Eat & Drink

Favorite locally sourced restaurant
Birchwood Cafe

"Good real food" for everyone - that's the promise of this Minneapolis neighborhood staple that uses local, sustainable, organic and fair-trade ingredients for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Take recipes home in the new "The Birchwood Café Cookbook." Also new is Birchwood BOOST!, a collaboration with community nonprofits that explores issues like climate change, healthful living and social justice.
You also connect with the food producer at the Bachelor Farmer, Bartmann Family Restaurants' Tiny Diner and the French Meadow Bakery & Café.

Favorite local place for ice cream
Izzy's Ice Cream Café

Award-winning Izzy's and its trademarked "Izzy Scoop" - an extra plop on top - tempt ice-cream lovers with over 150 rotating flavors, from Lemon Basil Sorbet to Summit Oatmeal Stout. The innovative Flavor Up! system alerts you when your favorite flavor is available. And share the love: You can ship an Izzy's sampler anywhere in the U.S. in a custom insulated box.
You also melt at the sight of the Grand Ole Creamery, the Pumphouse Creamery and Sebastian Joe's.

Favorite women-friendly wine shop
The Little Wine Shoppe

Don't let the Little Wine Shoppe's tiny storefront fool you. Tucked away in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood's Milton Square complex, the Little Wine Shoppe offers a wide selection of well-curated wine, local beer and spirits in all price ranges, plus friendly, personalized service. Regular special events and frequent wine tastings are fun - and educational!
You also shop for your Chardonnay and capture your Cabs at Haskell's, North Loop Wine & Spirits and Surdyk's.

Favorite farmers market
Minneapolis Farmers Market

With construction going full steam on the Nicollet Mall, you'll see that the Thursday downtown market (May to October) has moved its selection of food, plants, fruits and vegetables to the Hennepin County Government Center's south plaza this year. Walk over or hop on the light-rail Blue or Green Line. More than 230 vendors use the landmark red-roofed stalls at the Lyndale Avenue N. market.
St. Paul Farmers' Market
Here's where you'll spot everything from A (apples) to Z (zucchini), and it's all locally grown. It's even easier now to travel to Lowertown with special rates for parking, the light-rail Green Line and downloadable passes for free bus rides on Saturdays. Not crazy about driving downtown? Then visit one of more than a dozen satellite markets around the Twin Cities.
You also pinch the peppers at the Midtown Farmers Market, the Mill City Farmers Market and the Northeast Farmers Market.

Favorite women-friendly brewery
Urban Growler Brewing Co.

You flock to the St. Paul taproom and patio of Minnesota's first woman-owned and brewed microbrewery to sample a handcrafted brew such as CowBell Cream Ale or the flagship Big Boot Rye India Pale Ale, then pair it with Chef Paul Suhreptz's "goes with beer" menu items. Take home a refillable growler full of the brew that catches your fancy.
You also taste-test sample flights at Bang Brewing, the Fulton Brewery Co., Indeed Brewing Co. and Surly Brewing Co.

Favorite co-op or green grocer
Mississippi Market

Now offering a new third store in St. Paul's historic Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, Mississippi Market has expanded its Co+op Basics program of everyday low prices on staples like milk, meat and cereal. Other savings programs to make healthful eating affordable include rotating weekly "Fresh Deals."

Seward Community Co-op
Seward's Friendship Store and Co-op Creamery Café have opened to rave reviews. Through the need-based Nourish discount program, you can learn basic from-scratch cooking skills, while new color-coded signs identify produce as certified organic, nonorganic or somewhere in-between. Listen for live music some Saturdays.
You also opt for organic produce at Hampden Park Co-op, Lakewinds Natural Foods and the Wedge Community Co-op.

Buy Local

Favorite local, independent place to get your new specs
Spectacle Shoppe

Whether you march to the beat of a different drummer or are the button-down type, the Spectacle Shoppe's four stores carry a huge selection of 12,000 frames. That means there's something for everyone. Diva? Check. Nerd? Check. Young professional? Check. Bohemian? Check. Your time is valuable, so you appreciate the same-day service with lenses made on-site.
You also browse with your eyes wide open at iware on second, Specs Appeal and Specs Optical.

