#STEMforHer chat

Women and girls interested in advancing entrepreneuership and science, technology, engineering and math are invited to a Twitter conversation on Monday hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration — or @SBAgov — and the National Women’s Business Council — @NWBC.

Erin Andrews, from the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, will share tips on how the Small Business Administration can help women overcome hurdles in expanding their businesses.

The talk also will feature Divya Nag, co-founder of Stem Cell Theranostics (@Dnag09), and representatives from Goldie Blox (@GoldieBlox) and Girls in Tech (@GirlsinTech).

The Twitter chat will run from 1-2 p.m. on Monday. View the conversation by searching for the hashtag #STEMforHer.


Free bank safe

As always happens when you move, some stuff just doesn’t make the cut. Maybe it doesn’t fit in with the feng shui, or you just don’t care enough about it to haul it to the new pad.

Beacon Bank is in the process of leap-frogging Starbucks in its move on Superior Street, and the bank doesn’t want to lug its old safe around. Instead, they want to give it away. And it looks like a steal, too.

Disclaimer: Eh? does not recommend walking into the bank and saying anything along the lines of “steal” and “safe,” though, just in case.

But Ryan Miles, assistant vice president at Beacon Bank, said he would like to give the safe to a nonprofit, or a church that handles valuables in volume. Barring that, the safe is really up for grabs, the caveat being, it’s gotta be out by March 21 or it’s going to be scrapped.

The safe is valued in the thousands of dollars and features a solid steel exterior with a spinner lock and multiple compartments with multiple key locks.

Those interested can call Miles at (218) 788-9944, email rmiles@beaconbank.com or stop into the old location at 401 W. Superior St.


Move over anchovy

Eh? has never been particularly fond of fish on fine fare, but maybe that’s just personal taste. One thing is for sure, Eh? has never had a tuna-topped pizza.

Esko’s own Eskomo Pizza Pies is now in its sixth year of offering the special topping on Fridays during lent. The base is made with an alfredo sauce, rather than classic tomato, and topped with albacore tuna and some other trade secret recipes.

For dine-in orders, Eskomo Pizza Pies has pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the meal to Queen of Peace School.

Ethics date change

For those local high school juniors and seniors who were stoked for some serious ethics workshopping on March 12, Eh? is sorry to disappoint you, but you’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer.

The ethics training will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at the Kitchi Gammi Glub.

The daylong training session is intended to give students realistic scenarios they might face in the corporate workplace. The students will work together to craft fair and ethical solutions to the problems.

There is no cost for the students to attend.

Cutting through the competition in Florida

For the second time, Duluth’s Dan Willeck has won a slice of heaven — in 2011, he won an all-expenses-paid trip to Naples, Fla., and this year he’ll head to Amelia Island, Fla., for the championship round of the A1 National Meat Cutting Challenge. After competing against 86 other butchers in Orlando, Fla., last week, Willeck proved he’s a cut above the competition.

In April, Willeck will compete for a grand prize of $20,000 and the “Meat Cutter of the Year” title.

As a meat cutter, Willeck is responsible for hand-cutting every steak served at Duluth’s Texas Roadhouse. In an average year, each will cut about $1 million worth of meat and spend seven to eight hours a day in the 35-degree walk-in cooler where he works making sure the meat stays fresh. Brrr.

Just … brrr.

Gowns offered to brides put in a bind

A story in our Business Monday section about the abrupt closing of the Princess Bride shop has prompted a couple of Duluth women to offer wedding dresses to brides-to-be who apparently are out their down payments and their gowns.

Nancy Zimmerman is offering a never-worn size 8 wedding dress and veil purchased for her daughter in 2007 for $549 from David’s Bridal in Duluth.

Her daughter ended up not getting married then. And when she did marry last August she wanted a different dress.

“It’s brand-new, never worn,” Zimmerman said. “It’s a beautiful, long white dress. I am willing to donate it to one of the girls.”

She described the dress as strapless with a puffy skirt and with a beaded and lacy bodice for a small, petite bride. It was altered so it might also fit a size 6 woman.

“There are some out there who may not be in a situation to buy another one,” Zimmerman said. “If I could donate a dress to one of those brides I would love to.”
Call her at (218) 269-1384.

Michele Annala got married in December 2012 in her $1,300 Maggie Sottero “Harlow” gown purchased at Princess Bride, which she would like to donate to one of the brides.
“It’s a beautiful, beautiful dress and it would be my pleasure to give it to somebody who really truly needs it.” Annala said. “This would be the best thing I could do to help someone.”

It’s ivory in color with a gold undertone and features a strapless neckline, a slim A-line shape and Chantilly lace. With a corset back, it’s adjustable for sizes 12 to 14.
“The dress is in excellent condition for someone who would like to have it,” she said.
Contact her by e-mail: awesomelyblonde@gmail.com.

Again, these generous offers are only for brides-to-be who ordered their dresses from Princess Bride of Duluth and who are now left in a bind with its recent filing for bankruptcy.

What we’re saying about Dylan/Chrysler

Yes, yes. We know. We love to fill the pages of the News Tribune with Dylan this and Dylan that.

But, to be fair, lots of people are still analyzing the Chrysler commercial starring our native son that aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

* A blogger for the Washington Post wondered: “Can a Dylan superfan actually justify this most egregious sellout?”

David Malitz wrote a five-part justification including the fact that Dylan actually sold out in 2004 when he teamed up with Victoria Secret.

And, No. 3, “it was nice to actually hear his voice.”

His voice is shot, he doesn’t fill his sets with banter.

“Sure, I’d rather hear him say things that aren’t straight out of some jingoistic pitchman handbook, but still,” Malitz wrote.

* A blogger for the New Yorker doesn’t mind seeing Dylan shilling for Chrysler. But she does mind the commercial:

“It is a problem that he is in a poorly made ad, one that proves the truth of a line in its script: ‘You can’t fake cool,’” wrote Amy Davidson.

* Maybe it doesn’t really matter. According to Forbes, the third-quarter placement of the extended-length ad could have been great. But with the Seahawks’ blowout already in the books, no one saw the commercial, anyway.

Food for thought

Forget about over-easy and medium rare.

The best answer to “How would you like your (blank) prepared” is “with local ingredients, please.”

The Art of Local Food is from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Depot and is a fundraiser and silent auction for the Duluth Community Garden Program and the Arrowhead Chefs Association.

The event includes a four-course gourmet dinner by local chefs using local products. The chefs also will talk about each dish. The silent auction features visual, culinary and gardening arts.

Tickets are $40 and available online</a> and at the Community Garden office, Duluth Grill, Whole Foods Co-op.

Free beer, catered treats at Duluth store

Just when we thought all the hoopla about downtown Duluth’s holiday pop-up stores had calmed down, this comes our way.

Beer samples.

Yeah, that got our attention. And Eh? thought it might get yours.

The Frost River Trading pop-up store at 305 W. Superior St. will be joined by several other Lincoln Park businesses from 4-7 p.m. today.

There’ll be samples from Bent Paddle Brewing Co., catered treats from the Duluth Grill and boat building demonstrations. All happening amid Frost River’s offerings of waxed canvas packs and bags, and other hardy, American-made items. And of course, they’d love it if you do a little shopping while there.