December 2015 Woodbury Magazine

In the December issue catch up with KSTP-TV's Emily Engberg as she shares her passion for travel, take advantage of our 25 under $25 holiday gift ideas and warm up with sandwiches, pitas and wraps from local eateries.

Rita Gilliam has loved photography since she was a small child. She purchased her first DSLR camera six years ago, hoping to gain the skills to take her daughter’s senior pictures (which she did).


There are good cold sandwiches, there’s no denying it. But when you pit them against the ones kissed by grills, fryers and red-hot coils, is there really any competition?


Woodbury’s first preschool, Woodbury Preschool, celebrated 50 years of serving families in the community at a special event at Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church.


Woodbury Community Theatre is ready for the holidays and will soon transform the Loft Stage into a Miracle on 34th Street.


Don’t be ashamed if you aren’t familiar with the EcoWater Systems building in Woodbury. It’s only been there for almost 50 years.


TV reporter Emily Engberg admits she splits her loyalties between her hometown Iowa Hawkeyes and her beloved alma mater Arizona State Sun Devils.


December is a wonderful time to consider making a gift to a local nonprofit. Here are five local 501(c)(3) organizations that are doing great things in Woodbury.

The Gift of Play


Keeping on budget for the holidays can be tough, so we’ve made a list of 25 local gifts, big and small, under $25.



It may sound strange, but the Dunn Brothers Coffee (Dunn Bros) on City Walk Drive was born out of a love for cheesecake. Owners Mark and Angela Spoto moved to Woodbury from New England in 1991, and Mark brought along his passion for desserts.


Want a break with your sweetheart from the cold, snowy months to a warm destination? Sheree Powers, owner of Travel by Nelson, is busy making travel arrangements for couples looking for a unique vacation.


The holidays are finally here. Don’t have time for all the holiday baking? Consider stopping by Jerry’s Foods, Kowalski’s Market and Dorothy Ann Bakery for this delicious trio of holiday dessert ideas.

Traditional Holiday Croquembouche


Bob Steigauf (right) volunteered at Fishing Has No Boundaries, an event for people with disabilities on the Chippewa Flowage in Hayward, Wis., with local news in hand.


Central Park is hosting the Driver Improvement Program, sponsored by the city of Woodbury and coordinated by the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center of St. Cloud State University.


Pomegranate Designs offers professional expertise when it comes to home design and also expertise for decorating your home for the season, including your holiday table.


The outdoor recreational skating rink at Bielenberg Sports Center (BSC) is a hot spot in town in the winter.