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Camping Recipes, The Lowdown

THE TOAST OF THE TOWN!

June 22, 2015
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We eat to live, not live to eat. Well.. sometimes here in the marketing department we twist the phrase a bit. Hello, we love our carbs and can’t deny a diet Coke every so often. Plus, who doesn’t REALLY want a donut on a Friday after a busy as a bee week? Come on, don’t deny it. WE ALL DO!

Anyways, back to the meat and potatoes of this notion (yes, a food phrase was needed) we’re excited to share what our tastebuds have been craving and what we are on the verge of drooling for. What does that entail? We’re promoting some recipes that were found either on Pinterst, dusted out of our cupboards, passed down from Grandma, or a savory dish we whipped up from the creative imagination. If you have any dishes that are drool worthy, please send them onto us! We would love to test them out ourselves!

Can you tell we have a sweet tooth? Yep, these cookie dough frosting cupcakes are EXACTLY what we want right now! See here!

We’re all about the savory dishes, too! Good day, carbs! We fancy you !

Sour is right up our alley, too! Come the sizzling Duluth summers, these will be a must-have on a daily rotation!

This will be slurped down plenty of times here at Duluth Pack – can guarantee that. Plus, energy? Booyah!

Even though we are Northerners, we are oh so festive when it comes to Taco Tuesdays! Get in my belly, home-made Crunch Wrap Supreme ! Healthiest? No way, Jose. But, when you’re running around work all day and who cares (that’s how it goes, right?) .

Stomach rumbling now? Ours are! We’re all about, ‘sharing is caring’ here at Duluth Pack. If you have something that needs to be in the limelight, tell us! We’re becoming hungry, hungry hippos over here!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Events, The Lowdown

GRANDMA’S MARATHON!

June 20, 2015
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Here in Duluth, MN we encounter year round whip-lash of seasonal affects and conditions. These include, sleet, rain, sizzling heat, snow and the crisp cool winds in the fall. However, these seasonal changes don’t stop the pitter patter of running steps. How come? GRANDMA’S MARATHON IS WHY! Today is the big day and one of the most hectic (and fun) days in Canal Park!

This year, we have multiple Duluth Pack employees hustling the full and half marathon course. All from each one of our locations such as our retail store in Canal Park, Distribution Center and Headquarters (all within a mile and a half radius from each other) . Not only are Duluthians signed up for this yearly event, but individuals from all over the globe!

Throughout all the crowds, noise and energy, you can rely on one place remaining and always welcoming you in – the Duluth Pack retail store! We’re located at 365 Canal Park Drive or to make it real easy to locate us, we’re right at the Grandma’s Marathon finish line! Talk about front row watching!

We will be having new products hitting the floor, our bathrooms available for public use and free beverages ready to go!

Stop by, shop around and even come give our awesome sales staff a thumbs up!

Good luck to all the Grandma’s Marathon runners!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK X MOSSY OAK GIVEAWAY

June 19, 2015
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IT’S HAPPENING!

Tis the time for a giveaway and we’re so excited to announce it’s with our great friends from Mossy Oak! Trust us, folks. You really don’t want to miss this one.

Whether you’re wanting to gift your pops with this Duluth Pack for Father’s Day (don’t forget – it’s right around the corner!), be selfish and keep it for yourself (uh, no shame what-so-ever!) or you’re wanting to win it and hopefully earn some cash for it, there is no right answer. All you have to do is go to the Duluth Pack and Mossy Oak Instagram pages and follow the easy to follow, fool proof directions. Tomorrow, June 20th, the lucky winner will be announced! Good luck, pals. We can’t wait to announce the winner who is randomly chosen!

Giveaways are so fun aren’t they? You risk nothing and gain a whole lot of goodness! Visit the Duluth Pack Instagram page here

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK X BAILEY ARO PHOTOGRAPHY

June 17, 2015
© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

We’re all about partnering up with photographers and companies, which fortunately lead into friendships and crazy good magic for you all to see and enjoy after the work is done. What are we talking about exactly? Well, recently here in June, Duluth Pack worked with local photographer, Bailey Hutchence who is the owner of Bailey Aro Photography. [ Check her page out here .] Both companies collaborated on bringing out the essence of each other – the roots of the Northland, the love of nature and bucket loads of laughter. Basically a dynamic duo in a nutshell!

