Edina Magazine - September 2022

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In this issue, we’re looking at the power of creative pursuits—the way they can bring us joy and fulfillment; help us process what’s happening in life; or even think differently about a person, an idea or a room in our home.



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N o matter how many years it’s been since being in school, September continues to be “back to school” season in my mind. Even in my 30s, it’s hard to shake that feeling of this month being a fresh start. Honestly, after a summer of activity and a more relaxed schedule, it’s kind of nice to have a reason—even if it’s all in my head—to hit reset and refocus on what I want to tackle for the last four months of the year. These next four months, I want to prioritize time for creativity. I have a sewing project I’ve wanted to work on, a wedding album to scrapbook and a book idea that I’ve had in my head for years that I finally want to outline. And, frankly, it’s all the people featured in this month’s magazine who have reinvigorated my creative spark. In this issue—our Arts & Style issue—we’re introducing some of many artists and innovative thinkers who live in this city. We’re taking a look at the artwork of digital illustrator Cindy Lindgren, who takes inspiration from nature, local landmarks and the Arts & Crafts design movement (page 30). We’re introducing you to chil dren’s book author Megan Maynor, whose 2021 release, Henry at Home , was a finalist for a 2022 Minnesota Book Award (page 18). And we’re catching up with local entrepreneur Ethan Esparza, who last graced the pages of this magazine 15 years ago when, as a child, he was running a successful lemonade stand in the 50th & France neighborhood and has owned his own businesses ever since (page 16). I could keep going—but instead, I’ll simply encourage you to read through the magazine and meet all of the kind, creative and thoughtful individuals who have shared their talents and life experiences with us in these pages. Hopefully, it ignites a creative spark in you, as well!

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11 local tips, tidbits & insights NOTEWORTHY PierceStephaniePhoto: September 2022 edinamag.com

AS A LEADERSHIP COACH, Stephanie Pierce works to maximize talent to achieve business success. More specifically, this Edina resident helps individu als recognize their passions and skill sets, so they can foster personal and professional growth. “It brings me a lot of joy to see people fulfill their goals, whatever they are and at whatever point they are in their life,” Pierce says. That’s why she devel oped Flux to Flow, a leadership workshop designed to help 20 women find the next chapter in their professional lives. Broken down into three phases, Pierce says the group will work to build a sense of self-awareness by recognizing their values; create an action plan based on their goals and capabilities; and help foster con fidence to achieve their dreams through a series of discussions, one-on-one coaching sessions and peer learning opportunities. “My way to help organizations be better and communities be stronger is by helping individual leaders be more in touch with their skills and capabilities,” Pierce says. “My goal is to get the people who are participating in the program to feel confident in whatever it is they want to do next … and to have fun while doing it.”

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This year, Ismail is dedicated to a refugee women-led zero-waste initiative called the Dambiil Challenge. In partnership with Hen nepin County, she is educating East African women about how to eliminate single-use plastic bags and how to separate organics forSAWACcomposting.helps many people, and Ismail particularly takes pride in being a role model to underserved young girls. “Young girls look up to me,” Ismail says. “I want them to know that they have a brighter future even in their darkest clouds. I, too, was a refugee girl, who beat the odds. They can be inde pendent and strong women, who can thrive in every sector of life.”


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The seamstresses began with a focus on tote bags (dambiil in Somali). Making these bags serve a dual purpose—reducing depen dence on plastic or paper bags while provid ing an income stream for the seamstresses.

Contributed by Maureen Millea Smith, a librarian at the Edina Library and a Minnesota Book Award–winning novelist. You can find her books maureenmilleasmith.com.at


Fartun Ismail is passionate about mentoring immigrant and refugee women and girls. Draw ing on her experience of coming to America and facing challenges, Ismail founded the So mali American Women Action Center (SAWAC) in 2017. It creates a community for immigrant and refugee women, providing resources to build skills and confidence, earn an income and gain the respect of their family and community. SAWAC currently serves 48 women in Edina and 76 in neighboring communities. Ismail was raised by a strong single moth er, who was the breadwinner for her family. Emulating her mother’s entrepreneurial efforts, Ismail began teaching sewing classes to help moms struggling with language, childcare and transportation find employ ment that fits into their lives. The professions of sewing and tailoring are dominated by men in the Somali culture, but Ismail saw the skill as an ideal fit to give financial independence to women, who may not have the education or language skills to easily join the workforce.

In 2021, The Edina Community Foundation recognized Ismail with a Connecting with Kids Leadership Award for her impact on our community.

Contributed by Taylor Ellingson, a local cookbook author and food blogger for greensnchocolate.com. Find her @greensnchocolate on Instagram. 3939 Market Street, Edina DressUpGoOut.com952-746-4440@dressupgoout

13 EllingsonTaylorPhoto: TASTE A Delicious After-School Snack It’s time for kids to head back to school, which means my kids won’t be home all day to graze through our pantry. But they will come home at the end of the day, needing a solid snack. These Monster Cookie Oat Balls are always a huge hit; they are filling, easy to make and super delicious. Monster Cookie Oat Balls Servings: 15 oat balls • 2 1/2 cups quick oats • 1/3 cup almond flour • 1 cup peanut butter (I use natural creamy peanut butter.) • 1/2 cup honey • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips • 1/4 cup M&Ms In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, peanut butter, honey, vanilla and salt; mix to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and M&Ms. Roll them into balls, then place them on a covered plate or in a plastic container, and refriger ate until ready to eat. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator (if they don’t all get eaten in one sitting).