Favorite local, independent bookstore
Magers and Quinn Booksellers

The Twin Cities' largest independent bookstore goes by the motto: "A bounty of the world's best books assembled by biblioholic booksellers." How true! You poke your head in when you're in the Uptown neighborhood in search of new, used, out-of-print and collectible books on pretty much any topic, or for an author reading or book release.
Micawber's Books
Named after Charles Dickens' fictional Mr. Micawber, this fixture in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood moved a few doors down to the inner courtyard of the Milton Square complex this year. You'll find the same cheery staff offering personalized service and special orders among the selection of fiction, nonfiction, Minnesota and children's books, plus author events.
You also put on your reading glasses in Boneshaker Books, Common Good Books and the Red Balloon Bookshop.

Favorite local, independent gift shop
The Bibelot Shops

Congratulations to the Bibelot Shops this milestone year - they were established 50 years ago at the original Como Avenue store. Now at three other locations, you'll discover the right item for whomever it is you're shopping for - whether it's clothing and jewelry, home décor, books and paper products, children's gifts, or Minnesota art and novelties.
You also put a lot of thought into gifts you choose at CorAzoN, I Like You and Regla De Oro.

Favorite local, independent clothing store
Primp Boutique

Now in seven Twin Cities neighborhoods, stylish Primp stays true to its "cheap, chic, boutique" slogan with an ever-changing, limited supply of clothing, shoes and accessories priced under $100. Now you can make an appointment with a stylist for even more personalized service. To catch good deals before they're gone, follow Primp on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.
You also treat yourself to a new outfit at the Bibelot Shops, Evereve (formerly Hot Mama) and Poppy.

Favorite local, independent consignment or thrift store
Elite Repeat

When you want to save some hard-earned cash on designer labels like Chico's, Coach, Lululemon or Eileen Fisher, you head to this St. Paul neighborhood consignment shop - especially for the seasonal clearance sales. If you're selling like-new, clean and up-to-date items from your wardrobe, be sure to make an appointment.
You also rummage through the racks at b. (resale shop) and Nu Look Consignment Apparel.

Going Places

Favorite women-friendly travel agent or service
Como Rose Travel

Where do you want to go? Como Rose will put together your vacation - to a hotspot or a place less traveled - or your business trip. Another specialty is helping you plan a group trip for your book club or gal pals. You can book air, hotel, ship, car and tour reservations all in one spot. Bon voyage!
Value Travel Inc. also sends you jetting off to tropical or exotic locales.

Favorite women-friendly bike shop
Erik's Bike Shop

Are you a cruiser? Road racer? Fat-tire aficionado? Erik's 12 metro locations have all types of women's models, including folding and electric bikes, as well as clothing and gear. You notice Erik's welcoming and friendly atmosphere and attention to getting the size of your new bike right.
Freewheel
If you didn't already love Freewheel, here's another reason: its Freewheel Mobile repair service comes to you - with pickup and delivery - so you don't have to haul your bike. And online scheduling makes fitting tune-ups into your schedule a snap. Or stop at the shops on Minneapolis' West Bank and on the Midtown Greenway, and in Eden Prairie.
You also spin the pedals at Cycles for Change, the Hub Bike Co-op, and Penn Cycle and Fitness.

Favorite resort for a girlfriends' road trip
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

You smile as soon as you glimpse the landmark red log structure perched above Lake Superior's scenic North Shore. You can take advantage of the resort's special "girlfriend getaway" package, with massage, breakfast, dinner and more. Or plan your own adventures such as skiing and snowshoeing in winter or hiking and sea kayak tours in summer. There are getaways available for quilters and scrapbookers, too.
You also bask in fun and friendship at Bluefin Bay and Cove Point Lodge.

Favorite women-friendly car repair shop
Burnsville Toyota

It doesn't matter if you bought your car at this dealer - the dependable Toyota Service Center is a whiz at everything from oil changes to brakes to batteries to tires. You enjoy the free shuttle service (or early drop-off and late pickup), as well as kids' playroom, free snacks and beverages, and Wi-Fi while you wait.
Autopia Bloomington and Lloyd's Automotive also keep your SUV or minivan humming.

