Downtown store openings galore

Several stores recently opened in downtown Duluth , though not all store signs are up yet. They’re all locally owned and operated and not associated with retail chains.

Port City Antiques opened quietly on Saturday at 120 W. Superior St. The new antique mall with about 30 dealers fills the 6,000-square-foot space that formerly housed the Saw-Mill Unpainted Furniture Store.

Jerry Fredrickson, founder and former owner of Father Time Antiques in Canal Park is behind the new mall.

Some dealer have more items to add to their displays and a couple of Twin Cities dealers have yet to move in. But so far, it’s looking good. I found something I had to have within minutes of walking though the door on Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Sundays when they’re open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A block to the west, Superior Ballroom Dance Studio opened a storefront at 208 W. Superior St. on May 1. Led by award-winning dancer Andrea Kuzel, it’s the only dance studio around devoted to teaching ballroom dance to adults in the Duluth area. And classes for children are coming this summer, too, she says.

For more information about private and group lessons, call (218) 348-1928 or just stop in.

Over at Fitger’s Brewery Complex, Lotus on the Lake, a new women’s boutique also opened on May 1 on the Superior Street Level. The space previously had been occupied by Andi’s Closet which has moved downstairs.

The store offers moderate to upper end clothing for women ages 35 and older as well as jewelry, paper goods and home decor similar to what Catherine Imports carried in the Duluth Technology Village. Catherine’s, which had quite a fan base, closed late last year.

That’s because Kelly Yetter, Catherine’s former store manager and Jackie McLean, Catherine’s office manager, are behind this venture. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

As we previously told you, Eva Morris, another new women’s boutique opened recently at 732 E. Superior St., next to Coppola Artistica and Va Bene Italian cafe.

It offers clothing at affordable prices to women of all ages and includes larger sizes. Owner Stacy Foster previously operated Colors of Benetton at Fitger’s which closed in January. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

While it’s not a storefront, Northland Special Events opened a showroom just inside the front door of the Torrey Building, 314 W. Superior St., on May 1.  The site also serves as the wedding and event planner’s offices, floral studio and design center. They plan to have regular hours come fall, but until then, it’s by appointment. Call (218) 499-9449.


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