The Power of Ideas

TEDxEdina 2022 Speaker Melissa Seeley TEDxEdina 2022 Speaker Erin NausheenaZamoffHussain was a 2018 TEDxEdina speaker. Her topic was, "Not About Us Without Us: Building Equity Through Storytelling.”

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A craving to learn leads the way for TEDxEdina. By Madeline Kopiecki

TED TALKS HAVE BECOME UBIQ UITOUS ONLINE, known for their engrossing takes on seemingly every topic under the sun. What’s perhaps not as well known is where these talks originate: TED Conferences. According to Cheryl Gunness, the community involvement programs coordinator at Edina Community Education, the TED Conference, originating in the 1980s, is centered around technology, entertain ment and design. For the annual confer ence, admission can’t be secured for the $10,000 ticket price alone. Attendees must apply and be deemed interesting and influential enough to be accepted. However, there are two ways TED makes the content more accessible, Gunness says. One is the aforementioned TED Talks, which are videos from the conferences that are freely available online. The other way is through the TEDx program. “They will give a license to a community group to hold a TED-like event in their community,” Gunness says. This license comes with a lot of rules for how these events should be run, but it also comes with a lot of support. Gunness first received her license for TEDxEdina in 2015 after notic ing a need the TEDx event could meet. “Adults in our community were just hungry for ideas,” Gunness says. “Lecture series, anything that we could offer that was kind of like, ‘Go back to college. Get your brain turned on’ or

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15 ‘Be excited about new ideas ... I hadn’t thought of before.’” At the time, her job was connecting with adults in Edina, so she began what was to become a (sort of) biennial tradition. “We were on a roll to do it [approxi mately] every other year,” Gunness says. But after events in 2015, 2017 and 2018, COVID-19 disrupted the group’s plans for a 2020 TEDxEdina. Now, a large commit tee of volunteers, along with organizing partner Edina Community Ed, has been working tirelessly to plan not only a new TEDxEdina event this October, but a new feature as well. “TED has a variety of different licenses that they’ll give, and the one we applied for this year is a youth event,” Gunness says. Although youth have traditionally been featured as both speakers and volunteers on the committee, Gunness says that, for a long time, the group has wanted to have a youth-led event. “For the first time, we have students at Edina High School [EHS] who are organizing a TEDxYouth at Edina,” she says, noting it will be held in EHS’s Fick Auditorium the Friday night before the main event. For this year’s event, Gunness says a major focus is not only on the 11 speakers (four of whom are from Edina), but also on hosting some audience experiences. She says the event’s organizers want to help audience members “make con nections with like-minded people who believe in the power of ideas to make the community a better place.” So, outside of the speakers, there will be spaces and time for attendees to connect with each other about what is shared. “We’ve always had experiences or col laborative art projects or some kind of activity that would facilitate connections between the people [in attendance],” Gunness says. “But we’re amping that up, and we’re going to have a lot more fun, interesting, unexpected ways for people to connect this year.”

The 2022 TEDxEdina will take place October 29. To learn more about TEDxEdina and order tickets, visit tedxedina.com.

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When Life Gives You Lemons


By Hanna McDaniels

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, you make lemonade—and make your dreams come true. In April 2007, Edina native Ethan Esparza was featured in this magazine as a young entrepreneur selling lemonade. Esparza was dressed to impress, wearing a suit and a tie and stationed on the side of the road near 50th & France when he was only 12 years old. His brand? Keeping Edina residents refreshed and hydrated with fresh lem onade on a hot summer day. At the time, Esparza also wanted to fund his lifestyle of toys, baseball cards and video games, but his dad instilled his work ethic in him at a young age. Esparza notes that his dad always told him that if he wanted something, he must work for it—so he did, making a business out of it. From there, Esparza’s entrepreneur ial spirit set sail. But lemonade wasn’t going to quench his thirst for suc cess for too long. Now, 15 years later, Esparza owns his own real estate busi ness and is still determined as ever. In his current business, he works on the lead management side of real estate. “I have a team of four inside sales agents, and we go into Realtor CRMs [customer relationship manage ment systems] and help [real estate brokerages] grow, really taking the time to find [individuals who] are looking to buy and looking to sell houses,” Esparza says. “We really utilize our technology to help millions of dollars of revenue come through the door for them.” Esparza has agents based out of Hawaii, California, New York and

Ethan Esparza has had a thirst for entrepreneurship from a young age.

17 Virginia, but he works out of his office in Edina. Besides the nitty-gritty side of real estate, Esparza says his favorite part of his job is receiving pictures of his agents’ clients in their new homes, keys in hand and big smiles on their faces. “Since owning that lemonade stand, everything I’ve done has been in [the] form of owning my own business,” Esparza says. Prior to his current busi ness, he says he also owned his own car detailing business and window cleaning business. “The lemonade stand really made me realize what I wanted to do,” he says. “I think what’s really most important to me, though, is the fact that I’ve helped people create income for themselves.”

