Shops & Business

Although Interior Impressions' Amy Leferink graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in marketing and finance, her heart found a home in interior design years before.

Coffee drinkers, bagel lovers and devoted consumers of morning treats are probably excited about the new Bruegger’s Bagels that just opened last week at 437 Commerce Drive in Woodbury.

Give Jim Reckinger two choices: a sandy white beach in Mexico or a landscape of crunchy snow with below-freezing temperatures and a bitter wind chill, he’d always choose the latter. Well, at least during Nordic skiing season.

From a young age, Jamie Heiser dreamed about being in the bridal industry. During college, her sister, Kayla Heiser, developed a passion for marketing. Their mother, Jody Heiser, longed to get back to working within fashion.

Tumble, twist, swing and vault: When was the last time your typical day included one of these verbs? For one Woodbury family, the sport of gymnastics, and the movement and artistry that come with it, is not only work and play, but also a major passion.

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.

Alivia Penman

Load your shopping bags with originality this holiday season with gifts from some of Woodbury’s newest stores. Your family and friends will be thrilled to receive a thoughtful gift from one of these hot shops around town.

Bill Spencer leads a reading lesson with Caleb Sheehan and Sarah Kershner at Bailey Elementary School.

Volunteers dedicate time and talent to ensuring the academic success of future generations.

Virginia and Arlan Tietel.

Virginias everywhere know there is a Santa Claus, thanks to Virginia O’Hanlon’s famous letter to the New York Sun in 1897.