Ladies Night Out!

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

During the summer, every Monday night in downtown Rochester, there is a fun Zumba dance party event from 5:30-7 p.m. On the cover of this issue of Rochester Women magazine we feature the dancing queen of downtown Rochester, Sara Pennington, creator of Zumba on the Plaza.  Rochester Women magazine will be celebrating our 100th issue after Zumba on the Plaza at Terza Ristorante on Monday, July 10 from from 7-9 p.m. Come to Zumba on the Plaza that night to get a free drink ticket for Terza. Bring your friends for a fun ladies night out with Rochester Women magazine!

My friend Eliese Klennert-Nelson celebrates her birthday in July every year by renting a limousine to take her friends around Rochester for cocktails. We’ve been to some places that I probably would have never experienced unless I was with a group of friends, including Douglas Saloon & Social Club, Pine Island Sports Bar and Shar’s Country Palace Bar in southeast Rochester. Last summer Eliese was stalling on making the plans, so I encouraged her to make the limo reservations, and in less than a week we had a party planned. We all met at Whistle Binkies North and climbed into the stretch limousine that took us to Five West and ended up at La Vetta rooftop downtown (Women & Wine, page 25). I’ve learned over the years, in order to function properly, it’s important to drink as much water (page 22) as wine. 

To celebrate our 100th issue, I compiled a list of what Rochester Women magazine advertisers, contributors and readers are happy about, grateful for and celebrating in this issue of Rochester Women magazine (page 10). Please post on Facebook or tweet what you are happy about, grateful for and celebrating this summer and include #RochesterWomen in the post. 

With the Fourth of July holiday upon us, we feature women veterans (page 47) and some special events honoring them. We owe so much to our veterans for our freedom and protection. 

In our Girls Night Out column this issue, we feature women-owned businesses in Stewartville (page 50). We’ll be hosting a Ladies Night Out on the trolley to Stewartville on August 30. We hope you will join us on the trolley or down in Stewartville. Visit rochestermntours.com to sign up.

I hope you enjoy every moment this summer. Before we know it, school will be back in session, and the leaves will be changing colors. 


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We Are Happy, Grateful and Celebrating

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

This issue of Rochester Women magazine is our 100th issue. To celebrate, I am sharing some comments from contributors and friends of Rochester Women magazine. Please join our celebration by posting your happy thoughts on the Rochester Women magazine Facebook page this summer. Thank you! 


As a Master Gardener, Gayle Kall was featured on the cover of the second issue of Rochester Women magazine in 2000. Last summer, she posted a question on Facebook asking what good things happened in people’s lives that day. The posts flooded in. I recently asked her to post the question again. She asked, “What are you feeling grateful for, and/or what makes you happy?” Her friend Lori Mickelson responded, “Family and my faith.” Rochester Women magazine’s first editor, Kimberly Keebler Dresner, who now lives and teaches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, responded, “Old friends. Love you!” Many other friends responded with positive thoughts. Then Gayle posted all of the things she is happy about as follows: 



2017 Hair Trends: Colors and Cuts for Summer

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Written by Brittney Marschall

Hair reflects the identity of an individual through personality, creativity and beauty. Here is the latest scoop from three local salons on hair trends that will help you get your glow on for the summer. 



Amber Berry, owner of Aberry Hair at Sola Salon Studios is stocking up on toner because at the top of our trend list is blonding. Blonde is no longer a pale yellow; it has become a kaleidoscope of colors from warm to cool tones. On the cool side is platinum blonde, and summer is the perfect time to make the classic change. With the addition of pastel and gray undertones, and new trends like blorange (pretty peach tones added to blonde locks), there are options to achieve any look. 



Sara Pennington: Dancing Queen of Peace Plaza

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Written by Renee Berg; Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

If you’re energized by group fitness and love being outdoors, Zumba® on the Plaza is the thing for you. 

Back for its fifth summer, you can join Zumba on the Plaza on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. “It’s a fun workout,” says founder, Sara Pennington. “And it’s gotten bigger every year.”


The first year, Zumba on the Plaza was held during the lunch hour. A smattering of people attended, but many let Pennington know they’d prefer an evening session instead. The next year, Pennington changed things up by scheduling the class at 5:30 p.m., and that’s when it really took off.



I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman: Sarah Halverson

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Written by Jorrie Johnson; Photos by Tracey McGuire Photography

Sarah Halverson came across the I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman article in a prior Rochester Women magazine and thought it would be a fun. She loves to get dressed up, but she never had a makeover before. She says, “It was fun getting to chat with Katie Kirckof at BB Make-up. She did a great job!” 


