Three not-really-so-new businesses

PetGroomingWhen small businesses move into old buildings, sometimes it takes a while to get noticed. In this post we highlight three, starting in the Central Hillside with Le Chien Pet Salon at 810 E. Ninth St. Owner Heather Axtell opened this pet-grooming shop one year ago, offering all-breed dog and cat grooming — everything from a bath or nail trim to an everyday groom. Axtell says she has over 20 years experience in the field, and this is her third pet salon in Duluth. She was an original partner in Bark Avenue, which opened in 1996, and she also opened Pooch Paradise in 2004, which she owned until 2010.

SweetSpotDuluth has multiple golf courses for public use, but when the brutal winters hit, those courses don’t have much to offer. Co-owners Jamie Booterbaugh and Aucksone Somphouvieng opened the Sweet Spot last fall in the friendly West End, an indoor facility offering virtual golfing year-round. When the snow and the temperature drop, the Sweet Spot and its two virtual golf simulators offer over 80 golf courses to those who want to keep their clubs in use over the winter months. The location is 2908 W. Third St., near Harrison Park.


Open since late summer of 2014, the Canal Park Flea Market offers a venue for the buying and selling of a wide array of items, from sports memorabilia and video games to action figures and rock T-shirts. Located at 329 Canal Park Drive, across from the Inn on Lake Superior, this market offers items unlikely to be found in any department store. And in times of cold weather the “free winter clothing” bin is there to serve.

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Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago


The Sweet Spot is closed as of December 2016 according to these two Facebook posts:

Dec. 14:
BUSINESS FOR SALE!!!! Owner relocated out of state due to other businesses, and has the Sweet Spot for sale as a whole business, or willing to sell just the simulators. Low asking price of $33,000 for whole business. Asking $25,000 for just the simulators. Obo. Negotiable and motivated to sell. Perfect time to buy as it is 100% turn key and ROI starts immediately. PM if interested.
Dec. 22
The Sweet Spot is officially closed for business. Owner has relocated and has the simulators for sale or the business as a whole. Have almost 40k in to new sims that were replaced February 2016, make offer on 1 or both simulators or business and all supplies/equipment. Will provide info and pictures to interested buyers.

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