Shops & Business

First Presbyterian Church rummage sale

For the 115th year of their 155 years serving the White Bear area, First Presbyterian Church in White Bear Lake will be holding a spring rummage sale.

Master Tim Amacher shows some of his moves in his White Bear Lake studio.

Like many kids, Tim Amacher dreamed of fighting like legendary martial artist and film star Bruce Lee. He would watch the hero in action and think, "I want to be able to do that." This fascination with martial arts nagged at the 11-year-old, even as he struggled to cope with his father’s death.

Here’s a sweet expansion that’s bound to delight.

For a time during the 1940s and 1950s, downtown White Bear had its own theater district. The Avalon Theatre was the manifestation of the dreams of Mrs. Jesse Jensen, who had come to town in 1920 with her two children and operated the Auditorium Theatre on Fourth Street.

Tim Bartz, left, and Justin McPhee, owners of Mold Craft, have taken their Willernie business to a whole new level of success.

Sometimes great opportunity doesn’t come in the form of a new idea or invention, but rather in the perfection of a practical idea that can facilitate others. Mold Craft, the custom injection-mold making company located in Willernie, has qui

With schoolwork, family obligations, jobs, friends and other activities, yes, high school can be a busy and trying time for students. And when you add in the importance of a good grade-point average (GPA) to get into college, it’s little wonder that some students feel stressed.

This photo of a group of White Bear Lake sailors was taken in the 1920s.

For a century and a half, sailors have skimmed the water of White Bear and surrounding lakes. The earliest known “fleet” of boats belonged to William Markoe who, along with his five sons, had a collection of six sailboats they raced off their dock on Lake Avenue at the foot of Shady Lane.

Chuck & Don’s, the pet store mecca that welcomes four-legged creatures as much as the two-legged variety, didn’t, as it turns out, start as a store idea at all.

Joe Burton has always been looking for new horizons to explore. “I have seven degrees,” he laughs, and quickly runs through a list of his varied career paths—engineer, business manager, missions pastor, innkeeper, military chaplain, youth minister.

Sherry Walker (left) and Lisa Swan make shopping easy and fun in their stylish boutique.

For many women, it is not only important to feel good about themselves, but it is also crucial to look good as well. Sherry Walker and Lisa Swan have devoted their lives to this, making sure women feel beautiful inside and out.

The iconic Manitou Island bridge.

Manitou Island has always been something of a magical place in the hearts and minds of the people of the area. Manitou means “spirit” in several Native American languages, and the island got the name when the legend of the white bear was popularized during the 1880s.

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