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Nothing says spring like a bit of green and some floral décor. And That Old Blue Door, located in downtown White Bear Lake, has what you need to put a little spring in your decorating step.  

GoJohnnyGo record store owner Johnny Kass

GoJohnnyGo Records is a real, live record store in White Bear Lake.

Creating something by hand can be a fulfilling process. Using just a bit of yarn and two needles to create a beautiful gift for yourself or someone you love can be a wonderful experience. This is something sisters Kirsten Skoglund and Polly Hart wanted to give the White Bear Lake area.

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

Almost everyone has a head lice story. Whether it was getting them along with your best friend in elementary school, or the hours spent combing through your own child’s hair, it is never pleasant.

Revolution Sporting Goods doesn’t “look like many other sporting goods stores people have been in,” says Dan Ponsolle, one half of the team that’s bringing a highly unusual shopping experience to the White Bear Lake area.

For 25 years, Sassafras Health Foods has been catering to White Bear Lake’s vitamin and holistic needs, and for the last eight years, it’s been in the hands of Paula Comstock.

A sign that says “Be Kind” is clearly visible from the road on County Road E in White Bear Lake, which not only advertises the all-natural and environmentally responsible salon and spa, but also “serves as a reminder for people to be kind,” says founder and owner Carol Fackler.

“When everyone is running one way, I go the other,” says Johnny Kass, the 54-year-old proprietor of White Bear Lake’s only record store. “In a world as square as it is today, sticking out like a sore thumb is easy. All you need to do is exist, be yourself, do something original.”

Tom Boland and Ryan Widuch first crossed paths in seventh-grade home economics class at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake. The pair quickly hit it off, maintaining their friendship following graduation in 1999.

It’s Thanksgiving, which means spending quality time with family and friends, and giving thanks for the blessings bestowed on one and all. It also means a veritable panoply of good food and soaring levels of tryptophan. And where does all of this holiday merriment happen?

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