Edina- April 2023

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Arden Avenue home undergoes renovation, resulting in a more livable layout and style for a young family of four


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“May this home ... be a house of courage, where healing and growth are loved, where dignity and forgiveness prevail ... May there be great delight around this hearth. May it be a house of welcome for the broken and diminished.” —John O’Donohue, from For a New Home in To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings PAGE 14
Artwork: Christina Johnson


14 — Canvas Creations

From printer paper to canvas, local artist Christina Johnson is endlessly inspired by a blank page.

16 — If These Walls Could Talk

Home history website aims to tell the story of every house in the United States.

18 — Designing Your Own Floral Arrangement

Resident shares tips and tricks for curating the perfect bouquet.

22 — Foundational Friendships

Faith is at the root of the more than 40-year friendship and 30-year business of two Edina natives.


28 — Seeking Sustainability

For Caribou Coffee, being ecofriendly isn’t a marketing gimmick— it’s an everyday commitment.

32 — Into the Flow

Arden Avenue home undergoes renovation, resulting in a more livable layout and style for a young family of four.


44 — Let Them Eat Scones

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s I’m writing this, it’s still decidedly winter outside; but by the time you read this issue of Edina Magazine , I’m hoping spring weather will be upon us, even if we still have a freak snowstorm at some point this month!

After a winter of snuggling up and hibernating, I’m ready to burst out of my cocoon, throw open the windows and shake the proverbial—and literal—dust off. I currently live in a rented apartment, so there will be no garden preparations, landscaping or renovation projects for me—things that many homeowners begin to undertake as the weather warms. But as I’ve worked on our April homes issue, I’ve found myself getting ideas for small apartment refreshes, as well as tucking away ideas for the future.

I loved learning from Tajalli Missaghi—owner of The Petal, a floral design studio in Edina—about how to design your own floral arrangements (page 18). I may not be able to paint my walls, but a colorful floral arrangement does wonders to refresh a room—as do sculptural houseplants (page 12). In dreaming of my someday-house, I was endlessly inspired by the Arden Avenue home project featured on page 32. And I don’t have to be a homeowner to appreciate the home histories, local and national, shared on HouseNovel, a home history website started last year by an Edina native (page 16).

With these articles, and plenty of others, I hope you’ll also take some time this month to pause the frenzy of spring cleaning and house projects to kick back and see what some of your fellow Edina residents are up to!

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Our homes are sanctuaries places of respite and renewal. Today, homes are fulfilling expanding notions of how we utilize our spaces. Since 1979, MA Peterson has been committed to building a heartfelt connection with its clients, who have trusted the team with an impressive breadth of design, build and renew projects.

“We’re an industry-leading expert in the Twin Cities for award-winning residential design, new custom homes and high-quality custom remodeling and additions,” says owner Mark Peterson. “Our focus is on true excellence and craftsmanship, and we bring our decades of experience to homeowners, who desire exceptional results and great value. We’re a collaborative, creative team, who strives to bring clients’ dreams to life.”

Homeowners’ space needs are changing. “More people are working at their home, so creating spaces that fit this lifestyle is very popular, and I believe will continue to be the case,” Peterson says. “This is not just the office area, but the entire home. The home environment is more important than it has ever been, and our clients are looking for spaces that serve many functions and feelings.”

Satisfaction with MA Peterson’s work is evident. “Their work is superb in quality and construction. They work with you and

advise when asked to do so on your specific project,” say Charlie and Emily of Plymouth. “We have used MA Peterson twice and recommended them to many who have admired the end result of the work done for us.” Edina’s Mike and Paige are longtime clients. “The quality of workmanship performed by MA Peterson is phenomenal. They are true craftsmen in all aspects of work, including communication, quality and timeliness.”

MA Peterson has also received the respect of the industry by receiving the 2022 NARI CotY Gold MN Award (Entire House $750,000 to $1 million; the 2022 NARI CotY Silver MN Award (Entire House over $1 million); and the 2022 Chrysalis Regional Awards (Addition over $250,000, Whole House Remodel $400,000-$700,000, and Whole House Remodel over $1 million).

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A Delicious Brunch Staple

Every year when winter starts to let up and we get the slightest taste of spring, I start craving bright and cheery flavors in my food. Lemon and strawberries are my favorite spring flavors when baking, and these Strawberry Lemon Scones are my go-to for a spring brunch. They’re light, flaky and bursting with lemon flavor. These are perfect for serving on Easter morning or for a fun baking project with your kids!.

Ready to get baking? Find the recipe online at edinamag.com.

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


Is there anything beautiful in this early part of spring, when everything is gray and pale and mucky and melty?

In Molly Beth Griffin’s 2021 picture book, Ten Beautiful Things, a 2022 Minnesota Book Award Finalist, a young girl and her grandmother, Gram, take a stab at this question.

Lily is feeling unsure and uneasy as she begins the journey to her new home with Gram, traveling across Iowa in April. As they set out, Gram suggests that they try to find 10 beautiful things along the way.

“There’s nothing beautiful here,” says Lily. But slowly, she begins to spot one beautiful thing, then another. And Gram contributes, too—the sunrise, a wind farm, a red-winged blackbird, even “the smell of mud.”

Maribel Lechuga’s illustrations capture the Midwest in spring, with hues of gray and beige punctuated with pops of green, red and pink. This cozy story may also encourage parents, caregivers and children to play “10 Beautiful Things” themselves.

