Some of the most amazing and successful products on the market today were invented by accident, and that applies to Ben VandenWymelenberg, founder of WOODCHUCK USA. It all started while he was a student at The U. He invented something that saved his iPhone. What he didn’t anticipate was the reaction from friends over that simple accessory. That reaction drove Ben into a business that creates beautifully designed wood products hand-crafted in Minneapolis. Today Ben takes you through Woodchuck USA’s history. From the innovative way they got their product into a college bookstore, to why their run at Target almost put them out of business. Find out the exact moment changed the course of their business, and how that moment turned Woodchuck from a business that sells wood products, into a business that has literally changed the environment through each sale by connecting people with nature.
Warning: Language used in today’s podcast may not be suitable for all audiences.
For a decade Nick Lundquist was a project manager at a large corporate bank. But then something happened. He began to feel like the work of his team went underappreciated. “My team and I did great work. We saved the company a lot of money.” He found it frustrating to go from one project to the next without feeling the benefits of the solutions they created. That’s when he realized it was time to branch out on his own, to create, problem solve and ultimately feel the results of his work – good or bad.
Nick was becoming an entrepreneur, and he took that passion and applied it to a true niche in the fitness industry. A dedicated athlete himself, Nick opened Tooth X Nail, selling hard-to-find, high end athletic apparel for cross functional fitness, weight lifting and yoga.
In this episode you’ll hear more about Nick’s decision to go out on his own, what it felt like those first few days after leaving his corporate gig, why brick-n-mortar has a place in our digital world and how his products are unique.
Welcome to the world of Nick Lundquist and Tooth X Nail on episode 56 of the Edina SW Minneapolis Advice Givers (r) Podcast!
- If you really need 20% down to finance a second home
- The 3 most important things when considering a second home
- The one thing you need before considering renting your 2nd home
- And more
The Village in Waterville, MN, comes from the desire for one successful Twin Cities lender to return a favor she received years ago. Carrie Guarrero lived it. 22 years ago she was a single mom with little money for food. Her kids needed to eat, so she turned to a food shelf for help. She was grateful for the food, but will never forget how she was treated as she asked for help. 22 years later, Carrie and her husband have opened The Village, a place for community events and celebration, but more importantly, a safe, non judgmental place for a free meal. Learn about how it all started and get inspired by the impact one couple has made on an entire city. This episode is especially important for all of us who pack every hour of our day with business and family obligations. Sometimes we need to step back and think about our legacy. This is Carrie’s…
How did a birthday gift bloom into Edina’s First Brewery? Today brothers James and Sean Ewen share the story of how a 21st birthday beer brewing kit sparked not only a passion for the art of beer, but the drive to turn it into Wooden Hill Brewing Company, Edina’s first brewery.
On this episode you’ll discover
- Why the brothers chose their location
- How they want to take beer brewing education to another level
- Why their food is nothing you’ll find anywhere in the area
Cheers to episode 50 of the Edina-SW Minneapolis Advice Givers Podcast!
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- More about the Sakatah Challenge, and why it’s important
- Special VA Loan option for injured veterans
- Why you need a second opinion on your VA Loan
- Carrie’s plea to sellers
Picture framing can be an after thought, something secondary to the art being displayed, but to Cara Callahan at Callahan Framing on 44th street in Edina, it’s an art form in itself. Framing not only compliments and protects the art, proper framing blends the piece seamlessly into its surroundings. Cara is an expert framer, and she treats everything, from rare art worth thousands of dollars, to the picture your child brings home from kindergarten, with museum-quality care. In this episode, you’ll learn the secrets to proper framing, the one question you should always ask a framer before trusting them with your treasure, and how photographers and artists have boosted their reputation and bottom line by teaming up with Callahan Framing.
What is cryotherapy? It’s the secret weapon for professional athletes in the Twin Cities. In fact, it’s where athletes on all levels go to freeze away their pain. Halo Cryotherapy just celebrated their one-year anniversary in Edina and today you’ll learn about what cryotherapy is, what it’s for, and exactly what you’ll feel once you climb into a Cryospa from Halo Cryotherapy’s Jack Younggren.
Sonja Tengdin was a bond trader and busy mother of two before venturing into the world of dog poo in 2001. Finding it impossible to convince the kids to pick up after their dogs (without getting paid), she stumbled on an idea. An idea that was popular where she grew up in California, but not here. So she took a chance, and ScoopyPoo DoggyDoo Pickup was born. She has a great sense of humor, but even though she jokes about the task ScoopyPoo performs, she isn’t shy about saying that it’s a serious business with a serious future. She reveals all to Tim Murphy in this episode of Advice Givers (r).
As we close out 2017 and the first year of the Edina-SW Minneapolis Advice Givers Podcast, we want to thank each and every guest that agreed to be on our podcast. Here’s a special holiday message from Advice Giver’s (r) host Tim Murphy.
Artist: Nicolai Heidlas
Title: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Swing/Jazz Version
Tim Murphy sits across from Edina Historical Society Executive Director Jennifer Adam to talk about this city’s significant history, and how they are stepping outside of the museum to teach it. From camps, tours and exhibits, to sledding hills and hot chocolate, this museum has found new energy. Listen to the exciting project they’re in the middle of now, and plans for the future, as well.
