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Maybe it all came down to that moment last fall when Stacy Foster stood in her store and asked herself, do I really want to do this another year? With a small women's clothing boutique like Eva Morris, it's the quiet times that got to her. "You burn out being alone," she said. "Personally I was burnt out." Foster realized the answer to the question was no, she didn't want to run the store another year. With her son graduating from high school next year, a change was coming to her life, anyway. He would go away to college, and she would move from Duluth.
Shannon Luloff was window shopping in downtown Hudson, Wis., a couple of years ago when she came across a business that excited her so much that she started a franchise in Duluth. "I walked by a store that was bright pink with women all dolled up and music blaring," Luloff said of BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar. "It was a very fun and hip environment." It was summer, so the doors were open. The energy drew her in. She asked what they were doing. They explained they were applying makeup, specializing in celebrity-style looks. "I was intrigued," Luloff said.
For the owners of the Minnesota Wine Exchange, Duluth's winter was a killer. Literally. The wine bar at 3 W. Superior St. in downtown Duluth closed in January due to slow business. "We ran into some issues," co-owner Brent Johanson said. "A lot was attributed to the weather. The weather was brutal." But Johanson and co-owner Debra Fellman say it's not the end of Minnesota Wine Exchange.
If Minnesota's business-to-business tax on warehouse rental and storage goes into effect April 1 as scheduled, the impact on port activity in Duluth could be huge. Cargo held in rented storage at docks and storage facilities in Duluth after being unloaded or before being shipped out would face more than 8 percent in sales taxes. That added cost to companies could drive business to Superior, said Mike McCoshen, president of Hallett Dock Co.
With subzero temperatures, Saturday wasn't the ideal day to open a frozen yogurt shop in Duluth. But owner Bill Marker wasn't wasting any time. "We start paying rent March 1," he said last week.
Despite a late start to last year's summer tourist season, it ended up being a good year for Duluth. People spent more than ever on lodging, food and beverages, judging by the bump in tourism taxes collected. Revenue from the city's hotel/motel and food/beverage taxes rose 4.6 percent in 2013 over 2012, according to recent city tallies.
Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth has chosen West Duluth for its much anticipated second store, after considering numerous locations in the greater Twin Ports area. The co-op's board of directors on Monday night unanimously approved the purchase of property at the corner of Grand Avenue and 45th Avenue West where the store will be built. "We've gotten a lot of calls from people happy with the decision, so that feels really good," said Sharon Murphy, the co-op's general manager.