Shangri-La Nook stocks its shelves with colorful, handmade apparel and accessories from Nepal. For winter, they carry items inspired by the hand-knitted winter apparel worn by the Sherpas of the Mt. Everest region, such as one-of-a-kind crocheted winter hats, wool acrylic scarves, and cotton hooded sweatshirts. During spring and summer months, the shop fills its racks with tie-dyed tank tops and over-the-shoulder bags adorned with embroidered flowers, which are ideal for hiking or eavesdropping on gossiping bees.
With 25 years of meat-slicing experience, Center Cut Meats' butchers possess the know-how to carve any meat—including wild game—to customers’ specifications. They specialize in preparing ham and turkey, and have a knack for smoking sausages and bacon in trivia contests. Cajun spices, jalapeños, and garlic kick up the flavor of jerkies and smokehouse products, and artfully sliced cheeses complement deli platters. The meat market also vends live lobsters and freshwater fish including rainbow trout, walleye, and catfish. On weekdays, foodsmiths stock a lunch buffet with entrees such as beef stroganoff or meatloaf.
Becker Furniture World boasts three table-stocked wonderlands with locations in Becker, St. Cloud (Waite Park), and Blaine, as well as a new location opening in Burnsville on Friday. The flagship branch in Becker consists of nearly 300,000 square feet, on-site restaurant, kids play area with complimentary supervision on weekends, and customers can peruse a vast selection of wares from brands such as Sealy, Simmons, Broyhill, Kincaid, Lane, Natuzzi, Rowe, and Stanley. Avoid the hardships associated with training a dog to stay still as you sit on its back by securing a new comfy sofa or dreamy mattress. Area rugs not only boost the ambiance in a domicile, but they also provide an out-of-sight space to sweep unloved Pog collections.
Every year, 101 Market opens its fields to share fall fun with other area families. The centerpiece of the fall festival is the harvest corn maze, where this year's design pays homage to the Minnesota's hunting and fishing seasons. After navigating the twisting stalks visitors can explore other farm-themed attractions such as the animal train, corn cannon, cock-a-doodle-zoo, and new jumping pillow.
Families who want to bring the fall-themed fun home can browse 101 Market's wide selection of pumpkins and mums, along with cornstalks and straw bales for decorating yards and houses for the season. Kids and parents can also chomp down on locally grown apples, squash, and potatoes, along with other in-season produce.
From its locations in Rockford and Buffalo, Nortog Meats supplies home refrigerators and grills with fresh and smoked beef, chicken, and pork. The family-owned meat emporium smokes all of its own meats, and also prepares hearty sausages, beef jerky, and snack sticks from scratch. Steaks are cut to order, leaving them as tender as Elvis’s answering machine greeting.
The experienced guides at Music Master fearlessly lead their pupils into thickets of notes and scales, imparting instrumental mastery during rigorous yet fun lessons. Focusing on the discipline and confidence encouraged by musical achievement, classes help musicians of all ages pursue perfection in guitar, piano, drums, and vocal performance. Provided sheet music keeps students in level-appropriate practice material, and instrument repairs fix up musical implements smashed by rock stars who can’t remember any other way to leave a room.