Tim Murphy is inside Westgate Pet Clinic for a chat with Dr. Teresa Hershey. She’ll walk through the fascinating history of Westgate, history that goes back to the Civil War! Plus, you’ll learn about the most important qualities in a good veterinarian, how to take care of older pets, and the effectiveness of acupuncture on pets. It’s pet that dates back to the late 1800’s. There’s a passion for animals that is deep and caring, and you’ll hear why in episode 31 of Advice Givers (r).
To learn more about Dr. Hershey and Westgate Pet Clinic, head here
Open your eyes to a new kind of treatment. Tim Murphy sits down with mountain climber, comedy producer, author, and accupuncturist Mats Sexton. He’s the Pindoctor giving those suffering from pain much needed relief, and those with Macular Degeneration a clearer view of life. Mats is one of the few acupuncturist that treats Macular Degeneration, giving people that have lost all hope a chance to reclaim their freedom. He has some amazing success stories, and a plea for any ophthalmologist willing to take him up on the offer. It is all in this episode of Advice Givers (r).
To learn more about the Pindoctor, head here
The Pindoctor is located at 3511 W 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, or you can call Mats at (952) 922-2141
Tim Murphy sits down with the famous Minnesota Lice Lady, Gonne Asser to talk about head lice and the unnecessary stress it brings to the family. In this episode you’ll learn how Lice is actually transmitted, how to deal with it at home, when you need a professional, and why lice does NOT mean your life is out of control. Not only will you walk away from this interview an instant expert on lice, but you’ll also hear how a woman, who never considered herself an entrepreneur, now runs two successful locations and looking to expand.
Gonne has two locations:
Edina: 3940 Sunnyside Rd Edina, MN 55424
Apple Valley: 7630 145th St W, Ste 202 Apple Valley, MN 55124
Gear Running Store is the oldest running store in the Twin Cities. Owner Paul Horan has continued Gear’s great tradition of helping runners of all skill levels achieve their goals with quality shoes and running accessories. Gear Running Store has continued to build an avid following of devoted runners which has allowed them to stay open for more than 30 years. What’s the secret? Trust and friendship. Learn more in today’s episode of Advice Givers (R).
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- What Dave regrets the most when it comes to his “Famous Dave’s” chain (he hates the word “chain,” btw)
- Why his son went to Edina High School every morning smelling like barbecue sauce
- What he’s looking for in young leaders
- How he’s reaching out to help the leaders of tomorrow
Host Tim Murphy and producer Dave Lawson record episode 26 on a bench along 50th & France to reflect on the first 25 episodes of Advice Givers (r). The laughs, the inspiration, and the struggles that are common to all of the entrepreneurs and problem solvers that have appeared on the show. From Kimberly Senn’s Whales and Mary Younggren’s dedication to service, to the truly inspiring story of Dmitry Ivanovs, a man who moved to Edina knowing only few words of English, and worked his way into the American Dream by owning his own custom furniture shop. And then, near the end of the show Dave and Tim will share an exciting announcement about the future of Advice Givers (r). Something you don’t want to miss!
Lou Nanne is a Minnesota legend — not only in hockey, but business. Today he shares the secrets to his entrepreneurial spirit, from the incredible hockey contract (he negotiated) for its day with the North Stars, to how he moved from hockey into the business world. Plus, the future of Lou Nanne’s American Grill is exciting, too! He is funny, endearing, and inspiring. Welcome to Ep 25.
- The true determination of quality for any business
- What role France 44 really plays in the community
- …and the best cheese maker in America is? Hint: It’s not too far from here!
- Where the meat they sell comes from and why that’s important
- And with a tidal wave of discount wine stores, why, France 44 continues to grow a passionate and loyal customer base
Enjoy episode 24 of the Edina-SW Minneapolis Advice Givers Podcast.
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When Annie Corbin and Kate Applebaum met in gymnastics as 6th graders, there wasn’t much talk of owning a bridal boutique on 50th and France. But that’s all they could talk about after reconnecting years later. After a decade of experience in marketing and bridal fashion, the two combined their strengths and opened Annika Bridal in Edina. Annika Bridal is a boutique that turns the necessity of finding a wedding dress into a unique and elegant experience. These former gymnasts cater to the unique tastes of Minnesota brides. Listen to their story on the latest edition of Advice Givers (r).
Victoria McNamara, owner of Victoria Dance Productions, came to Edina 24 years ago with some fire in her belly! She had one goal: To be the best dance instructor in Edina. Period. She wanted to win dance competitions both locally and beyond. She wanted to be known as the best. But along the way she learned some valuable lessons about dance, kids and life. Hear how her focus has changed, when it changed, and what brings her the most joy in life today. Victoria Dance Productions is not your ordinary dance school. Yes, your kids, from any skill level, will learn how to dance, but they will also learn what it means to be part of a team, and what it means to be a mentor. Learn about Victoria’s journey, her dance school, her students, her outreach and even a former student who is now on Broadway! It’s all in this edition of the Edina-SW Minneapolis Advice Givers Podcast (R)!
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