Shops & Business

The Sara Collar fits around the base of your neck. It’s a 15-inch gold chain. Four simple gold tabs dangle just above the collarbone. Designer Christine Zezza would like you to know: The $72 necklace will not turn your neck green.

Filled with charm and curated vintage and country-style finds, Bluebell Mercantile and Co. opened last September in Marine on St. Croix, Minn., and is quickly becoming a favorite local shopping experience.

Spring break—for many of us in the Valley, it’s a week each year when we have to find alternative child care, or maybe it’s when you do everything in your power to avoid sunnier climes and the inevitable college crowd.

Founded in 1981, then re-envisioned in 2008, Youth Action Hudson (YAH) is a nonprofit organization that believes the young people of the Hudson community are one of the biggest assets when it comes to serving others and shaping future generations.

The Best Burger in the Valley fundraiser has enlisted 10 area restaurants to put up their most memorable burgers for a discount and the democratic process.

With the large population of Swedish immigrants who settled in Minnesota, many customs have been preserved through time. One such tradition is the feast day of St. Lucia, a third-century Christian living in Sicily who practiced her faith in secret.  

Ten years ago, Stillwater pediatrician Dr. Brian Cress began searching for a medical mission trip to push himself professionally and get him out of his comfort zone.

When Sandee Madigan, longtime owner of Hudson’s Dilly Dally in the Alley, decided to retire last year, Jenny Gunsallus saw an opportunity. “I always knew I wanted to own my own business,” says Gunsallus, who took over the eclectic gift store in January.

Heather and Chris Peterson begin their work day much earlier than the crack of dawn. As bakers and the owners of Bread Art in Bayport, they start preparing bread dough and pastries at 2 a.m. and leave the bakery between 10 a.m.

As temperatures get colder, more families struggle to put healthy food on the table. Luckily there’s a range of Valley-area organizations stepping up to help stop food insecurity in the region. Here’s where you can pitch in—or get help.

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