Shops & Business

I fought many battles with my mom while shopping for back-to-school clothes as a kid. She insisted I try on the clothes in the fitting room before she would fish out her checkbook; I had an aversion to those brightly lit stalls, and avoided them even at the expense of her irritation.

Have you ever been part of a holiday food drive? Maybe you donated some noodles or cans of soup, or helped stock the shelves at a local food pantry. During the winter holidays, food shelves experience a surge of giving.

The hottest beauty trend this season is eyelash extensions. “Eyelash extensions are the new little black dress,” says Cindy Severns, aesthetician at Simonson’s Salon and Spa.

Minnesota mid-winter days are anything but cheery: Between white snow and gray skies, the outdoor environment is void of color. Luckily, Plymouth florists are ready to help.

When a school or sports program needs funding, students and their parents are often recruited to traipse through neighborhoods selling a product door-to-door, a burden to both time-strapped families and solicitation-weary neighbors.

Arts educator Julia Zimmerman dreams of one day opening a storefront art studio where people with disabilities can drop in and create art. A portion of the space would be used to exhibit and sell the items created by students.

December is all about giving, which makes it a great time to consider a gift to a local charity. We’ve picked five local 501(c)3 charities that are doing great things in Plymouth.

The next time you’re enjoying a city park, attending a high school hockey game or networking at a community event, be sure to thank a volunteer.

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Yesterday, I learned to color my own hair.

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