Self-Improvement

The best talent in home improvement, clothing and fashion, personal training, and even skin care.
Self-Improvement

Architects


1212_bb_c2_alt.jpgTim Alt
AIA
Altus Architecture+Design

When he’s not designing sleek, futuristic buildings and communities in Abu Dhabi, South Korea, and China, Tim Alt advances modernism with gutsy, award-winning penthouses, condominiums, residences, and offices in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and elsewhere. Alt, who studied under the legendary Ralph Rapson at the University of Minnesota, continues to channel Rapson’s spirit, his heartfelt passion for architecture, and his belief in spaces filled with natural light that support the way people live.

1212_bb_c2_swan.jpgAndrea Peschel Swan
AIA
Swan Architecture

Don’t let Swan’s trademark French sailor shirt and khakis fool you. Like Leonardo da Vinci, she knows that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. After spending several years in New York, where she designed homes in the Hamptons and other tony resort destinations, Swan came back to her native Twin Cities, where she’s busy designing in Highcroft, Cottagewood, Rolling Green, and other exclusive neighborhoods. Who knows? Swan may well design your next residence.

1212_bb_c2_stinson.jpgCharles Stinson
AIA
Charles R. Stinson Architecture+Design

Equal parts architect and magician, Stinson has an uncanny ability to attract clients from all over the globe to his studio in Deephaven. As Stinson’s clients will attest, a Stinson home is like no other house on earth. Using his own signature brand of architectural alchemy, Stinson combines light, space, and energy to create contemporary masterpieces that resonate with their owners on an emotional, physical, and intellectual level.

 

Clothing & Fashion


1212_bb_c2_mathis.jpgMarty Mathis
Owner
Marty Mathis Clothiers

Haute haberdasher Mathis first made his mark on the local men’s clothing scene at Dayton’s and Al Johnson’s in Edina. Now conveniently located in a downtown skyway, Mathis creates custom clothing for attorneys—“we love a good litigator,” he says—and entrepreneurs who want suits designed to fit their trim, toned physiques, as well as a new generation of young Turks who understand and appreciate the benefits of bespoke clothing.

1212_bb_c2_rogers.jpgSara Rogers
Wardrobe consultant

Rogers has spent most of her lifetime in the spotlight as a high-fashion model and trend specialist for Mall of America, but she always makes her clients feel like celebrities. Gracious and funny, Rogers has a laser-like ability to identify the right look for an individual. For less than the price of a good suit, she’ll streamline your closet, take you shopping, and help you dress for personal and professional success.

1212_bb_c2_rubin.jpgLisa Rubin 
Lisa Rubin Wardrobe Consulting

In the nearly 30 years that Rubin’s been in business, she’s never advertised her wardrobe consulting services. Rubin’s clients, many of whom have been with her for decades, include newscasters, senators, CEOs and CFOs, and other professional men and women in the Twin Cities and across the country. In addition to wardrobe consulting and corporate seminars, Rubin will meet clients for strategic shopping sprees in Chicago, New York, or wherever the whim takes them.

 

Home Remodelers


1212_bb_c2_erotas.jpgDavid Erotas 
Co-founder
Erotas Building Corporation

For a man whose client list includes many of the Twin Cities’ highest-profile homeowners, Erotas keeps a refreshingly low profile. Beloved by clients and interior designers alike for his integrity and attention to detail, Erotas’ portfolio includes new builds and remodels in Orono, Wayzata, Edina, Sunfish Lake, North Oaks, and other upscale neighborhoods. Headquartered in a modest office overlooking Excelsior Bay, his tight-knit team includes seasoned construction experts, his wife, Holly, two daughters, and the family’s beloved Shelties.

1212_bb_c2_kraemer.jpgGary Kraemer 
President John
Kraemer & Sons

This Edina-based third-generation homebuilder just may be the best builder you’ve never heard of. For Gary Kraemer and his two sons, no project, even a storybook castle for Lake Minnetonka royalty, is too big, and no project, even a modest Linden Hills remodel, is too small. Most telling is the fact that the Kraemers consistently get top marks from interior designers and other industry insiders for their ethics, kindness, and sense of fun.

1212_bb_c2_streeter.jpgSteven Streeter 
President 
Kevin Streeter 
Vice president, field operations manager
Streeter & Associates

Like other style makers listed here, the Streeter brothers avoid the spotlight, just as their their clients do. The Streeters’ own homes in Deephaven embody their ethos— simple, sophisticated, and filled with light. Together with a team of expert craftspeople, the Streeters have elevated fine home building to an art form. From traditional estates to contemporary lofts and modern classics, Streeter homes are distinguished by exceptional architecture, fine craftsmanship, and the most advanced technology.

