Best of the Twin Cities 2012: People

2012’s movers of note, Q&A with “Best News Anchor” Frank Vascellaro, and a shout out to hands on creatives.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  People

Hands On

A little shout-out to old-school artisans and new-school do-it-yourselfers

DIYers

BEST BUTCHERY CLASS

The Whole Hog
Mike Phillips’s class at Kitchen in the Market usually sells out right as it’s posted, because having the local king of charcuterie teach you how to break down a whole hog is higher education, indeed. 920 E. Lake St., Ste. 107, Mpls., 612-568-5486, kitcheninthemarket.com

BEST PICKLING SECRET

Menards
You can go to the fancy kitchen store for classes and books, but for supplies no one beats Menards on value for Ball jars, funnels, and beginner kits. Remember, a jar is a jar. 16 metro locations including 6800 Wayzata Blvd., Mpls., 763-541-9300, menards.com

BEST HOME CHEESE-MAKING HERO

Cedar Summit Milk or Cream
Beyond mastering your cheesecloth technique for kitchen ricotta or the right pull for your own mozzarella, the thing that turns cheese makers into cheese masters is the quality of the base. 25830 Drexel Ave., New Prague, 952-758-6886, cedarsummit.com

BEST HOME BREW SHOP

Northern Brewer
With locations in both towns, this place is like a clubhouse for beer nerds. 6021 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-843-4444, northernbrewer.com

BEST CITY FARM STORE

Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
It’s the coolest weed ’n’ feed by a parking meter. 1771 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-645-0818, eggplantsupply.com

Artisans

BEST WOODWORKER

Willie Willette
We keep spying gorgeous custom, modern furniture in homes on photo shoots, and so often the incredible pieces are tied to this clever guy. Willie Willette Works, 3338 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-333-3022, williewilletteworks.com

BEST WALLPAPER HANGER

Kurt Peterson
This guy is proof that wallpaper is here to stay. He’s constantly busy with huge designer projects and little bitty rooms. If you need a pro, Peterson’s your man. 651-485-1806

BEST RENOVATING STAR

Nicole Curtis
The single mom and star of HGTV-DIY’s Rehab Addict tackles some of the grittiest projects in town, salvaging historic properties and bringing them back to life. The community—and her (nearly) 20,000 Facebook fans—thank her. nicolecurtisdesign.com

BEST REGIONAL DESIGN

Forage Modern Workshop
This quirky newbie is winning indie hearts with its mission to bring together Midwest designers, builders, and artists. Find furniture, accents, and plenty of local love. 4023 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-886-3603, foragemodernworkshop.com

BEST ACCESSORIES DESIGNERS

Jennifer Wight and Julie Driscoll
We started seeing their darling Belle Vache leather bags and cuff bracelets a couple of years ago. Then they added Furbellish, a wide-ranging line of recycled fur products including luxe Christmas stockings, footstools, cell phone cases, and vintage jewelry. This year they also opened Crowned Cottage, an occasional shop in New Market. And, oh yeah, they do decorative and faux painting. No wonder they call themselves My Sister & I, Inc. mysisterandiinc.com
Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  Eat + Drink

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Eat + Drink

From pizza to pancakes, here’s our top food face-offs in old-school versus new school eats. Plus, the best food trend that’s here to stay and the best kids meals in town.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  Shop + Style

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Dream Closet

These shops can make your fashion wishes come true.

Best of the Twin Cities: Old School/New School

We paired old school standbys against new school favorites, from best men’s store to best hip hang out.

Kickin’ It Old-School

The best places to indulge in the 70’s trends that are all the rage again.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Uptown Overhaul

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Uptown Overhaul

The ever-hip old neighborhood feels shiny and new again thanks to a movie theater revamp, additional shops, and, as always, great places to hang out.

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