Thursday, March 14, 2013
The hair studio for children is located at CityWalk.
Wild Child Hair is celebrating its five-year anniversary. Dan and Melissa Fink own the kid’s hair salon, located in Woodbury’s CityWalk development. Patch asked Melissa about the business—which will mark the occasion with discounted cuts and cupcakes on Saturday—and the milestone. Woodbury Patch: Tell us about the beginnings of Wild Child Hair. Melissa Fink: I had been cutting children's hair for eight years prior to moving to Woodbury. There was already a salon for children in Woodbury, but I felt there was a need for a second. The population was growing so fast with all the home building in progress. I wanted to open a child-friendly salon that also invited the whole family to have services done. Patch: What does the five-year mark mean …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The workout studio, solely dedicated to spinning classes, will open at 8160 Coller Way.
Torque Studio Cycle is set to open in Woodbury later this month. The exercise studio offers indoor cycling classes, “100 percent spin,” said partner Jason Kramer, who lives in Woodbury. It will open at 8160 Coller Way, near Great Harvest Bread Co. An open house is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Torque will offer a free first class for those interested. Torque Studio Cycle will open that weekend. On its approximately 2,000-square-foot studio floor there will be 40 stationary bicycles, and people will have the chance to reserve them in advance online, said Kramer, who enjoys competing in triathlons. The appeal of spin classes, he said, is “the music and being part of a team.” “Think of it like being in a pack in the Tour…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Cheers Pablo will open in Tamarack Village early next year.
Think it would be fun to have a glass of wine and do some painting with your friends? Cheers Pablo, a new art studio that will offer classes and events taught by local artists, is set to open in Woodbury’s Tamarack Village in early January 2013. The business will host corporate events, kids birthday parties and other functions in two rooms at the space, between Viking Blinds and LensCrafters at 8362 Tamarack Village, said CEO John Bedard, who lives in Woodbury. People can check the Cheers Pablo website to see its calendar of events and sign up for painting sessions, he said. It will be the first Cheers Pablo to open, Bedard said. “There is a real need for it in the community and we hope to inspire a lot of people,” he said. Bedard’s wife, …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The city saw a slew of new restaurants open, but the biggest empty building in town remains vacant.
Looking at the landscape of Woodbury business in 2011, it’s clear that new restaurants dominated the scene. Those of you looking for a new place to grab a bite saw plenty of options pop up, and the closure of one restaurant, Aperitif, drew plenty of attention as well. But the biggest vacant building in Woodbury remains vacant, despite some steam about a new development deal and the city’s efforts to get it occupied. In January, Wellington Management announced plans to redevelop the State Farm building, which the insurance giant shuttered in 2004. Plans called for it to be converted for multi-tenant use, and the construction of a new Costco and 200-unit senior-housing development on the campus. In addition, a second $50 million phase of the…
Monday, December 19, 2011
‘Stroller fitness program’ aimed at recent and expecting mothers.
Woodbury mothers, if you’re looking to get in shape after the New Year but don’t want to pay for daycare, there will soon a new option for you. The local Baby Boot Camp is set to open Jan. 25. Baby Boot Camp is a “stroller fitness program,” said Heather Hampton, owner of the Maplewood-Woodbury franchise, the first in Minnesota. The new business is aimed at stay-at-home moms who want to expand their workout to include circuit and strength training. And do it with their baby. “Everybody can go for a stroll,” said Hampton, who has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s in exercise physiology. “But that’s only so fun and you can only do so much with your workout.” Though the class is clearly geared toward recent and expecting mothers…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Pack & Mail is working to support the unit of Woodbury’s Joshua Hanson, a Marine stationed in Afghanistan.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Pack & Mail in Woodbury has had a lot of return visits from customers in recent days. But it isn’t because they got an address wrong or forgot to ship something. The store is collecting socks for the unit of a soldier from Woodbury stationed in Afghanistan. “Customers will come in, and I’ll tell them the story and a half and hour later they’re coming in and dropping off socks,” said Pack & Mail manger Kathleen Friendt. The idea for the initiative came after a Pioneer Press article about Woodbury Marine Joshua Hanson, 21, which Friendt printed off and stations copies of near the drop box. “I was just touched by the story,” she said. And, as Joshua Hanson told Pioneer Press columnist Ruben Rosario via email: “Socks are huge.” In Woodbury, …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Expert gives Woodbury Patch the scoop on the iconic evergreen.
If you’re looking to get a top tree this Christmas season, try the Frasier fir. “It is the Cadillac, for a lot of reasons,” said Clint Wolcyn, whose family owns a Christmas tree farm in Cambridge and has sold them in a lot at Woodbury’s Valley Creek Mall for the past two seasons. “The big thing is needle retention—it’s going to hold its needles until July,” he said. The lot offers four types of trees: balsam, Canaan and Frasier firs, and the white pine. (Some lots sell Scotch pine trees, but Wolcyn cautioned people not to buy them because their needles fall off quickly.) The balsam and Frasier firs are the most popular, but the latter is a bit more costly at $10 to $11 per foot, Wolcyn said. The Canaan is a tree that only came on the …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Man went from the doctor’s office to the liquor store... and no, his name’s not Walt.
Watson Fong, owner of Walt's Wine & Spirits, got into the liquor store business four years ago with the purchase of an existing store in Shoreview. Then, in 2010, the Woodbury resident opened a second shop in Oakdale, in the shopping center northeast of 10th Street and Helmo Avenue. He said his customers are sometimes surprised to learn the shop is named after a 4-year-old boy, a decision Fong made quickly when he decided his Shoreview liquor store needed to be re-branded. Patch: First off, who is Walt? Watson Fong: People thought it’s me because I’m always here, but it’s my son. I named it after my son Walter. He’s 4 years old. Patch: Do people call you Walt all the time? Fong: Yeah, I say, ‘Don’t worry.’ I don’t mind. As long as you’re …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Angel2Diva Woodbury opened Nov. 11 in the former Kissing 2 Lips flower shop on City Centre Drive.
Looking for something sparkly this season? Check out Angel2Diva Woodbury, a new clothing boutique that opened last month. “We’re known as ‘bling’ clothing,” said Patti Danner, who owns the store with her friend Kim Ballard. Danner and Ballard used to set up booths at fairs, rodeos and outdoor events, and they would often get requests to open a retail store. When a real estate agent showed them the space in the former Kissing 2 Lips Floral at 8320 City Centre Drive, they jumped at the chance. “It was perfect,” said Danner, who lives in Woodbury. “Plus the flower shop had the ‘two’ in it. That’s a sign, we need to come in here.” The store’s top product is L.A. Idol Jeans, Danner said, though there is a wide selection of other clothing and …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Caleb Brunz and his wife Stephanie have started five new companies in the past few years.
Woodbury businessman Caleb Brunz says he knows what ails the nation’s economy. “It’s our country’s fear,” he said. “That’s our problem—this perpetual fear cycle.” The 36-year-old has started five new companies in the past few years and now has a team of 14 people who in turn employ another 60 individuals collectively. Paradoxically, doing this during the so-called Great Recession is no huge feat, said Brunz. “People put all their faith in government and the economy in general,” he said. “When the recession hit, people didn’t have enough emotional fortitude in themselves. … There’s nothing to fear.” Brunz counts Paul Davis Emergency Services of Woodbury, Floor Coverings International, Paul Davis Restoration of Greater St. Paul, Radiant …