Favorite women-friendly bed and breakfast
Mrs. B's Historic Lanesboro Inn

When you escape to this bucolic town on the Root River to bicycle, visit the theater or art galleries, or simply unplug, you return to Mrs. B's. The new owners of the nine-room, 1872 inn offer an organic menu with gluten-free and allergy-free options. Be sure to visit the Zen and herb gardens - a certified wildlife habitat.
You also wake refreshed and relaxed at the Grey Oak Guest House, the Maiden Rock Inn, the St. Croix River Inn Bed and Breakfast, and the Stone Mill Hotel and Suites.

On the Home Front

Favorite gardening shop
Mother Earth Gardens

The heart of Mother Earth Gardens - with two neighborhood locations in south and Northeast Minneapolis - is its mission to "choose plants and products that have been grown, produced and delivered in a sustainable manner," including vegetables, flowers and even mushrooms. Off-season, you can take seminars on topics like "Designing and Planning for Pollinators" or "No Dig Gardening."
You also peruse the perennials at Bachman's, Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply and Leitner's Garden Center.

Favorite women-friendly plumber
St. Paul Pipeworks

Is your toilet or faucet running? Worried about your water heater? Wondering if you should repair that pipe or just replace it? For these, or for projects as large as a whole-house inspection, you trust local, independent Pipeworks, run by second-generation master plumber Charlie Avoles. Better yet, they try to do most repairs the same day.
Suzie B's Plumbing
In 2010, master plumber Suzanne Boyer opened this woman-owned and operated business in Minneapolis, which prides itself on listening to its customers. You call Suzie B's for projects ranging from tub and shower services to garbage disposals to professional drain cleaning, as well as for installing appliances, such as getting it right with a new gas stove.
You also applaud the plumbing pros at Weld & Sons Plumbing.

Favorite women-friendly home repair service
HomeSmart from Xcel Energy

You rest assured that your washer will wash and your dryer will dry when you have an appliance repair or maintenance plan from HomeSmart for as little as $14.95 a month. The customized plans incur no costs for labor or parts, and help is only a phone call away 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Perry's Appliance Repair, LLC
Family-owned and operated in St. Paul since 1954, Perry's vows to "under-promise and over-deliver" by fixing it right the first time. Their loyal customers spread the word about their services. You also call Perry's for authorized warranty work on lines such as Bosch, Thermador and Fisher & Paykel.

Favorite home remodeler for your kitchen
Castle Building & Remodeling

Whether you want those dark 1970s cabinets freshened up with a makeover or it's time to strip your space down to the studs and create an open plan, you choose perennial favorite Castle for its team approach, professional communications, and guaranteed upfront pricing and completion date. Watch for the fourth annual home tour in October.
Sylvestre Remodeling & Design, TreHus Architects + Interior Designers + Builders, and Wonderwoman Construction also deliver your dream kitchens.

Favorite female architect
Kell Architect(s)

Second-generation architect-owner Meghan Kell Cornell provides you with "experience, creativity, honesty and spirit" in her thoughtful, lasting designs. You appreciate that she works "to find harmony between old and new ... for homes of all vintages," from a cherry kitchen in an early 1900s St. Paul house to a 1940s Sears catalog home remodel to a contemporary fairy-tale cottage.
You also noodle over floor plans with Sarah Nettleton Architects and Laurel Ulland Architecture.


Healthy Directions

Favorite women-friendly clinic
HealthPartners

You choose this comprehensive, nonprofit clinic system - led by CEO Mary Brainerd since 2002 - for everything from pregnancy care with midwives and OB/GYNs to breast health with the latest digital mammography (and everything in between). They are the largest consumer-governed nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Same-day visits are often available, but if you can't get to the clinic, use the CareLine or Virtuwell.
You also prefer the Allina Health System; Family Tree Clinic; and Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota for all of your preventive care.

Favorite home health care services
Mary T. Inc.

