Shops & Business

On her 23rd birthday, April 26, 2015, Colleen Wood, a newly minted Peace Corps volunteer and 2010 graduate of White Bear Lake Area High School, stepped off an airplane in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, after 30 hours of travel.

What is today North Oaks began as a vision belonging to James J. Hill, “The Empire Builder,” who was born in Ontario, Canada and arrived in St. Paul in 1856.

It’s that time of year again—the decorations are up, the air is cheery and holiday shopping has commenced. So why not do something a little different this year and give loved ones a gift they can experience first-hand? Here are a few suggestions:

Since 2014, with the passing of the Paint Care Act, a small fee has been added to paint purchases, which allows folks to have their old paint recycled for free.

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.

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

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.

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.

“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.

The Piccadilly in Mahtomedi grew out of humble beginnings as a small restaurant just outside the gates of Wildwood Amusement Park. In 1914, Beulah Johnson opened her lunch counter in the building she had built, located at what is now known as 92 Mahtomedi Avenue.

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