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All of her favorite stuff in one place. The joy of saying “Thanks, mom.” Show Mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with a gift from Kowalski’s. From chic to stylish, you’ll find a wide selection of make-her-day choices in the Gift Department. It’s the stylish shopper’s go-to for gifts of good taste. Part art gallery, jewelry salon, fashion and accessories boutique and beauty and wellness market, Kowalski’s is the place to find unique gifts both funky and fabulous, including a wide selection of gifts made in Minnesota. Don’t forget Mom’s favorite tasty treats and foodie indulgences, too! And, of course, nothing shows how much you care quite like Kowalski’s unique selection of stunning quality floral designs.

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Editor’s Letter 8 Noteworthy 11 On the Town 47 Tastemakers 50 Last Glance 56

DEPARTMENTS Style 16

Now Trending Medina retailer offers summer-ready fashion. Faces 18

Silent Stories Photographer gives voice to Abandoned North Dakota. Art & Culture 22

Minnesota Makers Excelsior business brings over a hundred Minnesota artists under one roof. Be Well 24

Happy Feet Follow doctor’s orders to prevent sun exposure. FEATURES

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Spring Forward Wesley Uthus from Primp shares this season’s most stylish trends.

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For over a decade, Jennifer Weiner has been a go-to author for contemporary fiction that centers around women, and her latest, Big Summer, makes for a great summer or beach read. As this story begins, it appears to head in one direction but takes an unexpected turn and continues to develop in ways that will keep readers guessing. Weiner’s heroine is Daphne Berg, a plus-size Instagrammer with a growing platform, who is reunited

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GET A HANDLE ON RETURNING COLLEGE STUDENTS’ “STUFF.” Your college-age children have been away at college, and you’ve tidied up their rooms during their absence. Before you know it, the academic year is over, and they are back home— with duffel bags of dirty laundry and bedding, various kitchen items and electronics arriving on your doorstep. Now what? Maybe it’s time (if you haven’t already done so) to teach your children how to properly clean and organize their belongings. First and most importantly, clean everything. Run the laundry, wash the kitchen items and sanitize the bedding (blankets, sheets, mattress pad, pillows, etc.) and wipe down any remaining items. Sort everything into three piles: Categories can include Need While Home, Need at School and Items to Donate/Replace. Once sorted, place the items that won’t be used until the next school term inside bins, labeling them (sleeping, eating, studying, etc.) to make it easier for unpacking. Pro tip: There are some great dualpurpose storage options. One of my favorites is a storage cube. They can be used as a chair or ottoman with storage inside. Trunks are another option because they can act as seating or as a coffee table while easily storing extra bedding, kitchen items or electronics. After the items are washed and organized, find a dedicated spot in the garage or storage room to hold the items. I recommend keeping them in an easily accessible space.

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never be my style, I will say that it grew on me. As we visited areas, including Wynwood—a cool, artsy neighborhood with incredible food, amazing street art and distinctive shopping, I realized that the city is filled with inspiration. In a diverse city, such as Miami, whether I realized I needed it or not, I felt excited and renewed in how I want to present and express myself through my beauty and style practices. So, the next time you’re exploring a new city, take notice of how it shakes up your senses, unfolds new self-discoveries and rejuvenates your beauty and style regimen, long after you return home—that is until your next adventure.

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This time of year, many individuals and families feel the itch to hit the open road, jump on a plane or explore an exotic beach. How do we spend summer vacation? Do we stay, or do we go? This is a question we are asking ourselves now more than ever. Many of us are viewing travel differently, carefully weighing our options. Since the pandemic, our reality is that anything can happen. We are taking the time to make sure that the trip is truly worth it and want each moment to count. Quality is replacing quantity. World events have also moved us to question what is really important to us. Is it a change of environment, or is it quality time with friends and family? Where there once was a fear of missing out (FOMO), there is now a joy of missing out (JOMO). More of us realize there is tremendous joy in not trying to keep up with the neighbors and in slowing down and focusing on the quality of the experience. (Do we spend two days of it traveling, or do we create a staycation?) I’ve traveled to multiple countries and all over the United States, but I also recognize that there are many adventures to be had and quality time to share with family and friends while staying put. As you make your plans, ask yourself—are you taking a trip because it’s what you’ve always done? Or, are you planning a trip because it’s right for you and your family? Where do you find joy? Don’t be afraid of the joy of missing out.

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“IT WAS NERVE-WRACKING AT FIRST, TAKING THAT LEAP,” says business owner Elizabeth Berg. When she first started Marquette Boutique, Berg wasn’t sure the business would take hold. “I was like, ‘I’m going to do this my senior year [in college], and if it doesn’t work out, at least I can put it on my resume.’”

