November 2013

In the November issue of Edina Magazine, you'll take a look inside Rojo Mexican Grill, a new addition to Southdale's dining options. We explore the effects of Edina's recently changed happy hour laws on the local bar scene and round up the best holiday gifts for the kitchen fanatic on your list. In addition, we catch up with local authors about their sources of inspiration. Find all these stories and more in our newest issue.

George Millam, a founding father of Edina, came to Minnesota as a 21-year-old immigrant from Balnamoon, Scotland. After a short time working at the Richfield mill, he was hired by fellow Scotsman Andrew Craik to run the Edina mill.


A public library inside a movie theater seems an unlikely partnership, but Morningside residents found both types of entertainment at the Westgate Theater on Sunnyside Avenue from 1937 to 1973.


Cranberries are considered indispensible to a traditional holiday meal; because of this, the poor fruit has been typecast. Cousin of the blueberry and huckleberry, the name “cranberry” was coined by early European settlers who thought that the plant looked like a crane.


The world of film comes to Edina on November 7–9 for our town’s third annual film festival at the Edina Landmark Theater.


What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever received? Chances are it wasn’t an expensive handbag or a bottle of wine. Instead, it might have been a child’s art project or a basket of welcome-to-the-neighborhood cookies.


A small card on the table of Mozza Mia near 50th and France advertises a Monday special: 10 bottles of wine, each priced at only $10.


If you think of “Mexican food” as a greasy cheese bomb—albeit a yummy one—it’s time to wake up and smell the cilantro.


As high school students look forward to college, many will take the American College Test, or ACT. The ACT is a three-hour multiple-choice exam designed to measure academic achievement in five curriculum areas: English, mathematics, reading and science, Writing and reasoning.


Edina Magazine asked five local authors with recent books what inspires them and what their writing muse is. Each one offered unique insight into what spurs their creative spark, along with a personal history about the books they have written.


No one would argue that in pioneer days the holidays were much easier. Gifts were simple and minimal.


Edina’s top sixth-grade traveling boys basketball team won the state title in 2012, but the hoopsters left an impression on coach Deon Richardson when they set out to defend it as seventh-graders.


The Galleria is more than a collection of distinctive shops. It is a shopping, dining, social and experiential destination. Visiting the Galleria is much like strolling a European boulevard of tantalizing eateries and alluring shop windows.


Fans of Minnesota history, rejoice. Last December saw the publication of Dakota Child, Governor’s Daughter, an engaging new book by Edina resident Bruce Kohn, an amateur historian who retired from his job as an attorney in 2005.


The man at the helm of one of the most award-winning craft distilleries in the United States is Edina native Alan Dietrich. Bendistillery, based in Bend, Ore., produces handcrafted spirits, including Crater Lake vodka and Crater Lake gin. Dietrich moved to Bend after graduating from St.


If it plays in the Big Apple, it must play in Edina, too. Pilates ProWorks, New York City’s best Pilates studio according to Citysearch, opened its 10th location nationwide this fall in Centennial Lakes Plaza.


In a community brimming with possibilities for youth, Meg Rodriguez and Idith Almog created to ensure enrichment activities are available to all students, regardless of socio-economic barriers.


Grace Kapsner, a fifth-grade student this year at Countryside Elementary School, is all smiles when it comes to art.


Last month, the Edina Chamber of Commerce and the Edina Community Foundation co-hosted a “CEO Roundtable,” an event to promote economic growth in Edina.


Karen Kelly didn’t quit when Vantage Point, the publisher that offered to print her first novel, Prospice, suddenly closed its doors. Instead, the Edina mom self-published the book under her own trademark, Legitur Books.


Three freshly minted stores on 50th and France are perfect spots to find necessities for a few important stages in life and have a whole lot of fun in between.

  1. NEW TO THE FAIR: Cleverly dubbed “Foot in the Fair,” this exhibit will feature handmade artwork from up-and-coming Edina Public School artists who want to lend a hand in this year’s show and, thus, get a foot in the fair.