Greetings once more from your sun-starved, spring-seeking, and always loyal friends at Spirit Bay!
This time of year, we can’t blame each other if we’re more than ready to hang up the heavy coats and enjoy being outdoors in the warmer weather, even for those of us winter-lovin’ Duluthians who are sad to see the torrents of melted snow cascading down the streets and feel the powerful rays of the toasty sun drip down our necks. But let’s be honest here…we live in the Northland. We’ll get back to the frigidness before you can say, “spring is here,” if that’s your jam. But for the rest of us (whether we be snowbirds or simply year-round locals who are grateful for the “balmy” above-50-degree temps), it sure is nice to be back out in the nature we love and experiencing the variety of climate we are so blessed to experience.
We have enjoyed some truly beautiful weather lately and are starting to see the peeks of tulips, daffodils, pussy willows, and other gorgeous plants along with the cacophony of chirping, flitting, and joyfully singing birds. Even they seem grateful to be back out in their favorite trees, belting out their glee like a high-pitched choir. We even have the privilege of watching a robin build his nest in an evergreen outside our window!
With the warming weather and thoughts of Spring, you’d better bet that Spirit Bay is preparing for Spring too! We’re excited to introduce some new and exciting products:
With the change of season, new birth of foliage and itty-bitty baby animals everywhere (awwwww), it reminds us of the ultimate rebirth…the one Christ provided us by His death and resurrection. May you be comforted by His assuring and inspiring promise of hope and eternal life where there is no more sorrow and no more tears
Enjoy the beauty of Easter, absorb it for all its worth, revel in its fresh and exciting promise, but most importantly…(wait for it)…stop into Spirit Bay! Alright, fine, we didn’t have to put that pitch in, but we really do want you all to have a truly excellent Easter!
‘Til next time,
-Your Friends at Spirit Bay
Well, it’s officially Spring in the Northland, and the weather is teetering back and forth as if to tease us that Spring is really here, but that’s okay! We are hardy Duluthians, and part of the grueling process of earning that rugged and admirable definition is being patient with undecisive ‘ol nature.
For the last couple of months while the trees slumbered and warmth-craving folks were packed tightly into their heat-packed houses with cabin fever (or perhaps out skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tobogganing, snowball fighting, snowman making, or Lake Superior surfing if you have a “Duluth” chromosome or two in your genome), Spirit Bay has been busy working behind the scenes! What’s the result of all this hard work? Well, we have a few fun things to share...
As many of you are aware, being “new” owners (2nd generation), we have updated our exciting vision and our look a little bit. We are a “two stores in one” concept. One is the foundation that our store was built upon, Spirit Bay Trading Company, specializing in Native American beads, arts and crafts; and the other is our up-and-coming gift shop that we are in the process of growing.
Secondly, we are also excited to finally reveal our NEW look, formulated with loving care from months of effort at the drawing board during snowy days, experimenting with colored pencils, stencils, and pastels (alright, that’s an exaggeration; modern-day technology makes everything easier):
Lastly, we want you to know that we deeply appreciate our customers and care about your needs and thoughts, and we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your input on three survey questions used through the SurveyMonkey link.
Thank you for your continued business and we look forward to a super, scintillating, SPIRIT BAY SPRING! (Seriously, do enjoy all that spring has to offer as nature changes course and a wave of refreshing, vibrant life washes over the Northland!)
Until next time,
Your Friends at Spirit Bay
Well, here we are, a week into the New Year. As the media has been flooded with images of the year, top 10 lists or the best of this and the worst of that, I think about that seemingly contradictory yet wonderfully insightful first paragraph from A Tale of Two Cities:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us...”
2016 seemed to bring in a barrage of surreal situations in a variety of ways not unsimilar to the wise and maybe even prophetic words of Mr. Dickens. Whether the past year was the best, worst or just “meh” for you, we thought we’d share some highlights of 2016 from Spirit Bay Duluth! Not quite a top 10…it’s our top 9 (we dare to be different).
Did you know tomorrow, January 8th, is Elvis’ birthday?
In honor of Elvis, we’d like to say:
We wish we could share a nice peanut butter and banana sandwich with you (we can’t), but we do have a plethora of lovely crafts, gifts and décor items we’d be happy to show you or chat about some of the unique photographs, books or one-of-a-kind items that are showcased in our Canal Park retail store.
Stop by; we’d love to meet you!
The following are our best wishes for a…
A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year! (author unknown)
We hope you’ve had a great weekend, drinking up the last drops of fall color, soaking up the sunshine, and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather before the frosty, refreshing tide of winter comes rolling in. Despite what the weather of this past weekend might have convinced you, it is already November! Yes, we’ve enjoyed the entirety of the essence of the bridging month of September and the delightfully vibrant, crisp month of October, and now it’s time for November. What qualities are defined by this month? Well, let’s think about something besides the weather for a moment. What good is there in confining our “thanks giving” to one day out of an entire month, when we have so many incredible blessings to be grateful for at all times? In honor of that proposition, let’s make November a month of gratitude. Of course, we should always ponder the bountiful bouquet of blessings bestowed upon our bodies and souls, but if one must take a month to, especially ponder upon what we have to be thankful for, let it be November. So, for our first post of the month, here are just a few of our reflections as we head into the season of gratitude:
Lastly, (at least for this post; there is no limit to our thankfulness outside of the tight and impersonal confines of cyberspace), we are grateful for gratefulness! In other words, we are grateful that not everything in the world feels grim and unpromising. Blessings are everywhere for everyone if we just take the time to notice. We encourage you this month, and always, to just pause, take a deep breath, glance around you, think of the positive, wonderful things in your lives, and take a moment to acknowledge how blessed you really are as the craftsmanship of an all-powerful Creator.
Thank you for being grateful with us as we celebrate the time leading up to the Thanksgiving/Christmas season.
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.
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.