Introducing Tug and The Tooth

We are thrilled to help a fellow small business owner and friend introduce her new product, Tug and the Tooth. Created by Heidi Whitaker of Wayzata, Tug and the Tooth features a lovable tooth shaped pillow and an adventure book about the emotions and questions associated with losing a tooth.

Tug and the Tooth

Losing a first tooth is one of the most significant milestones in a young child’s life.  Tug and the Tooth is a new Tooth Fairy tradition that supports and celebrates kids as they go through this timeless experience.

Tug, a lovable tooth pillow, has a backpack in which to place a lost tooth.  He keeps the tooth safe and exchanges it with the Tooth Fairy for something special.  The beautifully illustrated hardcover book is about a little girl who discovers she has a loose tooth.  She is introduced to Tug who is a friend and guide.  Together they embark on an adventure to the Tooth Fairy’s castle where along the way she learns to handle the worry and excitement of losing her first tooth.  Tug and the Tooth is the premium keepsake for children losing their baby teeth!

This adorable plush toy and story book are available in-store now!

Tug's Backpack

Descanso Beach Splash

Cocktails to Shoo the Winter Blues

“When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.”
~ Frantois Rabelais

With the cold air blowing and the sun refusing to shine, we can understand if you’ve caught a case of the Winter Blues. Of course the best cure would be a trip south to soak in the sun and forget your worries, however a quick cocktail might do the trick too! This list of drinks came from Food & Wine, and have the power (and proof) to blast away even the toughest case of the winter wont’s.
Our favorites? Watermelon Tequila, Sangria Flora, and the Cucumber-Lemonade Mocktail!


Click the image below for recipes!

Watermelon Tequila , Click for recipe!

Think Pink!

October is breast cancer awareness month and we would like to celebrate local foundations who are supporting Minnesotans in the fight against breast cancer. We have had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Tonka TaTas and the Hope Chest For Breast Cancer.

Tonka TaTas is a non-profit that promotes awareness and assists in the treatment of breast cancer, particularly in younger women, by means of monetary donations and profits made through the sale of their merchandise. They raise money through the sale of t-shirts, hats, sunglasses and other gear that is great for a day on the lake. 100% of their profits are donated to the Hope Chest For Breast Cancer and the Angel Foundation.  Please check out their website at


The Hope Chest For Breast Cancer was founded by Barbara Hensley who became aware of the financial challenges faced by women and men experiencing breast cancer after losing her two sisters to the fight. The Hope Chest For Breast Cancer combines a not-for-profit foundation and for profit resale shops that generate income to support charitable programs within the Twin Cities and Rochester areas. Their main goal is to provide the quickest access to help with the most urgent needs of local, financially challenged breast cancer patients. Stop by one of their resale shops to find high-end women’s clothing and accessories, as well as upscale furniture and home decor. Find out more information at

stay hydrated

BISS Guide To : Staying Hydrated

It is easy to forget to stay hydrated while having fun on the lake for the day. Add some excitement to your water routine by mixing with fruit. Not only does this add flavor, but it also provides detoxifying benefits. Here is one of our favorite recipes from Four & Know More:

Mix 1 large pitcher of spring water with the following ingredients:
Peeled Grapefruit
Sliced Cucumbers
Sliced Pears
Fresh Mint
Check out other recipes on our Water Detox Pinterest Board

BISS Guide To : Boating on Big Island

Minnesotans, you should be proud. After surviving the Polar Vortex and the rainiest June since 1871, it looks as though bright weather is finally on the horizon. Although the pace may be slow-going on Lake Minnetonka, hopefully this will not deter boats from heading out and parking at Big Island for the Fourth! With that said, we have put together a few essentials for a day well spent on the lake.

1. Swimsuit – Throw on a suit in festive red, white & blue. Stop in and we can help fit any body type, so you feel confident on the lake for the Fourth.









2. Cover-up – Often overlooked, but an essential to get you through the day. It’s good to have something to throw on so you will feel comfortable off the lake too. We love the Riri Dress from Melissa Odabash for day and the Tradewinds Terry Coverup from Cabana Life to cozy up for the fireworks.

mel riri cabana life trade








3. Drinks – Pontoon Margaritas are simple and stay cold all day, perfect for a day on the boat.

Simply Mix: 12oz of frozen limeade, 12oz of tequilla, 12 oz of beer and 24 oz of 7-up and freeze in a plastic tub. Be sure to hydrate throughout the day as well.

frozen margs

4. Tunes – A day on the boat is not complete without a perfect playlist. 8 Tracks is a great, free music app that offers a large variety of playlists based on your mood. Definitely worth the download.


5. Sunscreen – Sunburn can ruin your day, be sure to liberally apply SPF while out on the lake. We have lots of options available in spray or lotion.

SPF Showdown

6. Bug Spray – Last, but not least, don’t forget bug spray for when the sun starts to set.

lake minntonka fireworks


Hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July!