While Esparza’s success and dreams of creating his own schedule and help ing others are a reality, he mentions he wouldn’t be where he was without his parents’ motivation and support. (After all, it was his mother who actually made the lemonade all those years ago.) Esparza says his dad, “has always been the person that inspired me to do what ever I want to do and to never stop believ ing [in] myself. He really showed me that, no matter the outcome and no matter if my [endeavors] succeed or fail, I should never give up. He’s the one person I really aspire to be.”

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EARLIER THIS YEAR, Edina resi dent and children’s book author Megan Maynor learned that she was a 2022 Minnesota Book Award Finalist for her 2021 picture book, Henry at Home The book is based on Maynor’s two eldest children, Chloe and Emmett. “This is the story of two siblings, who do every thing together, until Liza starts school, and Henry is left behind,” Maynor says. “Just like in the book, Chloe and Emmett had always done everything together. [And], just like in the book, Chloe happily boarded the bus, and Emmett was furi ous.” She worked with illustrator Alea Marley on capturing the magic of this siblingMaynorrelationship.saysshe was in shock when she received word that she was a final ist for the award. “We are lucky to live in a state so rich in the arts, including children’s literature, so the pool of candidates and books for this award is deep. I really feel honored by the recog nition,” she says. Maynor began her career in advertis ing as a copywriter. After starting a fam ily, she worked as a freelancer and also started writing children’s books—a career that brings her so much joy. “It took a long time to learn the craft, find an agent and connect with an editor, who was looking for the kind of story I had writ ten,” Maynor says, referring to her first book, Ella and Penguin Stick Together, which was published in 2016. Today, Maynor is a full-time author and has seven books under her belt. She credits her inspiration when writing each new book to children. “Each story has its



Children’s book author Megan Maynor writes stories with humor and heart. By Hillary Streitberger Megan Maynor signs a copy of her book,  Henry at Home, at the 2022 Minnesota Book ceremony. Awards

19 own original spark, but one guiding ques tion I return to is, ‘What matters in the life of a child?’” Maynor says. She tends to keep that question in mind when she goes through the revision and shaping process, as well. But it’s not just theoretical children that inspire her work; in-person connec tions are a driving factor. “This year, I’ve been reminded that one of my favorite parts of being an author is reading and talking with kids,” Maynor says. “I was able to resume some school visits and book events this year, and it is just lifegiving. I love to talk with students about creating books, and I love to hear their ideas and questions. Kids are so percep tive, clever, funny and brilliant.” Maynor reads her books at events all around the Twin Cities throughout the year. Her seventh book, Not Enough Lollipops, came out earlier this year. Megan Maynor; meganmaynor.com Megan Maynor - Children's Author @megan_maynor @megan_maynor WANT TO MEET THE AUTHOR? VISIT HER AT THE STATE FAIR! On September 5, Maynor is the guest author at the fair’s Alphabet Forest. Throughout the day, she’ll lead free literacy-basedbook-themed,activities for all ages. There will also be space for reading, taking photos and playing games. Details: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. September 5 at the Minnesota State Fair, Alphabet Forest (Across from the 4-H building, at the corner of Cosgrove Street and Wright Avenue) Ciao Bella has been setting the standard for Twin Cities fine dining for decades. And at Crown Bank, we’ve had the pleasure to be their banking partner for over 20 years. Here’s to keeping success at the top of the menu for another 20 years. What can we make possible for your business? MEMBER FDIC EQUAL HOUSING LENDER EDINA • 952-285-5800 MINNEAPOLIS • 612-746-5050


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20 September 2022 edinamag.com SullivanAshleyPhotos: DWELL Designing Calm in the Midst of Chaos A low-functioning home office is transformed into a calm modern coastal oasis. By Amy Overgaard

However, once Hobbins was in that small space every day, she quickly dis covered that it wasn’t working. “It was just like, this is not functional. We need more storage. We need more space. This room is completely bare and underuti lized,” Hobbins says. So she talked to Brian about thought fully redesigning the space and hired Melissa Oholendt, principal designer behind Oho Interiors. Hobbins and Oholendt first met when the latter was a professional photographer, her decadelong career before stepping into a new role in interior design. Though Oholendt was still in her first year of business— she launched Oho Interiors in late 2019— Hobbins knew she was the perfect fit for her home office redesign. They launched the project in November 2020, with the final install taking place in June 2021. Oholendt termed the office’s style “Coastal Modern Cottage,” speaking to the light and airy design that featured updated traditional elements. “We wanted to keep it feeling cozy and warm and like a place that you wanted to be,” says Oholendt. “Almost like a Butreprieve.”morethan just creating a feeling with the design, Oholendt wanted to give Hobbins a space that was highly func tional. The plan was to give her a better work station—a top priority for the proj ect. But Hobbins also wanted plenty of storage space—particularly for the gifts she keeps on hand, as well as wrapping paper, cards and other gifting materials, all of which had previously been stored in the basement. As the technology hub of the home, Hobbins also wanted a space where she could store all of the family’s devices, cords and cables without it turn ing chaotic. And, finally, she wanted the space to feel personalized, with space for her books, favorite objects and keepsakes and some family photos.

