. We have olive trees that go back 5,000 years.”

In doing some research and consumer interviews, the Kaplans also discovered that people often correlated the quality of olive oil to a specific region or a country rather than looking at what truly makes an olive oil high-quality—the harvesting, pressing and production methods. These factors all impact an olive oil’s taste, smell and health benefits.

So, the Kaplans set out to create highquality Turkish olive oil to sell in the U.S. market, with a goal of educating consumers along the way. They partnered with an olive farm and boutique production facility in Aydin, in the southwest coastal region of Turkey, where they oversee the entire farming and production process— deciding when the olives are harvested, at what temperatures they’re pressed and how the oil is stored. Today, the Kaplans own the farmland and have plans to build their own pressing facility. Suayip and Seher oversee production in Turkey, while Umut and his team oversee business operations in the U.S.

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olive branch above the “o” in Oleavia’s logo symbolizes peace. Umut and Cosku Kaplan

the texture and smell, and looking for harmony in all of those areas. In 2021, both editions of Oleavia’s most popular olive oil, Asilik, won a gold medal for the second year in a row.


Many consumers know to look for olive oil with labels that tout “extra virgin” and “cold-pressed.” Umut says, “People read the label—extra virgin, cold pressed— and they automatically think, ‘OK, this is what I’m looking for … This must be the good stuff.’” While he notes that those are important designations, he says they don’t say enough about the quality or the amount of antioxidants in the olive oil.

Consumer education is a passion of Umut’s, and he shares some of the definitions of common designations, as well as other aspects that indicate a truly excellent and healthy olive oil.

Extra Virgin

This designation shows the purity of the olive oil. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to be considered EVOO, it must have “a free fatty acid content, expressed as oleic acid, of not

more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams,” and high-quality EVOO is generally below 0.3 grams. Umut says Oleavia EVOO sits between 0.2 and 0.25 grams.


When a bottle of olive oil says “coldpressed,” it’s referring to the temperature at which the oil is extracted from the olives. Umut says that if manufacturers go to higher temperatures during pressing, “you’re actually able to produce so much more in quantity—but you are sacrificing that polyphenol content.” Cold-pressing or cold extracting the oil preserves as much polyphenol content as possible.


But what exactly are polyphenols? “Those are the healthy antioxidants found in an extra virgin olive oil,” Umut says. “The higher that it is, the healthier the olive oil is for you.” EVOO is widely considered a prominent source of monounsaturated fats, which, according to the American Heart Association, can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke. In some studies, polyphenols

are also linked to lowered risk of both diabetes and certain types of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and can help restore gut bacteria. Umut says the average polyphenol content in EVOO sold in the U.S. is 55 milligrams/kilograms—whereas Oleavia contains anywhere from 450–609 milligrams/kilograms, depending on the edition. And this higher polyphenol content actually gives it a higher smoke point—up to 480 degrees F.

Early Harvest Date

Every region in the world that produces olive oil has an ideal harvest period, based on the climate and hemisphere. In Turkey, that’s late September to mid-October, when the olives are still green and aren’t yet ripe; this is when the olives have the highest polyphenol content. “If you harvest it early, you will be able to produce a higher antioxidant-content olive oil,” Umut says. He notes that waiting to harvest until olives are ripe—in December or January in Turkey—produces significantly more olive oil when the olives are pressed; a lot of producers do this, so they can produce higher volumes and make a better profit. Olive oil that’s harvested late

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“can be still cold-pressed [and] … below 0.8 percent in acidity for you to label the extra virgin. But you just lost the polyphenol content, a big portion of it. It’s not going to be as healthy anymore,” Umut says.


The way olives are harvested can have an impact on the taste of the olive oil. Olive trees can grow tall, so Umut says many manufacturers “shake the trees with these machines, and the olives hit the ground and they collect it faster.” The olives can get bruised due to the drop in height. “You can still cold press a bruised and damaged

olive,” he says. “[But] it’s not going to have the same fresh taste anymore.” To eliminate bruising, Oleavia’s olives are handpicked. “And if we cannot reach by hand, we shake the leaf and the olives drop to a net, not to the ground,” he says.

Minimizing Oxidation

To maintain freshness and optimal taste, it’s important to minimize oxidation in the production process. The time between harvesting and pressing the olives plays an important role in this, as do storage methods before olive oil is bottled. Umut says Oleavia olive oil is


According to Umut, the uses for EVOO are nearly endless. Here are a few of the ways he incorporates it into his diet.

Taking a tablespoon of the highest polyphenol content olive oil every morning and night for the health benefits (Not only does it offer the benefits listed on page 46, but EVOO is also anti-inflammatory and great for the skin.)

As a salad dressing (All you need is EVOO, a flaky salt and lemon juice for a simple and delicious dressing.)

As a cooking oil, thanks to the higher smoke point

As a dip for fresh, crusty bread

Drizzled over pasta, vegetables, soup, cheese, eggs and even vanilla ice cream

cold-pressed within four hours of harvesting. “Then we store [the olive oil] in a stainless steel tank at the factory with a nitrogen layer on top. We press nitrogen into the tank so there’s no oxidation, and then it’s bottled at the factory in a dark glass bottle,” he says. “We even apply [a] unique cap … and this minimizes oxidation even for your consumption purposes at home.”

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Abe and Ted’s Excellent Adventures

Hobbyist photographer captures fun photos of her guinea pigs.

BECKY PETERSON, an Edina resident and hobby photographer, loves capturing moments with her pets and kids. She took this snapshot of her beloved guinea pigs, Abe and Ted, in her neighbor’s floral planters.

The pigs, which have more than 5,000 Instagram followers on their account, @kindaapigdeal, “are the sweetest piggies, and their adventures are fun to imagine and photograph,” Peterson says. “I’m always looking for different settings, different cool backgrounds, different things that might make for a fun picture.”

“The boys,” as Peterson calls them, are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Peterson says she walked past her neighbor’s flower planters and “thought it would be fun to make it look like the piggies were growing with the flowers.”

Photographer: Becky Peterson

Title: Flowering Piggies

Equipment: iPhone 13 Pro

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