March is Minnesota Food Share Month – a good time to make a donation to the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) food shelf. On their website, you will find all sorts of information about donating, including a list of the Top Ten Needed Items for the food shelf. The top three are tuna/other canned meat, peanut butter and jelly and canned fruit. Check out the rest of the list and other donation ideas at stepslp.org.
I visited local photographer Bob Wolfe at his home on a dark afternoon in early winter. As soon as I stepped into the foyer I felt woozy with enchantment. Roaring fire, gem-toned oriental carpets, glowing wood floors, Sharon Isbin on the stereo . . . and then: Sonny Boy. Sonny Boy is a 15-year-old white miniature poodle and he wasn’t feeling well that night. He’d suffered an accident the previous week and was in a medicated daze (there’s nothing so cute as a stoned-to-the-gills animal).
February is flying by and there are only a few more days left to vote in our “Best of St. Louis Park” readers’ choice competition. We are asking you to let us know some of your favorite people and places in The Park – from bakery to bank teller; from non-profit organization to local shop and everything in between.
When I interviewed author and artist Jodi Hills for the story on Tristan Publishing, she started by saying she believes co-founders Brett and Sheila Waldman “may be the nicest people on the planet,” and I laughed because that’s exactly what I thought.
Everyone has those days when they just can’t face the kitchen and opt to pick up a delicious take-out meal to enjoy with the family OR on the couch with the latest episode of Downton Abbey. So, what’s your go-to take-out spot in St. Louis Park? Who is the local bank teller who greets you warmly at the drive-thru or counter? Do you have a favorite place to shop for a gift for that hard-to-please sister/friend/mother?
Over the weekend, I was watching a local television station and the news anchors were talking about various photos submitted during the snow “event” we experienced. By my count, the majority of the beautiful images were sent in by St. Louis Park residents, so kudos to all of you for getting out there and capturing the splendor of the wintry weekend.
There is yet another member of the alumni class at St. Louis Park High School who is making the school proud. Earlier this week, it was announced that Marc Trestman, who graduated in 1974, was named as the head coach of the Chicago Bears. Even the proudest Viking fan in the SLP community will likely be keeping their eyes on “da Bears” next season to watch this homegrown coach in action.
Advertising agencies are front and center in the public consciousness these days, what with the success of Mad Men. But unless they stashed the scotch and Marlboros before I arrived, Nemer Fieger was nothing like the dissolute and decadent fable that has captivated TV watchers worldwide.
We’re excited to announce the “Best of St. Louis Park” competition which encourages everyone in the community to vote for their favorite local people, places and events in a variety of categories. Here are just a few examples: Best Bakery, Best Happy Hour, Best Neighborhood, Best New Shop, Best Nonprofit/Charity Organization, Best Landscaper and many more. Check out the categories and details at www.slpmag.com and cast your ballot! Voting will close on February 28 and the winners will be revealed in our July issue.
I was recently honored to be a guest of the St. Louis Park Rotary Noon Club that meets every Monday at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel, where I was treated to a delicious lunch and given the opportunity to speak to members about St. Louis Park Magazine. Having never been to a Rotary Club meeting before, I was certainly impressed by the camaraderie and extraordinary spirit of volunteerism exhibited by this group.