Winner of the 2015 Minnesota Business Ethics Award, Mary T. Inc. offers home health services to help your loved one remain independent and safe, thanks to a team of nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and home health aides. As a caregiver, you especially appreciate the respite care, along with skilled nursing, homemakers and live-in care. And there is a real Mary T. who is recognized as a leading Minnesota businesswoman and humanitarian.
You also feel confident of the TLC provided by Home Instead Senior Care, MVNA/Hospice of the Twin Cities and Right at Home.

Favorite elder housing
Episcopal Homes

"We're more than a place to live. We're a place to embrace life," enthuses Episcopal Homes of Minnesota. You have options on the sprawling St. Paul campus, from independent living to assisted living to memory care and long-term care, with its innovative household model that feels more like home.
Lyngblomsten Care Center
When it's time for your favorite elder to downsize, you choose independent and assisted-living options from among subsidized or market-rate rentals near Como Park or the Superior Street cottages near West 7th Street. Lyngblomsten, celebrating 110 years of service, also offers a full range of long-term and memory care.
You also will sense the dignity and personal attention at Nokomis Square Cooperative and Presbyterian Homes & Services.

Favorite holistic health practitioner
Crocus Hill Health Center

You know you'll receive integrated, personalized care at Crocus Hill Health Center on Grand Avenue whenever you seek treatment for sports- or work-related injuries, or if you need help with women's health issues, pain management, nutrition, stress management and more. Services include acupuncture, gentle chiropractic, massage and lifestyle counseling.
You also nurture your mind and body at Enlightened Mama, LLC; Healing Touch With Cheryl Salter; Dr. Kim Lane of Wellness Lane, LLC; and Southpoint Community Acupuncture.

Favorite female dentist
Joan Jakubas, D.D.S.

Year after year, you recommend Dr. Joan Jakubas for - as her website puts it - being "relentless in delivering quality dental care." You turn to her for preventative and general dentistry for kids and adults, implants, Invisalign clear braces - even tooth whitening. New patients are welcome, especially anxious ones.
Adele Della Torre, D.D.S., ADT Dental; Dr. Ann Norrlander, D.D.S.; and Joan Sheppard, Plaza Dental, PA, also (gently) remind you to brush and floss.

Life Transitions

Favorite female family law attorney
Gloria E. Bogen, Dudley & Smith, PA

Gloria Bogen has represented over 1,000 clients in her 30 years of practicing family law throughout Minnesota. You ask her counsel for issues of divorce - with or without minor children - paternity, custody, annulment and more, and recognize her skills as a litigator and negotiator. You also admire that she served low-income clients for 15 years in Washington County.
Melissa J. Houghtaling
You count on Melissa Houghtaling - now in her solo Houghtaling Family Law Office - for her help around divorce and separation, child custody, property division and estate planning, especially for nontraditional families. She was a "Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40" nationally, spent six years on the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association board, is a mediator and teaches at Hamline University.
Carla Kjellberg
You call Carla Kjellberg for a free consultation, especially in an abuse situation, then retain her because, as she says, "you can trust that I will tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear." With nearly 30 years of experience, she is also a mediator and works hard to settle cases quickly.

Favorite female real estate agent
Emma Faris

You tell all of your friends about Emma Faris of the Emma Faris Group with RE/MAX. Faris, who says she was "born to be a Realtor," is known for her "different and better" approach of providing exceptional service. "She was knowledgeable, prompt, and provided expert guidance and reassurance," reads one of many testimonials.
Amy Ruzick, Kay T. Johnson & Keith Taylor
This RE/MAX team with 25 years' combined real estate experience knows "there's no place like home" when they take you down the "Yellow Brick Road." You endorse their support for the communities in which their buyers and sellers live, which translates into sponsorships, volunteering and promoting nonprofits such as OutFront Minnesota, Clean Water Action and Habitat for Humanity.
You also put down your earnest money with Emily Green of Sandy Green Realty, Emily Sherman of Edina Realty and Nancy Walker-Piela of Coldwell Banker Burnet.