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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Head to Arizona for a Dreamy Spa Getaway

My girlfriends and I love a spa getaway, and since we’re scattered across the country, we typically choose to visit a destination spa. We often choose Arizona for its amazing spas, and it’s an easy destination to travel to from almost anywhere in the country. (There are 13 daily nonstop flights from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to Phoenix!)

Last summer, we discovered a gem nestled high in the Sonoran Desert just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona: Civana Wellness Resort & Spa. It’s located 30 minutes away from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the charming and quaint town of Carefree, Arizona. We enjoyed a lot of quality time outside, from hiking in the morning to walking around Civana’s beautiful grounds and soaking up time at the pool. We’ve also visited Sedona, Arizona, which is two hours north of Phoenix and known for its beautiful red rock formations and vortexes. During our trip to Sedona, we stayed at the Amara Resort and Spa. Highlights included the rugged, bumpy and fun Pink Jeep Tour; lighting prayer candles in Chapel of the Holy Cross and hiking Baldwin Trail. Tucson is two hours south of Phoenix and is the home of some of the country’s most well-known spas. Miraval Arizona has been touted as one of Oprah’s favorite spas, and after a few visits myself, I can see why. No matter what type of spa experience you’re seeking, Arizona is my recommended destination for a relaxing and epic girls weekend!

Contributed by Edina resident Jasmine Brett Stringer, a professional speaker, on-air lifestyle expert, author, consultant and founder of Carpe Diem with Jasmine and #ShareTheMicMN.


When it comes to our indoor spaces, we paint walls, select furniture, hang art and add blankets and throw pillows to create the perfect environment. Interior design elements mirror our personality—and, not surprisingly, so do the plants we choose to incorporate into those spaces.

Indoor plants come in thousands of unique colors, shapes and sizes. You’ll notice some plants have leaves that look sleek and edgy while others look long, curvy and wild. Want to pick out some new plants for your home? Keep reading for some classic varieties.

The sculptural dracaena, with its upright growth and straight-edged leaves, is a fantastic option for modern rooms that need a plant with some height. It should be watered thoroughly every week and requires bright light.

The graceful and timeless spathiphyllum, or peace lily, has large, dark green leaves and pure white, long-blooming flowers. This bushy plant adds elegance to dark corners or the tops of accent tables. It prefers lower light and should be watered every few days.

Philodendron varieties such as “prince of orange” or “imperial red” have beautiful leaf colors, ranging from dark green and yellows to oranges and reds, on a bushy plant. Its large leaves contribute a pop of color to any room with a midcentury theme. Philodendrons prefer indirect light and being regularly watered.

If you’ve ever longed to grow a tree indoors, the sun-loving, iconic fiddle leaf fig, a ficus, is fantastic for some stately drama. This plant requires very bright light and thorough weekly waterings.

Matching a houseplant to reflect your

own style can feel special and accomplish that final decorating touch that no coat of paint can achieve.

Contributed by Sarah Davis, general manager at Sunnyside Gardens, and Matt Holden, Sunnyside Gardens’ perennial captain. They both enjoy helping people find success with gardening.

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Canvas Creations

CHRISTINA JOHNSON’S paintings can be seen all over Edina—in shops like Foxwell Studio and Shoppe, and At Home & Co., in the lobby of Nolan Mains and in the homes of many residents. She regularly collaborates with interior designers on custom commissions for clients, and her work has even been purchased by overseas collectors, thanks to Instagram.

“I never took a painting class, but art is in my blood,” Johnson says. Her mother was an art professor and gallery director at Bethel University for nearly 20 years, exposing Johnson and her sister to fine art at young ages while also encouraging creativity at home. “We were never allowed to have coloring books, so we colored on computer paper,” Johnson says. “I loved having the blank page … I was always able to start over on a new piece of paper.”

Today, Johnson cites that creative freedom as part of her artistic foundation—though she also credits her biology degree from St. Olaf College and says studying cells, plants and organisms helped shape her interest in abstracts and floral prints.

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From printer paper to canvas, local artist Christina Johnson is endlessly inspired by a blank page.
One of Johnson's abstract paintings hangs in the lobby at Nolan Mains. Christina Johnson

We sat down with Johnson to learn more about the passion she has turned into a successful, full-time career.

How did you make the leap from biology to painting?

During college, I got sick. I needed something to do, even though I was nauseous and so fatigued. Art really became my escape, [and] painting became part of my recovery. I was painting things that brought me joy and took me out of where I was and brought me into this whole other colorful, happy, expressive world.

How did your business get its start? My friends kept encouraging me to start sharing my paintings, so I brought some samples to social media. HGTV’s Should I Stay or Should I Go co-host and lead designer Heather Fox found me on Instagram. I thought it was an art scam when she called, asking to borrow some of my paintings for her TV show. She borrowed about seven, and then five out of seven ended up selling [to homeowners on the show].

How does your childhood influence the work you do today?

Having unlimited paper as a kid helps me just view all these [blank] canvases in the same way, where I could just come up with any idea … I think having that mindset of, “I have unlimited space to create whatever I want” really helps me explore new ideas and just be fearless when I attack the canvas with a new idea or a commission.

Tell us about your creative process. Clients talk with me about the vision they have and the space they’re considering, and we create the work together. Sometimes, it’s something from a photo. Sometimes, it’s an abstract, landscape or florals. I work on a couple of pieces at a time. If it doesn’t look right, I paint over it. I might work on a few layers for a few hours on one piece, leave it to dry and switch to another piece. But I’m never painting the same thing twice. I absolutely love doing this work. It is such a blessing to do something that I can wake up in the morning and be excited about.

