December 2013

The December issue of Woodbury Magazine features the favorite elegant old-school cocktails of three Woodbury bartenders. We also profile the volunteers behind Project Go, Woodbury's design guru Heather O'Malley and her new shop, and local filmmaker Kent Johnson about pursuing his lifelong ambition.Pick up a copy today!

Woodbury High School kicked off its fall musical, Guys and Dolls, with an opening night reception on November 1.


A large crowd filled Royals Stadium on September 13 as the Woodbury High School Royals hosted the East Ridge Hidh School Raptors. Final score: Raptors, 49, Roayls, 12.


While getting ready to head out for a morning basketball tournament last winter, Kent Nye noticed the incredible hoar frost that had covered his backyard.

The Schill family is ready to celebrate 2014.

For 13 years, the city of Woodbury has hosted a family-friendly New Year’s Eve Bash at Bielenberg Sports Center, allowing party-goers to celebrate midnight a few hours early.

Jillian Lampert at The Emily Program's new Woodbury location.

The Emily Program, a nationally recognized eating disorder treatment program, has come to Woodbury. And when more children and adolescents in the United States live with eating disorders than diabetes, the availability of effective treatment is essential.

Woodbury High School senior Rachel Veenbaas at Inver Hills Community College.

College tuition costs have soared over the past 30 years. The average price tag for a four-year college degree can run upwards of $65,000 at a public university and as much as $120,000 or more at a private institution.


People are inspired by great works of art. Even bad works of art can inspire, in a different way. Take, for example, the Hollywood action film Kent Johnson saw about 15 years ago. He doesn't remember the name of the film, but it was a memorable experience for other reasons.


Fifteen years ago, Nena Tinoco traveled from Venezuela to the United States in search of a better life. Today, Nena’s Design creates dresses for all occasions and offers alteration services.


When Judy Lauber mentioned to her husband that she wanted to start her own cleaning business, he cautioned: “You’ll have nothing but complaints.” Now, 25 years later, Upstairs/Downstairs Custom Cleaning Service cleans dozens of Woodbury homes and small businesses.


For those missing the holiday essential baker gene, Woodbury’s mom and pop bakery offers a homey and comforting solution.

Jumbo shrimp cocktail from Danny's Bar & Grill.

This time of year, you’re doing a lot of serious eating. The holidays will do that to you. So when you go out this month, you might not have room in your belly for a tall stack of buttermilk pancakes, a full-on steak dinner or a stroll down the all-you-can-eat buffet line.

Woodbury resident Heather O'Malley at her shop, Thistle in St. Paul's Milton Square.

When you ask local set designer and store owner Heather O’Malley about her profession over the past years, she would liken herself to a Christmas elf, readying shopping malls and other locales for the holiday season.

Student Erena Belai with her Project GO pillow partner, Barbara Towler, at Newport Elementary School.

Once a week from October through May, Project GO volunteers help third grade students turn a t-shirt into a pillow. Students learn how to do three stitches and complete a simple project. But it’s not really about the pillow.

Naomi Baird

Name: Naomi Baird
Bar: The Tavern Grill
When to visit her: Weekdays during happy hour (3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close)