Marilyn's Boutique is full of unique, fun gifts for most anyone on your gift-giving list. We have beautiful clothing that we purchase in small quantity. Our store is a great stop to just clear your mind of your busy day and laugh out loud at our funny items displayed throughout. Meet your girlfriends here!
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.
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.
Founded by doctor of homeopathy and antioxidant guru Rick Nappi, Mogo Organics is an online purveyor of food supplements concocted from all-natural ingredients to help time-strapped health-seekers strengthen their bodies, inside and out. The supplements are 100% organic and eschew common allergens such as corn, wheat, yeast, eggs, MSG, genetically modified substances, and homework. One scoop of Red Surge packs in 10–15 servings of antioxidants while encouraging weight loss by boosting energy, balancing blood sugar, and reducing hunger pangs ($39.95). Veggie snubbers can snap up Mogo G+F, which makes Popeye feel foolish by furnishing physiques with the power of 10–13 servings of greens in a single scoop ($39.95). Mogo Kids contains a blend of multivitamins and 20 different amino acids to bolster growing bodies, and a cellular energy complex to keep young minds sharp ($27.95).
In the 1880s, Matt M?llner crafted his own wine and whiskey with his brother-in-law in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Nearly a century-and-a-half later, his descendants carry on the tradition more than an ocean away at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery. The Millner family oversees every facet of their business. Father Don is the CEO, while mother Mary handles the gardening and decor. Jon, their son, cultivates the vines, mashes the grapes, and ferments the wine. His wife Annamaria, a Hungarian-born winemaker and agricultural engineer, not only helps him, but also oversees just a little bit of everything else.
The family's European and Minnesotan heritage comes through in how they blend modern equipment with traditional wine-making techniques, using eight varieties of grapes grown on their nine acres of land beneath their nine acres of sky. In 2013, their craft caught the attention of a judging panel, who named Millner Heritage's 2012 Little Iza wine the state's best and bestowed upon it the Minnesota's Governor's Cup. Though winery tours peek into the award-winning processes, guests can also sample the end product in guided tastings. Currently the Millner's produce more than a dozen Austrian and Hungarian Style wines, ranging from Dry whites and reds to semi-sweet ros? to dessert wines, sparkling wines, and ports.
Perched atop the highest point of Woodland Township, the Woodland Hill Winery spans six and a half of Minnesota's most verdant acres. The intimate winery produces unique, small-batch wines under the direction of owners Mike and Katie Dickerman. This couple does everything, from picking the grapes and fermenting them to running the tasting room and organizing events. They host daily wine tastings with pairings of chocolate and cheese. They even stock an olive oil and bread bar, since a regular bar probably seemed a little redundant.
A mural occupies the corner of the tasting room, fooling the eye with a painted passageway that heads back to an old world-style wine cellar. But the physical surroundings prove much more cozy and modern, with cafe-style tables and a sleek, wood-accented bar. This is the setting for frequent special events, such as September's Fondue Fridays or October's Ladies Night Out, which features wine tastings, karaoke, and an extensive list of craft vendors.