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

The purpose of the shoot was to show that Duluth Pack is more than canvas and leather bags. We’re an experience, your friends and the product that is there for you. We create memories with you. Even if a canvas and leather tote, bag or briefcase isn’t your thing, we still carry apparel pieces, include a footwear selection and can help you be the toast of the town with our can koozies!

After long days of rain, cloudy skies and almost zero sun, we felt the photo shoot may not happen. That all changed on the big day. The weather began to cooperate and it became the most perfect setting. A lake, the cutest married couple, some gear and the brilliant, Bailey. We couldn’t ask for a better afternoon and we’re so happy we gained a new friend out of the deal, too!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE

June 15, 2015
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Let’s give it to the father’s in all of our lives. Make this Father’s Day memorable and one-of-a-kind just like your dad is to you.

They are our providers, supporters, pushers and our go-to protectors in this glorious life. When I think of my dad, I feel I could rant, rave and never stop talking about how proud I am to share the same last name as him. For all the positives he posses, I just hope I can be half the person he is.

Father’s Day gifting can be such a head scratcher. What do you gift the best man in your life? How can you forever thank him for what he does in one day designated for him? It’s time to step up the gifting process for the man who taught you how to ride a bike and say how much he means to you beyond tools and grilling utensils. Here is the gift guide for being original and finding a unique product that will have your pop saying, “thank you” rather than “you’re welcome”!

If your dad is the rugged, get dirty in the mud and eat ribs off the bone and not use a napkin kind of man’s man then do we have the bag for his every need. Welcome the Duluth Pack Rambler Pack. Even the name just sounds hunky! The minute he gets his paws on this bag, it’s never leaving his site. Shop the Rambler Pack here .

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Maybe your father is the clean cut, get the job done, smoke a cigar on the porch after wearing a suit all day kind of gent. We can compliment his style with ease! The number one selling category of Duluth Pack products is our Portfolio Collection. They all posse a design element that differs from one another, but all include the sleek and timeless style all with packing the Made in America and Lifetime Guaranteed punch that he desires. If he’s into some meat on his bag, the Builder’s Portfolio will carry all of his work necessities plus more! This bad boy is available in all leather options along with our canvas selection as well. Shop this bag here .

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If your daddio is a sharp shooter, enjoys campfire coffee (mmm so good!) and looks forward to the days in a deer stand or on the water fishing, we’ve got the gadgets. For the man who wakes up before dawn, dresses in his camo and waits for the perfect hunt – here are his dream gun cases. The first if our legendary rifle cases. Available in different lengths along with american leather, our tough as nails canvas and the beautiful American Bison Leather edition found here . If your dad finds pure bliss on the open blue, a line between his hands and the adrenaline rush when a fish is on the hook, we can help make his experience even better. The Duluth Pack Soft Sided Tackle Box will just be the trick. Get one for him here .

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Last but certainly not least, if your pops is the type of guy who is constantly on the go, he needs a travel companion that he can count on while he is away from you and the family. The show stopping Duluth Pack Sportsman’s Duffle comes with so much bang for it’s buck. Not only is it handcrafted right here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, but it’s made of authentic American Bison Leather. Each hide is unique to one another and this piece can stand alone, plus holding from his toothbrush, to his shoes to the electronic device he relies on. Trust us, he’ll be forever grateful for THIS piece.

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We hope these helpful hints and tricks for this upcoming Father’s Day will make gifting a smooth ride rather than a stressful endeavor!

An early Happy Father’s Day to all on the wonderful dads out there!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown, Trip Planning

TRAVEL GUIDE: DULUTH DO’S

June 11, 2015
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If you’re taking a trip to the Northland coming up, 1) we’re excited for you and 2) you need to know the tricks of the trade when visiting this glorious city! We consider all of you our friends, so we want to share with you the best locations to relax, gobble down bites, lodge at, adventure to see and of course drop a few dollars at (365 Canal Park Drive – wink, wink) .

Here is a lineup of all the must, need, gotta have do’s of Duluth, Minnesota in our opinion.

Your stomach is talking to you and you’re on the verge of drooling because of how hungry you are. Where on Earth should you spend you pretty penny on a meal that will leave you full, happy and craving another visit back? Look no further. Here is our go-to agenda for you.

