Health & Wellness

Lois Donnay didn’t grow up dancing. In fact, she only discovered her love of dance in her 30s. Despite being single and worrying she’d need a dance partner, her friend convinced her to try it and she had an amazing time from the start.

As the end of the year approaches and winter starts settling in our bones, our bodies call for carbo-loading and our hearts for ways to give back to the community. Rustica Bakery has both on its holiday (and year-round) list.

There is something unique about the holiday season. Excitement drifts into our lives right along with those fresh white clumps of the first snow. It’s a time to celebrate with family and community, but it’s also a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

With canine companions becoming an ever more important part of people’s lives, doggie daycares are a growing enterprise. We spoke with the owners of three local doggie daycares and learned about what makes their dog and human customers love them.

For local snowboarder Joe Sexton the transition from professional athlete to entrepreneur was a natural evolution.

Joanne Christ of the Black Forest Inn helped us out with the story behind the restaurant’s beer garden patio, added over a decade after the restaurant’s purchase. (Read more about The Black Forest Inn on page 30).

Like many of the restaurants on Eat Street in Minneapolis and in the City South area, the Black Forest Inn began with a couple of immigrants.

The Blessing of the Animals dates back to St. Francis of Assisi, who is known as the patron saint of animals and is still celebrated by many churches today.

With Halloween just around the corner, Sugar Sugar is a must-stop for unique and festive candies.

Neighborhood Roots is the organization that runs the Kingfield, Fulton, and Nokomis farmers markets.