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Medina’s Berg launched the online clothing boutique (with occasional pop-up shops) in 2019 while completing her degree in retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota. With a sophomore year internship in public relations under her belt, Berg discovered her true interests at another internship during the summer of her junior year—working in a wholesale multi-brand

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clothing showroom. Berg’s interest in observing the interaction between wholesale sellers and buyers led her to realize her need to decide which side of the clothing equation she wanted pursue. “I did really like the company, and I liked seeing both ends of it,” she says. “But I realized that being a buyer would definitely be more exciting, and it was something I’d like to do.” After her first pop-up shop, she thought, "Oh, wow, this could actually work." Berg uses what she learned from her experience in wholesale clothing to source brands to build the cornerstone of her online store. “I always looked at the brands that are good quality and trusted, brands I’d seen before, that are popular and that I can rely on,” she says. As far as inspiration goes, Berg notes social media personalities among her influences. Nowadays, online wholesale orders are filled more quickly than ever. “I can order a full collection, and it could come in three weeks,” she says. This allows her to remain trend-focused and quick to update her inventory. Inventory flexibility helped cushion Marquette Boutique against the initial shock of COVID, but it was still a difficult transition. “It was tough for me to do everything on my own,” Berg says, “[Overall], being online was definitely a benefit during this time.” Berg shifted her attention toward smaller priced items to offer her clientele more accessible options. “I know a lot of customers I have are either in college or just a little bit older,” Berg says. She says this season’s looks include bikinis, which are making not-so-bashful statements with bold patterns and bright colors. For a sporty vibe, don’t pass up fitted rompers--yes, fitted. “I’ve been seeing them all over,” she says. Berg will resume pop-up shops at her North Loop venue in late May or early June. Check Marquette Boutique’s social media feeds for more information.

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Silent Stories Photographer gives voice to Abandoned North Dakota. BY RENÉE STEWART-HESTER

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FOR THOSE who appreciate and are curious about churches, homes, schools and the like that are no longer occupied, they understand that, while those spots are termed “abandoned,” they remain full of stories told and muted, hopes lived and forgone and a silence that speaks only to those willing to turn a keen eye toward what remains. When people like Minnetonka's John Piepkorn enter places such as those, they do so in a way that allows the space to visually explain itself and the circumstances that led to its current incarnation. The author and photographer of Abandoned North Dakota: Glimpses of the Past (November 2020) has held a fascination with abandoned spaces since he was a child. “I attribute it to just being curious. Even as a child, it was fun to go and explore. Now, I just do it with a camera in a more organized fashion,” he says. Over the last 25 years, Piepkorn has photographically documented hundreds of places, primarily in North Dakota, where he lived for a time and travels to often. “Each one has something worth documenting,” he says. “It’s a shame that so many places are abandoned and left to the elements. I like to commemorate them before they are gone forever.” The book includes 170 images, documenting over 100 places—churches, grain elevators, farmsteads, ghost towns, homes and schools. American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams, Piepkorn says, is an early influencer of his photography. “[He] is probably an influence to anyone that shoots landscapes, but he also did so much work on his images in the darkroom,” he says, also crediting Anthony Worobiec, a British photographer, who has photographed abandoned places across the western U.S. While he captures what remains and utilizes image manipulation with his photography, Piepkorn also imagines what once was. “I try to imagine how it was when the inhabitants walked out for the last time,” he says. “… I’m always amazed at what people leave behind. I’ve visited a number of one room schoolhouses that still have writing on the chalkboard from 70 years ago, documenting the number of voters that used the school as a polling place. It’s always interesting to enter a ‘time capsule’ house, where there is still a jacket hanging on a nail by the door or food and dishes in the

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kitchen untouched for decades.” Over the years, Piepkorn has seen his share of left-behind items: chrome decked stoves from the ‘40s and ‘50s, calendars from local implement dealers and a cigarette machine (30 cents a pack). “One of the saddest things I’ve found has been a small fenced-in grave plot, where two infant girls were buried in the yard of a farmstead back in 1913,” he says. While items offer small windows into long ago lives, Piepkorn has, on occasion, learned more. “I sometimes hear from people that attended a schoolhouse or church that I’ve posted and, once in a while, from relatives of the families that occupied particular homes,” he says. “Most of the time, an elderly person passes on, and no relative wants to live in an older home. Other times, the fact that a farm of 160 acres was not profitable enough to sustain a family caused people to sell, and the house became abandoned as part of another farmer’s fields.” Of all the spaces Piepkorn has photographed, he says it’s difficult to choose a favorite. “If I had to pick a favorite just for its locale, I would pick one on the schools I photographed in [northwest] corner of North Dakota,” he says. “It was so close to Canada my phone was saying, ‘Welcome to Canada,’ and it was all by itself on the prairie—set against a beautiful blue sky with some wispy clouds.” Piepkorn has had three exhibitions of his work at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and hopes to do so again. He also is working on a proposal for Abandoned South Dakota.

