Lolling across West Duluth and overseas

Loll Designs is moving its production facilities to 59th Avenue West and Waseca Street.

Duluth News Tribune: Loll Designs growing and on the move in Duluth

I bought several Epicurean chopping boards and a trivet where I live now in England over the years at various stockists. They’re great! Hopefully more product lines will be available. Just returned from Denmark and was chuffed to see Epicurean products in Copenhagen’s grandest department store, Magasin du Nord. It would be brilliant if Epicurean/Loll’s webshop could accept payments from international debit/credit cards and customers so I could Xmas shop online for Stateside relatives.

Oh, and every time I see my neighbor’s resin patio table and chairs in our shared back garden, I want to heave. God give me Loll Designs!

Perfect Coffee Shop: Beaner’s Central

PDDPerfectCoffeeShopAwardLogoA rash of new coffee joints have opened up in Duluth in recent years, but an old favorite was the clear winner in Perfect Duluth Day’s poll to name the best coffee shop. Beaner’s Central Concert Coffeehouse has been as much known for its live music and friendly vibe over the past 15 years as it has for the Alakef-roasted java blends served there daily. Not to mention the baked goods, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, random experimental breakfasts, beers, wines, art exhibitions, basement recording studio and whatever else the affable and eccentric owner and founder Jason Wussow decides to offer next. It’s no wonder Beaner’s dominated with 50 percent of the vote in the three-way race for Duluth’s coffee-shop crown.

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Jefferson People’s House, which opened just three months before our poll, gave a strong second place performance with 28 percent of the vote. The not-quite-two-year-old Duluth Coffee Co. cafe and roasterie also performed well, pulling in 22 percent of the vote.

PDD Awards Index

Split Rock Review, Fall 2014

Violet 18The online literary magazine, Split Rock Review, recently released the Fall 2014 issue. Also, SRR is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, graphic narratives, visual poetry, digital literature, and hybrid forms.

For more information about the magazine and submission guidelines, please visit the SRR website.

Rail sessions across Duluth

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Featuring Cody Nehniba, Wilson Robinson, Tyler Murto, Kyle Juntunen and Isiah England.

Quick Change

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBbjTjR6OOQ

A la 1970s Wonder Woman.

Venus DeMars embraces Sacred Heart

Venus DeMars has been busy. After finishing a national your with Against Me!, DeMars returns to her hometown on Saturday for a concert at Sacred Heart, where she will record her first acoustic album. In this interview, she explains how her new album will be a culmination of her musical experiences.

Wildlife News

Some updates from Wildwoods Rehabilitation:

There are three window-strike bird victims in residence — a northern flicker, a juvenile cedar waxwing, and a flycatcher. The flicker came in with a spinal bruise, and was unable to use his legs for several days. Fortunately, he’s made a full recovery after rest and anti-swelling meds, and is ready for release. In the meantime, he’s been pigging out on the mealworms, and has plumped out, just in time for migration, when he’ll need the energy!

Toasty’s on East Ninth now open

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The sign on the building has been up since last Spring, and now Toasty’s is open.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Address: 1032 E. Ninth St.
Owners: Rachael and Tom Hagen

Best Coffee Shop in the Duluth Area Poll (Final Ballot)

In our elimination round poll we pitted 11 coffee shops against each other. The top three now do battle in this contest to answer the question …

What is the best coffee shop in the Duluth area?

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This poll is now closed. There results were:

Beaner’s Central Concert Coffeehouse – 50.4 percent
Jefferson People’s House – 27.8 percent
Duluth Coffee Co. – 21.8

Duluth Sunrise Silhouette

Duluth Sunrise Silhouette

Photo by Manny Villanueva, shot this morning.

Hey, sometimes a mushroom is just a mushroom

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News about the arts from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council

Various bits for local artists, arts consumers, and art organizations:

  • The next ARAC grant deadline is Oct. 31. The grant programs included in this deadline are: Two-year Operating Support for organizations, Rural and Community Art Grants for organizations and Career Development Grants for individual artists. Online applications for these grant programs will be available Sept. 19. ARAC will also be holding grant writing workshops on these programs in the weeks prior to the deadline.
  • ARAC is accepting nominations for the 17th annual Arrowhead Arts Awards. The awards were developed to recognize individuals who have made important contributions to the arts in the region. ARAC gives out two awards each year: The George Morrison Artist Award and the Maddie Simons Advocate Award. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the work and contributions of individual artists and arts administrators, as well as raise the profile of arts in their communities. Nominations must be postmarked by Nov. 14.
  • View the calendar of ARAC-funded events at aracouncil.org.

This week: birding, chili and trout fishing

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Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

It’s harvest time and that means a lot of action in area farmers’ markets (Downtown,  UMD, East Hillside, Lincoln ParkWest Duluth, and Two Harbors) and this week the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help pick fresh produce.

On Tuesday there is a trifecta of business presentations with David Jaffe, CEO of the company that controls Maurices, speaking at Weber, Brian Hanson, CEO of APEX, at Clyde Iron, and Danielle Thralow, creator of binoculars.com, peepers.com and telescope.com, at WITC.

They say it’s going to get chilly this week by Wednesday, and we’re going to get chili on Thursday with the United Way Chili Cook-Off at the DECC. Yeah, I went for the obvious pun. Sue me.

Starting this Friday Clinton Nienhaus will be leading early morning birding strolls starting at Duluth Sky Harbor. These weekly walks will go through the end of October.

Venus DeMars (after a prolonged struggle with the Minnesota Department of Revenue over whether or not she’s an artist) performs as court-sanctioned, bona fide artist at Sacred Heart on Saturday.

The Red Herring Lounge celebrates the life and works of Richard Brautigan on Sunday with Trout Fishing in Duluth.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

Amity Coffee is open in Lakeside

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Amity Coffee DuluthAmity Coffee opened on Sept. 6 at 4429 E. Superior St., serving up java from Duluth Coffee Co. The owners are Adam Swank and Patti Chuang.

The artwork on the walls is a selection of landscape paintings by Aaron Kloss.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Duluth Artist in the Black Hills

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Duluth Artist Catherine Meier is back from an installation project in the Badlands.