1) You can’t beat a crunchy and deliciously filled egg roll. You just can’t . Our (basically neighbors) friends at Taste of Saigon in the Dewitt Seitz Building cook a mean lunch menu and trust us, you HAVE to have one (or five – no judgements from us) of their homemade egg rolls. The sound affect from this egg roll alone will make you feel like you’re in a commercial for these. Seriously, I’m now craving one. No exaggeration here.

2) Breakfast time is the best time, or so we believe. A hardy and delicious brunch is just the ticket to starting your day off in Duluth on the right foot. Say hello to (hands down) one of the best brunches and it’s conveniently located in Canal Park, Duluth, MN – Amazing Grace Cafe! This eatery is tucked away in the basement of the DeWitt Seitz building and has an array of bakery and breakfast dishes that are a knock out, plus they make killer good mimosas. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re waddling out of the place, because you had to take at least one bit of everything (and it’s oh so worth it!) .

3) Brew pubs, yes please! Our great friends at Fitger’s Brewhouse on Superior St. crush the competition when it comes to great grub, an awesome atmosphere and the tastiest beer around. Ps: we make growler packs for them! Check out the selection here . Picking “favorites” on their menu is a real head scratcher, because you can’t just pick one! Here is a quick run down of what you need to take a nibble out of. Fish tacos, yes! Maple salad, always! Burgers, yum! Now don’t even get us started not their bevy selection – it’s too hard to choose!

Now that you have filled up on tasty treats, it’s time to burn off some fuel and get your body moving and grooving.

Hello, Duluth Lakewalk! There are so many activate that you can partake in on this gorgeous and scenic area. First off, you can rent one of the many different types of bicycles available. Have a group of 5? Don’t sweat it – there is a bicycle available (ps: you can really motor in these things once you start!) . Maybe biking isn’t your forte and that’s a-okay! The most common of the activities on the Duluth Lakewalk consist of individuals and groups walking, jogging and running around Lake Superior. It’s a phenomenal location to prep for Grandma’s Marathon that is always hosted in the Canal Park region of Duluth, MN. On a side note, have any of you ran Grandma’s Marathon before? If so, kudos from your friends at Duluth Pack! Here I go getting sidetracked, oofta sorry folks! Maybe running, biking and walking isn’t what you crave in the Northland, but if you’re fan of four legged mammals you’re in luck. Say hello to the horses. Horse drawn carriages are available and give a fun and exciting ride during the day and a romantic edge during the nightlife along the water. The last and final idea around the lakewalk involves being a beach bum and if being that way is wrong, well, we don’t want to be right! Throwing the pebbles and laying out on the warm rocks and sand is always a fan favorite during the gorgeous summer days.

SHT. This may look like a bad word missing one letter, but don’t worry it’s the farthest thing from that! SHT stands for the famous Superior Hiking Trail that runs right through our backyard (basically) . It’s the perfect sanctuary that allows one to get away from the city life and become one with nature. Strolling through the pine filled lands is almost like a dream. Fun Fact: Duluth Pack proudly adopted a section of the SHT to clean, tidy and fix up during the year. It’s in great pride that we can step in and do our part with the Superior Hiking Trail!

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Time to lay that noggin of yours down and dream of the following day in Duluth. Location. Location. Location. We hear we, we know it and listen to it. As buddies of yours, we highly recommend for you, your family and friends to enjoy your stay in Canal Park during the summertime. The sounds from Lake Superior crashing on the shores, the convenience of shopping (cough – the Duluth Pack store) , eateries and adventure locations, like Vertical Endeavors is a hoot! A similar vibe-esque as the Duluth Pack retail store is the hotel called, “Canal Park Lodge”. It’s the perfect combination of modern meets rugged and they have breakfast in the a.m. PS: BOOK EARLY These hotels go fast, fast, fast!

Now that you know some of the most lusted after restaurants, lodging, shopping and activities we can’t wait to hear about all of your upcoming travels and memories from the Duluth area!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

BAGS, BOUNDARY WATERS AND BELLY LAUGHS

June 8, 2015

Uh huh, tis the season, it’s happening!