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If These Walls Could Talk

Home history website aims to tell the


of every house in the United States.

GRACELAND, HEARST CASTLE , Monticello, Biltmore, Fallingwater—the most famous houses in the United States are rife with stories, but they are far from the only ones. Every house has a story, and husband-and-wife duo David Decker and Amanda Zielike are intent on sharing those stories with the world. Together, the couple founded HouseNovel—a website that collects user-generated content to build a database of home histories, one property at a time.

“We joke that HouseNovel is what you would get if ancestry.com and Zillow had a baby,” says Zielike, who grew up in Edina fascinated by the historic homes surrounding her.

The duo came up with the idea for HouseNovel after listening to Decker’s

mother talk about the parties she used to throw at her old farmhouse before it was lost to foreclosure and torn down. Zielike and Decker, who both have backgrounds in commercial real estate, hated the thought of those stories being lost, so they built HouseNovel as a platform to preserve home histories.

For three years, they developed the platform and aggregated home data from public websites, focusing their initial efforts on the Twin Cities region; they officially launched HouseNovel February 2022. By the end of the year, they had amassed over 20,000 home profiles across the nation and 10,000 in the Twin Cities alone.

“The goal is to get a piece of history for every house in America,” Zielike says.

The company is off to a good start. Users have begun to share fascinating nuggets of information about their homes, making the site a treasure trove for real estate agents, architects, history buffs, buyers and sellers alike. “It’s really for anyone passionate about home history,” Decker says—including Edina residents.

In viewing a home on Drexel Avenue in Edina's Country Club neighborhood, visitors can learn that the 95-year-old Spanish Colonial Revival is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is currently housing its ninth family. It was first sold to Marie and Oswald Risvold in 1927 for $2,385. Two years later, the eldest son of the man who developed the neighborhood purchased the home. Visitors can discover

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Through user submissions, HouseNovel visitors can view historic photographs of local homes—like this one on Drexel Avenue in Edina.

when and why the laundry chutes were removed and the reason behind a strange electric switch in one of the bedroom closets. They can also learn about the current homeowners’ efforts to renounce racist language in the deed that initially restricted the sale or lease of the property to “any person other than the white or Caucasian race.”

“The real magic happens when people add their own stories,” Zielike says, noting that they encourage everything from homeowner biographies to remodeling information to those funny quirks that make a house a unique home.

How are those stories vetted? Zielike and Decker have a multi-layer security strategy that includes the flagging of inappropriate information and a report feature the public can use to trigger a review. Their team can also see everything being added to the site on the back end, so they can keep an eye out for questionable content.

With their model off and running, Zielike and Decker now have their sights set on expansion. For their next big push, they have identified 10 primary target markets, including: Boston; Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago; and Savannah, Georgia. They also hope to partner with local historical organizations, including the Edina Historical Society and Edina’s Heritage Preservation Commission, to bolster their entries and assist in capturing and preserving more home stories.

HouseNovel; housenovel.com

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Photos: HouseNovel Amanda Zielike and David Decker


Designing Your Own Floral Arrangement

Resident shares tips and tricks for curating the perfect bouquet.

A BEAUTIFUL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions. Tajalli Missaghi, owner of The Petal floral design studio in Edina, believes that flowers can be as much a part of your home’s decor as a painting or throw pillow. But the beauty of flowers is they can be swapped out whenever the mood strikes. Today, she shares her advice for designing your own stunning floral arrangements.

Step 1: Pick Your Vase

Before picking flowers, Missaghi recommends choosing your vase, while keeping in mind the shape, size and style of

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the arrangement you want to create. “I design around the vase,” she says. “But I also pick a vase that complements the design I’m working with. I really love low bowls for soft, organic arrangements. I also really love compote arrangements in footed vases.” She recommends a basic cylinder vase if you’re looking to create an arrangement with more height or a traditional vase with a neck that flutes out for a fuller arrangement, as the vase will help fan out the arrangement.

Step 2: Gather Your Greenery

Missaghi begins all her arrangements with greenery to add shape and depth

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Tajalli Missaghi

while creating a unique textural experience. “Greenery builds your base and your shape, so it adds all fullness first, and then you accent it with the flowers,” she says. Understanding the movement of the flowers will determine which greenery to use. A more stiff arrangement pairs with stiff greenery, like Israeli ruscus or huckleberry, while a whimsical arrangement demands loose plants capable of movement, like eucalyptus, Italian pittosporum or weigela.

Step 3: Choose Your Color Palette

The color of the greenery sets the tone for the rest of the arrangement, as it should complement the hues in the flowers. Missaghi says rich, dark greens, like huckleberry and Italian ruscus, pair wonderfully with the deep tones of the berry color family; pale greens, like eucalyptus, pair with pastel florals. When bringing in a variety of floral colors into the same bouquet, Missaghi recommends using a color wheel as your cheat sheet. She typically chooses colors next to each other on the color wheel—like pink and purple—complementary colors, such as purple and yellow, or various shades of the same color. She also plays with the different color tones found in the flowers—say, playing off the yellow center of one flower with yellow petals on another.

Step 4: Add Variety and Depth

Beyond the color palette, Missaghi also uses a formula to bring in different types and sizes of flowers. “I always include the focal flower, filler flowers, textural elements, a linear flower and then … I call them floaters, [but] anything with movement,” she says. This variety in blossom size, height, texture, movement and placement gives a bouquet visual depth, resulting in an arrangement that feels organic and totally unique.

