December 2014

In the December issue of Woodbury Magazine you'll find the ultimate gift guide for the foodies on your list, stocking stuffers for pets, and where to find Woodbury's most comforting steaming bowls.

Following his retirement from customer service with Delta/Northwest Airlines, Steve Kobayashi has more time to spend walking the family pet, 12-year-old golden retriever Maddie. In the winter, the pair often head to nearby Eagle Valley Golf Course.


A good bowl of soup has the power to heal, comfort and fortify; in fact, every spoonful can heat a person’s very bones. There is a veritable kaleidoscope of soupy soul cures out there, from the classic to the exotic, and at this time of year we need all of those things in a big way.


Ebenezer Scrooge has become a staple of the holiday season, and Woodbury Community Theatre is bringing the iconic curmudgeon to the stage in a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol.


While the Woodbury Police Department is teeming with exceptional officers, there are three who stand out from the rest. It’s not their extraordinary loyalty, rigorous training or fearless nature that sets them apart; it’s their ability to run on four legs.


Food. Other than friends, family and general merriment, is there anything more synonymous with the holiday season than food? The short answer is no. Try to find a gathering in the coming weeks that isn’t centered around food. We bet you can’t do it.


Woodbury resident Bill Schafhauser, coach of the Hill-Murray School girls’ hockey team, has had a life-long love for the sport he coaches. The St. Paul native attended Hill-Murray himself, part of the class of 1980, and played on the varsity hockey team during his four years as a student there.


One of the busiest and most utilized roads in Woodbury was nothing more than a gravel thoroughfare just three decades ago. But one man’s vision, a 275-acre Christmas tree farm and five intrepid houses paved the way—literally—for a new road and a booming suburb. 


“I have always loved that word from Christmas cards and poetry,” says Sarah Olsen, owner of Merriment, a new home furnishings and accessory store that recently opened in Woodbury a few doors down from Woodbury Cafe in Tamarack Hills.


Mary Lehman has always loved to read. Ten years ago, while chatting with a friend, the Woodbury resident came across the idea of starting a book group.


Don’t forget to bring a little piece of Woodbury with you when you travel! Snap a shot of someone holding a copy of Woodbury Magazine for a future installment of Travel Log.


Rudolph won’t need to use his nose to guide Santa to this holiday event at Central Park. On Saturday, December 6, kids will have the opportunity to decorate sugar cookies shaped like seasonal items and construct their own holiday crafts that are perfect for hanging on the tree at home.


After worshipping at East Ridge High School for the past three years, Eagle Brook Church settled into its new location in September .


The city of Woodbury received national recognition as one of the Best Towns for Families from Family Circle Magazine. Criteria for the honor included affordable homes, quality schools, access to healthcare, green space, low crime rate and financial stability.


Don’t forget to bring a little piece of Woodbury with you when you travel. Snap a shot of someone holding a copy of Woodbury Magazine for a future installment of Travel Log.


There’s a whole lot of ice we’re not happy about: ice on our driveways, ice on our roads, ice hanging off our roofs. Outdoor skating is an opportunity to embrace the ice for a change, and maybe even have a little fun with it.


Since 1988, Wellington Management has helped develop Woodbury into a thriving community, friendly to local businesses.


As joyous as weddings are, there is no denying they are stressful. Choosing the perfect venue, food and dress can be a lot to handle. But when it comes to flowers for the big day, Bel Fiore has it covered.


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