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Introducing the Duluth Winter Village, a Celebration of Local Business

DULUTH, MINN. — In an effort to celebrate shopping local during the holidays and make Duluth a destination year round, the founding board is proud to introduce the Duluth Winter Village: an outdoor winter market designed around small business, our scenic city and the holiday season.

The Duluth Winter Village is a two-day festival where local businesses will sell their goods out of wooden cabins while visitors enjoy food and beverages, campfires by the lake, music and more. The event will take place December 3 and 4, 2016, on the grounds of Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate that was once home to one of Duluth’s earliest champions of local business.

With nearly 30 businesses involved, this is the largest outdoor market in the region. It’s also unique in that the vendors are businesses with retail locations, all brought together for this special event. Participants include Frost River, Bent Paddle, Epicurean, Northern Waters Smokehaus, Mike and Jen’s Cocoa, SIIVIIS gallery, Saffron and Grey Couture Floral Design and many more.

The decor and original idea were inspired by european winter markets, where residents bundle up and head outside to shop the businesses in their hometown.

“We wanted to make shopping local during the holidays as fun and easy as possible,” explained Mallory Moore, Duluth Winter Village president and founder of Duluth Loves Local. “Local businesses are so important to our identity as a city. This event is a celebration of that—with hot cocoa and carols, too.”

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event, with packages ranging from $100 to $20,000, each with unique benefits. There’s also an opportunity to sponsor a Heritage Cabin, where funders can emblazon a company or family name on a cabin for the life of the event.

“This Heritage Cabin is a big deal not only because your name will be tied to an annual event that will become family tradition, but because it means you supported this cause from its inception,” explained Ben Mork, board member and owner of Mainstream Fashion for Men. “Support for the local and small business community like that doesn’t go unnoticed.”

If you would like to get involved with the event, or are interested in sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact hello@duluthwintervillage.com.

Contact: Mallory Moore, Gia Bellamy