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The Duluth Pack Store Experience

September 18, 2012

In June of 1991, we opened our first “hole-in-the-wall” retail store in Duluth’s Canal Park, a revitalized warehouse district on the waterfront. Within a few years, we quickly expanded three times and finally built our 5000 square-foot flagship store a few doors down in April of 1998, which is where we are today.

Stopping by our retail store is not just about the shopping, it’s about the experience!  We have 2 levels packed full of merchandise and so much to see, smell, touch, and even taste.  Here is just a small sampling of some things you can expect to see when you visit……

Duluth Pack Welcome Moose

 

 

 

 

Of course, you’ll find our complete line of Duluth Pack backpacks and bags!

 

 

 

 

 

Along with camping supplies…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

……and lots of clothing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got Stormy Kromer, Merrell, Woolrich, and The North Face, just to name a few……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get fitted for a paddle……

 

 

 

 

 

 

….take a closer look at a Gransfors axe (be careful – they’re sharp!)…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..and see how these Magnesium Fire Starters work!

Be sure to say “hello” to our critters atop the cabin….

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and have a seat next to our fireplace while you peruse our unique library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, the next time you’re in our neck of the woods, make sure you stop by for a visit…

…we’d love to see you!

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Duluth Pack is Going to the Minnesota State Fair!

August 21, 2012

Yup, it’s that time of the year… the Great Minnesota Get Together!  Over the course of 12 Days (August 23rd – September 3rd, 2012) more than 1.7 million people will attend the Minnesota State Fair, and hopefully all of them will stop by the Duluth Pack booth in the Dairy Building (corner of Judson Ave and Underwood St) where we will have a variety of bags on display and available for purchase.

 

We love to make the trip down each year to share our story, our rich history, and continue to amaze people with the fact that our products are still manufactured right here in Duluth, Minnesota, and have been for 130 years. Each bag is hand sewn, hand riveted, and hand signed….and on top of all that, we offer a Lifetime Guarantee on our craftsmanship and hardware.

 

 

So, grab a meal-on-a-stick and swing by to see us.  While you’re in the Dairy Building, you can also grab some ice cream and check out the famous Butter Heads.  We look forward to meeting our friends and fans, hearing your amazing tales of adventures with Duluth Packs, and making new friends!

 

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4 Tips for Successful Blueberry Picking

July 17, 2012
blueberries

Ah yes, that plump little berry with that sweet, yet tart, bursting flavor that takes over your mouth and has you yearning for more…..

 

July is National Blueberry Month, and it’s perfect blueberry picking time here in northern Minnesota.  Picking wild blueberries is a great way to enjoy being outdoors, and you get to take home lots of blueberries to eat.  (Who wouldn’t want that?)  Here, we’ve included some tips for wild blueberry picking along with a couple recipes for you….good luck, and enjoy!

 

1. What to wear:

2. What to bring:

  • A Duluth Pack with food and water to sustain you for the day
  • Insect repellant and sunscreen
  • Several 5qt plastic ice cream buckets for carrying berries
  • A compass to keep you going in the right direction
  • A buddy!  Never venture into the woods alone – always have someone with you.  It can be easy to be focused on the picking, and before you know it, you’re not sure where you are or how you got there.

3. Where to go and what to look for:

  • Most serious blueberry pickers have an “I’d tell you but then I’d have to kill you” kind of attitude when it comes to revealing their secret blueberry picking spots.  Nonetheless, be on the lookout for blueberry bushes along high, sunny trails or on the hills among rocks and cliffs.
  • Also, finding trails around previous years logging sites might lead you to some blueberry bushes.
  • Stay away from thick bushes and swamps (you’ll just get wet and scratched up, not to mention eaten alive by mosquitoes!).

4. Picking blueberries:

  • Since the bushes are low to the ground, you’ll want to kneel and use both hands.
  • Ripe blueberries are a light grayish blue and should be nice and plump.
  • Avoid white or green (unripened), or dark blue berries (over-ripened)
  • Pick the ripe blueberries off the bush and put them in your bucket and continue on.

Once you return home, dump the blueberries on a table covered with a towel and sort out the good ones from the bad ones.

What are your blueberry picking tips and/or amazing blueberry recipes?

Blueberry Drop Cookie Recipe

INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened (I use Smart Balance sticks in this recipe with great results).
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup white sugar
1 cup fresh (or frozen & thawed) blueberries. (I much prefer fresh, though).

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, egg, and milk. Mix well after the addition of each ingredient. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; blend into the sugar mixture. Fold in the blueberries. Cover and chill for 4 hours (I actually skip this step most of the time, and they still turn out great).
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen.

