If the madness of Black Friday was too much, or even not enough, the Greater Downtown Council wants to remind shoppers that big-box mega stores are not the only avenue for holiday shopping.
Small Business Saturday traditionally follows Black Friday and precedes Cyber Monday for holiday shopping, and this year, there are more stores downtown that popped in for the season.
There are 11 new shops in downtown Duluth. A complete list can be found at downtownduluth.com.
And of course there are small businesses all around Duluth and Superior, and across the Northland from Glidden to Grand Rapids. For those on the Iron Range, the “Made on the Range” website lists dozens of small businesses at madeontherange.com.
Lola’s hard-fought campaign is soon coming to an end, but there is still time for voters to make their mark on the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest.
Of the thousands of small businesses vying for a chance to get their commercial on air for the Super Bowl, Locally Laid Egg Co. has consistently advanced with the help of online voters. But the game isn’t won yet, the voting will continue until 1:59 a.m. Monday. One vote per person, per day is allowed.
Locally Laid, owned by Jason and Lucie Amundsen of Duluth, have 2,500 chickens on property they own in Wrenshall.
It is Minnesota’s only commercial-scale, pasture-raised egg business. It was named one of four finalists earlier this month.
To vote for Locally Laid Egg Co, go to votelola.com. Lola is the acronym for Locally Laid and is the name of all their chickens. What happens if you don’t vote? Perhaps you’ll end up with some egg on your face.
A book fair at Barnes & Noble will benefit a therapeutic riding facility in Esko.
People can visit NCRide’s information table at the bookstore from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday to pick up a voucher to present to a sales associate at checkout.
Those who prefer to shop online can visit bn.com/bookfairs and enter ID No. 11196277 to show their support.
Jeffery Tucker also will be holding a discussion and signing his new book, “Warmed by Windchill” at 1 p.m.
There’s no escaping the Locally Laid Egg Co. push for a Super Bowl ad on social media. Now they’re taking it to the streets.
There will be a “Get Out the Click” rally from 7-8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Coppertop — First United Methodist Church at Mesaba Avenue and Skyline Parkway.
The goal is to encourage people to click each day to vote for the Wrenshall egg company so it can win the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest. The top prize is a coveted Super Bowl ad slot.
Drivers will surely notice the rally as there will be a chicken mascot and plenty of signs. The event is a takeoff on “Get Out the Vote” efforts by political candidates on Election Day mornings.
Locally Laid is up against three other new small businesses.
To vote, go to locallylaid.com.
A Minnesota small business took another step toward appearing on an advertisement during the Super Bowl.
Locally Laid has advanced out of 15,000 semifinalists to win the prime-
time ad slot in Intuit’s Small Business Big Game contest.
Locally Laid is the state’s sole commercial-scale, pasture-raised egg business.
“Clearly (the people) see LoLa as the perfect spokes-bird for a different kind of food system,” said Lucie Amundsen, co-owner and “marketing chick” for Locally Laid.
LoLa, the company’s mascot, is a mash-up of Locally Laid, and the name given to each of the 2,500 chickens on the pasture at the company’s Wrenshall farm.
The lights of the Norshor Theatre will shine again — at least briefly.
Keepers of the historic downtown theater will flip the switch on the marquee at 5 p.m. today as part of an event that will include a few words from Mayor Don Ness and George Sherman, the venue’s developer.
Sustainable Twin Ports is hosting its fifth annual public showcase today at Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet, 8551 Grand Ave.
The free event features Greg Benson, CEO of Loll Designs, as speaker and local singer-songwriter Greg Tiburzi as well as reports on how Lake Superior College, the Fond du Lac Band, Canal Park Brewing and the University of Wisconsin-Superior have become more sustainable.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the program begins at 5:15. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
The Downtown Farmers Market is back at the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. today.
And the days of plenty are here.
There a wealth of fruits and vegetables to choose from alone with breads, granolas, peppers and herbs.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, postatoes and zucchini?
For the market’s weekly ready-to-go lunch, it’ll be a Blackwoods offering. Making an encore appearance, Blackwoods will be serving up its prime rib sandwich and chips for $6. Oh, and there’ll be music by Val Turcotte.
The moon is a long way to go to deliver a letter, but three Duluth postal carriers have done it twice.
Not literally, of course. (The moon doesn’t have a ZIP code, yet.) But Lee Henderson, John Anderson and Larry Rauvola each have driven about that distance — a million miles — during the course of their careers, the U.S. Postal Service tells us. And none of them has had even a single accident.
For that feat, the Duluth trio is among eight Minnesota postal carriers to receive the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Safe Driving Award.
“Reaching this pinnacle requires 30 years of service and a safe attitude,” the Postal Service’s news release says.
Henderson, Anderson and Rauvola are part of the world’s largest civilian fleet, the Postal Service says. Nearly 300,000 letter carriers and truck drivers in almost 214,000 vehicles drive more than 1.2 billion miles annually while delivering mail to 151.5 million addresses.
The massive crane that has obstructed traffic in the 100 block of West Superior Street this week should soon be done with its work.
Crews used the machine to lift equipment and supplies to the top of the US Bank Building, where they were used to replace the roof and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and to update a sign. The work was expected to wrap up by today, said Dennis Lamkin, a vice president and senior property manager for the bank. He said the bank arranged for all the work to coincide so as to minimize the disruption.
“We’re trying to be good neighbors,” Lamkin said. “We apologize for the inconvenience it has caused, but unfortunately this is part of doing business in a downtown area when you have a tall building and you need to maintain it.”