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CHRISTA KALK TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH when she opened the third location of her Minnesota Makers shop in August 2020 during the pandemic. The downtown Excelsior store features over 120 local Minnesota artists. She says, “Everything you see in the store is created by local Minnesota artists. I think that sets us apart from a lot of other businesses. We really stick with the integrity of supporting the local artists.” Kalk says that, initially, she and her husband, Jay, hadn’t planned for the shop to be a permanent business. The idea for the store was sparked by an Etsy group Kalk was a part of, and she took it on as a sabbatical project in 2015. “At the beginning, I was just trying something. I wasn’t in it forever,” she says. “But I knew if I did want a forever store, I wanted it to be in Excelsior. It’s like a Hallmark town out here. There’s foot traffic. There’s the lake. It just feels good to be here.” Kalk and her husband knew that before they would be able to afford rent for a larger storefront, they would have to get their start somewhere else. Minnesota Makers first opened shop in a 300-square-foot space in south Minneapolis. “I started the store with about 35 artists,” Kalk says. In less than a year, that number doubled, and the pair started looking for a larger space close to its home in Golden Valley. After moving the store to Robbinsdale, Kalk was approached with an exciting proposition—opening

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SANDALS, flip flops and barefoot walks along the shore—and paying closer attention to our feet. After a long winter bundled up, you may feel tempted to treat your feet to a spa pedicure, or, perhaps you’ve already taken a pumice stone to them at home. Aside from beautification, now is also a good time to check the overall health of your feet. Michael Ebertz, MD, a founding partner of Skin Care Doctors in Orono, says that feet are arguably one of the most overlooked parts of the body, as well as one of the most important. For healthy

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summer feet, a few key steps include proper footwear along with foot care. “Wear shoes that allow good air and blood circulation,” Dr. Ebertz says. “Occlusion hurts your feet [and] can cause corns, calluses, blisters and foot sores.” While sandals and flip flops may not be supportive enough for most summertime sports, they can be helpful in preventing infections from community pools or locker rooms. “People commonly can acquire viral warts, fungus or other bacterial infections when their bare feet are directly exposed to these surfaces,” Dr. Ebertz says.

As far as foot care is concerned, that pumice stone or pedicure may be useful in preventing painful skin cracking due to dry patches. Even foot massages have medical benefits, with Dr. Ebertz pointing out that they help to stimulate blood flow and can relieve tension of foot muscles and joints. While you’re giving your feet the royal treatment, make sure you’re also checking for any unusual pigmentation or new moles. “Having moles on your feet is pretty rare,” Dr. Ebertz says. “If you have one that’s been there your whole life, it’s not changing, it’s most likely okay. But

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About 140 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, almost to the Iowa border, you can find an unusual twist on the typical waterfall on the outskirts of Harmony. The catch? You have to head underground on a Niagara Cave tour to see the almost 60-foot-high waterfall. It’s one of the unique features of this cave that was once popular for underground weddings and still boasts a small chapel among its natural features. Southern Minnesota’s largest waterfall can be found at Minneopa State Park. Its gentle creek burbles through the hardwood forest until it falls like a curtain across two terraces in a mossy gorge west of Mankato. On the other side of

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the Minnesota River, about 8 miles away, Minnemishinona Falls cascades into a narrow ravine along the scenic Judson Bottom Road. If you continue along the Minnesota River Valley heading west, take a quick side trip to see the namesake of Redwood Falls. It’s tucked into 219-acre Alexander Ramsey Park, the state’s largest municipal park and a popular spot for camping, hiking and visiting a small zoo with buffalo, deer, prairie dogs and waterfowl. An unexpected waterfall also can be found in far southwest Minnesota, known more for prairie and farms than waterways. That makes the pretty waterfall at Pipestone National Monument a surprise when walking

among pink quartzite rocks and learning about the area’s continued spiritual significance to American Indians.

