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Many things in water are completely invisible: heavy metals, minerals, the ghosts of popped bubbles. The team at Water Doctors Water Treatment can test for those and other imperceptible contaminants. Then, technicians and engineers help get rid of them with water filtration system options. Depending on the client's needs, a reverse osmosis system or a large-tank water filtration system might be the best call.

8201 Central Ave NE
Spring Lake Park,
MN
US

For Andy and Rachel Lee of Art and Frame World, their framing projects don't end at two-dimensional objects. Photos surround a folded American flag to depict a beloved family member in his military years. A commemorative Minnesota Twins jersey hangs with sleeves folded to show off its decorative patches. A Stratocaster guitar, signed by Jon Bon Jovi and his band, floats on mounts next to a gold record and a ruby-encrusted 8-track tape. This attention to detail is also apparent in the business's traditional frame jobs, which ensconce photographs in intricate patterns. Conservation items such as acid-free matting and UV-protective glass ensure that prized artwork is kept safe from the elements.

10701 93rd Ave N
Maple Grove,
MN
US

The crackle of Fireside Hearth & Home's fireplaces have filled the soundscapes of households across the country for more than 60 years. Today, their well-stocked showrooms feature a variety of advanced gas, electric, and wood-burning models from top designers such as Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, and Heatilator. In addition to fireplaces and accessories, they offer a number of decorative surrounds and mantels built with stone, wood, or casted material to gussy up any new or existing hearth. At attractive display areas fashioned to look like natural household settings, attentive staffers stand by to answer any questions, offer installation guidelines, or share tips on repelling pesky Santas.

7937 Wedgwood Ln N
Maple Grove,
MN
US

Established: 2014

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Brands Used: Artist Loft canvases, paints, and brushes

Pro Tip: No experience is necessary.

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: Adults

Q&A with Shelley Miller, Artist/Instructor

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

There is no experience required. All the paintings are impressionist, so even being able to make a straight line is not necessary.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

Everyone will paint the same picture, but none will end up exactly the same. Everyone will have their own twist on how they put paint to canvas.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

This is a great way to share a date night, girls' night out, or bridal shower.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

The best part is looking at the other paintings and asking the painter how they got a flower to look just so, or how they made the water look like it's moving?the sharing of ideas and processes. Also, having a cocktail while painting lets the creative juices fly.

1805 Gladview Lane
Maple Plain,
MN
US

Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She?s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show?s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.

The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop?s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.

2205 Lowry Ave N
Minneapolis,
MN
US

With an eye for bold design, the staff at FinnStyle curates clothing, home décor, and other goods from Finnish designers including Marimekko, Iittala, and Artek. The online store and brick-and-mortar building house wares that have been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Dwell, and The Nest. Among the items, colorful bolts of Marimekko fabric await future occupations as curtains, pillow covers, or dresses, and Kalevala jewelry designs, modeled after archeological finds from the Iron Age, form bold statement pieces for the neck, ears, and wrists.

160 Glenwood Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US