Holiday Gift Guide

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Written by Scott Brue

Check out these specials from Rochester area businesses.

The following businesses have also contributed special gifts for Rochester Women magazine readers. Register to win free gifts while you are shopping. 


A winner will be announced each day Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 15. Watch


Amy Lantz, Realty Executives Top Results!
521 N Broadway Ave #1 
507-281-9922, 507-254-8844

$1,000 off closing costs when purchasing or selling a home with Amy Lantz, Realty Executives Top Results! Expires April 1, 2019


Art on the Go, Traveling Canvas Painting Classes

Save $5 OFF your painting when you host a private painting party or attend any public event. Register at Promo RWM5 Expires 1/31/19


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 West 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317
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Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro MN 55949
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Chateau De Chic 
104 N Broadway Ave, Spring Valley, MN 55975


Cold Stone Creamery
2650 S Broadway Ave

Free Pre Packed Ice Cream Quart with the purchase of any Signature Cake


Wellness Advocate, Diane Gray, Your essential oil educator


FREE 5ml bottle of Wild Orange essential oil
when you schedule your individualized essential oil consultation.


602 7th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Register to win a holiday gift basket with any purchase.


Gerri Lynn - Studio3 Sola Salons South
4530 Maine Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904

$20 Holiday Bonus for every $100 purchased online in Gift Cards. Go to to purchase. Fill out the form to receive the secret code! Valid January-March 2019.


Hair studio 52 
2300 Superior Dr NW #3, Rochester, MN 55901

Give your loved one a gift of relaxation and beauty! Nine amazing gift packages available from $57-$189.


Inner Balance Massage, Anna Holland
1751 US-52, Rochester, MN 55901

Free 30 minute massage with purchase of a 60 minute massage. Offering Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and condition specific massages.


Megawatt Video Game Party
Bryan Wattier, Coordinator of Fun, MegaWatt Entertainment, LLC
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$25 off a weekday party (M-TH), Code: RW_Megawatt25


Optavia Certified 
Health and Wellness Coach, Kyra Bell
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$25 gift to new clients


4325 Maine Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Buy a $200 gift certificate get $20 Bonus card. Buy $300 get $25 Bonus card. Buy $500 get $30 bonus card and 5 free unit's of Botox


ReVitalight Therapy & Skincare
Crossroads Center 1201 S. Broadway Suite 42 Rochester, MN 55904

30 days UNLIMITED Red-light Therapy valued at $79.88


Roca Climbing & Fitness
6071 Rome Circle NW Rochester, MN 55901

20% off the purchase of any punch card (eligible on any Climbing or Yoga class punch cards)


Terra Loco
1190 16th St SW #150, Rochester, MN 55902

$20 off your purchase of $100 or more. Now through 1/15/19. Some exclusions apply, only one per customer.  


320 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55901


Tips N Toes Salon
2950 41st St NW 
90 14th St SW 
507-529-9999, 507-281-1412
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$15 gift card with the purchase of $100 gift card


1217 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902

FREE juice or smoothie with purchase of a $50 gift card in store



Gift Giving: Share Gifts, Make Memories and Shop Local

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson Photography by Fagan Studios

What does gift giving mean to you? Do you enjoy giving of yourself, your time and your talents, or do you prefer purchasing gifts to wrap with a big red bow and put under the tree? Gift giving shows someone that you value them and who they are. 

The gifts we give are a reflection of what makes us feel loved. According to Gary Chapman, author of “The 5 Love Languages,” there are five main ways that people speak and understand emotional love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. For a good relationship, it is important for the giver to know how the receiver feels loved, what speaks to them.     


Do you knit, garden, write or sing? No matter your talent, you can probably share that with a friend or two or the whole community. It’s fun to take a class to learn a new skill and then share your result. There are art classes, music, cooking and canning classes through community education, specialty shops or learning centers that you can take or give the class fee and supplies as a gift for any age. 



Spring Cleansing with Ballerina Botanicals

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Written by Michaelene Karlen

Every day, this time of year, all of our social media feeds fill up with tips for spring cleaning, time to detox and better yet…get your body ready for summer. This can all be very overwhelming. I know, I always feel the pressure. 

One thing I can always count on to help me relax and feel refreshed is a good facial with organic essential oils. Essential oils are fragrant, concentrated essences from botanical life that provide the body with many healing properties. They work wonders on your skin. My friends are always complimenting my clear skin, so I tell them all about my spring cleansing routine. 


The reason you should be doing this is because the winter months and seasonal changes do a number to your skin, leaving it dry, dull and damaged. Harsh central heating, dry air, sudden temperature changes and hot showers all wreak havoc on your skin. 



“I love fashion myself. Me, my mom and my sister—it’s our hobby. Picking out things that are beautiful on any figure, that compliments their attitude,” Jessica Pearson, co-owner of Flowers by Jerry Lux Boutique. “We’ve noticed the latest trends arrive later to the midwest, so we’re bringing them here when we see them. Ankle boots are the latest trend. We also see more western style boots in fashion.”


“People want boots that are warm but attractive. SOREL does a great job combining fashion meets function. They’re perfect for our climate,” says Angela Lowther employee at Tyrol Ski & Sports. SOREL boots can handle temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. They range in price from $160-$220 at Tyrol Ski & Sports. 


“We’re the largest dealer for Dankso in all of Minnesota. The quality of a Dankso boot will last a long time. They’re comfortable and you can stand in them all day,” explains Netta Putzier, owner of Rochester Feed & Country Store. 



Make a Fashion Statement: NIGHT

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson, Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography











Girls Day Downtown: Getting Made Up at Urban Sanctuary

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson, Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography



Make a Fashion Statement: At the local coffee shop or brewery

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson, Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography



Daring TRANSFORMATIONS: Looks that Walk the Line

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Written by By Grace Murray, Photography By Fagan Studios

An Edgy Professional

Rue Wiegand isn’t afraid of a little color. And for those who know her, her fiery highlights match her determined personality and eye for design. Rue worked as a design director for many years on RochesterWomen magazine. While pursuing further education, she worked full time as a project management scheduler/EPM administrator for Mayo Clinic, as well as keeping up with her family. This year, Rue earned two master’s degrees in management and project management from St. Mary’s University. 

Even with Mayo’s strict dress code, Rue thinks her colorful highlights can still be professional. And while the color may fade over time, Rue’s vibrant personality will not.



Christmas Slugs

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Written by Lizzi Clobes



It doesn’t matter how old I get; going home for Christmas still gets me excited for family traditions and rituals—the gifts, the food, the decorations…and of course, those wonderful Christmas memories your siblings bring up at the dinner table every year. You know the ones: They either make you nearly spit out your drink, hysterically laughing to the point of tears or crawl under the table in shame. (Why don’t families forget anything?)




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Written by Marlene Petersen


FOR THE FOODIE 1. Hand-crafted by the first official brewery in Rochester since the Prohibition, a growler from Kinney Creek Brewery is ideal for beer enthusiasts. $20 ($12 to fill, $8 container deposit),, 282-2739 2. Surprise your favorite chef—or holiday hostess—with a decadent artisan cheese board from ZZest Market & Cafe. Starting at $65 (individually priced gourmet cheeses also available),, 424-0080. 3. Smoked on-site in small batches, homemade hams, smoked turkeys and smoked salmon from Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe are perfect for meat-loving foodies or holiday gatherings, (pricing varies),, 282-5908.


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