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WHEN KATE HOBBINS and her hus band, Brian, started working from home in 2020, their five-bedroom Edina home started feeling very small. Rather than both going into the office and their kids heading to daycare, suddenly the family of four was spending all day, every day in their home together. (Sound familiar?)


To work from home, Hobbins took the 82-square-foot room just off the entry way that had been staged as an office when they bought the home, while her husband beefed up the home office setup he already had in one of the bedrooms.

To give her all of this, Oholendt pro posed L-shaped custom cabinetry with a built-in desk. “I went with that one just because of the utility and the beauty of it. It was really thoughtful,” Hobbins says. But Oholendt says the design was inspired by Hobbins. “A lot of the inspira tion that [Kate] had shared with me [had] beautiful inset cabinetry,” Oholendt says, which inspired the built-ins she designed for the space.

Oholendt says how her clients feel in a space at the end of a project is “a beau tiful part of the career I didn’t anticipate but has become such a North Star for me ... This is why I do what I do. Creating beautiful spaces is wonderful and fun, but I want people to feel safe and loved in their house.” Oho Interiors; @oho_interiorsohointeriors.com

In designing the office, Oholendt also wanted this space to flow with the rest of the home’s design. “The house is very contemporary in style … but it also has the lighter colors, and the more natural materials that are around to speak to a coastal vibe,” Oholendt says. But there are also some traditional elements, like crown molding, which she wanted to carry into the office for a sense of con tinuity. Brass and gold accents also help ground the space in a more traditional sensibility, while the cabinetry door style mirrors what is in the kitchen. “I knew that we needed to stay true to the style of the house, bring[ing] elements of it to that space, but also customize it toward what [Kate] wanted,” Oholendt says. Now that it’s all finished, Hobbins says her office certainly does feel like the high-functioning reprieve Oholendt set out to create. “The pandemic obvi ously was so chaotic and full of anxiety,” Hobbins says. “I needed [my office] to be a calming space. I needed that to be a reprieve because everything else was just madness.” Walking into her home office, Hobbins says she feels calm, and it’s a space where she can be very focused and productive. “It's really been amazing, emotionally and mentally as well as just physically … And I did not expect that,” Hobbins says. “Organization and design really does impact your mentality and the way you can stay productive. It has definitely been a huge mental health space … It helped create some calm and all of the chaos that we were experiencing.”

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Creative pursuits can help people process grief and rediscover hope— as this local author can attest.

These questions can help us focus on the ways we’ve changed over the pandemic, as well as the resilience all around us, Nephew says. “When we take away the ‘need’ for closure and learn to give meaning to the changes we have experienced, we can embrace the mess without shame of feeling what we are feeling,” she says. The Power of Creativity Creative pursuits are one way Nephew has seen patients successfully process their emotions. From journaling and songwriting to drawing and painting, Nephew says the steps to processing grief may remain the same, regardless of the medium. “The first is to identify emo tions,” Nephew says. “That sounds sim ple, but when we are feeling shut down, hyper-aroused or somewhere in between, we often don’t recognize what is actu ally being felt. Slowing down and taking inventory is a fantastic way to process.”

The second step is to notice the nar rative of how it has changed your life, Nephew explains. “What are you thinking about?” she asks. “What are you antici pating? How do you see yourself and your story unfolding? How has your life changed?” A narrative can add a sense of purpose or meaning that wasn’t there before, turning a seemingly catastrophic event into something that yields some thing with meaning instead of chaos.

Nephew says that most of the losses we’ve experienced during the pandemic won’t have clear meanings, much less clear resolutions. “But we can start broadly by asking some questions,” Nephew says. “What have we learned about our society, our families and our selves? What has been discouraging? Where have we shown unexpected resil ience, and where have we unraveled?”

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic is something we’ve lived with for a couple of years now, it’s still a difficult period in our collective history to confront, much less process. The grief, in many ways, is ambiguous—loved ones we couldn’t see for stretches at a time, deaths that couldn’t be mourned in person, an inter ruption to our sense of normalcy, school years spent at home and favorite busi nesses that closed their doors forever. Big and small, these sources of grief still weigh on us, their burden compounded by the fact that many have no clear resolution, no closure to move toward. “Closure or resolution is not something that can always hap pen, even in a tangible death or loss,” says Amanda Nephew, LMFT, a Twin Cities-based psychotherapist at Amanda Nephew Therapy Services. “But it’s even more difficult when there is ambiguity. It can be misunderstood, and, therefore, people experiencing it can feel alone and dismissed.”

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“The third is the ability to look back at past journal entries, paintings, songs or letters and observe the broader pic ture,” Nephew says. This history helps a person see the darker seasons and worries they held at the time, but it also shows the breakthroughs. “These can serve in the present to process and in the future to remember and honor our stories,” she says. Of course, for those of us surviving grief, things do not progress linearly, nor do they follow a predetermined path. “Grief is not something that we can push through,” Nephew says. “It shows up and has to be attended to. It’s healthier to make a place for it than to deny it or try to curate Althoughit.”

grief takes different forms— whether the tangible loss of a loved

27 one or an ambiguous loss of normalcy, opportunity or security—our attempt to find meaning and purpose through it may offer closure in its own way, even when that resolution doesn’t feel imme diately apparent.