Yep, it’s Boundary Waters season, people! Time to take a few days off, dive into the wilderness, forget your worries and paddle the distance (or to your favorite camping spot is cool, too). Us Northerners are finally thawing out from the frigid winter and multi-personality spring season. We’re finally ready to enjoy the Vitamin D on our flesh, laugh a whole lot on the water and stuff the Duluth Pack bags! Don’t wait to the wire, get focused, outfitted and prepared for the best wilderness adventure that the North can produce!

Repeat after me, permits are your friends. Say it again, permits are your friends! It’s crucial to remember this very key step in your adventure, because you need one to enter the BWCAW. Where do you get one? Hi there, we can help you out. Fun fact of the day: Duluth Pack is the largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the entire world! Yep, you read that right, folks! Thank you to every single one of you. We have been able to hold this title for quite some time, because of you trusting Duluth Pack to outfit you the right and best way possible.

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 seasonal regular or new to the bush, you want to look the part, feel the part and simply be the part of a BWCAW visitor! Duluth Pack can style you out with the most appropriate apparel pieces, bug sprays, food savers and any other camping and canoeing accessories you find crucial for your excursion!

Feel free to give our lovely customer service team a call at: 218-722-1707 for any questions regarding BWCAW, take a stroll into the Duluth Pack store located at 365 Canal Park Drive, or our easy and accessible website at www.duluthpack.com! The featured photo is from our friends at Duluth And Confused.

Happy Camping!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

The Lowdown

BEHIND THE SCENES – STUDIO SHOOT

June 4, 2015
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Behind the scenes – dun dun dun! Yep, we’re spilling the beans on what the in’s and out’s of a Duluth Pack photo shoot really entail. Picture lots of caffeinated beverages, tremendous lighting, canvas everywhere, Erbert and Gerbert’s food and our marketing team DJ’ing – AKA: playing songs from our phones (a good mixture of pop, country, R&B and alternative).

Photo shoots contain a large amount of energy, time and organization. It’s about bringing our products to life. Here is a daily photo shoot schedule:

8:50 a.m. – You drive to the local coffee shop and pick up your go-to java. Add an extra shot of espresso, you may need it! High energy is crucial.

9:00 a.m. – You get to your office, swivel in your chair and open your laptop. Scroll through the layout for the day – What products are needed, setting props and payment prepared. You catch up on emails, since you will be away from your laptop majority of the day and begin cranking out your morning to-do’s. Getting that done ALWAYS feels good!

10:30 a.m. – Steam any apparel pieces (from the Duluth Pack retail store in Canal Park) in preps to make them look their finest. Begin stuffing Duluth Pack bags with paper and packing peanuts. This is a tedious, but necessary step. If a product doesn’t look good, the shoot won’t look good. It’s that simple. This happens to be some-what relaxing.

12:00 p.m. – GO TIME! Your model arrives and it’s time to get the party started. Outfits are hanging in numerical order, the set is prepared and the large fan is turned on.

1:30 p.m. – By this time we are beyond hungry. A quick lunch break is necessary to refuel. A fun chat, plans and re-run of the first photos are discussed. What new products or movements we can incorporate will be mentioned.

4:30 – The shoot has officially wrapped up. All the preparations have been worth every second and sigh of relief happens. Fist pumping is absolutely recommended at this point.

5:00 – Editing! This step takes more than just one day, but uploading the photos is needed right away. This double checks that every aspect of the shoot worked.

6:00 – You have conquered the day and created a wonderful photo shoot! Home is calling you.

We would like to thank our wonderful model, Courtney for a fun recent shoot at the Duluth Pack studio in our headquarters!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

HUNTERS, GATHERS & THE OVER PACKERS

June 1, 2015
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hunters, gathers & the over packs…

I personally happen to be the latter – thank goodness for lifetime guaranteed Duluth Pack zippers to hold in the excess apparel options!

Anyways, back in the day, life came between what humans hunted and gathered to survive. This was crucial to live – no if’s, ands or buts about it. In modern day society, it’s not that straight forward. It seems to have come down to the effect that we hunt for what we want (i.e.: relationships, friends, security), we gather what we need (via: food, family, water, shelter) and over pack the unnecessary (with: dress clothes, concert tickets, drama, stress, expectations). Can we just go back to simpler times every so often? I’m not saying we have to take two sticks and rub them together hoping a flick of a flame happens, but rather we take on the mindset of essentials. AKA: we leave behind the unnecessary stresses or obstacles in life and focus on the future.

