As second generation owners, we look to keep the "spirit" behind Spirit Bay but also develop an updated business model that embodies our vision:
"To provide nature inspired beautiful treasures for the home or as gifts that focus on community and faith. We source local artisans and natural/organic products with companies we trust to help support our communities. Our passion is distinctive products with a purpose (products that “give back”) in the artistic realm of Native American, Christian and natural beauty for the home environment as well as other specialty arts, crafts, keepsakes, and conversation pieces. Not to mention souvenirs and reading materials for locals and tourists alike. We cater to the artsy-fartsy, the curious and the serious by providing a one of a kind shopping experience."
Duluth News Tribune article - November 20, 2016 by Brooks Johnson
"When Spirit Bay Trading Co. closed for a makeover last week, three generations of Smiths were there to see it happen: 67-year-old Terry Sr., his 48-year-old son Terry Jr. and his 15-year-old grandson, D.C. Talk about a family business...." (Click here to read more)
Our Mission Statement
To provide a memorable shopping experience for in-store and online visitors by cultivating a unique, enjoyable, caring and creative shopping environment where passion and purpose unite for every guest. We exist to create a shopping experience that embodies our spirit, invests in our community, and inspires others.
Spirit Bay Trading Company has been in business in the Duluth, MN area for 17 years. It was created and has grown to where it is now by Terry Smith, Sr. The initial and main focus has been on “carrying a wide selection of unique Native American arts, supplies, beads, gifts, leather goods, furs, feathers, and more for your hobbies or special gifts.”
Over the years, the store has been in five locations in Duluth. It has been at the current location on Canal Park for the past three years.
Terry Smith, Sr. retired from ownership of the company in September 2016 and is enjoying assisting in the store with his son, Terry Smith, Jr., who has taken ownership.
Terry Jr. and his wife, Suzi, 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.