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West Duluth businesses aim for community with inaugural winter market

West Duluth small businesses pulled together to get people excited about their area by holding the first-ever Winter West Market on Saturday.

The Winter West Market is hosted by the West Duluth Business Club and it encourages community members to get out and shop at their local West Duluth businesses. This year 12 businesses around West Duluth participate by offering specials, such as free gift wrapping and chocolate, percentages off and buy-one-get-one deals, and marking their store with red balloons.

Joy Herbert, West Duluth Business Club board member and owner of Little Neetchers, hosted the kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at her business. Her hopes for the event was to bring business owners closer together to work as one.

"We've been here for 5 1/2 years and others have been here for longer and every year I just wished that we could get connected and bring people here. So it kind of came out of that," Herbert said. "Also I went to a couple of Lincoln Park meetings and saw how they have formed a great community that just kind of all came together and worked together and promoted each other."

Herbert said she is hoping this will be the beginning of something great.

"The goal is to work together more as a business community and just support each other and also build up this area and encourage people to come out here and explore West Duluth," she said. "I wanted it to spark some extra life here where businesses don't feel like they are working by themselves but working as a community."

Herbert also said she hoped the event would get people to shop more in West Duluth. Community members who visited at least four participating businesses were entered into a giveaway.

"I think that working together as businesses will encourage people to shop here and encourage more businesses to come out here if they feel like there is something growing," she said. "I'm just hoping this will be the beginning of some new things out here."

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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