Shops & Business

Department stores can be trite and overwhelming, but the second annual Holiday Junk Jaunt is anything but that. Danielle Rode, owner of the vintage store Upsy-Daisy in downtown White Bear Lake, started the event in 2016.

Farmhouse furniture is making a big comeback. James Putnam, a White Bear Township resident, creates farmhouse-inspired furniture and sells it to eager customers all around Minnesota. After helping to build an entire house, creating furniture is a piece of cake for Putnam.

Michelle Stangl isn’t just creating beautiful jewelry—she’s creating jewelry that smells good, too. “You put a drop of essential oil on a volcanic lava stone and the stone soaks up the oil and it diffuses the aroma throughout the day,” Stangl explains.

We all look forward to Thanksgiving dinner, from the delicious turkey to the pumpkin pie. And the White Bear Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf (WBLAEFS), along with Kowalski’s Market in White Bear Lake, wants to make sure everyone has a dinner on the holiday table.

Mainstream Boutique, an individually owned franchise that empowers women through fashion, and opened its doors in White Bear Lake in 2012,  just got a remodel.

In the 1920s, electric refrigeration was a recent development, and the people of White Bear were embracing the new amenity. For homes, this meant the end of reliance upon the daily visits from the iceman, who delivered the five- to 25-pound blocks of ice needed to cool their perishables.  

New neighbors are quite literally poppin’ up in Mahtomedi. Henke Foods is building out a 20,000-square-foot production facility—formerly the Kowalski’s central bakery—for its growing line of specialty food items.

As an entrepreneur looking to sell leisure products to hockey fans and hockey players, Landon Johnson has a major advantage: He knows how fans and players think because he has been both of those things for most of his 30 years.

Accompanied by a pianist and an accordion player, the Silver Harmony Singers, which includes 17 men and 34 women, put on a great show. With the singers from age 60 to their 90s, the tunes of yesteryear are a must.  

The Olive Branch Oil & Spice Co. in downtown White Bear Lake, offers a treasure trove of oils, spices and seasonings perfect for any dish.

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