Ready to create your own floral arrangement? Visit Missaghi’s Bloom Bar at her Edina studio. Learn more about her business on edinamag.com.

The Petal, 7029 Amundson Ave.; 612.356.2890; the-petal.com

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Foundational Friendships

Faith is at the root of the more than 40-year friendship and 30-year business of two Edina natives.

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Mike Dobies and Brian Dahl

A LOT OF PEOPLE would advise against going into business with your best friends. Balancing personal and professional relationships—while also trying to keep a business afloat—can be more than many friendships can withstand. This isn’t the case for Edina natives Brian Dahl and Mike Dobies, two of the four partners at DKY, a Bloomingtonbased brand marketing, advertising and public relations agency.

We sat down with Dahl, the company’s president, and Dobies, the executive cre ative director, to hear how they balance business and friendship—and how their shared faith is the foundation on which both stand.

Friendship Formations

Dahl and Dobies both grew up primar ily in Edina—but they didn’t meet until the summer after their freshman year of high school at a basketball camp. “Brian was more of a ‘Westie’ from Edina, and I was more of an ‘Eastie’ back in the day,” Dobies says with a laugh, explaining how Edina Public Schools used to be split up to serve the east and west side of the city. However, the school year following the basketball camp, their sophomore year, was the first year Edina High School (EHS) was combined under one roof.

as Dobies began attending Grace Church with Dahl. “Brian was really instrumen tal in my faith journey,” Dobies says. “I was involved in a different church and a youth group. But … I became more interested in Grace Church and the youth ministry because of [Brian] and [his] walk with Jesus. So that relation ship was really important at that time in my life, and as I decided to become a Christian and really make it my own decision to follow Jesus.”

Parallel Paths

Dahl and Dobies, along with a handful of other guys from their youth group, formed a tight-knit friend group that carried on long after graduating from EHS in 1984. Many of the young men in that friend group attended the

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“We were in the youth group together, and we went to high school together and there was a lot of really strong faith formation in our friendship,” Dahl says. “That was the bond that we had that kept us together.”

After college, the group remained close. And whether it was coincidence, irony or Providence, all of them ended up in the marketing and advertising world. For years, the group talked about forming their own agency.

Then, in 1994, nearly a decade after graduating high school, a few of those friends—John Denn, Tom Kelby and Mark Yaeger, all Edina natives besides Yaeger—came together to form DKY. (Their last names are the namesake for DKY.) Dahl and Dobies each joined the team soon after and bought into the company as partners.

“We were in the youth group together, and we went to high school together and there was a lot of really strong faith formation in our friendship. That was the bond that we had that kept us together.”

This is where things really could have fallen apart. Five friends in business together, managing decades-long interpersonal dynamics while bringing in new business and seeking to be profitable? It’s a lot to juggle. But nearly 30 years in, the friendships are still intact—and the business continues to grow.

A Mission-Driven Business

Today, DKY develops strategic creative marketing and advertising solutions for clients in four markets—outdoors, agriculture, business-to-business and faith.

But its faith-based clients weren’t always a primary focus. In 2008, the leaders of the agency faced one of the largest challenges of the company’s history. That year, DKY lost some significant client work and financing due to the recession. The loss of this financial stability rocked them. As the agency’s leaders were

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processing how to move forward and deal with such uncertainty, Dahl says they encountered a verse in the Bible, Proverbs 11:25, which says, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

The leadership team decided that with the resources it had—a staff full of talented, creative people—it could help other businesses that were also facing uncertainty and hardship during the recession by donating services.

Recalling how that conclusion was reached, Dobies acknowledges that it felt crazy. Even so, the leaders moved forward, viewing the business as a way to be a blessing.

“Everybody got super excited about it,” Dahl says. “We just put our eyes on something other than our problems, and things started to turn.” DKY made it through the recession without laying off any employees, and, to this day, the team continues to donate its time to several faith-based organizations, having formalized it as one of the main markets the agency serves.

“Our mission says, ‘We help good people build brands of great impact.’ Whether it’s a Christian ministry or forprofit business, they have a job to do. We want to help them do it with excellence,” Dahl says, noting that the mindset of giving back “does strongly help to form our culture, our values … the kind of work that we choose to do, how we treat our clients and how we treat our employees.”

Reflecting on the past 40 years of friendship, Dahl says, “It’s pretty amazing to look back at it … [and] think of the four knuckleheads in 10th grade and how God has orchestrated our careers and the opportunity to serve.”

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Contributed photos at left: EHS 10th Grade Basketball Team, Winter 1981/1982. Left to Right: Brian Dahl, Brian Powell, Ted Lampson, Mike Dobies, Pat Finley.
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For Caribou Coffee, being eco-friendly isn’t a marketing gimmick—it’s an everyday commitment.


When Caribou Coffee poured its first cup of java in 1992— in Edina at 44th Street and France Avenue—sustainability was not on the menu. Thirty years later, the world has evolved and so has Caribou.

“[Sustainability is] a journey, not a destination,” says Erin Newkirk, Edina resident and chief brand and marketing officer for the company. But it’s a journey that the company has very intentionally embarked on—from environmental and sourcing certifications to clean label commitments and in-store waste management solutions.

“When I think about sustainability, I think about impact—how we can positively impact the environment, our customers and suppliers, and the communities we operate in,” says Anne Beattie, who, in 2022, was hired as ESG engagement and sustainability manager, a new role for the company. (ESG stands for environmentalsocial-governance framework.) In this role, Beattie creates frameworks around which the company can measure progress year-over-year in the realms of the environment, social initiatives and climate impact.