This ride called, “life” – It’s about where you are going, where you want to be and where you want to end up. To get there though, we all need a few good luggage pieces to help along the way (wink, wink – Duluth Pack ). What do you believe is your personal destiny? Here at DP, we want to go places, be places, live in the present, strive for the future and grow with our customers. Let’s do it together, friends!

Reality proves, we are all a little bit of a hunter, a gather and a over packer in our veins. We’re human beings for crying out loud – it’s inevitable. We’re thirsty for more, for better and quality filled lives and let’s sure not settle for anything less than that. Let’s keep the fuel from the fire roaring and go after what intrigues us and pushes us beyond just survival means. So what do ya say? Up for an adventure? We’re packing our bags as we speak write!

Thank you to our friend, Amanda from JaneCane Photography for this fantastic snap of her beloved Olive Drab Duluth Pack Sportsman’s Duffel! You can find her website HERE

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

DESK SIDE WITH OUR PRESIDENT

May 28, 2015
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There are so many of us who dream of owning our own business. We imagine the life of being the best entrepreneur possible, having the title – “Head Honcho”, driving a brand or company to go from A-Z and rolling in the big bucks. Yeah, it does sound great, right? It is, but it is much more than putting your feet up, having food delivered to your desk and fun conversations during meetings. What most don’t think about are the long nights, extraordinary internal “got-to-do-it” drive and incredible risk in making a career successful and booming.

Quite often, I am blown away by the amount of organization, sanity, day juggling and needs our upper management faces day after day. This morning we sit down with the President of Duluth Pack, Tom Sega. He opens up about his morning ritual, inspirations and talks what the top of his desk looks like on a daily basis.

Tom Sega – Duluth Pack’s President

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Before we even begin, I casually walk into Tom’s office and plop down in a chair across from his dark wood desk. He swivels his chair over, huge smile on his face and a Mountain Dew within an arm’s length away. He proudly waves me over to his laptop and peers with full excitement at his screen. We are staring at a new project in the works that is top secret . “This is exciting news”, he states. I couldn’t agree more, it absolutely is. Ps: You all will be happy once it is released.

I hunker back down in the chair and open up my notebook of curious questions. I mean, really.. how does someone take on so many responsibilities of a internationally recognized brand and remain so humble? After a conversation just shy of an hour, here is what I discovered and help answer that very quesiton:

How do you…

Start your morning: Drinking coffee with my lovely wife while having a great discussion.

Stay motivated: It is so easy to stay motivated when you truly believe in what you are doing. When you are a quality first company and employing, hard working Americans, it is a passion and my duty to make sure we grow the Duluth Pack brand.

Remain inspired: By being able share the 133 year history and heritage of the longest running USA based canvas and leather, pack and bag Manufacturer. Also, to see our payroll grow as we add more talented people and extend the Duluth Pack brand to new markets and locations.

Lead a company: By setting people up for success and allowing them to do what they do so well. I hope that I inspire others to be the best they can be. I love being able to share my passion for the Duluth Pack Brand. My dad always said, “ You can do anything that you put your mind to and are willing to work hard for. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something that inspires you .”

Motivate others: I truly hope that all others are motivated and inspired by being allowed to do what they do so well. I will challenge people to think out of the box and push their boundaries. I want others to be fearless.

Find personal balance: At times can be a struggle for me, but as I have become older I have come to understand that I can not do it all and I need to allow the very talented people around me to do what they do so well. I believe this comes from my passion for what we are doing at Duluth Pack.
My get aways are, being with family, in my bow stand hunting alone and with a fishing pole in my hand.

Stay organized: This has always been a struggle for me as my plate is quite full. Thank goodness for smartphones and scheduling apps.

End your day: With family, read to wind down and check the google analytics web app one last time. Sorry, can’t help myself in seeing how our web site ended the day.

After the time has come, all questions are answered and some jokes are thrown back and forth. I politely thank, Tom for his time and complete transparency on his title and position within the company. He states, “Know what you stand for, who your customer is and why you are doing this. Once you do, then the grind time begins, but it’s worth it.” With this last statement, he gives me the ‘knuckles’ hand sign, sends me off with a smile and just in time his phone rings and right there he starts all over again with another meeting. I’m proud to call him the leader of Duluth Pack.