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Woodworking supplies in Duluth »

I’m trying to find aniline dye to use on wood. Google’s failing to find me anything local, but the results seem to suggest I need a woodworking supply shop. Is there such a thing in town? Google’s failing me on that search, too.

North Shore Drive-up Scenery »

I am UMD student and an avid outdoor enthusiast. I love hiking, camping, climbing to hard-to-reach places to get some amazing views, etc. My family wants to come visit me here in Duluth, and wants to see some of my favorite nature spots, however, my family is a bit old and my favorite spots all require an hour-long hike and 500-foot climb, of which most of my family is incapable of doing. So I am wondering if anybody knows of any amazing scenery spots along the North Shore that do not require any strenuous activity to get to, and what I like to call drive-up scenery.

So far I have come up with areas such as Palisade Head, Gooseberry (of course) and Split Rock Nature Area. I am looking to find hiking trails and secluded beaches. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Cloud 9 Asian Bistro is open »

Cloud 9 Asian Bistro opened on Monday in the Canal Park spot formerally occupied by Thia Krathong — 308 S. Lake Ave. It’s owned by the Wang family, the same folks behind the Duluth Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse in the Burning Tree Plaza. If last night was any indication, Cloud 9 a very quiet place to eat, and the food is excellent.
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Commercial Kitchens in Duluth Area »

We are looking for a commercial kitchen to rent as soon as possible. Any help or suggestions would be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

Somebody in Duluth is doin’ it right »

Have you seen this thing circling the internets? How to give your kid a 1970s summer.

From their suggestions:

3. Make them play outside. Like all day. All. Damn. Day.

Well someone out on the upper reaches of the Sucker River is letting their kids do just that.  I was out for a bike ride on Friday and came across these two bikes and heard a great deal of 10-yr old (guessing) laughing coming from the river.

Well done Duluth, well done.

(Although it is funny to note: bikes were locked to the bridge. You know, since some jerk might come along and steal them).

Good place in Duluth to catch World Cup? »

Does anyone know of a bar that will definitely be showing World Cup soccer matches?

After 20 years … »

Lake Superior Brewing Tap Room Grand Opening

Go see my friends at Lake Superior Brewing this weekend. As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, they have finally opened up a Tap Room at their West End location (corner of Superior Street and 27th Avenue West, behind Subway).

Abandoned places to see »

Does anyone happen to know where these abandoned, yet beautiful, spots are? If you have some of your own, feel free to share pictures and locations so everyone can enjoy. There is a lot of little secrets along the North Shore like these. 

(Photos are by Christian Dalbec)

Wheat/gluten-free Duluth brews? »

As someone recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy, the world of local beer has become a mysterious place. Information on ingredients is sketchy at best on the interwebs. Does anyone have any first-hand knowledge if any of our local breweries offer any wheat-free or gluten-free beers? Suggestions would be most appreciated!

Tricycle or Shambhala Sun? »

Feedback wanted! Which Buddhist-focused magazine would you recommend for the Duluth Public Library: Tricycle or Shambhala Sun? If you’re not familiar with them (but interested in having one available for checking out), visit the sites:

Tricycle | Shambhala Sun

Jefferson People’s House »

In a world where people, food and information are treated like commodities, a new worker-owned cooperative wants to turn them back into things that build local connections. After many years of people wanting a radical bookstore/café and a progressive community incubator in Duluth, we’ve come together to start the Jefferson People’s House, a democratic worker-owned, collectively managed space.

The motto: Coffee – Books – Social Justice – Toast
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Duluth Appreciation Week = cheap to do »

Before the summer tourist season officially begins, a number of the Duluth Attractions partner up to create discounts for US — the locals.

Coupon sheet available for download at duluthweek.com.

Biking in Duluth Near the Airport »

I’m trying to figure out a good biking route for commuting from about Lester Park to Cirrus in Hermantown. I have pieces – Glenwood has a nice shoulder, as do Snively and Arrowhead up until Kenwood – but after Kenwood things get a little trickier. Does anyone else do this or parts of it? Any tips?

And if I wanted to talk to people about maybe improving the scene up on the hill for road biking, who would I start with? I’m not looking for anything fancy, but shoulders wider than bike tires would be a real improvement. I’m glad to see the lake front part of town getting bike-love, and obviously campus, but there’s a lot of town not getting covered.

Smokehaus on Wheels »

Beginning May 5, Northern Waters Smokehaus sandwiches will be available by bike. We began developing this fantasy years ago, spurred by intense store congestion and the problematic nature of (car) delivery from dead center in Canal Park, where not much speed is possible during the summer months because of the bridge and the gawkers.

Reactions to this plan have ranged from a scale of “awesome” to “that’s hilarious.” While most people seem to really dig the green aspects of ped-powered delivery, many feel that biking in Duluth (in general) is risky. Sometimes it seems that, perhaps due to the lack of bike lanes/awareness, the mere sight of a biker in the traffic lane pisses drivers off. Our bikers are very experienced and bike in Duluth nearly year-round. They know the rules, the dangers, and the potential for road-rage. But this kind of delivery is still an experiment here. As is our policy at the Smokehaus, we hope we mostly delight the public.

What do you think, PDDers? Is rapid-fire bike delivery a viable venture in our frosty little luge track? And speaking of frosty, how insane would it be to offer it year-round?

CD Release at Homegrown »

Holy Water – Myths for Man is the latest release by Tim Kaiser. Having been out on tour, it was too late to get into the Field Guide, so here it is on PDD. Super limited edition in custom-made case. Available during Homegrown Friday, May 2, at Teatro. Enjoy in the privacy of your own home. We won’t tell.

List of Duluth-related album releases in 2014

Duluth Homeowners Insurance »

After a seven-year hiatus I’m moving back to Duluth and bought a home. Does anyone have a homeowners insurance recommendation?

Looking for the holiest of rollers … »

I am asking the Perfect Duluth Day community to recommend the most holiest of roller, conservative, speaking in tongues, fire and brimstone, literal interpretation, snake handling, God hates fags, Elmer Gantry churches in the region. I have always been fascinated by this culture and want to be a Sunday morning tourist, but need a little help finding some of these temples of gawd.

Seeking makeup artist for wedding in Duluth »

I am on the hunt for an experienced makeup artist who has an opening for July 12 in the Duluth area. This person might have to travel to Two Harbors to do my makeup depending on how the day runs. I currently own my own business and am a Motives makeup consultant, however, I would like to be pampered and not have to worry about doing my own makeup that day. I need someone who is flexible and is willing to work with my own line of Motives products. If you know of anyone please send them my way!

Looking for wedding officiant and photographer »

My fiancé and I are planning a small informal wedding Saturday July 12th of this year in Duluth. Any recommendations on a great photographer I can check our or wedding officiant? What was your experience?

Advice on Places to Elope in Duluth »

My fiance and I are from Southern Minnesota and are planning on eloping on May 30 in the Duluth area. Our immediate family is coming as well. We were thinking we would either want to be married on a beach or on an overlook on Superior Hiking Trail. I really like the idea of an overlook but I don’t want all of us to have to hike two hours to reach it. Do any of you have any ideas of which beaches would be best and where some of the best overlooks in Duluth are (preferably with a view of the water) within a reasonable walking distance? We also are looking for a plan B if it rains. Somewhere outside but with a gazebo or a nice looking building etc. Both of us want to get married outside and don’t want the rain to ruin our plans! Suggestions?