“There are so many opportunities when it comes to sustainability efforts, but we are being very thoughtful about embedding ESG into our management framework, so that we can make decisions and put our efforts toward things that are meaningful and valuable to our brand and stakeholders,” Beattie says.

Rainforest Alliance–Certified

Newkirk says that so much of what happens in the realm of sustainability is behind the scenes. Take, for example, the decision to become 100 percent Rainforest Alliance–certified in 2012—the first major coffeehouse company in the United States to do so.

An international nonprofit, the Rainforest Alliance (RA) is dedicated to supporting sustainable farming and

business practices, preservation of rainforests, human rights and meeting the challenges of a changing climate. According to the RA, its seal on a product means “the certified product or ingredient was produced using methods that support the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.”

Kayleen Alexson, director of brand experience at Caribou Coffee, emphasizes that the RA focuses not only on quality in the products its certifies but also on people, nature and climate. “Every bean on shelves and in stores is [grown] with climate best practices,” she says.

Coffee farmers who are a part of the RA receive education and support in conservation of the land and creative solutions to help combat deforestation. From a human rights lens, the RA helps combat child and forced labor, wage inequality and indigenous land rights.

Newkirk says being 100 percent RA certified also means “transparency and traceability of our beans. Issues at origin impact each community. Our investment helps build schools and homes and source replenishment; everywhere we harvest, we seed new coffee plants.”

Caribou sources beans from many countries, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Columbia, Indonesia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Clean Label Commitments and Beyond

But Caribou’s sustainability practices go beyond the actual coffee. In 2018, Caribou became the first U.S. coffeehouse to offer 100 percent clean beverages—meaning the drinks contain no artificial colors, preservatives or ingredients of any kind. None of its dairy products used in drinks contain added hormones. Only real vanilla, caramel, pumpkin and chocolate are used in all of Caribou’s handcrafted beverages. And its decaf coffee? It’s water processed, rather than chemically processed. “Our decaf is better for the

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environment, and it tastes better,” Newkirk says. And it’s not just the drinks themselves that have become sustainable—it’s also the vessels from which you drink them. In-store composting and recycling are widely available at Caribou locations—compostable cups for hot drinks and recyclable hot and cold lids are standard in many stores. As of 2022, Caribou offers strawless lids on cold drinks. And since the lifespan of a to-go cup is mere minutes, Caribou offers 10 cents off every beverage if you bring your own tumbler or mug to the store.

Locally, around Earth Day every year, Caribou teams up with Bachman’s. In the coffee industry, large burlap bags are used to ship green coffee beans from farms to roasting facilities. Caribou partners with Bachman’s each year to donate and reuse bags for community tree-planting and gardening projects, as well as on its 670-acre growing range in Farmington.

What’s Next?

Beattie has been on the job for less than a year, but she’s already undertaking big initiatives, particularly in the realm of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. “Since this was a new role, there was so much opportunity to help build and grow an ESG strategy on an already solid foundation,” she says. “One of the biggest efforts that Caribou Coffee is currently undertaking is around our impact on the climate. We have completed our first Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, giving us our total Corporate Carbon Footprint—a look at specifics about our emissions across the company and through the value chain,” she says. “From there, we plan to set a Science Based Target to reduce our emissions to net zero. It will be a journey for us as a company, but it will have a significant impact, and we are really proud to be joining many other companies making efforts to address climate change.”

Alexson notes that the heart of ESG and Caribou’s take on sustainability is about people and the planet.

“It’s making sure that we’re being transparent and holding ourselves accountable from a people and planet perspective—hence trying to level-up our commitments to be more holistic across our organization and not just focus on environmental sustainability issues that can be kind of hot topics. [We’re] making sure that we are [also] prioritizing the wants, needs, hopes and dreams of our guests, and also what we call our global communities, knowing that we have [worldwide] locations, but we also have partners at origin across the globe.”

Beattie agrees, noting that how Caribou thinks about sustainability comes back to the company’s self-stated purpose of “creating day-making experiences that spark a chain reaction of good.”

It’s that same mission that drew Newkirk to leave the world of startups and join this well-established company in 2020. “Caribou Coffee is a purpose-driven company with vibrant core values. The best part of my job as chief brand and marketing officer is that I get to decide how our purpose … shows up in our business daily,” she says. “What makes me happy is doing good things with good people—and there’s a lot of good at Caribou.”

Today, Caribou has 339 company-owned and 144 nontraditional locations nationwide, as well as 288 franchise stores in 11 countries, totaling more than 750 coffeehouses worldwide. Seven of those locations are sprinkled throughout Edina, including the flagship location. Caribou is privately owned by JAB Holding Company, under the Panera Brands holding company umbrella, alongside Panera Bread and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Caribou’s headquarters and roasting facility are located in Brooklyn Center.

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Caribou introduced strawless lids for it’s cold cups in 2022.

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When Susan Stiles founded Stiles Financial Services more than two decades ago, she wanted to provide a different kind of experience for clients that was not dependent on selling product, but based on a foundation of fiduciary fee-based advisory services. Today, the boutique firm provides financial planning, portfolio customization and management, fiduciary consulting services and support all under one roof.

“That’s what sets us apart,” says Stiles, CEO and founder. “We invest the time to listen and really get to know our clients to create a personalized experience and customized deliverables.”

“We don’t outsource our services. We manage portfolios in-house and to the specifications of our clients, in conjunction with their goals,” says private wealth manager Brent Atherton, who recently joined the firm.

