Boats, marinas and skimming across Lake Minnetonka are probably far removed right now from the thoughts of most people as Minnesotans fight through another cold, snowy winter. But for the marinas, boat dealers and those whose profession revolves around watercraft, this is a busy time of year.
Boats are being sold, brought out of storage for servicing and owners are already vying for boat slips in which to dock their boats.
All this comes at a time when the boating industry is on the rebound as the economy continues to improve. Monday, February 24, 2014
It's no surprise that Mound, a city encompassing approximately 3.2 square miles on the western shore of Lake Minnetonka, has very few dining choices for the 9,000 residents that call Mound home.
As of October 2013, those choices have expanded to include Dakota Junction, a quaint bistro that sits on the edge of Dakota Rail Regional Trail.
Owners Matt and Stephanie Bolles have lived in Mound for 10 years and have seen the community evolve. When they saw an opportunity to open a restaurant near the new Walgreens, they took it. Monday, February 24, 2014
Newly-opened Device Pitstop in Minnetonka is all about giving customers options.
Customers can come in with a broken device and can either get it fixed, sell it to the store or trade it in for a refurbished device. These devices include laptops, phones, tablets and desktop computers.
"Our goal is to provide a place for people to bring their electronics they're no longer using, still recoop some of that investment or that value, and maybe even trade that or apply that to a new machine," Dustin Brantford, general manager of Device Pitstop said. "And if they aren't bringing something in, we also want to have a lot of options for people that are affordable." Monday, January 27, 2014
Mick Jagger once ate a meal at the spot where this spring, a new fine dining restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine will open.
It will be called Victor's on Water and it occupies a rather historically interesting building in downtown Excelsior. The home for several decades to Bacon Drug, it had a soda fountain. Jagger and the Rolling Stones were relatively unknown in the U.S. in the early 1960s and were touring in America. The had a gig at Big Reggie's Danceland, a dance and music hall located in the old Excelsior Amusement Park.
Jagger, in search of a meal, wound up at Bacon's. Monday, January 27, 2014
When the Internet came into vogue, there were several traditional businesses that did not exactly benefit. One was travel agencies.
"In the U.S., the number of travel agencies went from about 30,000 down to 12,000 to 15,000," said Jim Bendt, owner of Pique Travel Design in Excelsior. "That's because the Internet provided people an opportunity to plan their own travel and do their own bookings." Monday, January 13, 2014