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A Personal Story of Loss and Survival Edina resident and author Lynn Jaffee has experienced firsthand the effects writing can have on the grieving process. In 2017, what started out as a monthlong road trip would develop into a much longer, more difficult journey than Jaffee could have imagined. The notebook she had been using to keep track of lists and trip details soon morphed into a chronol ogy of this dark chapter of her life. “About 10 days into the trip, I was in Alamosa, Colorado, when my son Andrew called,” Jaffee says. Andrew, who lived in Boulder, had gone to the emergency room after several days of flu-like symptoms. There, the doctors had discovered an ominous shadow on his chest X-ray. “I realized my trip was over, and I needed to get to Boulder quickly,” Jaffee says. “At that moment, my trip journal turned into something very different. The entry for the next day was, ‘Up at 5 a.m. Drove from Alamosa to Boulder. Andrew is at the hospital. Can’t process this now.’” At 27 years old, Jaffee’s son was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive and essentially incurable form of cancer. In the subsequent months, Jaffee says her journal became a space where she could download her sadness, frustrations and traumas. “My entries weren’t regular, but on the days that were particularly hard or when I needed to get something out, I wrote it down,” Jaffee says. “Some days, I screamed on paper. Others, I just processed what was happening. In some small way, it was an outlet that helped me get through the fact that my husband and I were losing our son.” Over the 15 months Jaffee spent caring for Andrew, she says she noticed a grad ual change in her journal entries. “There was definitely still some screaming on paper, but there were also descriptions

of kindness from friends and strangers, small miracles and astonishing things that happened during that time,” Jaffee says. Her journal became a space for hope and ways to cope; Jaffee reflects that she wrote to get herself through that over whelming time. After Andrew passed, Jaffee stopped journaling. It took roughly a year before she returned to her journal, and one of her reasons for doing so attests to Nephew’s advice. “Revisiting what had happened helped me process the dev astating loss of my son,” Jaffee says. “Somehow, writing down my feelings and memories seemed to help.”

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But aside from addressing her grief, there was another reason Jaffee was revisiting her old entries. She had made a commitment to Andrew. “In a conver sation with him a week or two before he died, we talked about his writing,” Jaffee says. With a degree in creative writing, Andrew wasn’t a stranger to storytelling. During his illness, howev er, Jaffee says his stories became even more poignant and provoking. With time running out for Andrew, he and Jaffee agreed that she would get his writing published after he was gone.

Bottom: Jaffee’s book, Love Pain, pictured with her and her son’s journals. Hamre


Jaffe says she also wrote Love Pain for other people going through a similar situation. “I was completely blindsided, overwhelmed and unsure of how I would ever bear losing my son, and yet I learned that there were moments of incredible love, joy and humor, too,” Jaffee says. “And my message throughout the book is that, despite being faced with unimagi nable loss, those moments help you get through it, and ultimately you survive.”

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Top: Andrew’s partner, Lauren Lewis; Andrew; Lynn and her husband, Steve Jaffee, at the top of Vail Mountain This photo was taken during Andrew’s illness.

JaffeeLynnphoto:Top “For a long time after his passing, I struggled with what the format should be,” Jaffee says. It took a long time before she could bring herself to read his jour nal entries and updates. “Ultimately, I realized that, during his illness, we were both keeping journals and that I needed to tell my story along with his,” she says. Jaffee initially started writing her book, Love Pain: Stories of Loss and Survival, because she promised Andrew she would. Over time, however, she says she started to notice that the writing process was also helping her work through her grief. “I was writing about really heavy and difficult times, but I was choosing to do so, which is a little different than being overwhelmed by uncontrollable waves of grief,” Jaffee says, noting that when she finished writ ing a section and stepped away from the computer, she felt better. “It was like I had gone really deep, and in doing so, I could let a tiny bit of the sadness go,” Jaffee says. “When Love Pain was finally done and published, I had this sense that all of those feelings were someplace safe, so I didn’t have to hold onto them so tightly. So, what began as a really painful process actually turned out to be very healing for me.”

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However, it’s not just nature and landmarks that inspire Lindgren but the vividness of the colors found in nature. Lindgren, a 1982 graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, says she learned the basics of color theory and standard practices of mix ing paint well before computers. At that time, all of her illustrations were drawn by hand. However, with the advent of the digital age, she jumped into digital illustration, which, while a tough leap, has allowed her to play around with new techniques. While all of her illustrations still start by hand, she now scans them, redraws them on the computer and fin ishes them digitally. Despite the technical shift, Lindgren says her process “has always been very hand-crafted. But she deeply appreci ates some of the benefits, specifically the wide range and precision of colors. “The digital palettes are ideal and perfect; you can pick your own color-ways and save them,” she says.

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Nature as a Muse

One of the main locations she is influ enced by is her family’s former seasonal cabin in northern Wisconsin. They used to spend every summer up by the water, allowing nature to guide their days. She also gets inspired by the beauty of Centennial Lakes right here in Edina— a place she values for its walkability and convenience in correlation with the loca tion of her apartment. A Technical Shift

Wanting to create on her own terms, Lindgren began experimenting with her own designs and illustrations, launching an Etsy shop in 2009.


