New businesess pop-up in Duluth for small business Saturday

By KBJR News 1

November 30, 2013 Updated Nov 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM CST

Duluth, Minn (NNCNOW.com) -- After getting the best deals at department stores on Black Friday, today people were hitting up the shops in Downtown Duluth for small business Saturday.

Finding the perfect gift for a friend or family member can be difficult, but with so many shops to choose from in Downtown Duluth, the task may be a little easier.

"We have such a diverse group of Businesses down here and so they are all unique. They are locally owned and they all have distinctive items so if your looking for something special for the holidays downtown is definitely the place where you can find that," said Kristi Stokes, President of the Greater Downtown Council.

Along with the existing businesses, there are also 12 Pop–Up stores that are trying out a storefront for the first time, one of those is Touched by Africa Imports.

"We started the business in 1999, and so we started bringing back crafts in our check–in luggage to pay for our mission trips to Africa, and so my focus is to by from the makers," said Beth Magomolla, owner of Touched by Africa Imports.

This is the first time Magomolla has had a chance to show off the many items she sells in Duluth which are hand–crafted in Africa. Ten percent of the sales go back to the people who made the items.

"The highlight are these baskets, I've had these baskets here for many years. They are very labor intensive, it takes about 15 minutes for every inch," Magomolla.

Meanwhile just down the hallway, one teenager is hoping his sales are right on target.

"When I first looked at this I thought target."

Thirteen-year-old Dawson Volker started making medal targets out of scrap medal to help pay for a go–cart he is building. It has now turned into his own little business.

"I paid for the licensing for this picture and I sent it to the designer at Next Innovations and he came up with a draft for it. So then I came up with the zombie target and I thought that was a good idea," said Volker.

The 12 new pop–up businesses will be at various locations in Downtown Duluth until after the first of the year.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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