Da Houze of Flavor


I guess I have a knack for walking past this building whenever a new sign is going up. (Like in 2006, when the Hip Hop Candy Shop opened; this is the same building, different storefront.)

Anyway, someone standing in the doorway told me Da Houze will be a record store and will open in a few weeks. So there’s the scoop. It’s on Fourth Street and First Avenue West.

The question that occurs to me now is, if it’s “Da Houze,” shouldn’t it be of “Flavah”? Is it just me, or should houses be of flavor, and houzes be of flavah?



about 13 years ago

Yes. Yes it should be "flavah."


about 13 years ago

Those wacky Knutt Houze kids.

Mike H

about 13 years ago

They should have gone to "Grama Skool" instead of "Grandmas Cool." Word!


about 13 years ago

Crap, when I first saw the title to the post I thought I was going to find an authentic 'hood' BBQ joint opening up...Crap.


about 13 years ago

Starting anything with Da is a sure sign that what comes after will be confusing.


about 13 years ago

Sounds like this will be just as legit as the Hip Hop Candy Shop.

Bad Cat!

about 13 years ago

Don't you think we should at least let them open the doors without calling it a den of sin?

No Good Bum

about 13 years ago

I wonder how many flavors they'll have?


about 13 years ago

Hey sarafenix, I'm sure they'll be 'roasting' something in the back!

Barrett Chase

about 13 years ago

I believe it's spelled "flava."

Paul Lundgren

about 13 years ago

I suppose you're right. I should have looked it up in my Websta's Dictionary before I wrote that.


about 13 years ago

It really is disconcerting every time I see Paul's pic that "flavor" is spelled correctly.


about 13 years ago

It's a lot easier to make fun of somebody's education and spelling capability I guess, but there's a real menace here, and community blogs are one outlet that a society can police itself with. Not everything has to be about calling the cops, sometimes it's just being aware and extra careful that keeps you safe. PDD is doing a disservice to its readers here.


about 13 years ago

It looks as though Mr. McGowan's has ceased operation. 

Now where will I get my Snickers and anti-freeze?

(And for those who still haven't perused the greatest store in the world, 10,000 Quality Items is still in business across the street from the new "record store." Need a gun? How about a shoe phone? Maybe a chainsaw? Or a stuffed fox? If it was ever manufactured, you will most likely find it in 10,000 Quality Items.)


about 13 years ago

The Duluth Variety Store ("10,000 Quality Items") is great. When I needed an old motorcycle helmet and cheap football shoulder pads, it came through for me. It has also been helpful with more mundane items. Unfortunately, it seems to be closing. (As an aside, I wish more web pages had dates on them.)

A few days ago, I noticed a new tattoo parlor between Da Houze of Flavor and Leroy McGowan's Sweet Shop. 'Twas being painted red.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Speaking of McGowan's Sweet Shop, we rejoin this old post 15 months later to note that on Jan. 3, 2013, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Duluth Police Department executed a search warrant in the 300 block of N. Fourth Ave. W. -- about two and a half blocks from the old McGowan's Sweet Shop in the infamous "Piper Building" or "Union Block" -- and seized crack cocaine, currency, and other evidence. Among the five suspects arrested and booked were Vincent Leroy McGowan and Loretta Ann McGowan.


On Jan. 7, they were formally charged by the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.


about 11 years ago

This and the "Open for business" posts just inspired me to make a late-night cruise of block...I remember parking in front of the building to visit Al's Variety Store, but couldn't remember what on earth was in the building aside from Twin Ports Upholstery.  Instead of hilariously named "businesses," I found everything vacant (outside of the upholstery shop) with a dumpster in front.

On the topic of odd storefronts, is '101 Deals' the same sort of thing?  I stopped in once on recommendation from another store owner that they might have some piece of electronics I was hunting for, and found the place to be rather odd and couldn't figure out what exactly it was that they did.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

I should have mentioned here that Union Block owner Franz Bier was bought out by Michael, Kathleen and Phillip Piper, who in late 2012 sold the Union Block for $370,000 to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Duluth.

It is part of a collaborative project being planned between Northern Communities Land Trust, Center City Housing Corp. and Churches United in Ministry to build a $12-million Section-8 housing development.

And yeah, the name of 101 Deals and the weirdness of it has always led me to think the same thing.

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