As fiduciary retirement plan consultants, the goal is not about volume measured by how many plans they consult, but by aligning with plan sponsors and companies that embrace the importance of working with a strategic partner, who is committed to the success of the plan for the benefit of the employees. “Many retirement plan consultants focus on volume, and the result with volume is conveyer-belt deliverables; it’s all cookie cutter. No one thinks anymore; they just regurgitate. We

have a strong proactive, service-forward approach,” Stiles says. “We are expert fiduciary consultants, functioning autonomously from vendors, which eliminates any potential conflict of interest. We sit on the same bench as our corporate plan sponsor clients and are thoughtful and strategic partners to them.”

In addition to the advisory services and engaging with clients, the team at Stiles Financial Services values community service. A few years ago, the Stiles Financial Community Service Fund was started to help local organizations focused on youth.

“I’ve worked really, really hard to build the firm to where it is today,” says Stiles, a longtime Rotarian. “I’ve always believed in giving back and helping others succeed every way that I can.”

Stiles Financial Services is a Registered Investment Advisor.

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Just outside the iconic 50th and France intersection sits a timeless house that underwent some changes in the past year. Bria Hammel Interiors (BHI), a design firm in Mendota Heights, tackled this 1927 house with the goal to keep its history intact while rethinking much of the main floor layout.

“We wanted to make sure that we weren’t ignoring the history of the home,” says Bria Hammel, owner of BHI.

When house-hunting, homeowners Courtney and Nick Tygesson loved the home overall, but knew they’d need to rethink some of the layout to create better flow between the home’s original footprint and the later addition.

“We like old houses, and, personally, I grew up in an old house in this neighborhood,” Nick says. “We love the neighborhood.”

After purchasing the house, the Tygessons hired BHI and Detail Custom Homes to tackle the renovation. The three main rooms that were the focus

of this project include the living room, dining room and kitchen; a pass-thru butler’s pantry was also added during the renovation (Nick’s brainchild), which serves as a passageway from the kitchen to the dining room, maximizing flow while creating additional storage.

“All credit goes to Nick for having the wherewithal to envision how the several boxy rooms in a row could be transformed to create a more livable floor plan for our family,” Courtney says.

A Reimagined Floor Plan

Katie Pieper, lead designer at BHI, notes that the biggest change the home went through was the kitchen and butler’s pantry.

“The kitchen was a total overhaul,” Courtney says, noting this lives where the old dining room was located. “This was all about function for us … We wanted this to be a place where family and friends could gather around the big

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Arden Avenue home undergoes renovation, resulting in a more livable layout and style for a young family of four.
and Amy Overgaard — Photos by Spacecrafting

island or where we could spread out and bake tons of cookies with our girls. We also wanted a space where we could eat on the island.”

The kitchen was refreshed with quartz countertops, which offer plenty of prep space for cooking, white cabinetry (White Dove by Benjamin Moore), brass accents and a blue tile range backsplash. The light blue of the center island (Little Falls by Benjamin Moore) complements the backsplash and pulls in the blues from the dining and living rooms. The island extends into an informal seating area, where two chairs fit on either side of the island.

The butler’s pantry features a second sink and dishwasher—luxuries the Tygessons had in their previous rental that they had come to love. This space also houses a beverage fridge, coffee station and special-occasion serveware.

The design team’s overall favorite part of the home was the custom-made pocket door to the food storage pantry, along with the twin arched openings on either side of the butler’s pantry, all of which mimic the original arched doorways in the living room.

The kitchen now connects to the new dining room by way of the butler’s pantry. This space received new windows, as well as built-in cabinetry that looks like it could be original. Wainscotting and wallpaper create that “approachably refined” style Courtney was going for. “The wallpaper in the dining room is a large-scale, block-print floral pattern— it’s truly beautiful,” Pieper says.

The living room received a design refresh, more than anything else. It naturally had a lot of character, which was maintained—from the original fireplace and French doors to the coffered ceilings and arched doorways.

Refined, But Approachable

While layout and historical preservation were top priorities, close behind was making the home as livable as possible, since the Tygessons have two young children, ages 6 and 2. Courtney didn’t have a specific interior style in mind for the space, but she knew she wanted it to feel refined, yet very approachable.

“We made sure the finishes allowed for a super livable lifestyle … they didn’t want it to be stuffy,” Hammel says. Pieper adds that they brought in the refined elements by emphasizing the traditional

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detailing of the home.

Durability meets style throughout the home, with furnishings playing a huge role. “We used fabrics that are ‘kidfriendly’ throughout the house, so you can spill on it, and it is very easy to clean,” Hammel says. “We intentionally didn’t put fabric on the stools in the kitchen because of the durability factor.”

Beyond the kitchen stools, the countertops were picked with “refined, but approachable” in mind. “Quartz is really nice because it is a much more durable material than marble. It was more realistic for this family because it is so durable, but it then creates this timeless feel

again,” Hammel says. “The countertops are a big part of a home of just being able to use and be able to cook on and not have to worry [about] spilling or stains.”

Color as a Through Line

The kitchen, living room and dining room were designed with the same overall color palette so that each room would cohesively flow into one another. “Colorwise, we leaned into neutrals and then mixed in soft blues; those colors are in every room,” Hammel says. “This just brightens up the space and makes it feel timeless—by doing that, we achieved a

look of old and new together.”

