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Raven & Associates closing; farmers market opening in West Duluth

David Orman announced this morning that his promotional products business, Raven & Associates, will close at the end of July. Orman founded the company in 1997 and changed locations a handful of times before landing in the old West Theater building in 2012.

“We are in a low margin, high touch industry,” Orman wrote to customers today. “As busy as we were, it was really hard to make money.”

Meanwhile, the West Duluth Business Club announced there will be a new farmers market in West Duluth on the lot of the former Westminster Church. Beginning this week it will operate every Thursday into October, from 3 to 7 p.m., on the corner of 45th Avenue West and Grand Avenue.

“In the beginning it will host between 6 and 10 vendors,” West Duluth Business Club President Charlie Stauduhar wrote to club members. “Please, if you can, show up on Thursday and thank the vendors with your support.”

4 Comments

wildknits

about 5 months ago

Very cool that we are getting another farmer's market on this end of town. Too bad it is on the same day and time as the one at Harrison's a mile away. Will be hard to spread my fresh produce dollars around to both sites (work next to one, commute past the other).

Dawn Marie

about 5 months ago

Love it! It's nice to finally get one closer to West Duluth.

toyota200x

about 5 months ago

Wow another market. Will definitely check it out.

Tomasz

about 5 months ago

So sorry to see Dave and his crew leave the scene. They did such great work and were so amazingly responsive. During my time at Great Lakes Aquarium, their stuff always came in on time and on budget. They helped me create some amazing ways to build revenue at GLA and connect with the Scout market like we never could have otherwise. Let's give Raven some love -- seventeen years in business is nothing to shake a stick at these days. Best of luck to Dave on the new adventures any new ventures may bring!

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