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on the doorknob.” For those who want to go the more traditional route of hanging the basket from a doorknob, she recommends placing water tubes on the ends of the flower stems or wrapping the stem ends with a very moist piece of paper toweling before placing in a handled container. To elevate the bouquet and add layering, Fenwick suggests using additional elements. “We always have fun add-ons on hand, like

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pheasant feathers, lotus pods [and] curly willow branches.” And she notes some clients like to sprinkle the bouquet with an extra helping of sweetness by adding chocolates or other candy to the delivery. While not every region in the country celebrates with May baskets (“To be honest, I’d never heard of them until I started working here,” Fenwick says.), the staff at Candlelight embraces the tradition. “We like to assist cus-

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Church, and just four years later, St. David’s Center began serving children with additional needs. To celebrate 60 years of serving families and children, St. David’s Center’s 32nd annual Make Them Shine Gala is set for May 15. Tickets aren’t required since this year’s event is being held virtually. Guests will hear from speakers from the community, learn about the impact of the center’s work with families and participate in a live auction. St. David’s Center provides child and family services in the Twin Cities area. The organization’s portfolio of services addresses significant family and commu-

nity concerns related to early childhood education, developmental issues, childhood trauma, parent-child attachment, mental health concerns, autism and more. The center houses a preschool, children’s mental health clinic and pediatric therapy clinic. It also provides day treatment programs at the Minneapolis and Minnetonka campuses for children with autism and mental health diagnoses. A variety of programs are offered throughout the Twin Cities in community settings and in family homes.

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Forest Bathing

Take a breath and relax on this meditative forest walk. Based on the Japanese practice Shinrin Yoku, this walking tour will help clear your mind and senses. Register online. Ages 18 and up. $45. 9– 11 a.m. Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave., St. Louis Park; minnetonkacommunityed.org

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Whether you choose to use them as a delicious garnish or as a springtime window decoration, your at-home herbs and green thumb will surely grow after this course dedicated to the practice of growing, harvesting and storing herbs. Register online. Ages 18 and up. $19. minnetonkacommunityed.org

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Virtual Half Marathon

Join the MN Run Series for the 40th annual Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon. Designed to be COVID-safe, participants can register and participate any time during May. Registration includes a shirt, medal, access to age-grouped rankings and more. All ages. $35.50. lakeminnetonkahalfmarathon.com

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First Aid Class

Designed by the American Heart Association, this class prepares you to recognize and handle sudden illnesses and injuries, like fainting and strokes. With new basics under your belt, feel prepared in the event of an emergency. Register online. Ages 18 and up. $65. 9 a.m.–noon. Minnetonka Community Education Center, 4584 Vine Hill Road, Excelsior; 952.401.6800; minnetonkacommunityed.org

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Annual Grillfest

Learn all about the latest grilling tips and tricks. Tickets include food, wine and beer samples. Ages 21 and over. $60 online, $70 at the door. 1–5 p.m. CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul; 612.371.5800; grillfestival.com

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Bud Break Run, Walk, 5K

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum host this fun activity, which will also include a kids’ 1K race and a virtual race option. All Ages. Prices vary. 8:30–11 a.m. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3210 W. 82nd St., Chanhassen; 612.624.2200; budbreak.umn.edu

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Mother’s Day Tradeshow

Head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the Mother’s Day Tradeshow. This event features annuals and perennials, climbing plants and more. All ages. Free. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul; mnstatefair.org

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to the masses,” Lang incorporates classics, including salami, prosciutto, Brie, Manchego, BellaVitano and assorted fresh or dried fruit, like strawberries, blueberries, apricots and Craisins. Offering standard boards, customers can order them to fit their dietary needs. (Think meat-, nut-, dairy-, fruitor gluten-free.) For those who are game for a more unique spin, Graze Local also features customizable options to suit every craving and hankering. “It’s the color, the texture and the variety. The presentation is just lovely, and it makes the food taste even better,” says customer Stephanie Anderson, who featured large graze boards at her family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas cel-

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ebrations. Taking into consideration the amount of time it takes to shop for food items and prepare and arrange them on a board, Anderson says ordering from Graze Local is well worth the price. With no prior culinary experience, Lang says that her passion for eating good food, love for entertaining and eye for beauty is what drew her to the business—that and her desire to bring simple, yet delicious food to social and home-based gatherings. “I just feel like there was never an option for something to bring that tasted really good and looked really good,” she says. Lang wanted to start her business for quite some time, and she, like many of us, found herself with an

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ample helping of free time during the recent pandemic. Originally creating these tasty boards as a hobby and a way for her to connect with friends and family, it has since transformed into a successful business adventure. “I didn’t anticipate this—the happiness factor and the happiness that it brings to people,” Lang says. Connecting beyond Excelsior, Lang has worked with companies and nonprofit organizations to fuel their fundraisers and provide tasty snacks for their employees. Lauren Sundick of the Skin Sisters and a physician assistant heard about Graze Local and recom-

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