While the base of each room is more cool tones, warm tones were added in through accent furniture—like the leather ottoman in the living room—as well as brass hardware and dark wood finishes. Hammel notes that this mix of warm and cool tones creates a more timeless design.

The result of all of these updates? A house that has become a home for the Tygesson family. “It really feels like home, and it feels like a place where we can stay for as long as we want to,” Courtney says. “We can see ourselves here for years to come.”

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Over 100 skaters will perform in the 55th annual Braemar Ice Show.

ON APRIL 21 AND 22 , members of the Braemar City of Lakes Figure Skating Club will perform in the 55th annual Braemar Ice Show. Performances will be at 6:30 p.m. both days, at the West Arena.

The theme for this year’s show is Our Favorite Fairy Tales. About 125 skaters will participate in group and solo performances, with skaters ranging in age from 4 to 18. “That’s some of our high-level award winners right down to our city class kids, who are just beginning Learn to Skate [classes],” says Holly Dau, president of the skating club.

The club has nine graduating seniors, all of whom will have a featured performance in the show. One of those seniors, Ashley Blanton, also designed the programs and posters for the show.

“It’s a big production … where there’s numbers and choreography and ways that it all fits together,” Dau says. “This is one of the biggest shows we’ve had in years, which is amazing … you don’t have to pay a ridiculous amount to see a really professionally produced show. This is right here in our community, showcasing our kids.”

The performances are open to the public, and tickets can be purchased through figure skating club members or on the day of the ice show at the arena. Dau notes that there’s plenty of seating available, so tickets should be available for day-of purchase.

All ages. $10. 6:30 p.m. Braemar Arena, 7501 Ikola Way; 952.833.9500; braemarfsc.org


Trivia Night at Wooden Hill 04/05–04/26

Every Wednesday in April, bring your friends for trivia night at Wooden Hill Brewing Company. The event is hosted by Trivia Mafia. Ages 21 and older. Free. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wooden Hill Brewing Taproom, 7421 Bush Lake Road; 952.960.9663; woodenhillbrewing.com

Art Center’s Open Studio 04/07–04/28

Every Friday in April, bring your own art supplies and gather with fellow creators. Ages 17 and older. $5. Noon–4 p.m. Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St.; 952.903.5780; edinamn.gov

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Paw Patrol in the Park 04/14

It’s movie night at Edinborough Park! Bring the kids for a showing of Paw Patrol: The Movie All ages. Free with daily admission fee. 5:30–7 p.m. Edinborough Park Amphitheater, 7700 York Ave. S.; 952.927.8861; edinamn.gov

Judy Moody 04/28–04/29

The Edina High School Thespians will perform Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt based on the book by Megan McDonald. All ages. Edina Performing Arts Center in Edina High School, 6754 Valley View Road; 952.848.3800; ehsthespians.com


Minnesota Craft Beer Festival 04/01

There will be over 110 breweries pouring beer, plus music from the Rough House. Ages 21 and older. Tickets start at $49.99. 1–5 p.m. Minneapolis Convention Center (Hall D+E), 1301 Second Ave. S., Mpls.; minnesotacraftbeerfestival.com

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Twin Cities Auto Show 04/01–04/08

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Hamilton 04/04–05/06

The story of Alexander Hamilton is brought to life in this musical by LinManuel Miranda. Ages 10 and older. Prices vary. Times vary. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.339.7007; hennepintheatretrust.org

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Shakespeare’s classic tragedy tells the story of Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, as his mother, Queen Gertrude, weds his uncle soon after his father’s death. Ages 18 and older recommended. Tickets range from $20–$80. Times vary. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Mpls.; 612.377.2224; guthrietheater.org

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Let Them Eat Scones

the delightful history and flavor of this brunch-ready baked good.
by Amy Overgaard Photos by Chris Emeott Scones from The Lynhall (top) and Rustica Bakery & Cafe (bottom and left).

WITH THE HOPEFUL awakening of spring comes an emergence from our homes and back into the world. Often, this also means an uptick in gathering with friends, celebrations and—of course—brunch, whether at home or at a favorite restaurant.

As brunch season begins, let’s look at a baked good that’s ubiquitous during brunches, tea time and bridal and baby showers: the scone.


The term “scone” was first used in print in 1513 by a Scottish poet, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, but the etymology is somewhat muddy. Regardless of its origins, what resulted was a quickbread with a hint of sweetness. Historically, this baked good was made with oats and had a round, flat shape. It was baked on a griddle over an open fire and later cut into wedges.

Scones became a British staple in the 1800s with the popularization of the ritual of afternoon tea. Light foods like scones, biscuits and small cakes were served during teatime.

When baking powder became widely available, bakers began using it in scones as a leavening agent, baking scones in the oven instead. This resulted in the texture, density and appearance of scones as we know them today.


There are two primary ways of pronouncing the word “scone.” Most people in the United States and Ireland will pronounce it “skoan” (rhymes with tone). However, in most of England, Scotland and Wales, the preferred pronunciation is “skahn” (rhymes with gone).

Ingredients and Toppings

Today, scones are most commonly made with flour, fat and a leavening agent. It’s the ratio of fat to flour that gives a scone its unique texture that’s not quite a pastry but not quite a biscuit.

In the U.S., scones are often served on their own, sitting among the ranks of muffins and croissants as a coffee shop breakfast or snack bread. However, in the United Kingdom, you’ll rarely find them served without jam and clotted cream.

Plain or currant scones are what you’ll traditionally find at an afternoon tea service in the U.K. This offers the perfect foundation for a spread of jam (or lemon curd) and a dollop of clotted

cream. (If you’re in the U.K. and hear the term “cream tea,” it’s referring to tea with scones and clotted cream.)

