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DULUTH PACK BAGS FOR DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

June 25, 2015
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This secret has been almost bursting out of our mouths for the past few months. We almost can’t believe it. Recently, we’ve teamed up with our super cool pals from the XCEL Energy Center to partner up together and create these special Dave Matthews Band bags for the band. Pinch us, seriously.

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The bag of choice that will be totted around by the legendary band is the Duluth Pack Deluxe Laptop Daypack in the clean navy hue canvas. You can shop this killer cool piece here .

The Dave Matthews Band concert held at the XCEL Energy Center is on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The bags will be hand delivered to their team by the XCEL Energy Center and the Duluth Pack Lifetime Guarantee form along with other thank you notes will be provided inside their new keepsakes.

Thanks for getting just as excited as we are. Stay tuned for new partnership in the future. You already know we have a few more up our sleeves for the year!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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KISS THE COOK

May 11, 2015
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Get ready for a stomach growl, because delicious looking grub is coming your way!

Tis the season where barbecuing, summer grilling, and over the bonfire meals are prepared, cooked and then gobbled down. Needless to say, it’s our absolute favorite time of year! Spicy, salty, sweet, sour and a twist of savory are all found in this post. Whether it’s finger linkin’, grab and go, simmer over the fire, or just plain ole’ good looking morsels, we’re all over it! Thanks to the ease and instant accessibility of Pinterest (follow us by hitting THIS link) , anyone can become the new up and coming Betty Crocker. Check out some of our “need to try before we die” meals below.

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We’re starting off with a bang! As in, Dynamite Bang Bang Shrimp, folks! Wow-ee THIS recipe has seriously left my stomach craving and my tastebuds eager to gobble down this dish. If you’re not a fan of seafood or allergic, you can easily substitute chicken into the meal. This recipe knocks it out of the park, no questions asked.

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This photo makes use just think, “Hello there, carbs.”. The most All-American meal (minus hot dogs and burgers of course) but in a close third place is the notorious grilled cheese sandwich. It just takes you back to middle school days, doesn’t it? The ooey gooey filling of melted cheese squashed in-between two perfectly crisp pieces of bread – it’s like heaven on a plate. THIS dish pushes us to step up the grilled cheese game and incorporate a few more ingredients that will make the sandwich go from ‘yum’ to ‘give me now!’ kind of attitude. Now all we need is a cup of tomato soup and we are good to go.

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A food related blog post is nothing without a hint of sweet sugary goodness in the mix. Please note, THESE cupcakes are watermelon inspired. So, we take it that they count as a serving of fruit, too (kidding – kind of) .

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A scrumptious salty solution is here! The combination of Snickers and salty – that was the ticket to convince us to try THIS in a split second. Crunchy goodness is always a yes in our book.

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Veggies are tasty, friends. Especially when they are topped with sour cream and turned into fritters. Wa-la, wa-la! THESE suckers are fool-proof to make are and incredibly delectable. Give your side dishes a zip and try them for your next din. Ps: When you do, please feel free to invite the Duluth Pack clan.

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CHILI. CHEESE. FRIES. FIRE. Did we mention cheese? Yes, THESE babies are such a treat, especially when out in the brush. Some of our team has made these and swears they hit the spot when you’re craving a meal that maybe isn’t oh so healthy, but is darn good cookin’.

You all need some supplies to help with your prepping and food festivities. Check out our entire spread of cooking supplies (available in store and ONLINE ) that helps make your dinner a breeze. Maybe none of these recipes don’t intrigue you. Not a problem! Check out Duluth Pack’s minimal step meals, especially if you’re heading into the woods or on the water – HERE .

Have any of you tried or concocted these recipes before? We’d love to hear your opinions! Also, if you have a recipe that is share worthy, please feel free to email us at: [email protected] We will test them out and write another blog on our findings!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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April 20, 2015
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Cuddles, kisses, snuggles, footsie. Oooh yeah, that’s the good stuff or also known in every day lingo.. TLC.

That’s great and all, but that’s not quite the tender loving care we are discussing today. HOLD IT! Don’t you go anywhere. This read is necessary if you own, borrow, or even thinking of buying or using a Duluth Pack!

We’re all about the touching, holding, caring, and forever love you feel for your Duluth Pack and keep on keepin’ on with it, but we’re discussing how to truthfully “care” and revamp your Duluth Pack to look like a shiny new penny.

Here are some easy peasy guideline and tricks of the trade we here at Duluth Pack have seen work – yes, we are confident about it, because we are time tested for over a century! So, without a further a do, let’s get to the nitty gritty frequently asked questions…READY, SET, GO.