Favorite venue for weddings
Como Park's Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Who can resist the dazzling sights and delightful scents of the Como Park conservatory's 101-year-old Sunken Garden for your once-in-a-lifetime ceremony? The elegant venue's seasonal floral shows - such as this summer's theme of purple and silver/white - provide a colorful backdrop for formal photos, while the facility's on-site planners and caterers help you coordinate all the details.
You also start out your lives together at the Nicollet Island Inn and at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Favorite resource for new moms
Minneapolis Public Schools Early Childhood and Family Education Programs
You enroll your child starting from birth in these weekly, affordable classes that are designed "to enhance the ability of all parents ... to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth." New moms stay with their babies for playtime and parenting discussions or for classes such as "New Parent Connection/Infant Massage" at eight sites.
You also bond with newborn Oliver or Olivia at Amma Parenting Center, Blooma and the Mother Baby Center.

Favorite female financial planner
Ruth Hayden

You gain financial confidence with Ruth Hayden, an educator, author and speaker who for 30 years has challenged women to take control of our money lives. You sign up for consulting or for her classes, such as "Women and Money," read her books such as "How To Turn Your Money Life Around" or catch her on the radio.

Catherine Holtzclaw and Becky Krieger also help you make sense of your hard-earned dollars.

Just for Fun

Favorite women-friendly bar

Bryant Lake Bowl
Hmm, what shall it be? Pop into Bryant Lake Bowl for an after-work or a late-night happy hour: afternoons, it's $1 off beverages, including local craft beers and spirits, and $4-7 appetizers; late night, it's $1 off beverages and $2 bowling on the old-school lanes. Then add a meal or a cabaret piece in the 85-seat theater.
You also raise your glass in "cheers!" at the Happy Gnome, Urban Growler Brewing Co. and W.A. Frost.

Favorite art festival
Powderhorn Art Fair

You can't help but be drawn to picturesque Powderhorn Park surrounding an urban lake in south Minneapolis for this juried art fair celebrating regional and national artists as well as the local community. This year's 25th annual event is scheduled for Aug. 6-7. Proceeds help pay for park programs such as a pottery studio and theater arts.
You also happen upon one-of-a-kind creations at Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis, Art on the Lake in Excelsior and the Minnesota Women's Art Festival.

Favorite independent art materials or craft store
Wet Paint Artists' Materials & Framing

Have you caught the adult coloring bug? Check out the selection, along with pens and pencils, at the renovated and expanded Wet Paint on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, which now carries over 40,000 fine art, craft and framing supplies. If you're an art student at one of several local colleges, you can pick up your professor's kit here, too.
You also express your creative inner you with supplies from ArtStart/ArtScraps, Crafty Planet and the Yarnery.

Favorite theater company
The Guthrie Theater

This award-winning theater's 2015-16 season, marking the directorial debut of Joseph Haj, winds up with the classics "Harvey" and "South Pacific" on the 1,100-seat Wurtele Thrust Stage, one of three stages in the shiny, blue complex built above the Mississippi River in 2006. Or perhaps you have the breathtaking "Endless Bridge" toward the river on your bucket list?
Park Square Theatre
This is your theater of choice for its intimate setting in downtown St. Paul's historic Hamm Building, as well as its contemporary programming with local, Actors Equity talent. You say "bravo" to the addition of the 200-seat thrust stage beyond the main 350-seat proscenium stage. Via an education program, more than 32,000 students a year see weekday performances.
Theatre Unbound
Founded in the Twin Cities in 1999, Theatre Unbound addresses the startling gender gap in drama production by offering thought-provoking new and classic works by women directors, women actors and women playwrights under artistic director Stacey Poirier. Notably, Theatre Unbound has produced three all-female Shakespeare plays: "The Tempest," "Julius Caesar" (an Ivey Award winner) and "Hamlet."

Kids

Favorite summer camp for kids
YMCA Twin Cities

Year after year you provide your youngsters ages 4 to 18 an opportunity to grow - mentally, physically and spiritually - and make discoveries at YMCA day, overnight and wilderness camps. Look at all the choices - from traditional activities to horse camp in Rosemount to sailing camp on the St. Croix River to canoeing in Canada.
You also pack a backpack for the Bell Museum, Korean Culture Camp, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Youth Performance Company.

