A short move
The building that once housed Carmody's 61 in Two Harbors has a new tenant — one that's familiar to many.
McQuade's Pub and Grill will move from its downtown location into the former Viking Legends building along Minnesota Highway 61. The owner plans to open in this space sometime this month, according to a social media post.
With the move also comes a need for more staff. McQuade's is hiring for all positions, including prep cook, bartender, dishwasher, host, server and more.
Here's some more North Shore business news: Lake County is using its federal stimulus money to support local businesses.
The Small Business Relief Fund will allocate funding from its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act allotment to businesses, with hopes of easing hardships the pandemic caused, a news release says.
Up to $10,000 is available for businesses with 11-20 employees, while those with less than 10 employees are eligible for $5,000 in grant funding for eligible expenses.
The fund was created through a partnership between the county's board of commissioners and chamber of commerce. They will be reviewing applications monthly until the money runs out.
Find more information on the chamber's website, lakecounty-chamber.com.
Fudge for troops
Duluth's Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory stores are launching a campaign to bring something sweet to troops overseas.
When customers purchase one pound of fudge, the store will send a free pound of fudge to military personnel from the Duluth area who are serving overseas, an email from the company says.
The owners, Debbie and Michael Bole, say the free fudge is their small way of showing appreciation for troops who are abroad.
The business, with stores in Canal Park and Miller Hill Mall, is partnering with the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America for the initiative, which runs until the end of September.
Ships for sale
One of my coworkers pointed out an article in last week's Ohio's Great Plains Dealer that detailed the retirement of a longtime Great Lakes cruise company, Blount Small Ships Adventure.
Of course, my coworker also reminded me that several of Blount's ships have seen the Duluth port.
According to News Tribune archives, the 183-foot Grande Marine visited Duluth in 2004, and the 183-foot Grande Caribe visited in 2005.
Now, the Grande Marine is destined for sale — and it's listed with a modest $6 million price tag.
There's more information on two other ships that are on the market, including the Grande Caribe as well as the approximately 177-foot Niagara Prince, on Blount's website, blountboats.com.
Kelly Busche covers business and health for the News Tribune. She really tried to made a pun in this column about ships, but she was knot able to come up with one worthy of print.