 

French Berry Pie

Start with:
2 cups raw berries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Bring them to boil until soft.  Add: 2 tbsp corn starch diluted with water, brandy, lemon juice or orange juice.  When thickened and clear add 2 more cups of raw berries, 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp cinnamon.  Adding orange or almond extract is optional.

Pour into a baked and cooled pie crust and chill in refrigerator for several hours to set.

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Duluth Pack Retail Store is Open!

June 27, 2012
We're open!

Duluth Pack and all other Canal Park businesses are open!

Due to the recent flooding, there has been a lot of speculation as to the condition of the city of Duluth, especially the Canal Park area.  While numerous homes and roads in Duluth and the surrounding area have sustained damage, the Duluth Pack retail store and all other businesses in Canal Park are open for business.  All hotels, restaurants, and stores are open and eagerly awaiting your arrival!

So, stop on by…..we’re open!!!!

Testimonials

Lost Duluth Pack Credit Card Holder stands the test of time!

June 6, 2012
Credit card wallet

My family and I visited the BWCA every summer when I was a kid to canoe, fish, and camp.  We used Duluth Packs handed down from my grandfather who had been visiting the BWCA since he was a kid.  After college my mom bought me a Duluth Pack credit card wallet, which I lost the first summer I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I still live.  That was 6 years ago… last week a friend found my wallet in the mud outside of where I used to work.  It had been there for 6 harsh Wyoming summers and winters and everything inside was still in great shape!  I attached a picture of the wallet, and wanted to say thanks for making such great products.  It was fun to go through the wallet and see everything was still intact, from my ID, credit cards, fishing license and even a dollar bill that was folded up inside.

 Thanks again for making quality products that last generations,

 Beth

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Love in the Wild Season 2!

June 6, 2012
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Heritage Style Backpack on National TV Show’s 2nd Season

If you’re wondering what backpacks the contestants on the new NBC TV show “Love in the Wild” are wearing, the answer is: it’s the American-made Duluth Pack Wanderer. This pack was chosen because of its durability and ruggedness, which is essential for the contestants on the show.

The Duluth Pack Wanderer is one of Duluth Pack’s most popular products, and has been for many years. Customers appreciate the heritage style, American craftsmanship, versatile size, and unparalleled quality this pack provides. Made of canvas, leather, and metal buckles, this pack is built to carry most anything. The front and side pockets are perfect for holding essentials, keeping them accessible. The roomy interior provides ample space for everything else you need. Whether you’re carrying school books or survival gear, the Wanderer Pack is the backpack you want.

About “Love in the Wild”

This summer, NBC’s “Love in the Wild” returns for the show’s second season with new host Jenny McCarthy, a new location in the tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, and even wilder adventures chock-full of surprises and dramatic twists. The series puts relationships to the ultimate test with exhilarating and wild adventures that challenge the participants, both physically and emotionally. Single men and single women, all looking for love, will experience a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. Season two of NBC’s “Love in the Wild” will premier on Thursday, June 7th at 8-10pm (EST).

Visit www.DuluthPack.com to see all of our hand crafted canvas and leather bags.

 

 

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How to Clean and Maintain your Duluth Pack Bags

May 21, 2012
Duluth Pack Monarch

Caring for your Duluth Pack is easier than you may think.  It’s time to take your packs out of the closet, if you haven’t already, and get them ready for your next adventure!

 

Caring for your Canvas & Leather
Duluth Pack Products

Duluth Pack products only get better with age. Here are a few maintenance suggestions to help your product last a lifetime.

Washing and Maintaining:

When not in use, store Duluth Pack products in a cool, dry and well ventilated area to avoid mold and mildew.  If washing becomes necessary, spot wash with warm water and a mild soap, such as the Mirazyme Odor Eliminator. This can be done at the beginning of the season if you find your packs have a musty smell.

Leather Care:

Oil and condition leather components on a regular basis or when leather looks dry.  Without proper conditioning, the leather will become brittle and may break when you really don’t want it to!  We suggest Lexol Leather care products such as Lexol Leather Conditioner (also available in Quick Wipes).

Canvas Care:

You can make your canvas pack even more water-resistant, by using Nikwax Cotton Proof as directed.  Our waxed canvas products can be re-waxed as needed, or applied with Nikwax Wax-Cotton Proof.  When using your packs this summer, remember the following:

1. Our canvas is over dyed and when wet, the canvas may bleed.

2. Remove contents and allow the product to dry completely.

3. Canvas is a natural, water resistant, and breathable fiber, which means it will dry quickly and completely so you won’t have to worry about your stuff being wet for an entire trip!

Want to see these tips in action? Check out our demonstration video here: How to Clean a Duluth Pack.

 

Find all Care and Maintenance products for your Duluth Pack here.