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Duluth's Downtown Welcomes New Small Businesses

Posted at: 11/21/2012 6:10 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2012 8:40 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

Downtown Duluth has welcomed four new businesses in the past month, all within one block on Superior Street. The Duluth Coffee Company, 7 West Taphouse, and Double Dutch are all new to downtown, and the Minnesota Wine Exchange is set to open before the next year begins.

President of the Greater Downtown Council, Kristi Stokes, said these new businesses are adding to the vitality of downtown.

"It's a lot of small businesses," said Stokes. "So these are entrepreneurs that for some reason are finally fulfilling a dream of being able to open a storefront space of their own."

7 West Taphouse owner, Rick Lampton, is no stranger to small business. But he's new to Superior Street. He also owns Grizzly's. 

"We love downtown," Lampton said. "Duluth has done a very good job making it nicer and more attractive to people to come down here."

Eric Faust owns Duluth Coffee Company and also saw Superior Street as an opportunity. They had originally planned to open in Hermantown.

"It seemed like the right fit for us because we see revitalization happening on Superior Street," Faust said. "We see a lot of new businesses coming in and a camaraderie between business owners."

While the Greater Downtown Council plans to promote small business next year, Superior Street can expect to see more new businesses in the near future.

Downtown businesses will celebrate "Small Business Saturday" on November 24th. The celebration is meant to encourage holiday shoppers to shop local. Participating businesses are offering demonstrations, open houses, and special promotions.