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 – GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING
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?)
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), kinneycreekbrewery.com, 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), zzestmarket.com, 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), yeoldebutchershoppe.com, 282-5908.
The upside of aging: We’re more comfortable in the skin we’re in! The downside: Our skin begins to look lived in. If you’re looking to do a little remodeling or just put some pep in your step, check out these products and services that strive to smooth away the years we’ve weathered.
Three sisters’ creativity draws hundreds to their annual market
Shoppers who appreciate the energy required to transform an old, discarded item into something new and interesting will thoroughly enjoy the Vintage Treasures Market in Fountain, Minn., June 13–15. Now in its fifth year, the market draws people from across the area, all searching for The Item that will become a conversation piece.
Reuse, recycle, refresh your wardrobe at local consignment stores
Printed scarf, Size it Up, $8
Pebbled-leather purse, Size it Up, $12
Shopping consignment not only saves you money, it helps protect the earth by offering gently used clothing instead of depleting materials and energy to manufacture and ship new ones. Plus, the clothes are gorgeous.
Do you find buying gems confusing? Check out these tips from Certified Gemologist Appraiser Barbara Hight-Randall.
Our staff’s picks for gifts made and sold locally.
1. Hand-carved child’s spinning top by Rochester artist David Dunn, SEMVA Art Gallery, www.SEMVA.com, 281-4920.
2. Organic, gourmet cupcakes homemade in Winona by Mon Petit Cupcake, www.monpetitcupcake.com, 358-8504; also sold in Rochester at Chocolaterie Stam, Shops at University Square.