Greetings again from Spirit Bay Duluth!
We hope that you're having a great week taking in the crisp weather, enjoying the last drops of fall before it slips away, and just enjoying life in general. We here at Spirit Bay certainly have!
We have an exciting store announcement for an upcoming event that we hope will exemplify our passion for showcasing local talent here in the Northland. Next Saturday, November 5th, Spirit Bay Duluth is honored to have James A. Brakken, award-winning author, educator and conservationist, for a book launch event!
James Brakken is launching his latest work- The Annotated Early Life Among the Indians: The 1892 Memoir of Benjamin Green Armstrong. It is a fascinating look into 19th century life from the perspective of Benjamin Armstrong, a 19th century Lake Superior frontier trader whose drive to defend his Native American friends knew no bounds. It is a story of courage and dedication to one's friends in a time when Western settlers changed the lives of the natives. Commentary by award-winning northwestern Wisconsin author and historian, James Brakken, with contributions by Prof. John (Little Bird) Anderson and Paul (Skabewis) DeMain.
We hope you'll join us next Saturday as we welcome Jim for what should be a wonderfully informative family friendly session! Make sure to stop in, and while you're there, check out our diverse selection of Native American crafts, beads, and Northwoods gifts and decor. See you on the 5th!
Until next time,
DATE:: Saturday, November 5, 2016
TIME:: 11:30am Informative Discussion
12:00pm - 1:30pm Book Signing
WHERE:: Spirit Bay Duluth | 395 S. Lake Ave., in Canal Park, Duluth, MN 55802 |
218-722-1839 | www.spiritbayduluth.com
COST: FREE! Books will be for sale and author is available for book signing.
Fall isn't done yet! Wow, what a gorgeous Fall day this past Saturday in the Northland.
We wait at the end of summer for a time when the trees change their leaves from deep green to the vivacious array of myriad colors that greet our eyes whenever the weather turns crisp. Alas, we wait...and when the colors finally do show themselves after a long summer of hiding, we have but a fleeting week (or two) to enjoy them before the October winds blow them free. With saddened hearts we watch them flutter gently in huge flurries to the ground like the clouds opened up and decided to precipitate leaves. It almost doesn't seem fair that we only get to see beautiful colors for such a short time each year. We are left with the bare exposed tree skeletons....there for the long frosty winter until the green starts to spring back in April. However, there is something noble about trees turning into such a magnificent display annually to give us such enjoyment and wonder before winter's hibernation. Our Creator has given us a mystery to behold where faith and Truth prevail. Until next Spring, dear trees: when we look forward to the new sprigs of life.
We hope you are able to get outside and enjoy all that nature has on display for us. While you're out and about, be sure to stop by Spirit Bay and say "hi," we'd love to meet you!
Welcome to the Spirit Bay Duluth Blog!
We invite you to peruse our NEW website! The site, the store in Canal Park and our online shop are a work in progress but please check in often for updates as we settle in to this amazing adventure.
What do we mean by adventure? If you haven't already read "Our Story," we recently became 2nd generation owners. Terry Smith, Sr. retired from ownership of the company in September 2016 and is enjoying "semi-retired" life assisting in the store with his son, Terry Smith, Jr., who is now the new owner.
Terry Jr., his wife, Suzi, and their son D.C. are excited about this new opportunity and are looking forward to adding their own fingerprint to Spirit Bay Duluth. They are especially excited about the "two stores in one" concept and bringing in a unique perspective to this distinctive specialty gift shop experience both in-store and online.
On a deeper level, we hope to not only provide quality merchandise and an extra special store experience, but to inspire and encourage you with our frequent musings on the Northland and our vision that we sincerely hope will bring a spirit of friendliness and good 'ol "Up Nort'" Minnesota Nice hospitality to Canal Park and everyone who shops with us.
On behalf of all of us, we thank you for checking us out and look forward to diving into this endeavor!
=Terry Jr., Suzi and D.C.