Greater Downtown Council selects Duluth Pop-Up stores

By KBJR News 1

Greater Downtown Council selects Duluth Pop-Up stores

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Greater Downtown Council announced Friday the businesses selected for the Pop-Up Downtown program.

Due to overwhelming response from retailers and entrepreneurs, eight applicants have been selected to fill vacant space in Downtown Duluth.

The carefully selected stores range from cookie and novelty shops to Lake Superior Inspired gifts.

Other stores include an Africa import store and home décor.

The Greater Downtown Council offered to provide free space to interested applicants that were able and willing to open up shop no later than November 30th, which is small business Saturday and run through January 10th.

The selected retailers are responsible for covering utility costs for the period.

Kristi Stokes, President of the Greater Downtown Council says while the retail space is available temporary, the goal is to gain interest for longer term leases.

Selected Businesses

Cookie Temptations
This Duluth business specializes in creating unique, gourmet sugar cookies designed
with fine chocolate. All of their cookies are baked in their Duluth bakery and
artisans put their talents to work with the
finest chocolate to design something special.
Each sugar cookie is individually wrapped, but they also make cookie bouquets that are a popular gift item.

207 West Superior Street (Holiday Center Skywalk)

Based in St. Louis Park, MN, WOODCHUCKcase designs fully customizable wooden cas-
es for phones, tablets, laptops, and headphones.
WOODCHUCKcase is 100% handmade in the USA.
Their mission
is to bring jobs back to America, nature back to people, and quality products back to consumers. Using authentic and
sustainable materials, they’re creating a world more connected to nature.

Location: 101 East Superior Street

Gunflint Mercantile:
Enjoy a taste of the North Shore.
This Grand Marais business specializes in made from scratch fudge, soup mixes, cookie mixes, wild rice blends and locally made gifts such as mugs, handcrafted aprons,
cribbage boards, hand knit neckwarmers, jams, syrup and much more!

Location: 231 East Superior Street

Great Lake Design
Duluth artist Gary Lundstrom has a gift line inspired by the Western Lake Superior re-
His designs showcase the Northland and Western Lake Superior lighthouses and landmarks that begin as pen
and ink drawings.
Gary’s product line has more than 100 items, including playing cards, puzzles, lamps, tiles, coffee
mugs, ornaments and T-shirts.

Location: 307 West Superior Street (skywalk)

Touched by Africa Imports
Beth Magomolla has been selling in local craft shows in Duluth since
1999. Her company received the Joel Labovitz Entrepreneur Success Emerging Entrepreneur Award in 2001.
Touched by Africa Imports is dedicated to spiritual & economic empowerment in East Africa.
They personally buy fair trade hand made crafts in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.
10% of their sales fund scholarships and small business loans in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

Location: 315 West Superior Street (skywalk)

Benson, Bowen & Englund
Three award winning artists have teamed up to showcase their work in the sky-
walk above Bagley & Company Jewelers. Glass artist Ron Benson sculpts decorative glass panels, vessels and jew-
elry. Betsy Bowen creates northwoods inspired woodblock prints and painter Lee Englund's canvasses feature im-
pressionistic still life images and landscapes.

Location: 317 West Superior Street (skywalk)

Frost River:
This Duluth business handcrafts waxed canvas bags, packs and
tents on Superior Street in Duluth’s West End. They’ll be bringing a taste of the outdoors further down the street with a line of American made reliable softgoods that includes their popular bags, totes, tents, clothing and more.

Location: 305 West Superior Street

Next Innovations
Based in Walker, MN, this business has been manufacturing metal wall art and signage for
more than a decade. All of their products are designed by an in house design team, engineered and produced in their
Walker facility. Next Innovations specializes in decorative home décor, gift store and garden products. The retail
brand for the wall art has only been available online
or at their factory outlets in Walker and Bagley.

Location: 305 1/2 West Superior Street (skywalk)

Jeremy Brickley