1) How do I clean my Duluth Pack?

We DO NOT recommend putting our packs in a washing machine as it may have the potential to compromise the integrity of the bag. We do recommend washing our packs by hand with a mild detergent (i.e. unscented hand soap, dish detergent, etc.). Please feel free to check out our website with care instructions and a tutorial of how to do so.

2) What do I do if my Duluth Pack gets wet?

It’s life, it happens. Let your pack air dry completely in a well ventilated area. Also remember to condition your leather! Hello, leather is skin. Skin gets dry, so condition it every so often. We recommend our selection of the brand LEXOL that has cleaners and conditions. Available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and online at www.duluthpack.com.

3) Where do I send my Duluth Pack for repairs?

Bumps and bruised a bit? No worries, we’re here! We may not be St. Nick, but we do work like elves here in our shop! Send your repair to: 1610 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806. Please remember to include a note with your contact information, mailing address, and a description of what repairs you would like us to do. We will give you a call for any estimates, and we will not repair your pack until you approve them. Not to toot our own horn or anything (toot, toot!) but we have been in the same facility for over a century!

Now, these are the top questions/concerns/comments we hear almost on a daily basis. You, our customer and us here at the Duluth Pack team respect and understand the craftsmanship, time, effort, and care it took to not only create that precious bag of yours, but the adventures and memories associated with it. We want you to get the best care possible all around with Duluth Pack and that requires what goes in and on your pack as well.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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SOME THINGS DON’T GO WELL TOGETHER…

April 6, 2015
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SOME THINGS DON’T GO WELL TOGETHER…

Some things don’t go well together, but many Duluth Pack products do!

We all think the cliche combos, cookies and milk, macaroni and cheese (cartoon shapes, please!) , the moon to the stars, and the timeless apple of my eye phrase. These are great, but come on! Let’s get a little zesty and switch it up! So, here at Duluth Pack we have brought humor to the sentimental and honestly, cringe worthy combinations. Exhibit A) A man in a tutu. Oh, yes. We so did that! The other two options that were blasted out includes refreshing OJ and toothpaste and then the stomach turning burritos and marathons duo. Can you say, gut rot? Aye caramba!

Duluth Pack is taking a spin on things. We want to showcase the materials, products, and fun aspects we use to intrigue and motivate our customers to see the quality and fun experience we as a whole brand bring to the table. Stay tuned for what else we have up our sleeve! Trust us, we’re just getting started!

So, maybe you don’t have a clue what we are even talking about. Shame on you! Kidding..kind of. Jump and get on the cool Duluth Pack bandwagon and subscribe to our emails at www.duluthpack.com.

Have a few ideas of what we should market in our “Some thing don’t go well together” campaign? Spill the beans and let us know! We would love to hear your input!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK – LARGEST BWCAW COOPERATOR

March 23, 2015
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Yes, you’ve heard it before and you will hear it again from us. Duluth Pack is the largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the entire world! (SERIOUSLY cool, right?!). We know, we know – we’ve got some major bragging rights and are sure as heck flattered and proud to promote it!

For 133 continuous years, we’ve been proud to say our roots as a brand and company started with being the original Boundary Waters canoe pack. Even though we have expanded our line into lifestyle, hunting, and collaborations, we still keep the outdoors near and dear, especially the Boundary Waters territory.

Whether you’re a beginner or seniority (You know who you are. You can basically walk the grounds with your eyes closed) within the Boundary Waters area, the stories and experiences are endless. I mean, you know a good story is coming when either weather, animals, or scary stories are involved! Ps: Has anyone ever heard of Piccolo Bob? Those stories kept me up for days! Anyways, before we get too off topic… the adventure starts, every traveler must be prepared with their essentials for the stay. Each one of these necessities is easily found at our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota or on our extremely accessible website: www.duluthpack.com.

From insect covers to food, or a bear whistle to a banana saver, we’re ready to outfit you for every journey. Our packs are durable, our supplies is top-notch, and our customer service is one-of-a-kind. Once each and every customer is outfitted for their experience ahead, we are ready to issue a BWCAW permit. Again, we can’t help ourselves from saying it, but we are THE LARGEST COOPERATOR OF BWCAW PERMITS IN THE WORLD! (Raise the roof, people!)

So, in the end, go to a retailer and brand (here’s Duluth Pack!) that has experience and knowledge of helping hundreds of individuals each season, so they have the best camping and canoeing trip they will remember for the rest of their lives. Of course, the best stories also involve you taking us along with, too! From generation to generation and from portage mile to portage mile, we cherish our little vacay up North with you all. It’s something we look forward to year after year.

