VISIT TO THE KOWALSKI’S MARKET
in Excelsior, Minn. is a thrill
ride for the senses.
Shoppers can see the
freshest meats, seafood,
cheeses from around
the world, handmade
sushi, artfully decorated cakes and pastries,
plus the largest selection of gourmet sand-
wiches in town. ;ey can touch the freshest
and newest items in produce, sourced daily
from local farms. Smell fresh-baked breads
and desserts, hot homemade soups and fresh-
brewed Starbucks co;ee. Hear proteins and
veggies for made-to-order pasta dishes sizzle in
the Pasta Bar’s frying pan; and taste mouthwa-
tering samples throughout the store.
In fact, residents of Excelsior (population
2,397) have not had this much fun since before
the famed Excelsior Amusement Park closed
back in 1974. Kowalski’s, opened in July 2015,
has quickly endeared itself to the community.
One example, the annual Boo Bash—a trick-
or-treat event held at each Kowalski’s store for
three hours one a;ernoon a few days before
Halloween—had almost 500 children in the
Excelsior branch for its initial outing.
Established in 1858 on the shores of Lake
Minnetonka, 20 miles from Minneapolis, Excelsior became the Twin Cities’ main resort
once a trolley line was extended from Minneapolis and the amusement park was built on
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EXCELLING IN EXCELSIOR
Kowalski’s Markets develops a unique prototype to service a
small Twin Cities former resort town. BY RICHARD TURCSIK
]KO WALSKI’S IS TES TING SEVERAL NE W CONCEP TS
IN ITS SMALLER EXCELSIOR S TORE, SAY COMPAN Y
OFFICIALS KRIS KOWALSKI CHRISTIANSEN, MARY
ANNE KOWALSKI AND MIKE OASE.