November 2016 White Bear Lake Magazine

This month John Henry clothier offers dapper outfit inspiration for the modern man and local businesses reduce their environmental footprints with recycling programs.

Many will remember Thursday, September 4, 1941, as the day disaster struck White Bear. A cyclone tore through the downtown and adjacent residential area during midday, when many were not at home.


We know there are people in the world who don’t like mushrooms. Well, this restaurant feature is not for those people. Here, we love all things truffle and mushroom.


“It’s a girl thing,” reads a dainty pink sign that has made its home on a one-of-a-kind dining chair.


Emily and Ed Cox of Cox Contracting have been helping local families create their dream homes for over 22 years.


You may have noticed a new store on the block. John Henry, the menswear shop, is a local collaboration between its three founders: Michele Henry of Primp Boutique, Henry’s brother, Mike, and John Vadnais.


Without a savory turkey dinner accompanied by a healthy helping of cranberries, stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving just isn’t the same. And two local entities want to make sure everyone has that same experience.


There are a handful of things that make Dr. Stephen Jaksa a bit different from your average dentist, but it starts with the fact that he graduated from the University of Minnesota’s dental school at the age of 24.


At its 23,000-square-foot commercial facility in White Bear Lake, Grandma’s Bakery uses about 1,200 pounds of soybean oil per week. The bakery used to buy the oil in 35-pound cardboard jugs, packaged inside heavy-duty cardboard boxes.


Gary Schafer has been known to enjoy the serenity of White Bear Lake mornings riding his bicycle. Besides his set of wheels, the most important item he brings with him on these endeavors is his Canon 7D Mark II, in the hopes of capturing a bit of this picturesque scene.


“It felt nice to hold [the crystal], but I didn’t know why,” explains Willernie resident Bonnie Gurney, who, after retiring from 34 years as an accountant for the state of Minnesota, tapped into a newfound passion.


White Bear Lake is home to a celebrity who has been featured in People, the Washington Post and several London news outlets, in addition to numerous local print outlets and national television spots. This White Bear resident boasts 14.4 thousand Instagram followers.


Utilizing a warehouse containing nearly 900 pieces of furniture, Mahtomedi resident Ilaria Barion began her home staging endeavors in 2005 in New York City.


Marriage and family counselor Kris Anderson opened her own practice in May in White Bear Lake, and her desire for “clients to feel safe and validated in the space,” can be seen throughout her office, appropriately named Space for Healing Co