March 2017 St. Louis Park Magazine

In the March issue give your interior decor a little pop by adding brightening lighting and accessories to your home

As St. Louis Park continues to redevelop, many of the places that seem to have been here forever are disappearing – and that isn’t always a bad thing. Case in point is the notorious Lakeland Hotel, located just inside the city line on Highway 7.

 

Daylight saving time starts on March 12, which means that day, and for a couple days following, we’ll all be moving a little slower as our bodies try to catch up from losing an hour of sleep.

 

With gourmet appetizers, handcrafted cocktails and a wide array of games, Punch Bowl Social has gained a name for itself across the country as an “eatertainment” hub.

 

Equal parts industrial distillery and welcoming watering hole.

 

Sadie Miller uses a lot of paperclips. She works on the board of directors for the nonprofit St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) and keeps her paperclips in a small glazed bowl on her desk.

 

Light is a subject on the minds of many Minnesotans come March. We know the worst of winter is behind us, but spring’s freshness is still a wait away. Two St. Louis Park business owners offer tips on brightening your home to add beauty until the sun is back with us again, and well beyond.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means many Irish families (and many not-so-Irish families) are preparing their own Irish dinners. Usually this includes some variation of corned beef and cabbage, and the family’s recipe for Irish soda bread.

 

Every spring, when the nights are still below freezing but the days are above 40 degrees, the sap in maple trees begins running, and Westwood Hills offers maple syrup classes to preschool kids, scouts, birthday parties, schools and the public.

 

Winter officially ends with the vernal equinox, which will be exactly half day and half night. Welcome the long-awaited spring—and longer days—by making March 20 a day of halves and visit Half Price Books on Excelsior Boulevard.

 

For a decade Golden Valley was home to the Art Outlet, located on Highway 394, and featuring artwork in a variety of styles and sizes. Although it closed in 2009, it has recently found a new home, this time in downtown Minneapolis.

 

Arbor Day isn’t until the end of April, but St. Louis Park residents who want to ring in spring by planting trees on their property are in luck. The city’s annual tree sale is back for the ninth year.

 

Between the ice, snow and bone-chilling winds, a Minnesota winter can leave you wanting nothing more than to stay at home. Connecting with your neighbors is a great way to combat the isolation of winter, and St. Louis Park’s neighborhood associations provide the chance to do just that.

 

A long winter takes its toll on nearly all of us in Minnesota, but it can be especially tough for seniors isolated from family and friends because they fear venturing out of the house. Many studies show a positive relationship between strong interpersonal connections and good mental health.