To create her work, Lindgren draws her inspiration from her everyday surround ings—birds, native flowers, waterfronts and even classic landmarks around the Twin Cities, like Minnehaha Falls. “I was just drawing the places I liked to visit, the nature I liked to see,” she says about her creations. One of the pieces that sparked her career as an independent artist was her illustration for the Stone Arch Bridge Festival poster in 2011. Each year, an artist is selected by the festival team to create an original work of art that captures the spirit and energy of the Minneapolis riverfront. That art is turned into a limited-run commemora tive poster. And in 2011, Lindgren was the featured artist, which also meant she was supplied with a tent, so she could sell her art at the festival. “That was really a turning point,” Lindgren says. “Once I did that, I started to do more local landmarks and then worked with Como [Park Zoo and] Conservatory to do more custom art for their shop. Creating that [poster] really put me toward the local track of imagery.”

For Edina artist Cindy Lindgren, creating visual masterpieces is second nature. She has always had an affin ity for the beauty of Mother Earth, but it wasn’t until the past decade, in the second half of her career, where she truly fed into her passions of portraying these characteristics she marvels at as an artist. “[Art] touches every part of my life,” Lindgren says. She spent much of her career as a freelance illustrator in the ad agency world but longed for more creativity and freedom than client work allowed.

Craftsman Nouveau Beyond nature, Lindgren also looks to cultural elements to guide her style. Her husband is Swedish, and she also has partnerships with Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts & Food and the American Swedish Institute (ASI)

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EmeottChrisLindgren;CindyPhotos: in Minneapolis, where she creates custom designs for its gift shop. This has led her into an exploration of Scandinavian design; she’s developed an admiration for the simplistic nature of this design style, with its clean lines and organic forms. “It was me learn ing about the different themes like the Dala [Daleclarian] horse and imagery like the lingonberries,” she says about her interest in learning more about the culturalLindgrenelements.refers to her style as “Craftsman Nouveau” because it is rooted in traditional style but also has a modern twist, with its clean and simple linework. “Craftsman” is a nod to the Arts and Crafts movement of mid-19th century Britain, a design era that inspires Lindgren’s work. Meanwhile, “Nouveau,” references the Art Nouveau or “New Art” movement, which resulted in an ornamental style that takes inspiration from the natural world. Popularized in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Europe, it took on a more modern approach toward organic lines within architecture and design. Combining these two design styles with her love for clean lines, bold shapes and muted tones, Lindgren developed her own interpretation of classic design through an architectural and natural lens. From a Passion to a Business Lindgren began her business on Etsy with the basics: cards and art prints. Her approach was to take one design and apply it to a series of products. As her brand has developed, she has expanded to also applying her designs to vinyl

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With new concepts, colorways and ever-changing skylines, Lindgren is certain there will never be a shortage of inspiration to guide her work. “There is always going to be new inspiration and old images to revisit,” she says. “I don’t think I will ever run out of personal illustrations to work on.”

EmeottChrisPhoto: Swedish dishcloths, fabrics, puzzles and even wallpaper. But she’s not just on Etsy anymore. She now wholesales her designs, showcasing her work at her booth at the Minneapolis Mart to collaborate with potential business prospects on custom or ready-made designs. This is what led to her partnerships with ASI and Ingebretsen’s, as well as a Twin Cities puzzle company, Puzzletwist. “It is fulfilling, and it is great to work with small businesses and local people,” she says. “I have over 100 shops [gift and boutique shops] in the Midwest that have purchased my art for their shops.”

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—Hanna McDaniels Westin Galleria, 3201 Galleria; September 25, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; Ticket prices $45 on Eventbrite STYLE EDINA

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SUPPORT EDINA’S LOCAL RETAILERS at Style Edina, a collaborative fashion show held at the Westin Galleria. For its sixth year, Style Edina—an event put on by Explore Edina—will showcase more than 30 retailers from stores across the city, including those at Southdale, The Galleria and 50th & France shops. Jodi Mayers, personal stylist and emcee for the event, notes how each retailer across Edina has a unique per sonality that deserves to be showcased. “We wanted to bring stores together in a collaborative way to showcase the fla vor of each of these retailers,” she says. “These are retailers that don’t normally work together.” The distinct style differ ences in each retailer and shops partici pating in the show offers guests fashion inspiration from all around Edina. During the show, as the models are walking down the runway, emcees Mayers and Belinda Jensen, chief meteorologist at KARE 11 News, will be describing the outfit, where to find it and how it is styled. Attendees can shop from a variety of pop-up shops from the showcased retail ers before and after the event. Included in the ticket price is a brunch menu item along with a complimentary mimosa, so guests can sip and dine while getting the latest fashion insight from around town.

