May 2017 St. Louis Park Magazine

In the May issue find out how Amy's Cupcake Shoppe has pulled off such sweet success.

When the Sports and Health Club opened November 23, 1959, it was the first time anyone had ever seen a family-oriented exercise facility. Located at the northwest corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Quentin Avenue, the $250,000, precast-concrete building was the brainchild of Arthur W. Owens.


Going out for happy hour in St. Louis Park, it’s very likely you and your coworkers will bring up Rojo Mexican Grill at the West End. “We’re known for our great margaritas and awesome happy hour, and our patio in the summer is top-notch,” manager Matt Linse says.


Cody’s Dash for Down Syndrome was an idea born from one mother’s determination to provide children like hers with the support they need to thrive.


Marmot Angel Fire sleeping bag and Wallaroo water-friendly sun hat (from Hoigaard’s); Briggs & Riley rolling bag (with expandable feature) and Paw Patrol scootie (from Luggage World); and books that can be found at Half Price Books.


Although walking is my favorite form of exercise, I’ve heard the messages from doctors and trainers reminding me that turning 40 means it’s time to get serious about working my muscles and adding new challenges to my fitness routine.


When Aurora Whittet’s mom was diagnosed with cancer, the disease hit home for her. When Whittet’s friend Tyson was diagnosed with cancer, it hit home for her and her two young boys.


At Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School (HMJDS), kindergartener Sam Hunt was the new kid. It was the start of a new year, and he didn’t know anyone.


On the University of Minnesota campus, standing at a street corner, a woman stops students walking by with an offer. “I’ll give you $5 if you can tell me what this means,” she says. She shows them a picture of a red flag on her iPad.


Children First celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and on May 21 they are hosting their 24th ice cream social.


Brad Benyas, owner of EVOLVE Segway, says that a favorite part of his job is seeing people light up as they take their first ride on an electric bike.


Connect the Parks is a 10-year, 32-mile project that is three years and six miles in the making. St. Louis Park transportation engineer Chris Iverson says that there are four to five additional miles planned for this coming year alone.


Jonny Rock Bikes owner Jonathan Minks stresses the importance of making bikes accessible to everyone, not just experienced road racers.


Although she has loved to bake since she was a child, Amy Brace admits she first started taking baking seriously when she became obsessed with the show Cupcake Wars in 2011.