Now the real question is, who is ready to get camping?! Ps: My hand is raised way, way, way up!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

March 16, 2015
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DULUTH PACK IS FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

Here at Duluth Pack we pride ourselves on a few values and interests. We stand for American Made quality, lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and our hardware, hardworking women and men behind the brand, simple designs and durability, and lastly, for the love (let’s not forget obsessions) of animals.

At our flagship store located at 365 Canal Park Drive here in Duluth, Minnesota, we allow animals of all kinds to come on in and enjoy the fun. From Great Danes to pigs (yes, we have had this happen) and we have had a few cats on a leash as well! Everyone can enjoy the Duluth Pack experience in some way, shape or form (can’t forget breed!).

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Not only does Duluth Pack allow your fur friend to enter our facilities, we also cater to their needs, wants, and desires as well. Can you say, TREAT?! From our great selection of pet treats, to leashes, collars, chew toys, our Duluth Pack dogs beds, and winter booties, we’re looking out for your whole family! Don’t worry, Max. We didn’t forget about you! Please find our selection of animal products in store and online at www.duluthpack.com.

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Lastly, most who work here at Duluth Pack own some kind of pet. Whether that be a small breed, large canine, or cuddly cat, we all understand the aspect of making them a priority. Not only in your life, but ours as well. We know you are proud of your pooches and kitties and have the desire to showcase their adorable faces to the world. Well, you’re are in luck, because Duluth Pack is calling out for all animal lovers! It’s your chance to have Duluth Pack help you out! Please submit any of your pets photos with your beloved Duluth Pack product to [email protected]! We would love to make not only your day, but everyone who sees it, too! By submitting photos, you give Duluth Pack the right to use these images. (Plus, we gush over them all day!).

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THE BIG REVEAL

March 2, 2015
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THE REVEAL IS HERE!

No need for you to wait any longer! After all the clues and the teasing, we are ready to announce who we are making packs for this year! READY…..SET….. it’s MAROON 5! It’s completely okay to scream, fist pump, jump out of our chairs, and yes, even drool (I did shamelessly!) .

This is a special project we’ve had to keep our lips sealed (been harder than you can believe) now for a few months and we could hardly wait to let the news explode out of our mouths! Last year Duluth Pack created special embroidered packs for the unbelievably well known band, Mumford and Sons and this year Maroon 5. Maybe this is a “M” theme for now we’re going on, but we are excited to get not only a judge on the highly recognized show, The Voice, not only People Magazine’s “The Sexiest Man Alive” cover star, and we can’t forget Adam Levine (the lead singer) is married to an angel, pun intended, too. Yes, he is married to a Behati Prinsloo a Victoria’s Secret model. Could we ask for more positive media coverage on such a well known celebrity and entertainer? That would be difficult!

Anyways, we have the entire band of Maroon 5 strutting around with their custom made Duluth Pack Scout Packs in our great lakes color. We highly recommend you following Maroon 5’s taste and style and going with this bag handcrafted by Duluth Pack (hint, hint – it’s a top seller!) . You can find our Duluth Pack Scout Pack in all canvas and leather options here: www.duluthpack.com.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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WE DO! – (YOUR LIFE PARTNER)

February 23, 2015
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WE DO love being your life partner!

Maybe it’s not the so called, “Wedding Season” yet, but heck, it’s a committed relationship for Duluth Pack 365 days a year and we are still here for you and ready for the next adventure in life.

All of our Duluth Pack handcrafted products are made ONLY here in Duluth, Minnesota and in the same factory for over 103 years (we’ve been around the block for a while) . You can say we are committed! Another way Duluth Pack adds value, reliability, and quality to your existence (Awwww, so sweet) is Duluth Pack’s lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and hardware. This includes our rivets, sewing seams, buckles, and zippers. Now that’s what you call a promising relationship!

The famous old tale, “It’s too good to be true” – WRONG. That’s a bit of bologna in our eyes. We believe individuals are selective and choosy in what they look for in products and we applaud you for doing so (I’m not kidding, I just clapped my hands a few times) . Welcome Duluth Pack in your life!

A commitment Duluth Pack has taken on (and will continue to) with our customers is that we are there for you with any adventure comes our way together. You want to hit up the Eiffel Tower, we’ve got your back! You’re out in the woods about to get that 10 point buck you’ve been hunting for, we’re hanging right by you! You are walking into your first day of a job, we’re hugging your side! Through the classic “for better or for worse” we’re proudly here for you each and every time.