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Fall into the Arts Festival 09/10–09/11 Edina’s annual fall art festival boasts over 250 vendors with an array of shopping attractions. Art enthusiasts can shop fine art products of all kinds—from fiber arts and pottery to glass and more. Proceeds go directly to the Edina Crime Prevention Fund. Free. All ages. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.. Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave.; 952.806.9064; edinafallintothearts.com Walk with the Mayor 09/17 Take a walk throughout Edina with your mayor and get to know other resi dents of Edina. The walk will give you an opportunity for your voice to be heard while strolling through the city you love. Dress appropriately for the weather. All ages. Free. 9 a.m. Braemar Arena, 7501 Ikola Way; edinamn.gov Centennial Lakes Farmers Market 09/29 Support local vendors, and bring fresh, Learn more at

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Compiled by Hanna McDaniels and Paige Schuller LOCAL EVENTS Pinstripes Summer BBQ Series 09/02 End summer with a bang for your taste buds in the last week of Pinstripes’ Summer BBQ Series. This event offers buffet-style all-you-can-eat and all-youcan-drink summer barbecue-inspired dishes. While you eat, you can enjoy music from local musician Alex Bartlet. Ages 21 and over. $40. 6:30–9 p.m. Pinstripes, 7499 France Ave. S.; pinstripes.com Edina Car Show 09/10 Trucks, cars, motorcycles, oh my! At this family-friendly event, witness some of the best classic and vintage cars in Minnesota. All proceeds from this event benefit the Edina Rotary Foundation. All ages. Free. Noon–4 p.m. Southdale Center Parking Lot, 10 Southdale Center; 612.501.0252; edinacarshow.com

Full Moon Hike at the Arb 09/10 Come to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum after-hours for a beautiful full moon hike. Watch the sun set, then celebrate the harvest moon with activi ties, such as games and moonlit strolls. All ages. $5 for members and children 15 and younger, $20 for non-members. 7–10 p.m. Arboretum Farm, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 612.624.2200; arb.umn.edu

Sociable Summer Market 09/11 Minneapolis Craft markets is partner ing with Sociable Cider Werks to give local artists and creators the oppor tunity to showcase their products in an outdoor, dog-friendly marketplace. All ages. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Sociable




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Minneapolis Greek Festival 09/09–09/11 A weekend-long celebration of Greek culture and cuisine hosted by St. Mary’s Orthodox Church. This festi val offers a variety of opportunities to become immersed in Greek culture from food, art and dance. All ages. Free. Times vary. St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave., S., Mpls.; 612.825.9595; mplsgreekfest.org

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ON THE TOWN September 2022 organic produce to your table. The Farmers Market is hosted Thursdays throughout the month of September, but September 29 is the last market of the season. All ages. Free. 3–7 p.m. Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S.; 952.833.9582; edinamn.gov

St. Louis Park Art Fair 09/10 The City of St. Louis Park is hosting its fourth annual art fair at the heart of the city. Celebrate the local com munity and check out fun new vendors to indulge and browse through. There will be live music, food and fun activi ties to participate in. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Recreation Outdoor Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park; 952.426.4047; discoverstlouispark.com


Minneapolis Art Bike Tour 09/13 Join Greg Ingraham, landscape architect and artist, on a bike tour around Minneapolis. The eight-mile tour will start and end at the Walker Sculpture Garden. All ages. $20. 10 a.m. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 726 Vineland Place, Mpls.; bikemn.org Spinal Sprint 5K Walk/Run 09/17 Run, jog or walk for a great cause to promote health. Join hundreds of other runners as you raise money to improve access to chiropractic natural healthcare for those in financial need and to provide scholarships for chi ropractic students. All ages. $35–$40. 8:30 a.m. Normandale Lake Park Bandshell, 5901 W. 84th St., Bloomington; 651.497.8760; andersonraces.com

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Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze 09/21–10/27 It’s the 10th anniversary of this beloved fall tradition, and the festival is partner ing with the Minnesota Lynx to celebrate. Enjoy Minnesota’s largest corn maze, as well as a corn pit, hay rides, a petting zoo and tons of other family-friendly activities. Discounted ticket prices are available opening weekend. All ages. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Twin Cities Maze, 8001 109th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park; 952.992.9326; twincitiesmaze.com

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Puustelli USA Opens Showroom in Edina

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Puustelli USA, the exclusive North American distributor of ecofriendly Puustelli kitchen cabinetry solutions of Finland, opened a new showroom at The District Edina, with adjacent warehouse facilities. To mark the occasion and recognize the support of the Finnish Embassy, Puustelli USA presented Ambassador Mika Koskinen, the consul general of Finland in New York, with an official key to the Puustelli Kitchens Edina showroom.

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Porter says that the festival itself started in 1810 as a wedding celebration between crown prince Ludwig and prin cess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In Munich, the celebration was such a success that they turned it into a yearly event with a state fair-like flavor. “They had local farmers advertise their crops, and soon it included food and drink, and breweries began partici pating,” Porter says. “Eventually, they had the six main breweries in Munich participating in the festival, and they’d erect these big beer tents for people to enjoy beer and German food.” Löwenbräu Paulaner Spaten In Germany, only beers produced by one of the six Munich breweries listed above can be given the name Oktoberfest. “Other breweries in Germany will pro duce that style, but they’re not allowed to use that term,” Porter says. “They’ll call it a festbier [style] or a märzen lager.” Porter describes the märzen style as typically more amber colored. “It’s toast ier, breadier, a little bit fuller-bodied,” he says. Festbier, on the other hand, is more golden. He says, “[It] also has this lively, doughy, smooth malt character to it.” In both cases, märzen and festbier is typi fied by a flavor that implies sweetness, Girl Scouts explore art in nature, design digital games, and change their communities. They build forever friendships, take on new adventures, and tell their stories to the world. Girl Scouts know how to dream big and have fun! Join Girl Scouts. To join, scan the QR code on a mobile device or visit us at GirlScoutsRV.org/Join Totally you. Totally fun. Be a Girl Scout!

