Spring shop hop takes place in SuperiorSix Superior businesswomen throw open their doors to the community this weekend, offering a “shop hop” as distinctive as their wares.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Six Superior businesswomen throw open their doors to the community this weekend, offering a “shop hop” as distinctive as their wares.
During the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, visitors are encouraged to explore all six shops, which lie in a roughly three-mile loop from the South End to Winter Street, Hill Avenue to Tower Avenue.
“Come see what’s in your community,” said Tami LaPole Edmunds, co-owner of Art in the Alley Marketplace and Bead Gallery. “See all these wonderful businesses.”
Treats like mini bagels, cookies and lemonade await at each stop, along with specials and in-store drawings.
“All the shops we have in Superior are really darling,” said Roxanne DeMeyer, co-owner of Advantage Lawnscaping & Gifts. “Each one is unique; each shop has their little flavor.”
These six businesses offer a potpourri of textures, sights and smells.
“It’s such a unique mix, everything from art to clothing to garden to home décor to bath and body to classes,” said Edmunds. “It’s just creative, wonderful, unique merchandise.”
Visitors who get their card stamped at each shop will be entered into a drawing for $300 worth of gift certificates — $50 from each of the businesses. No purchase necessary.
The shop hop is a way to introduce community members to the businesses — three of which are new — and encourage them to shop locally.
“Shopping local businesses keeps your money local, keeps local people working and helps our economy,” said Kathi “Peachie” Schmid of Peachie’s Stained Glass.
Each of the six stores complements each other, said Linda Bourasa, manager for Sarabella, and each has great Mother’s Day gift options.
Sarabella stocks young, contemporary fashions for ladies and women that run the full gamut from special occasion dresses and travel wear to basic pieces and T-shirts. Although it’s been in Superior for seven years, the shop moved to its new location, 1613 Tower Ave., two years ago. Bourasa said many passers-by would be surprised to find that her chic fashions are quite affordable.
Advantage, located in the Winter Street Depot, has garden baubles and equipment for green thumbs of all levels, as well as green options like compost bins and rain barrels. Soon, greenhouse flowers and plants from Wentworth Gardens will also be available.
Art in the Alley, located in the 120-year-old Trade and Commerce building at the corner of Hammond Avenue and Broadway Street, offers a huge selection of beads, including one-of-a-kind ceramic stones. The new marketplace stocks artwork by 33 local artists, sells free-trade goods and offers classes for those interested in creating their own art.
Peachies has been a South End establishment for more than a decade, offering colorful glass giftware, jewelry, mosaics, beads and fused glass as well as a full line of stained glass supplies. Classes in creating stained glass and mosaics are also offered, with garden-themed classes starting soon.
For nearly 20 years, the Rocking Horse Gift Shop, located in the Erlanson’s building at 310 Belknap St., has provided one-of-a-kind gifts, furniture, linens and home furnishings, many by local artists.
Kate by Courtney & Leigh, an organic body, bath and bed store located across from the Superior-Douglas County YMCA, opened its doors last June. The business provides natural alternatives to the chemical-riddled products people use every day.
“We’ve been received really well,” said co-owner Linda Podvin. “We’ve had a lot of return customers.” The store’s bounty of soaps, lotions, cosmetics and more give people with sensitive skin better options.
But, Podvin said, “We’re still getting people to know who we are, what we are and where we are.”
She reached out to the five other businesswomen last fall to launch the first “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” event.
“We just thought it would be a fun way to draw some Duluth customers over to Superior,” said Barb Larson, owner of Rocking Horse Gift Shop.
Despite some bad weather – it was raining sideways that Saturday, according to Bourasa – customers flocked to the stores.
“It was just so fun last year, girls coming in laughing,” DeMeyer said.
“People had a great time,” Bourasa said.
So this spring, they’re doing it again.
“When six women-owned businesses join forces, we reach people,” Edmunds said.