However, we aren’t perfect and we can get worn down and need a little TLC and that’s when we get a little repair done (no, no – botox and a tummy tuck is not involved) . Duluth Pack will repair your bag, tote, purse, portfolio, messenger bag, gun case, and pack even if the damage isn’t under our guarantee for a small fee. This is our appreciation to your loyalty and support of our business.

Life can get messy and even hard at times and Duluth Pack gets that! So, maybe your dog became hungry and eats the canvas, because it looks so tasty (we get it, they’re intriguing) . That’s life and it happens, but Duluth Pack won’t leave you in the dust. From the minute you bought a Duluth Pack product, you became part of the family, tradition, and heritage. We’ll take that beaten up product and fix it right on up!

So, in a long text of words, we are grateful that you take the plunge and accept Duluth Pack in your life as a forever companion. We are fortunate enough to walk through many chapters in your life and involving our employees in the stories as well is the icing on top of the a cake (dare I say wedding cake – I had to!). We cherish the experiences you have given us. To another anniversary with us!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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Shop Local Worldwide

February 16, 2015
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Shop Local

Shopping local has seemed to pick up not only as a trend, but more of a lifestyle choice for individuals around the country and even the world in some cases (thank you and round of applause to you all!). It’s the customers like you who allow us to do what we love and succeed at each and every day.

Why we are zoning in on this topic is because it’s important to the Duluth Pack brand and our existence as a company. Not only geographically here in Duluth, Minnesota, but also for our customers on our website. You may never travel to our neck of the woods (way up North – ya betcha!) but you can still get the shop local charm, experience, and appreciation through our website found at: www.duluthpack.com. Our Midwest roots, Northern influence, and classic looks (real dapper appearance at that – wink, wink) are what we want to be able to share with anyone, anywhere, at any time and still have them support a small company and brand who has never strayed from it’s geographical roots.

In a nutshell, we want to thank you all who have stuck with Duluth Pack since you can remember, just were introduced to our brand, or even if you haven’t purchased something – at least you are reading this and are becoming educated on Duluth Pack. We’ve put a lot of work and pride to get our brand recognized and cherished globally and it has been fun having you along for the ride. So, fasten your seat belts, because we are just taking off as not only your favorite Duluth local company, but a quaint stuck-to-their-roots brand that you are ready to see hit every global market but not change our dynamics, way of things, or even our traditions.

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Duluth Pack visits Stormy Kromer in Ironwood Michigan

January 27, 2012
Duluth Pack takes a road trip to visit Stormy Kromer in Ironwood

Duluth Pack takes a road trip to visit Stormy Kromer in Ironwood

Road trip!

Let’s take our Duluth Packs on the road to visit Stormy Kromer in Ironwood, Michigan.

Our little caravan rolled into the Stormy Kromer production facility Thursday morning and was greeted with open arms. Kirsten showed us a very warm welcome as we shook off the weariness from the road. She also introduced us to Bob, owner and president of Jacquart Fabric Products, who lucky enough for us would also serve as our tour guide for the day.

We started in chronological order as Bob told us about the beginnings of the company and all the different projects taken on over the years. We talked about boat canopies and canvas, reupholstering furniture, and the pet division, which serves the needs of a myriad of our furry friends.

At one point I noticed a fairly familiar and famous Olympic face on the wall. Seems a few years back a couple very high-level speed skating competitions were coming to northern Michigan and they needed safety pads built around the track. With the help of the physics department at the University and Jacquart Fabrics, those pads got built to the demanding specifications of the speed skating governing body.

The Legend of Stormy Kromer began in 1903 when Ida took a baseball hat from George and added earflaps to keep him warm in the cold winds of the Upper Peninsula. Our visit to the modern Stormy Kromer, in their big beautiful factory, would surely make George and Ida proud. Quality and tradition can be seen in every Kromer hat being sewn together.

This was a special visit for us. Duluth Pack and Stormy Kromer seem to be kindred spirits that share American Made, 100 plus, year-old company stories. So much history is contained in the Stormy Kromer brand, I am very glad we took the opportunity to share in that first hand.

Thanks to Kirsten, Gina, Jessica, and everybody at Stormy Kromer for making our visit so memorable. And of course a big thank you to our tour guide, Bob who took us “out of bounds” for more than one special, behind the scenes peeks.

If they give you any trouble about being out of bounds Bob, blame it on the troublemakers from Duluth Pack.

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