IF THERE’S ONE THING brewer ies and liquor stores alike know, it’s that seasonal beer sells out fast. “It’s impor tant to check early, because the beer releases always precede the season,” says Bennett Porter, certified Cicerone® and manager at France 44. It doesn’t help that a festival named after the month of October actually happens a month early, and Oktoberfest beers start hitting the shelves in August. “The first [Oktoberfest] celebra tions were in October, but the official Oktoberfest was pushed into September because of the warmer weather,” Porter says. “Every year, the official Oktoberfest is basically the last two weeks of September and ends the first Sunday of October.”


Die sechs Brauereien The six breweries: • Augustiner • Hacker-Pschorr • Hofbräu •


The Wooden Hill taproom will also feature a Bavarian pretzel on its menu to heighten the festive atmosphere.

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46 September 2022 edinamag.com TASTEMAKERS but is actually moderately dry. Also, both styles are lagers. “Most traditional brewing in Germany is lager-style brewing, so [they involve] a colder fermentation and cold condi tioning or ‘lagering’ afterward,” Porter says. Lagering is when brewers store the beer cold. Porter explains that this process consumes more sugar, which translates to a drier beer and a crisp, clean flavor profile.

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For the hops, Ewen says that a bit of a bittering addition offsets the sweetness of the malt. The yeast, a popular German lager yeast sourced from the oldest brewery in the world, brings out a bit of a floral “Ultimately,character.itjust ferments really clean[ly], which is great for that style because you want it to be drinkable,” Ewen says. “I’m shooting for something that, as a festbier, maybe has a little bit more flavor than your average light lager but still retains that drinkability.”

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OKTBRFest If you’re looking to put a bit of the “fest” in “festbier,” Edina’s own Wooden Hill Brewing Company is participating in the tradition, too. OKTBRFest will hit the taps mid-September and stick around until it sells out. “It’s usually only on for three or four weeks because it sells so quickly,” says co-owner and head brewer James Ewen. “Everybody wants Oktoberfest.” (Porter agrees. He says that, if you’re looking to stock up on your own selection of Oktoberfest, start in early September. “We essentially have our full selection at that point,” he says.) Ewen says he brews an essentially classic festbier-style to give his customers a representation of the type of beer they may taste in Germany. “It’s pretty much as many German ingredients as I can get,” Ewen says. “We’ve got a base of German Pilsner malt, and we’ve got some dark Munich in there. Dark Munich adds notes of caramel and honey and bread.”

Translation: Castle Danger North Shore Lager Der Konkurrent The “There’sCompetitorthisbrewery called Wagner, also in Germany and Bavaria, that makes a wonderful Oktoberfest märzen ... That’s my go-to every year. It’s not one of the six breweries, but it’s super wonderful. It’s got this rich depth of maltiness to it. It’s so smooth [and] has a nice dry finish.” Die Locale The “TheLocalcurrent Surley Oktoberfest is more of a traditional festbier style. It’s a really won derful example for a domestic brewery ... Bauhaus makes a really nice one, as well.” Shop for handmade craft from over 150 artists October 7– 9, 2022, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.


Die Klassiker The “MyOktoberfestClassicsfavorite [beer] from those six [brew eries] is the Paulaner Oktoberfest beer. That’s the golden festbier style and that only comes out in the fall.”

Translation: Lupulin Brewing Dortmunder “FromMärzenthose six breweries, Hacker-Pschorr does a really wonderful märzen style.” Looking for something similar to a Märzen year-round? “A similar style you’ll see on the shelves is the Vienna lager style. The Vienna lager was developed actually around the same time as the märzen lager, just in Austria, obviously. But we have a lot of domestic examples of that … Or even, if you think about a brewery using the term ‘amber lager.’ That’s also close.”

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Want to keep the party going beyond Oktoberfest? “You actually have other German styles that are similar—so a Dortmunder-style lager, which sometimes is called an export-style lager, [has] a sim ilar maltiness to it. It’s just a touch lighterbodied, but it also has a touch more hops character to it.”

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Photographer: Lucas Winters Title: Fred Richards Park Bike Path Equipment: Nikon D3500 To view other Images of Edina photo contest winners, visit edinamag.com.

Winters has hiked three fourths of the Minnesota State Parks and plans to hike all of them one day. He wanted a way to remember all of his hikes and the beauty of these parks, so he took up photog raphy. Aside from this type of imagery, Winters enjoys macro photography and capturing all the details and beauty nature has to offer.

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LUCAS WINTERS , an engineer, hob byist photographer and nature enthusi ast, had been trying to capture a photo of the sunset over the Highway 100 over pass for quite some time. And then one night last summer, along the trail of Fred Richards Park on his way to the overpass, he got his shot. “I would walk this trail close to sunset a lot to get this shot, and once I got a better camera, it was the per fect opportunity,” Winters says. “[After taking the photo], I saw the lens flare and the backdrop of the sunset, and I was happy with it.”

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