January/February 2021

Cozy up with the January/February issue chockfull of ideas that will get you creating, relaxing, helping, fishing, slurping and more!

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I’ve always loved doing projects. David and I have built seven houses during our 34-year marriage (yep, we’re crazy) and the idea of a blank slate, of taking those blank walls and empty spaces and making them beautiful, is something we adore.

 
A Frosty Morning on Manitou Island

Nature, in all her unbridled beauty, frequently puts on a dazzling display for all to see.

 

By now, even the most fervent cooks have grown a bit weary as the holidays and heavy-food season begin to fade into the distance.

 

When business had to shut down due to COVID-19 last March, Mainstream Boutique acclimated to the times and found a way to bring its customers’ in-store shopping experience to a weekly online fashion show via Facebook Live.  

 
Illustration of a walleye

With a motto that aptly states, “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” well, we all know just how important those glistening and gleaming bodies of water are to us in the bold north. We swim in them, we boat on them, we picnic around them, we catch fish in them.

 

We’re relegated to staying home a lot more these days, so why not put that extra time indoors to good use?

 

White Bear Lake resident Brittany Tobin happened upon yoga at a particularly pivotal time in her life.

 

When downtown White Bear Lake faced the brunt of the pandemic in early spring, ReGrow White Bear Lake stepped up to the plate to help the many shops, eateries and businesses that help make the area such a g

 

Putting the fun in fundraising, White Bear Lake’s BEAR’ly Open event does so in true Minnesota fashion as an official Winter Carnival event.

 

Taking old furniture pieces and transforming them back into timeless pieces, with lots of care and hard work, is the mission of The Artisans Markets Minnesota collective.

 
Woman wearing Spotted Mushroom Co. earrings.

“I’ve always been interested in art that stands out, so I figured why not incorporate that into my jewelry,” says owner and full-time student, Sam Snyder of Spotted Mushroom Co.