This 2017 Fall + Winter issue includes a guide to all the best neighborhoods, shops, and restaurants in St. Louis, an interview with the women behind a Minneapolis-based boutique carrying ethically sourced and sustainable merchandise, and delicious vegetarian recipes ideal for camping in the cooler months.


Benjamin Aslesen is a Midwest native who enjoys the unique beauty of southwest Wisconsin where he lives and works in the hardwood lumber industry. When not wrangling logs at the sawmill,he is wrangling his four energetic children.His life consists of balancing faith, family, hard work, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Sherrie Castellano is a former health coach turned food writer, photographer, and pop-up chef based in St. Louis, MO. She’s created content for brands and publications both online and in print. A collection of Sherrie’s recipes, stories, and images can be found on her website, With Food + Love.

Kristen Dake is a designer with an affinity for specialty ice cream, whales, and a great color palette. She is a university marketer by day and a small business owner by all other hours. Her favorite things to create for homeseed paper are comprised of doodles and quirky hand-lettering.
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Rebecca Dimler is the creative director of Reverse Flight Design Co., a mobile design and branding studio with offices in the Midwest and East Coast. Reverse Flight is a team of creatives passionate about stellar design and communication with clients from coast to coast.
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Meg Evans is an owner, manager, and hustler at Mean Mule Distilling Co. She was born and raised in Missouri and adventures daily in Kansas City. When she’s not working, Meg can be found mentoring young women in leadership and entrepreneurship, or perpetually rearranging her furniture.
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Mike Healy is a restoration ecologist and founder of Adaptive Restoration LLC, based in southwest Dane County, WI.
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Julie Kennedy is an artist, photographer, and yoga instructor based in Chicago, IL. She has always had a passion for drawing attention to the often overlooked, and recreating the beauty of the already beautiful. She seeks to make photographs that connect people to this world and leave them with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
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Emma Olson + Bobbi Barron are the co-owners of Hazel & Rose, a contemporary women’s boutique dedicated to sustainable and ethical fashion. Both grew up in rural towns in southern Minnesota and currently enjoy working, living, creating, and exploring in Minneapolis. You can find them in their shop, located in the Arts District in northeast Minneapolis.
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Athena Pelton is a Minneapolis-based photographer with a penchant for telling stories in a tangible, interesting, and moving way. She loves whiskey, motorbikes, and her two children. By day she can be found at NECO, surrounded by her creative heroes at the photography collaborative she founded last year.
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Scott Posner retired as a USDA Forest Service wildlife biologist in 2012, and now performs prairie restoration burns and fights wildland fires through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He also does overseas assignments for the Forest Service International Programs and has traveled in more than 40 countries. He enjoys hunting, making wine from native berries, and hiking in the pine barrens.

Adam Reynolds is a documentary photographer whose work focuses on contemporary political conflict, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. He pursues research projects that balance photographic creativity with a journalist’s thematic fidelity. He began his career covering the Middle East in 2007 as a freelance photojournalist.
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Michael Ruminski was introduced to the country and city life by growing up in southeastern Wisconsin. He prefers to spend his time in nature and now would like to advocate on its behalf. He finds himself humbled and enlightened by his surroundings and wishes is to share those experiences.



James Sawatzky lives in St. Louis Park, MN but travels and adventures as much as possible. He specializes in wedding, engagement, and portrait photography. As a photographer he strives to go the extra mile to bring fresh new ideas and quality to each and every shoot.

Annie Wang is a freelance food writer and photographer based in Minneapolis, MN. Raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis with family roots in Taiwan, she loves creating Taiwanese recipes with a Midwestern flair. A self-proclaimed wine and whiskey snob, she has a passion for pairing fine wines with junk food.
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Samantha Weiss-Hills is a former museum worker bee turned freelance writer, editor, and recipe developer based in Bloomington, IN. When she’s not writing, Sam probably has her head stuck in a wine book (she’s a sommelier-in-training) or can be found making gelato.
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Shelly Westerhausen is the author and photographer behind Vegetarian ‘Ventures, a meat-free blog that focuses on the adventurous side of vegetarian cooking. She’s a freelance recipe developer, writer, and photographer whose work has been featured both online and in various print publications. She released her first cookbook this year, Vegetarian Heartland, and is ramping up to release her second in spring 2018.
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Michele Witecha works for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a prescribed fire specialist. She has been working with prescribed fire for nearly 15 years in multiple states throughout the country. She lives in Lake Mills, WI with her husband, daughter, and their upland hunting dog, Molly.