Favorite local, independent toy store
Creative Kidstuff

If you're in the western suburbs, you can now find Creative Kidstuff at Ridgedale, joining six other spots around the Twin Cities. The store "believes in the power of play," and you can browse the full line of educational and developmental toys, games, puzzles, books, arts and crafts supplies, products from Lego and Playmobil, and more - to stir your young one's imagination.
Mischief
If your "kids" are teens or young adults, run - don't walk - to this Grand Avenue store for games, anime, comics, jewelry, Magic the Gathering events and more. The husband-and-wife owners, who previously ran Peapods Natural Toys and Baby Care, implore family members to "put down the phone and connect with each other. ... Even grownups need toys to play with!"
You also let your imagination run wild at Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers.

Favorite organization supporting strong girls
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Today's Girl Scouts stand for a lot more than cookies - "it's about being a good citizen and going the extra mile." River Valleys scouts work together on skill-building, leadership and service projects in the community, along with attending summer camp and any of dozens of special events, such as science, technology, engineering and math activities.
She Rock She Rock, Girls Rock and Roll Retreat; the YWCA of Minneapolis, downtown branch; and the YWCA St. Paul also draw your admiration for the work they do.

In Our Communities

Favorite women-friendly spiritual community
Spirit United Church

You are drawn to Spirit United's healing and transforming services, with their interfaith vision "of peace, love and justice for all" embracing "the unifying principles of all ... paths that demonstrate love, compassion and unity." This year's theme is "Living Our Spirituality Through Presence, Practice and Play."
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
As a seeker, you explore and develop your spiritual practice with this ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Wisdom Ways offers you an array of programs, from meditation to presentations, from writing projects to art exhibits and from labyrinth walks to retreats and more.

Favorite women-led environmental organization
Honor the Earth, Winona LaDuke

Executive director Winona LaDuke leads this Native American environmental initiative that provides support and funding on social and political issues. Key efforts include campaigns around climate change, fracking, mining and pipelines, as well as working to return tribes to land-based economics.
Women's Environmental Institute at Amador Hill (WEI)
You heartily support WEI's mission to bring together "agricultural, food and environmental justice" through its farming projects, classes and workshops, as well as its community-supported agriculture (CSA) operation. You may even have enjoyed the hospitality of WEI's Eco-Retreat Center on its farm campus near North Branch, Minn.

Favorite female activist
Nekima Levy-Pounds, Black Lives Matter

You've seen her in the news as a spokesperson for the local Black Lives Matter movement and as president of the NAACP's Minneapolis chapter. The civil rights attorney and St. Thomas law professor also produces the "Real Talk" podcast on topics like "White Privilege and Institutional Racism." You also salute Lauren Beecham of womenwinning, Sharon Day of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Amy Freeman of Freemans Explore and Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth for their determination and courage.

Favorite peace and justice organization
Black Lives Matter and Nekima Levy-Pounds

Outspoken University of St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk. You admire her tenacity, leadership and willingness to be arrested during high-profile Black Lives Matter protests at the Mall of America and after the police killing of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis.
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
You honor the passionate, grass-roots activists in WAMM for tirelessly striving for social justice and change through their weekly vigils - such as anti-war gatherings on the Lake Street bridge on Wednesdays and a vigil for Palestine on Summit Avenue in St. Paul on Fridays - and efforts such as the Ground All Drones Committee.
The Advocates for Human Rights, the American Refugee Committee and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers also speak for you.

Strong Voices for Women

Favorite Minnesota politician who stands up for women's rights
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

You marvel at how Amy Klobuchar - two-thirds of the way through her second term - still reaches across the aisle to pass measures supporting families and women, garnering a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro Choice America and Planned Parenthood, and the endorsement of the Feminist Majority. With her new memoir, "The Senator Next Door," folks rightly ask: What's next?
You're also proud of the work of state Rep. Karen Clark, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, state Rep. Erin Murphy and state Rep. Dave Pinto.

Favorite role model for women in business
Kim Bartmann

You look up to Kim Bartmann as - as she puts it - the "instigator" of several popular restaurants, such as Red Stag, Barbette and Tiny Diner, and a proponent of sustainability and local food. One of this James Beard semifinalist's most recent projects is helping to launch Kyatchi, a new sushi restaurant in south Minneapolis that focuses on sustainable fish and seafood.
Dr. Jennifer Blair of St. Francis Animal and Bird Hospital, Roxanne "Roxy" Freese of the Bibelot Shops, Julie Kearns of Junket and Kerry Sarnoski of Fusion Hill are also entrepreneurs you'd like to emulate.