 

Interior Designers


1212_bb_c2_kading.jpgBruce Kading 
ASID, CID
Bruce Kading Interior Design

In another century, Kading, a true gentleman, might have been an architect. But in this life, he uses his portmanteau of talents to design, furnish, and finish extraordinary homes for a coterie of well-placed clients. Whether designing a rustic ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a home for art collectors in San Francisco, or a grand getaway in northern Minnesota, Kading’s luxurious, layered living environments appear to have always been part of the landscape.

1212_bb_c2_penfield.jpgLucy Penfield 
Allied member, ASID
Lucy Interior Design

If the annual ASID Awards gala is the Kentucky Derby of the design community, Penfield is a thoroughbred. Winner of the Minnesota Chapter Best in Show and two first-place awards in 2011, Penfield was a protégé of the legendary Tom Gunkelman. She effortlessly mixes priceless heirlooms, iconic midcentury pieces, and fine art to create modern, comfortable living spaces that play well in Edina, Wayzata, Bar Harbor, Maine, Phoenix, and other stylish enclaves.

1212_bb_c2_engler.jpgLaura Ramsey Engler 
ASID, CID, design principal
Ramsey Engler Ltd.

For more than 30 years, Ramsey Engler has been quietly designing homes, yachts, ski houses, offices, hotels, restaurants, and multi-family housing for clients in the Twin Cities, La Jolla, California, Telluride and Aspen, Colorado, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other premium locales. Whether because of her exquisite taste, encyclopedic vocabulary, or passion for process, this petite powerhouse is a favorite of Fortune 500 execs, entrepreneurs, and other prominent personalities who appreciate her impeccable manners and sense of adventure.

 

Personal Trainers


1212_bb_c2_clark.jpgChris Clark 
Co-Founder and president
Tiger Athletics

Lean, intense, and intensely driven, Clark is a former Life Time Fitness executive and personal trainer. Last June, he and wife, Stacie, a former Macy’s fashion director, opened TigerFit Studio in Plymouth. In addition to teaching classes and leading group-based training for youths and adults, Clark coaches a short list of high-test movers and shakers including Jay Strohman, Michael Francis, and others who claim to hate the workouts but love the results.

1212_bb_c2_perlich1.jpgMary Perlich

Equipped with endless energy, a slim, sculpted physique, and a killer sense of humor, Perlich is a best-kept secret among local celebs and execs who rely on her to keep them in fighting and fashionable shape. A longtime trainer and aerobics instructor at the former Flagship Athletic Club in Eden Prairie, Perlich now trains clients in their own homes.

1212_bb_c2_stebleton.jpgTodd Stebleton 
CCN, CPT

Stebleton’s client list includes boldfaced names from the front, business, and society pages. Stebleton, a cross between Nate Berkus and Brad Pitt—“only cuter,” as one devoted client says—is a trainer, nutritionist, lifestyle coach, triathlete, and competitive soccer player. Depending on his clients’ goals, including looking better, reducing pain, and addressing disease, Stebleton creates customized, holistic training plans that work with even the most demanding schedules.

 

Skin Experts


1212_bb_c2_lynn.jpgKari Lynn 
Founder
Kari Lynn & Company

In a discreet building on a side street in Excelsior, Kari Lynn & Company is a destination for local A-listers and out-of-town celebs who schedule their trips to Minneapolis to coincide with their Botox treatments. Known for her transformative facials, judicious peels, and genius with injectables, founder Kari Lynn’s appointment book is booked months in advance, but be patient—she’s worth the wait.

1212_bb_c2_scherven.jpgPatricia Scherven 
Skin Therapease

Tucked away in an elegant, quiet clinic just west of BMW of Minnetonka, the equally elegant Scherven practices her own brand of non-surgical skin care based on more than three decades of experience in the health care industry. Starting with her belief that good nutrition is fundamental to beautiful skin, Scherven counsels her clients to eat a balanced diet, use only top-quality skin care products, and live well in mind, body, and spirit.

1212_bb_c2_wilke.jpgRobert Wilke 
Edina Plastic Surgery, Ltd.

The choice of high-profile locals who can’t afford to look anything but well-rested, Wilke offers a conservative approach to facial surgery, breast surgery, mommy makeovers, and other cosmetic procedures. As one client reports, “Even my hair stylist can’t find the scars!” Known for being kind, non-aggressive, and easy to talk to, Wilke often travels to Peru on volunteer missions, where he repairs cleft lips and palates in children.