Shops & Business

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.

From 1985-1987, Maple Grove resident Dave Looney opened four Davlins (a combination of his name with wife Linda’s) stores in the Twin Cities, selling fine crafted gifts made of wood. Business boomed, but Looney wanted to expand beyond selling woodwork.

Daphne shows off her partial coloring that makes her resemble a panda bear.

After seven years of pet-grooming experience, Jordan Perri opened her own Woodbury pet salon, Dog Spaw, earlier this year.

The social media and mobile landscape is growing faster than ever: 67 percent of adults currently use social networking sites, according to a December 2012 Pew Internet report.