The Duluth Vacuum Co. is celebrating its grand opening Saturday after eight months in business on Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown. The store sells vacuums and repairs of all makes and models. It also offers home purifications, laundry repair and air diffusers. The locally owned business is a sister store to Sara's Vac Shack in Cloquet.

The store's general manager, Sean Dechaine, said the store's management prides themselves on customer service and helping the community with all their vacuum needs.

This weekend's grand opening will aid the Humane Society of Douglas County by donating $10 for every person who attends the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Duluth Vacuum Co., 4879 Miller Trunk Highway. Attendees will also receive a $10 store credit. Duluth Vacuum Co. is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Weeping Willow has assorted gifts

A gift studio in Duluth offers a selection of local, handmade and artisan products.

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Weeping Willow Heartfelt Gifts at 1702 Miller Trunk Highway, Suite 103, has candles, decor, spa and self-care products, clothing, plants and novelty items.

Owned by Rick and Colleen Lampton, the store will also help create a gift basket of assorted items. According to its website, Weeping Willow aims to find trendy items before they become mass-produced at other stores.

Weeping Willow opened in December and celebrated its ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce on July 20. The gift shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Laura Butterbrodt covers health and business for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact her at 218-723-5320 or