February 2015

In the February issue of Edina Magazine you'll find a creative guide for winter date nights, handmade accessories from Edina boutiques, and learn how Bambino Decor is designing rooms for little ones.

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After Southdale Center was built in 1956, John Holt barely recognized the area around his home just south of the shopping mall. “Sometimes I lost my way at night because the streets were building up so fast,” he told the Minneapolis Star in 1960.


Cupcakes are little indulgences with a lot of charm, and one of life’s affordable luxuries. Plop down a few dollars and behold an edible creation that trumps homespun baking with polished good looks. Portable single-serving sizes offer a quick sugar fix with all the trimmings.


This 10th annual girls’ hockey tournament hosted by the Edina Hockey Association brought out some of the best female hockey players from around the state.


Kids’ recreational programming is on when school’s out for Presidents’ Day weekend.


When you’re in the ninth grade, the idea of starting a business sounds like a brilliant—and completely feasible—idea. Fast-forward a couple of decades and add elements like kids and a mortgage to that once-dazzling plan, and you might have second thoughts.


Valentine’s Day is approaching, and so is the pressure to bring together a perfect date night. Don’t worry—we’ve got your back. We’ve put together a list of creative date night ideas you and your sweetheart might enjoy. But why save a great date for February 14?


Accessories can tie a whole look together. And since we use them all the time, accessories can also make great Valentine’s Day gifts.


It seems everyone at Jerry’s Foods has a story to tell about founder Jerry Paulsen. Mohammad Haider’s story may be the most unusual.


When she was only 6 years old, Mary Mader of Edina shook hands with the President of the United States.


In a city where ice sports reign supreme, learning to skate might as well be required. But for kids with special needs like Peter Lafferty’s 8-year-old son, Roman, skating seemed more like a pipedream than a possibility.


Asked to offer one piece of advice to first-time parents, new mom Carly Baker’s words are simple. “Seek out a community of moms; you’re in it together,” she says. And Baker did just that when her son Everett was born last spring.


Art holds a special place in the home, but it can be hard to choose exactly what you want on the wall. The fact is, there are no rules to art. Your walls should be a reflection of your tastes and the things you love.


Megan Wiley is the one-woman force behind Solid Design Studios, an online accessories boutique that sells handmade designer jewelry.


Halfway between ice-in and ice-out, February is prime time for ice fishing with the family. The Department of Natural Resources recommends McColl Pond in Savage or Wolfe Lake in St.


Each year, Connecting with Kids recognizes five individuals or organizations that have exemplified effective engagement with youth in the community.


As worries about Ebola settle down in the U.S., the effects of this devastating disease are still palpable in stricken African countries such as Liberia. Members of the Strathy family, many of whom are health care professionals, are in touch with the plight of the Liberian people.


With a few simple materials, you and your child can create a groundhog puppet. All that is required is colored paper, glue, popsicle sticks, a paper cup, drawing materials and a good imagination.


Tom Hayes recalls a charmed childhood in Edina, at a time when homes were brimming with large families and plenty of kids to play with. Hayes graduated from Edina East High School and credits a teacher named John O’Doherty for inspiring his love of literature and lifelong learning.


Edina’s own Nicholas Legeros took first place in Public Art Edina’s 10th annual People’s Choice Awards.


The first blossom of a new public art project has unfurled at the corner of West 66th Street and Valley View Road.


By February you’re getting good at facing winter. But frigid, dry air can take a toll on your skin. Tips from local aestheticians mean you won’t have to hide your face behind a ski mask.