Favorite role model for women in health care
Dr. Patricia Walker, HealthPartners

You are inspired by Dr. Patricia Walker's longtime leadership in refugee and immigrant medicine. She has been medical director of the nationally recognized HealthPartners Center for International Health for nearly three decades. Her dedication shines through in her writings, her research, her clinical practice and her teaching at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she also helps lead the Global Health Pathway.
You also hold Catherine Bendel, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital; Ann McIntosh, M.D., McIntoshMD LLC; Julie Rice, RN, NP, Park Nicollet; and Deborah Thorpe, M.D., Park Nicollet, in the highest regard.

Favorite role model for women in sports
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

All-Star basketball player Maya Moore, only five years into her pro career, has led the Lynx to three WNBA championships while collecting a roomful of trophies. Off the court, she hosts the Maya Moore Academy basketball and leadership camp at Target Center, leads a Faith and Family night program and encourages early readers through the United Way.
You also cheer for cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, the Minnesota Women's Soccer League and tennis pro Serena Williams.

Favorite role model for women in education
Mary Mackbee, St. Paul Central High School

Presiding over St. Paul Central since 1993 has earned Mary Mackbee many "principal of the year" awards, but her highest distinction may be the respect she is accorded by students, parents and school staff. Over the decades, she has not only fostered the school's academic and performing arts achievements, but is praised for her calm leadership during difficult incidents.
You also give good grades to Barbara Holmes, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities; Nekima Levy-Pounds, University of St. Thomas; Fayneese Miller, president of Hamline University; and Paula Wolf, North House Folk School.

Learning All the Time
Favorite women-friendly graduate program
St. Catherine University

You embark on your advanced degree or certificate in business, health, education, social work and more at the flexible and affordable St. Kate's, where the vision is "to be a dynamic, globally influential Graduate College that inspires and prepares scholars for leadership and service." A new mostly online master's in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equities will launch this summer.
You also march toward your master's at Hamline University's Graduate School of Liberal Studies and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Favorite place for girls to learn about science, technology, engineering or math
Science Museum of Minnesota

Girls from preschool through age 16 can satisfy their scientific curiosity in summer camp offerings such as "Space Adventures," "Be a Paleontologist," "Calling All Marine Biologists," or the popular "Camp Curie" and "SciGirls Camp." Classes are offered during school breaks as well. The hands-on, one-day "Girls, Science and Technology" event introduces girls to guest women scientists.
You also light up at the Bakken Library and Museum and St. Catherine University.

Favorite career or life coach
Marcia Hyatt

You reach out to certified leadership and life coach Marcia Hyatt to help "bring out your best self" through custom coaching, leadership development and retreats at her "A Room of One's Own." In her coaching, she uses creative reflection, mindfulness and conversation as well as deepening questions to help you become calmer and more focused.
Elizabeth Dickinson of Pursue Your Path; Dr. Kim Bartels of Genuine Impact Consulting; and Laurie Mattila also help you uncover your passions and purpose.

Favorite fitness instructor
CorePower Yoga

CorePower turns up the heat - literally, raising the temperature in the studio - for its music-powered classes aimed at all levels of experience that build your core and fine-tune your mind. Conveniently offered at about a dozen locations across the Twin Cities metro.
Kelly Lewis, Roseville Community Education
You set your heart a-pounding and muscles a-toning in Kelly Lewis' dance-cardio Jazzercise classes, including Dance Mixx and Jazzercise Strength 60, at the Fairview Community Center on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. Sign up for a series, or drop in for just $5.
SweatShop Health Club
St. Paul's SweatShop specializes in Stott® Pilates, general fitness (such as cardio, weights or yoga) and 25-minute workouts (such as strength, kettlebell, core or cardio) that you can more easily fit into your schedule. Other programs include a running team and workout parties.