Sarah was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her family moved to Pine Island when she was 8 years old. She lived there until she went to college. Now, she lives in Byron. 

There are four children in Sarah’s family of origin. She is the second oldest. Her family is spread across the country now.  “I have an older brother who lives in Cleveland, a younger brother who lives in town, a younger sister who lives in Salt Lake City, and my parents live in Maine. We go visit them when we can.” 



Get Comfortable in Your Skin: Reverse aging and scarring

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Written by By Trish Amundson

Walk down the skin care aisle at the store and you’ll find a multitude of over-the-counter products to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, treat acne, diminish wrinkles and age spots—and make you look younger every day. 

In your bathroom cabinet, many of these same products sit only partially used—with little or no results. When it comes to treating acne scars, age spots and more, it’s time to clean out the cabinet and turn to the professionals for a variety of specialty products and services that will help you achieve optimal results and be more comfortable being you.


According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne scars can become more noticeable with aging as the skin loses collagen. Multiple treatments to reverse or minimize acne scars are available, depending on the patient’s needs. 



H20: What do you know?

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Written by Emily Watkins; Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Water is the foundation of life. We could not exist without it. The most important of all nutrition, water makes up between 55–60 percent of our body composition. Different cells contain different amounts of water. For example, bone is about 22 percent water, and muscle is about 75 Percent water. 


Water has many important jobs. It dissolves and transports substances, catalyzes chemical reactions, lubricates tissues, regulates temperature and provides minerals. Without a good balance of fluids, we risk serious health issues and even death. 



Al Fresco Dining: From downtown patios to neighborhood hangouts

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Written by Nicole L. Czarnomski

Because summer is in full swing, we wanted to find the best places for you to hangout and enjoy the perfect summer sip. We found 11 restaurants with patio and rooftop seating that offer fabulous happy hour specials so you and a friend or two can enjoy the warm summer air, along with a cocktail.


Victoria’s Ristorante and Wine Bar

Centrally located downtown, Victoria’s has patio seating for 50-60 people. Their house wine is La Terre, which includes merlot, cabernet, Chianti, Lambrusco, white zinfandel, chardonnay and pinot grigio and is about $7 per glass. On Wine Wednesday, you can indulge in a bottomless glass for $8. Their daily happy hour is from 3-6 p.m., and house wines are only $4.50 per glass.


Bonita and Steve Patton’s double islands are indoors—surrounded by kitchenware. They also are just a few steps from the Pattons’ private beach on Bamber Valley Lake. The kitchen islands and the beach are both are eye-catching features of last year’s renovation of their house. 


In the late 90s, the young couple purchased their property in the Salem Sound subdivision and built a home largely with their own hands. Working from a starter design, they provided labor to construct their home. “It took about a year to build the house,” Bonita says.

The home’s layout worked well for many years, but as their family grew and their sons got bigger, they made changes. “About 10 years ago, we started to tinker with the kitchen,” she says. “Finally, we decided to gut it all and start over.”


The kitchen was contained in a single room with a half-sized wall looking out one side and a full wall with door on the other side. In spring 2016, the walls at each end were demolished as the work got underway. Once the walls were down, the original kitchen was extended into what was a formal dining area. 


Minnesota summers are fleeting and before you know it, we’ll descend back into the deep-freeze of the arctic tundra. However, during that ever-so brief span of sun-soaked, balmy weather, we hardy northerners like to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, knowing we’ll be banished indoors again soon enough. Make memories—of glorious evenings dining al fresco, enjoying cocktails and laughter with friends or simply snuggling quietly, hand-in-hand with that special someone, watching the glowing embers of a crackling fire as the evening draws to a close.

If you’ve been thinking about refreshing your backyard, adding a deck or patio or giving your yard and landscaping a do-over, now is the perfect time to make your dreams a reality. Investing in your backyard space is really an investment in you and your family. A functional and comfortable backyard living area can become the backdrop for numerous social gatherings, quality family time and a place of solitude and tranquility—because it’s your very own one-of-a-kind outdoor living area.  


To get started, you will need a design so you know how to realistically proceed. Jeff Feece, a landscape architect with Jeff Feece Designs, works with clients to make their outdoor design dreams a reality. He likes to “focus on the broader picture to find out needs and wants—to see the size of space they (clients) want.” 


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