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The Memo: Cheers to Northern Ale Stars Homebrewer's Guild on its 40th anniversary

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Jake Rodel, of Duluth, from left, and Dan Slick, of Superior, with the Northern Ale Stars Homebrewers Guild, talk to Brett Binns and Celina Bins at Bent Paddle in 2015. The guild has planned free public events in the Twin Ports this week through the fall.
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TWIN PORTS — In celebration of Northern Ale Stars Homebrewer's Guild's 40th anniversary, free public events will be held at breweries around the area through fall.

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The guild is a social club of home brewing enthusiasts whose goal is to gather, share, educate, inform, critique and brew craft beer, ceder and mead. It is Minnesota's oldest home brewing club, organized in 1982. Visit northernalestars.club for more information.

Homebrewer's Guild members will be present to discuss and answer questions about beer brewing:

  • Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Ursa Minor Brewing, 2415 W. Superior St., Duluth. There will be prize drawings, hand-pumped pub-style ale brewed by Homebrewer's Guild members and music.
  • Aug. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Bent Paddle Brewing, 1832 W. Michigan St., Duluth. There will be free pint coupons, brewery tours and giveaways to Homebrewer's Guild members.
  • Sept. 17 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Thirsty Pagan Brewing, 1615 Winter St., Superior. A brewing expo will include brew demonstrations, gear swap, prizes and local craft vendors.
  • Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m. at Warrior Brewing Co., 2711 W. Superior St., Suite 204, Duluth. An awards ceremony will be held for a home brewing competition. The competition is open to all, and opens Sept. 1.

Also notable is although Warrior Brewing does not have a taproom, off-sale is now open Mondays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Warrior Brewing is owned and operated Matt Caple and Ben Gipson. Caple is a disabled Army veteran; Gipson is a master brewer.
Warrior Brewing makes charitable contributions to military, veteran and first responder organizations. It opened in May 2021 in the former Lake Superior Brewing Co. location in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Warrior Brewing Company, in the former Lake Superior Brewing Company space in Lincoln Park, has plans to contribute assistance to local veterans groups.


Stride program serves BIPOC entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur Fund has launched its Stride program to create a low-barrier entry and peer focus to business ownership and growth for Black, Indigenous and people of color entrepreneurs. An advisory committee comprised of successful entrepreneurs and leaders of color is responsible for shaping targeted strategies and meaningful resources. The committee will provide insights, networks and support to Stride participants.

Those eligible for the program include aspiring and current entrepreneurs who reside within the Entrepreneur Fund’s 17-county region across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Participants have access to two track options: Start-Up for those ready to launch a business and Level-Up for those with existing businesses who want to expand. Both tracks offer BIPOC entrepreneurs access to grants, zero percent interest loans, business courses and one-on-one strategic advising. Learn more at entrepreneurfund.org/programs/stride .

The first Stride cohort begins this month and is targeting participation across rural, Native and urban communities. In a press release, Director of Business Services Andrea Black said: “As we launch our first program cohort it’s exciting to see culturally-centric groups of entrepreneurs meet each other to share successes, struggles and ideas, while also participating in learning opportunities to develop business skills.”

Famous Dave's moving to Hermantown

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Famous Dave's plans to move from Duluth's Canal Park to Hermantown.
Clint Austin / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, located in Canal Park, 355 South Lake Ave., will be relocating this fall to a more centralized site at 4216 Richard Ave., near Sam's Club in Hermantown.

Famous Dave's franchise owner Greg Toon said he aims to open the new location in October, contingent on construction going as planned.

As the end of the lease at its current location approaches, Toon said the decision to change locations was made to maximize operations and efficiency from a smaller space. The move will also enable Famous Dave's to broaden its customer base to serve customers locally and regionally, instead the current focus on serving tourists in Canal Park.

"We're excited to set up for the next coming years in the business to serve the Northland. The move should continue to allow us to provide services," Toon said. "We will continue the same operations and catering services."

The new building will include seating for up to 104, which is similar to what is offered at its current location. In the summer, the new patio will seat up to 40 people.


Blessing Royal Collection offers services for textured hair

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Jasmine Flowers

DULUTH — Blessing Royal Collection is a new hair-braiding and styling salon, clothing store and eyelash boutique that sells products to support textured hair. Other services include weaves, wigs, extensions and more.

It opened July 1 at 12 S. 15th Ave. E. The boutique is open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. Hair bookings are available, appointment-only by calling 218-341-9469.

Owner Jasmine "Styles" Flowers, 28, got her start by providing hair services from her kitchen and selling products from the trunk of her vehicle. She has been involved in The Northland Black Business Showcase as a vendor, and is excited to open her own storefront to showcase her passion for doing hair and uplifting others.

Eighteen vendors will be at the Duluth event from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Washington Center Gym.

"The drive behind Blessing Royal Collection is deeper than just selling hair merchandise as a single mom of two," Flowers said. "I battled depression after my son was hit by a car, so I started a journey to help these around me. I focused on empowering young girls and women who may need a friend support system or someone to trust, while aiding them with the resources to become their own boss and creating a chain to build other women up.

"Everyone should feel blessed in their day-to-day life, and I hope I give inspiration to those who look up to me."

Brielle Bredsten The Memo

Brielle Bredsten is the business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Technical Communication, with minors in Advertising and Creative Writing from Metropolitan State University, in addition to a two-year professional paid internship as reporter/editor of the student newspaper.

She is an award-winning professional writer, photographer and editor based in rural Minnesota. Over the past decade, Brielle Bredsten has contributed more than 1,000 articles, feature stories, non-profit press-releases, photographs and columns. Her work has been published in several community newspapers.

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