September 2016 Edina Magazine

Dogs are becoming more a part of daily life, and business owners like the option of taking their furry friends to work. Two local businesses are in on this workday revolution.

 

Vegetarians come in many forms: ovo, lacto, ovo-lacto, vegans, semi-vegetarians and even lesser-known fruitarians. Some avoid eggs, dairy, honey, cheese or everything besides fruit, but all tend to steer clear of meat.

 

The 2016 Edina High School Bands’ annual Pops concert celebrated movie-themed music.

 

Edina residents love their dogs, and love to keep them by their side. Last October, the City of Edina passed an ordinance allowing dogs on restaurant patios.

 

Edina Magazine has been celebrating local residents and retailers since before “local” became a buzzword and a movement. So when we discover someone whose business inspires and encourages a love of locality, we get excited.

 

A magnificent Edina home on Hunter Street started out as a small rambler in 1954. Previous owners added a second floor, expanded the garage and finished the lower level.

 

Everyday life entails some level of stress. Although some people have been advised to reduce or avoid stress, for most of us, stress is inescapable.

 

The old-school piano teacher—remember her? While there were many standouts, there were those who treated students to instruction that was as stale as the crystallized hard candy in their antique candy dishes. Repetition ruled over creativity.

 

If only parents could log frequent flyer miles when navigating “airplane” spoons loaded with healthy food toward wary children. Every parent, whether they want to admit it or not, has done the mealtime drill, regardless of the transit system they choose.

 

Player-friendly, family-friendly, coach-friendly. If that type of sports experience sounds attractive, you aren’t alone. In its fall 2015 season, Ed Luterbach’s flag football league (Edina Boys Flag Football, EBFF, of which Luterbach is commissioner) included almost 300 boys.

 

Erica Campbell believes in roots—creating them and tending to their growth. When she moved in July 2015 to Edina from the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Ian, and their two children, she didn’t waste time.

 

There are perhaps no two words in the parenting handbook quite as controversial as “sleep training.” For readers who aren’t in the throes of raising young children, allow me to enlighten you. Sleep training teaches babies and toddlers to fall asleep on their own.

 

Since July 2013, Chuck & Don’s has teamed up with Minnesota’s Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MN SNAP) to ensure that all pets receive the medical care they need for the best quality of life. Once a month, MN SNAP parks a mobile unit at a Chuck & Don’s location.

 

Community supported agriculture groups (CSAs), are a great way to support local farmers and the economy.

 

Aurora on France, a new senior living community for ages 55 and older, is set to open later this fall. This community will offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, care suites and transitional care.

 

When you love social media and have a passion for health care, amazing things can happen. In 2015, Julie Swenson, a public relations and social media marketing professional, decided to start a company that would help health care professionals and clinics better connect with people.

 

In late 2016 or early 2017, a community solar garden will be installed on the roof of the Edina Public Works building. Cooperative Energy Futures was awarded this site by the City of Edina in the fall of 2015, making Edina the first city to have a city-hosted solar garden in Minnesota.

 

Sara McLenighan of Edina sent us this photo featuring eight Edina families traveling together on spring break in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. No worries here.

 

Blitz, an Edina police department K-9 officer, is safer than ever before thanks to Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization created to help protect K-9s in the line of duty.

 

Youth hockey all over the region has seen a decline in participation over the past few years. This is a result of many factors, from heightened cost to increased competitiveness.