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More of a Good Thing

A new Goodthings experience has been in the works for a while, and now the women’s shop, complete with more of their fabulous clothes, shoes and accessories, is open just a few steps away from the original location. And, what’s even cooler? They now have a collection of yoga fashions and activewear in the lower level, and are planning on offering yoga classes sometime in the fall. Sign me up! And if you want all those great gifts, home décor and kids’ items Goodthings is famous for, you can still find them at the original location. 

Noodle Love

It’s wonderful how food can bring folks together. Last night, my husband David and I attended a spaghetti fundraiser for St. Jude’s Food Shelf at Coventry of Mahtomedi. Our plates were brimming with spaghetti and meatballs, and the room was abuzz as folks enjoyed the meal armed with the knowledge they were helping bring food to someone in need.

Lessons from a Gingerbread House

My husband and I had a delightful time at the White Bear Area Chamber Gala a few weeks back. It was an evening filled with wonderful music, terrific food (including a stunning array of beautiful, decadent desserts) and fabulous folks. I even got a few story ideas!

Hurry!

It’s no secret that White Bear Lake and the surrounding communities have an abundance of terrific people, places and things that make it a great place to call home. So, in effort to give a shout-out to all those people, places and things that make our lives so much richer and fuller, we are once again offering our readers’ choice survey, Best of White Bear Lake.

Hurry!

It’s no secret that White Bear Lake and the surrounding communities have an abundance of terrific people, places and things that make it a great place to call home. So, in effort to give a shout-out to all those people, places and things that make our lives so much richer and fuller, we are once again offering our readers’ choice survey, Best of White Bear Lake.

Tooting our Horn

With a huge dose of humility and an even greater amount of pride, I am sharing the news that White Bear Lake Magazine won two (yes, two!) Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) gold awards at last night’s awards ceremony.

Shoo, Ghost!

Let me just start out by saying I would do pretty much anything for my children, Brittany, Dylan and my son-in-law Mick. Well, this past June, I was put to the test. Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but a series of events made me step out of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to the possibility of….well…ghosts. Yep, ghosts. The Backstory I guess the best place to start would be to give a little background on the matter. Not the ghost, but my daughter. Brittany, from the time she was a wee little mite, has always been afraid of the things that go bump in the night.

Historic House Tour and Swedish Händel

Have you ever wondered about those fabulous historic homes around town? Now’s your chance to step inside and see what all the fuss is about. On Sunday, September 29, the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society brings us their annual White Bear Historic House Tour where folks can see 10 sites, including a country home, a lakeside cottage, boat shop, former grocery store and more. The tour runs from noon–6 p.m. and is self-guided, so you can take your time getting to know these great locales.             Tickets are $25/$20 WBLAHS members if purchased in advance; $30 on the day of the tour.

Happy Accidents

While heading to Sweet Home, a vintage/French-inspired-goods shop in the White Bear Mall, I passed by Catherine Wimmer’s shop, The Ruby Slipper. Intrigued by the cornucopia of colors and quantity of items, I backed up and walked in. In this 675-square-foot space was a fabulous assortment of vintage goods, antiques, handmade items, including beautiful crocheted blankets by, as it turns out, Wimmer’s 87-year-old mother. Silver trays adorned walls, antique baby dolls sat on shelves and vintage cookie jars held a bounty of antique buttons.

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