Growing up I seemed to always be in Excelsior. Whether I was having a beach day with some friends, eating the famous Frannies Chicken Salad from Maynards, or grabbing a tasty treat from Lick's, I found myself in Excelsior for one reason or another. Coming here as an "outsider" I knew that I loved Excelsior and all that it had to offer, but little did I know that I would fall even more in love with it a few years down the road.
Fast forward to when I started working at the Chamber of Commerce, I quickly learned just how small this community is. I was overwhelmed at first by all of the people I was meeting, but soon enough I seemed to know everyone in the community. It feels like forever ago, but during Art on the Lake some of the Chamber board members all went out to dinner at Maynards after a tough day of work. I remember sitting at the large table and just soaking in the moment. I looked around at the new family I had surrounding me and smiled. This was the moment that Excelsior stole a chunk of my heart because it had brought me to some of the most amazing people.
I continued to build relationships with more people in the community as the summer went on. Last week I was out of town on a family vacation, and I received a lot of love from little Excelsior when I came back. On Tuesday I was completely taken back by the sweet people of this community. As I walked down Water Street setting up for the Farmers' Market I had several vendors asking me where I was last week and saying they missed me. How sweet! That made me take a moment to reflect on my time here at the Chamber so far.
As on "outsider" of Excelsior you don't truly see the tight-knit community that this town has. I have been fortunate enough to experience it first hand while working at the Chamber. It's hard to put into words, but this community is a family. The retailers work together to better each other, businesses build one another up, and community members show their endless support by attending local events. But what shows people how tight-knit this community really is are the conversations between people. Conversations here aren't your typical small talk convos about the weather, they are heart felt conversations. The type of conversations where someone asks you how your parents are, how the kids are doing in sports, how your back is feeling, how your trip was, and much more. People truly care about one another here, and that is why Excelsior has stolen my heart.
Moriah Gerber is the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce Intern, bringing you on the inside to learn about the full Chamber experience.