Canal Park Businesses Reap Big Benefits During Tall Ships

Posted at: 07/28/2013 6:05 PM
Updated at: 07/28/2013 10:22 PM

The Tall Ships drew another crowd Sunday and the weather even decided to cooperate. While the ships were the stars of the show, nearby shops and restaurants also got some tourists' attention.

It seemed many visitors had their favorite Duluth spots. Pickwick, Fitger's and Duluth Pack toped the list for several people.

"Duluth Pack is a must every time we come," Jean Amato, from Bloomer, Wisconsin, said.

Duluth Pack Assistant Manager Alicia Stockard said the store was very busy over the weekend. She also said Friday and Saturday's gloomy weather worked in the shop's favor.

Stockard said sweatshirts, fleeces and rain gear were selling fast. Her team even ordered an extra 500 sweatshirts in anticipation of the weekend.

"The events are huge for the businesses," Stockard said. "It just drives so much traffic through the stores."

While the cool weather helped sell layers at Duluth Pack, Sunday's sun ramped up business at Little Angie's.

"Our bar has been slamming," Little Angie's Supervisor Greg Schlegel said. "We've been going through a lot of food, a lot of alcohol."

Tourists even had a little bit more room. The cantina extended its patio thanks to approval by the city.

"We just knew we were going to be busy," Schlegel said. "We wanted to get more people in and more tables available for people coming up."

While Canal Park businesses have many things to offer visitors, Lake Superior is a tourist attraction by itself.

"We're going to go eat, walk around town a bit and enjoy the view," Judy MacDonald, of Coon Rapids, said.

The Tall Ships leave Duluth's harbor Monday at noon.