However, around the world, there are many added ingredients—both sweet and savory—that are found in scones. Aside from additives, there’s the matter of texture and density; some bakers prefer their scones a bit more dry and dense (the traditional approach); while others prefer them to be more moist and light.


Want to hear what the local experts have to say about scones? We chatted with the pastry chefs at several Edina bakeries to hear how they prepare and enjoy their scones.

Rustica Bakery & Cafe

Rustica’s currant scone is a local classic and is always on the menu. Additional flavors rotate on and off the menu depending on the season—but pastry chef Shawn McKenzie’s original creations have a very different density and style than Rustica’s classic scone.

Chef: Shawn McKenzie

Scone Flavor: Currant, along with seasonal offerings

Scone Shape: “We use square.”

Scone Texture or Density: “The currant scone is lighter, almost like a denser cake. And then my scone is a little bit more on the edge of being a biscuit … My scone is me trying to incorporate more flavor into it by actually treating it a little bit like lamination. My background is more geared toward laminated things—croissant, puff, all of that. So I was looking at scones one day, with the base that we make that’s a little bit denser than the one that Rustica has, and I just thought it would be cool if you could layer it. So I basically treat it like it’s a laminated [pastry] but just putting one three-fold in it.”

Favorite Way to Enjoy a Scone: “Warm, if you can. Having it with some type of tea is just perfect, like an Earl Grey with a little bit of cream.”

Rustica Bakery & Cafe Edina, 200 Southdale Center Suite A; 952.417.6199; rusticabakery.com

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Scones from Patisserie Margo

The Lynhall

The Lynhall serves scones during its weekend afternoon tea service. You won’t always find one on the regular pastry menu, with scones and all other baked goods rotating on and off seasonally.

Chef: Jeremy Intille

Scone Flavor: “Like many things in pastry, this scone is just such a great canvas. So, as long as your imagination is vast, so are your scones.” (At The Lynhall, the flavors change seasonally, though with afternoon tea services there’s generally a scone designed to be enjoyed with clotted cream and jam.)

Scone Shape: “For our tea scones, we have circular scones, and then we are introducing a square scone for this next menu. Depending on what’s in it, it kind of changes the shape. If there’s, like, fresh fruit in it, sometimes they morph into these great organic, lovely shapes. I’m all about that. I love a rustic-looking scone.”

Scone Texture or Density: “There’s cakey scones, and there’s drier scones … It kind of just depends on what the vision is of how the guest is going to eat it. For afternoon tea, if it’s meant to be with tea, it’s usually like a flakier, semi-dry scone … And if it’s just a snacking scone, like, in a pastry case, I usually like a cakeier kind of scone—something that maybe has a glaze on it, so they can walk and eat it.”

Favorite Way to Enjoy a Scone: “I love a savory scone. So whether it be cheese and caramelized onion or just herbs and cheese—usually cheese is always in there, but I like a scone savory … [paired with] iced coffee.”

The Lynhall No. 3945 Edina, 3945 Market St.; 612.870.2640; thelynhall.com

Patisserie Margo

There are more than a few flavor options for scones at Patisserie Margo,

and these baked goods are always on the menu. Aside from fresh scones, the bakery sells frozen, unbaked scones, which you can bake fresh at home using the included instructions.

Chef: Margo Bredeson

Scone Flavor: Blueberry lemon, cherry almond, raspberry white chocolate, vanilla, espresso dark chocolate and cranberry current with orange

Scone Shape: “I do a cut round scone. I like the homey thought of [a triangle scone], but for us, I like the sizes to be really consistent.”

Scone Texture or Density: “One of the things that I really like about [our] scones is they’re really nice and crispy on the outside. But if you take them, and you take a hold of the top and the bottom, you can pull them apart, and they kind of layer. And that comes from making sure that the butter is ice cold when you make it … We make our scones in the afternoon—the actual making of the dough and the rolling and cutting them, but then we freeze them at that point. And then the next morning, we bake them straight from frozen. We don’t let them defrost or anything. [They] go straight in from frozen into a hot oven, and so that helps them just really get that nice puff … all those pieces of frozen butter that are in there really steam, which makes it just kind of pop up. … Especially when they’re warm, they’re lovely, soft and buttery, but still kind of layered. Even though they have a density to them somewhat, they’re still quite layery.”

Favorite Way to Enjoy a Scone: “If I’m having it in the morning, which is my favorite time to have scones, I’ll have a cranberry currant scone with a double espresso, with a little bit of cream. And I don’t put anything on it. I just have the scone. I like it just slightly warm, not hot, but slightly warm.”

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A Sweet Surprise

Local photographer captures an unexpected moment with a hummingbird.

SINCE RETIRING IN 2018, hobbyist photographer Judy Fulk has enjoyed capturing photos of birds, particularly the rubythroated hummingbird. “Hummingbirds are fast and a bit skittish,” Fulk says. “In order to capture [photos of] them at our home, I plant flowers that attract them and sit in my camp chair reading, waiting for them to appear. My camera is close at hand, so I can take advantage of the moment.”

In her photo, Surprise!, Fulk says the hummingbird was feeding, and when it pulled away from the flower, one of the petals fell off and stuck to its beak. “I’m not sure who was more surprised!” she says.

Photographer: Judy Fulk

Title: Surprise!

Equipment: Olympus

OM-D E-M1 Mark III with a 40-150mm lens and a 2x teleconverter

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