Taking Care of Business

Favorite place to get a business loan
Sunrise Banks

You like forming a relationship with the business lenders at family-owned Sunrise Banks, a preferred Small Business Association (SBA) lender with local decision-making to expedite the process. Sunrise offers fixed and variable rates for commercial real estate, as well as a business line of credit or equipment loans and leases. Sunrise is a certified B Corp with a commitment to positive community impact.
Wells Fargo
The nation's No. 1 Small Business Association (SBA) lender can help you move your business forward with one of two SBA term loans, or explore a Wells Fargo BusinessLoan® term loan or equipment loan. In addition, a Wells Fargo business line of credit can help you manage cash flow.
You also invest in your business' future with BankCherokee and Venture Bank.

Favorite place for personal banking
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

You value this 80-year-old, nonprofit institution with nearly 30 locations statewide that puts its money where its mouth is: putting people before profits. After becoming a member, you can take advantage of low-fee checking accounts; low-interest-rate or rewards credit cards, and even reloadable prepaid cards. You appreciate the attractive rates on home and auto loans, as well.
Sunrise Banks and U.S. Bank also help you keep your checking account balanced.

Favorite resource for running a business
WomenVenture

If you catch the entrepreneurial bug, check out WomenVenture. They have been helping women create and grow small businesses for nearly 40 years through informational sessions, classes, guidance for business plans, clinics, networking and social media seminars. Need cash to get going? WomenVenture is a Small Business Administration (SBA) lender and offers educational resources through its Women's Business Center.
You also gain support for your business through the Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance (MetroIBA), Minneapolis SCORE and the Twin Cities Quorum.

Favorite female insurance agent
Davina M. Baldwin, State Farm Insurance
You consult Davina M. Baldwin in Brooklyn Park for auto, home, renters, life and health insurance, and banking products. One customer posted: "What I most appreciated was her honesty and integrity in giving me an upfront quote that fit my situation."
Kimberly A. Nybo, State Farm Insurance
Kimberly A. Nybo's State Farm agency in Columbia Heights specializes in auto, home, life and health insurance, plus vehicle loans and new and refinanced home mortgages. And her office is a go-to place if you speak Laotian, Spanish or Thai.
You also secure your homes and cars with Dawn Bartell Agency, American Family Insurance; Joan Roisum, State Farm Insurance; and Deb Streeter, Farmers Insurance Group.

Favorite female accountant
Karen Coon, Romer & Co.

When you're ready to deep six doing your own form 1040, you turn to Karen Coon's certified public accountant practice to prepare your taxes. Then, whether you are an individual or have a small business, you can come back after April 15 for planning, bookkeeping and accounting services.
You also take your shoebox full of receipts to Phyllis Burdette, Burdette & Associates, LLC; Karen R. Palm, CPA; and Bonnie Russ at Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen & Russ, PA.

Animal Friends

Favorite animal hospital or veterinarian
St. Francis Animal and Bird Hospital

You bring your dogs or cats or birds or ferrets to St. Francis in Roseville for immunizations, parasite prevention, surgery, dentistry and help with hospice care - because of the relationships you've developed. Now you'll find an additional clinic for integrative pet care, such as acupuncture, massage and chiropractic, and new screenings are offered for tick-borne diseases.
You also depend on the devoted doctors at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center, PA; Midway Animal Hospital, and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Favorite place to board your pet
Dog Days

When you leave town - for a day or for a longer stay - you entrust your bulldog or poodle or pug to the dog lovers at Dog Days' three St. Paul facilities. Your pooch is assigned to a play area by size and temperament, so they'll fit right in. Watch for photos on Facebook, especially if it's your pet's "barkday."
You also trust the pet-sitters at Minnehaha Animal Hospital; PetSmart PetsHotel of Roseville, and Stone Mountain Pet Lodge.

Favorite place for pet gifts
Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet

You select gifts for that special Fido or Fifi in the store, or you can order a themed gift box online - with free delivery. A new cat box, for example, comes with a food scoop, four toys, a bag of treats and more, while a dog birthday box includes toys, a cookie and a birthday pie treat.
You also pamper your puppies and kitties at Bone Adventure, It's a Pet's Life and Minnehaha Animal Hospital.