The Memo: New store for pet lovers opens in Fitger's complex

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DULUTH — A gift store for dog and cat lovers has opened in the Fitger's complex, across the hall from A Place For Fido.

Fido's Pawsome Gifts opened last week, and features apparel, decor and other pet-themed gifts.

Jamie Parent owns both stores on the lower level of Fitger's. She opened A Place For Fido in 2012 in the space Fido's Pawsome Gifts now occupies. Both stores are dog-friendly, allowing shoppers to bring their furry friends. Among merchandise at Fido's Pawsome Gifts are T-shirts from local business MN Nice Dog Co.

Crank and Dasher open for season

Speaking of Fitger's, Crank and Dasher handcrafted ice cream opened earlier this month. The artisanal ice cream and baked goods business in the Fitger's courtyard is now open on weekends, weather permitting. Once school is done for the year, Crank and Dasher will expand its daily hours for the summer season.

Crank and Dasher is typically open at Fitger's through September, and has a catering service for special events in the area.


What's going on at Shopko?

If you've noticed increased construction at the former Shopko building on Duluth's West Central Entrance, here's the scoop: The building was purchased by Furniture Mart USA last spring for $3 million. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based furniture company owns and operates the brands Furniture Mart, Ashley Homestore, Unclaimed Freight Furniture and Carpet One.

Chief Operating Officer Troy Eichmann said the company is in the process of renovating the 6.7-acre lot at 801 W. Central Entrance. An opening date and specific store brand has not officially been announced yet, but Eichmann said the company is aiming to open later this summer.

The company owns and operates the brands Furniture Mart, Ashley Homestore, Unclaimed Freight Furniture and Carpet One.

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

Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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