Our muralist, Tom Napoli has been working hard daily to transform the front of The Boathouse. The mural, which spans the entire front of the store front will feature a nautical theme and a boathouse surrounding the front door. We are so excited to see the finished mural in a few weeks. Stay tuned for a blog when it is finished.
To see more of Tom's amazing work around Duluth click here
Have a great week!
The dust from construction has settled and with that the store has stayed clean enough to begin stocking. A lot of cool merchandise has made its way to the shelves, including some tasty MN made treats. We are excited to support local and MN made businesses in our store. Check out this sneak peek of some of the treats that will be in store and some of the shelves that were stocked this week.
Hope you all have a fun, safe and relaxing 4th of July! We will be spending the weekend organizing, stocking and getting the store ready to open...and finding time to celebrate too!
Lainey and Ole are 2 of the 4 dogs you may see running around the shop or staring at you from the windows. They love protecting the store from squirrels, barking at delivery drivers and taking naps with their favorite toys. Now if we could only get them to do some work around here ;)
Even though it may be slow at times things are continuing to move forward around the store! This week we have secured several, local treat vendors that we are excited to feature in store and our muralist, Tom continues to make progress on the beautiful mural that will be in front of the store. Check back for a blog update on the progress of the mural in the future!
Have a great week!
We are excited to finally be on Facebook and to use this platform to share updates, sneak peeks of the store and information about our grand opening. Speaking of sneak peeks, FOX21 stopped by last week for an interview and you can see a glimpse into the store during their interview. The link is on our Facebook if you want to check it out :) Please like our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/boathousemn.
We have also started the process of filling the store with merchandise. We started by filling the docks near the windows with some cool, summer merchandise. Check out some sneak peek pictures of the dock areas below.
If you're in the neighborhood make sure to peek in the windows and see the displays for yourself! Give us a smile and a wave if we are in the shop working. We love that we are starting to see more people out and about in Lincoln Park!
We cannot wait to have you all in store and shopping soon!
His name is Ole and this is his nametag! The old boat he is sitting in will be on display in the store. I photoshopped the stormy seas behind him. I’m having fun with all the nametags!
Have a great week!
We enjoyed a delicious dinner of fresh crappie tonight thanks to my husband Mark's brother Neil. They were really, really good! I had tarter sauce on the table and asked my brother Mark, who joined us for dinner, if he wanted some and he said, "Not when the fish taste this good." Thanks Neil!
Work continues on the build out. the inside is down to finishing details. Tomorrow Tom Napoli, a well-known Duluth muralist will begin painting a mural on the front of the building! I am very excited to see him working!
Enjoy the beautiful weather and stay safe!
I always wanted my own store and this was the start!
We had an old, single-car garage moved onto our lot on the North Shore Scenic Drive (old Highway 61). We installed a wooden floor, replaced the original garage door with the French doors, did a facelift on the exterior, added some lights and it was a perfect little store. We held many weekend, occasional sales over the years and met lots of great people from all over the world.
I really hope to see some of our customers from the Scenic Drive Boathouse at our new store!
Progress continues every week on the build-out. New front doors were installed today and other tasks are gradually being completed. I will be able to start filling the shelves soon!
Have a great week.
Six new windows were installed on the front of the building this week! I cant' believe how bright and cheery the store looks now. Next week the new doors will be installed. Work on the rest of the building front will be happening soon.
Activity is increasing in Lincoln Park as businesses open or prepare to reopen. We are hoping to open in June if all goes well.
Enjoy the sunny weather this week!
I’ve enjoyed working at the shop everyday since we purchased the building January 3. During January and February Jack (previous owner of the building and owner of Carr’s Hobbies) continued to run the store and sell out his remaining merchandise while Mark (my husband) and I worked in the office and basement. Everyday we’d take breaks, talk and joke with each other.
Jack was always willing to answer my questions and give me advice. He was a very wise man who lived an interesting life. I loved listening to him and I told him more than once that he should write a book. Mark also cared deeply for Jack. He told me he thought Jack was probably the nicest man he ever met.
In March and April Jack would stop in every-so-often and we would visit. He was having some health issues, but I thought he was improving. When Covid-19 struck and we were self-quarenteening, we didn’t see Jack, but he called a couple of times.
This past Saturday I called Jack to catch-up and tell him how things were progressing with the store. He didn’t answer, so I left a message. Since it was the fishing opener Saturday, I figured he was fishing. I found out later that day, that Jack had died Saturday morning. I was crushed. I considered him a very special friend and hoped that he, his wife and my husband and I would be able to spend fun times together in the coming years.
I regret the fact that I didn’t call him sooner. I hope he knew how much I respected him and enjoyed knowing him.
I could write much more about this wonderful man, who honorably served his country in the military for seven years, who enriched the lives of his customers and friends through his generous spirit and who never really grew up when it came to toys and hobby crafts.
The last couple of days at the store have been very sad. I see constant reminders of Jack. He was a very good man. I can’t wait to see him again.
The Minnesota Fishing Opener and Mother’s Day will be celebrated this weekend. We hope the fish are biting and Mothers everywhere are treated to a day of special appreciation, relaxation, presents and pampering!
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