When I was a teenager there were three things we did as young adults with our free time. One place won’t be mentioned publicly because my kids may read this someday and nothing good comes from a long drag filled with boys on fast motorcycles. The other two? We hung out at Perkins or in the Pizza Hut parking lot. For me, having garlic breath and calling boys on the payphone on the corner of Lake & Water Street was how I spent the bulk of my time.
I’ve spent years in & around these lakes, and enjoyed just about every minute of it.
I’ve strayed a bit, come & gone… but now I’m back to raise my family in the area that’s known and loved.
And NOW I’m a small-business owner in this great little town, too. Making the leap from working out of my home to actually having a studio wasn’t an easy choice to make, but one I’m certainly glad I did. I love my job, and I believe with all my heart that these memories I help create for families are IMPORTANT. The most photographed generation ever and there’s only a few people that will be able to look back and see what their parents actually LOOKED like “back in the day.”
Anyways…. Excelsior is such a great town, I wish more people knew what awesome shops & restaurants are there, and support the idea of BUYING LOCAL. There’s GREAT people. Lots of great shops and small businesses and wonderful things to see & do in this little lakeside beach town. It is my
hope intent ambitious goal to grab my littlest sprite and visit some of these neighbors every Friday. Both to teach her the Art of the Great Minnesota Chit Chat, but to support and share how wonderful this community is.
First up…. my friends at BUCK+FIR :
BUCK+FIR’s FACEBOOK page describes them as: “Minnesota Cool meets Coastal Casual. Women’s street wear and sneaker store in Excelsior,
See. I can be hip.
Then follow the scent a few feet away to my new friends at UNTAINTED. How do Therese & company tote themselves? “Untainted will nourish and protect your skin with all the organic goodness that nature has to offer. Help your skin be beautiful at every age by protecting it from toxins, perfumes, and useless fillers. Our products are formulated with your wellness in mind, with ingredients that are the purest and cleanest we can find, and without adding ingredients to “bulk up” our products to increase your expense. Finally! Results greater than your investment. We know if you try Untainted you will fall in love with skin care the way nature was created to provide.” Adorable shop, great products, and totally one of those places where you KNOW you can find cute gifts and way too much stuff for your own stash, too.
Minnesota winters have nothing on me & my skin care, this round. Please stop by there soon!
Check back next week when I’ll add a couple more local & fantastic Excelsior small businesses to shop!
ps – still a few spots left for my HOLIDAY TREE FARM MINI SESSIONS. They’re local, too. And it supports MY little local family and another great farming family in the area. Just saying.