The holidays are my favorite time of year. Though spring is my pick for best season, and autumn is home to my ideal wardrobe—the holidays have that je ne sais quois, a certain indescribable sense of love and fulfillment that can rarely be found elsewhere. So, in the spirit of the holidays, this issue is highlighting some outstanding locals and organizations who are spreading light and love year-round.
You don’t need to go far to find all the goodness. On page 12, writer Jennifer Pitterle shares some exciting news about the White Bear Area Food Shelf expansion. The food shelf has seen community need more than double since 2018 and has added a second location to increase its offerings for area residents.
Then, meet a few of the representatives behind Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area, a volunteer collective that promotes inclusive and community-centered programming. I spoke with current chair Tera Jebens-Singh and past chair Jackie Reis on the origins of Many Faces, its impact and plans for 2024 (page 20).
Other stories to look forward to? Head to page 10 if you’re in the mood for something sweet. Downtown newcomer Cajeta Coffee whips up drinks with traditional Mexican flavors. Or, for another story of food and family, learn the origins of allergy-friendly meal service Safer Plate on page 28.
Until next time,