Coffee lovers rejoice

Amity Coffee has finally started slinging coffee again out of its Lakeside location.

Last week, it broke its monthslong closure due to the pandemic.

But the business wasn't sitting idly during this time. Amity focused its attention on bulk orders for hospitals, families and others, according to its Facebook page.

You can visit Amity for to-go orders 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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The Benedictine Health System rebranded system-wide. It rolled out a new logo, new names for its living communities and a new organizational name: Benedictine.

With these changes also comes the renaming of Benedictine's Duluth location. Now, the "Benedictine Living Community of Duluth" will be known as "Benedictine Living Community Duluth," according to a news release.

The new system-wide name, Benedictine, further elevates its honor of the Benedictine Sister of St. Scholastica Monastery, the release says.

"Our new name and logo will be a visual representation of the renewed energy our teams are using to approach new challenges ahead," said Barb Wessberg, executive director of the Duluth location.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota rolled out an online mental health program for employers and their employees.

Through classes, employers can offer their employees help with managing their stress, establishing coping skills and building resiliency, a news release says.

In times like this, support matters.

Classes are one hour long, and cover topics like self-care, maintaining mental health, keeping connected with others during a pandemic, coping with children and more.

To find more information or schedule a class, reach NAMI Minnesota at

Duluth's own food parade

If you were one of the many hundreds (maybe thousands) who didn't score tickets to the Minnesota State Fair's food parade — don't stress.

Duluth's Best Bread launched its own food parade, complete with popular state fair foods, starting this week.

There will be cheese curd bread, white buckets overflowing with chocolate chips cookies and strawberry lemonade bars. I've never heard of cheese curd bread, but I know I need it in my life.

"People need their food. Plus, it's way more convenient to have it in Duluth," an email from the business says.

Of course, this isn't an official state fair event. Regardless, they plan to donate a portion of the profits to Minnesota State Fair Foundation, which supports the preservation of historic buildings and funds agricultural, scientific and educational fair programs.

The event runs 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and again 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 1-5.

Kelly Busche covers business and health for the News Tribune. Somehow, she landed tickets for the actual Minnesota State Fair Food Parade. She is most looking forward to the cheese curds.