The Memo: What to know in business this week for Aug. 14
The Number: 931 That's how many separate items are up for sale at next week's auction in Ely that appears tied to the closure of Wilderness Outfitters. Among the individual pieces in the first lot, starting at $19,680, are a mounted moose head, a...
The Number: 931
That's how many separate items are up for sale at next week's auction in Ely that appears tied to the closure of Wilderness Outfitters. Among the individual pieces in the first lot, starting at $19,680, are a mounted moose head, a 1999 Dodge van, 11 mounted fish on a plaque, 53 tarps, 41 cots, a mounted black bear cub - oh, and thousands of dollars worth of boats, motors, trailers and fishing and backpacking gear. The combined value easily seems more than $20,000, but no one asked me.
The Word: "It will be a shame to have to remove trees and grass to make a parking lot on this property. In my opinion this will diminish the aesthetics of my property and the neighborhood just so I can comply with a broad brush ordinance," landlord Jay Reiling wrote to city councilors last week in protest of rental parking rules and fees. Just an occasional reminder that higher costs to maintain a rental means higher rent, which the city is seeing plenty of already.
The Lead: War is hell, unless it involves pizza or lightsabers. Five Superior pizza joints are competing in "Pizza Wars" this month, a Superior Business Improvement District promo that is helping to remind us all that, jeez, Superior has a lot of pizza places. Featuring Pizza Man, Sammy's Pizza, Sclavi's, Thirsty Pagan and V.I.P., patrons can vote online at superiorbid.com/pizza-wars-voting through Aug. 30.
The Happy Hour: How about a hearty sláinte for Dubh Linn Irish Pub, which was recently named one of the top 40 whiskey bars/restaurants in the country by Whisky Advocate Magazine, and the only one chosen from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. The downtown Duluth pub has stockpiled more than 350 different bottles, prompting a friend visiting town last week to say: That place had a ton of whiskey. The leading trade publication on the storied spirit agrees.
The Meeting: Mix it up
Unplug from that secure network at your desk and meet fellow business folk at a Chamber networking event Tuesday night. The new member mixer will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Chamber members pay $10, ambassadors are free and everyone else pays $25. Visit duluthchamber.com to learn more.
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