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WELCOME THE DREAMERS

May 23, 2015
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Dare to dream and drive to do. Society is to the point of attempting to control us. “Look this way, do that, wear this, eat that”. It’s only exhausting if you give into their temptation. We want you to tear up their standards and crumple them into the garbage and say, “Hasta la vista!”. Duluth Pack praises you for being you, folks. Perfect, enjoyable, unique, anti-ordinary you. If everyone were the same, existence would be so predictably and utterly boring. Every person brings something to the table that makes people think and become inspired. Don’t go changin’, friends! We accept, applaud and are inspired by you.

Dreamers unite. You’re the one who’s push the envelope and reach for what society calls, “the unthinkable, undoable and the extraordinary”. We just call you the go-getters. Whether your interests and passions are in the arts, sciences, sports, technology, style, business, theater, music, etc – go get em’ tiger!

It’s like Duluth Pack as a company. If we changed up our theories, goals, aspirations and what we stick to as a core, we wouldn’t even been in existence today. Our stories are the same, heritage continues, our motto is consistent and the Duluth Pack brand remains. Sure, we could have redone our business plans, aspirations and conformed to what the rest of the population in canvas and leather goods did, but why? We don’t give in. We stick to our guns and don’t budget. We’re feisty (and friendly of course) and in the end, thrived . We are who we are. Duluth Pack gets it, we aren’t for everyone. Our goods are a premium product with a whole lot of punch in the quality, but also come with a Made in America price tag. We understand and it doesn’t bother us one bit. That’s who we are and our DNA. We are a quality Made in America brand that handcrafts products from top to bottom and stays loyal to the Lifetime Guarantee for craftsmanship and hardware. Sure, we may be a touch bias, but that’s quite a bargain for what you pay. Wouldn’t you say? (The rhyme seemed necessary)

In the end, go today and every day as you. Dream on, dreamers. Get thrown to the wolves and come back the leader of the pack.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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CLOSET SHOPPING

May 18, 2015
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Shopping in your man’s closet is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well, maybe not, but it’s pretty darn close in some of our opinions.

The whole “North” fashion fad has become all the rage lately and we’re all about it. Perfectly plaid flannels, baggy slim ex-boyfriend denim, Ray-Ban sunnies, and our beloved Duluth Pack Scout Pack is all you need to complete this street style worthy ensemble. Let’s give a big round of applause to our men! Without having to look far and wide, we’re able to go right to their side of the closet and pick out an outfit that is head turning worthy (on the verge of snapping necks – that good!).

Before you think, “yeah right!” just wait a tick. You may have the thought, “I’m this size and he is that size – not the same or even close” and we say, “don’t sweat it!” Maybe you don’t have to take every single piece of clothing, hoard it away – (ahem, never give it back, because it’s that comfy), or actually use any of his manly cologned pieces, but rather become inspired, enthused, and ultimately create an outfit or outfits that he can relate to and become your somewhat fashion muse.

Here are a few staples that you can find in the majority of men’s closets whether they are trekking in the woods, reading the paper in the city, or laying on the beach. These are clothing essentials that are most common and packed with quality and brand recognition. So, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

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We’re starting from the top and working our way down. Bring on the beanies! The perfect go-to if the weather isn’t cooperating that day, you ultimately don’t have the time or will to do your hair, or just need the perfect accessory to complete your outfit. Welcome the Duluth Pack beanie ! Available in two hues, black and grey and cheaper than your lunch time meal. Get your hunk one and yourself the other – you’ll be the matching the couple that everyone secretly wants to be.

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Hello, sunglasses! They are crucial on hot, sweltering, sun blinding days, plus they are protective to your eyes. What is a unisex sunglasses that will work for him and for the lady? Boom – the notorious Ray Ban Wayfarer. Sleek black frames with a slight tilt to give an effortlessly cool vibe. You can find these stellar shades here . Johnny Cash will approve these all day long.

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Now we are at the core of the body. The majority of men and women have very different body types, structures and fits. What to do, what to do? Take the ideas from the prints and colors from their clothing. Checked patterns are always going to be in style, whether you’re geographically located near the brush or you’re the farthest location from it, it’s always going to be cool. They are flattering, universal, wearable, and classic. Hard to beat that in apparel! Here is a fantastic cape made by our great friends at Faribault Woolen Mills. They combined the neutral colors of navy and olive green (Found in almost every man’s closet) to construct this exquisite piece that will blow you away, plus it’s comfy cozy and comes with a hood! This is absolutely going into my closet this season and staying forever!

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It’s all in the bag. That saying works perfectly for this posting. What you carry in your tote, hunting gear, purse, backpack, or duffle is valuable, reliable, and means a great immense to you and Duluth Pack gets that. That is why Duluth Pack has strived to make the best products for our customers that will be there for them and their belongings each and every time. We know they are valuable to you, because why else would you be hauling them with you? Duluth Pack has designed over 250 styles of goods, yes, you read that right. A whopping 250 products and did we mention they can be constructed in 15 different canvas colors, 5 leather types, wool layovers, and different series? Just writing that makes my hair blow back and a bit tired. Now you know why we are so busy all the time! More the merrier on options, right?! Check out our homepage with the wide selection here .

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Now we’re getting down to the long stems of our bodies and how your guy inspires this region of the bod. It’s only a click away of course. Yoga pants are beyond comfortable, but skinny jeans are appropriate for the office. Here we have found the perfect combination of both benefits from both option A and option B. You can call us your best friend through a blog! Best pair of pants that you can dress up with heels or with our next option for footwear inspired by a la man.

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Last but not least, it’s time to style up your soles with a pair of shoes that completes your outfit, but stays within the unisex feel. Birkenstock knows what both men and women want and keeps their style, design, colors and authentic appeal the same regardless of who you are. The show stopper and awe-worthy Arizona Birkenstock sandal is available in the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and here .

After all the words and the few images spread on this blog, we hope you are influenced and open to run to your man’s side of the closet and dig through what intrigues his style. Please note, these items may not be in anyone’s closet, but products we recognized are pretty common in dresser drawers and hanging on hangers. There are many pieces that are worthy of being in this post as well, but limit ourselves, so you don’t become too overwhelmed! These elements are what can change up your look and keep things interesting and unpredictable every time you go to put something on.

From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK X REDMOND DIGITAL MEDIA

May 13, 2015
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Fasten your seat belts and be prepared to be blown away with some incredible images and a video produced by our friends at Redmond Digital Media!

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We couldn’t ask for much more – a darling couple, a California sunrise, Duluth Packs and a camera to capture it all. It’s truly a great grouping! We have teamed up with the unbelievably talented duo (out of Santa Barbara, California) who own Redmond Digital Media. On an early Monday morning around 5 a.m., the group trekked out to a field of grass and a cliff that overlooks the sea (hello, paradise!) to snap real life photos of two people in love enjoying the simple matters in life. The Duluth Pack items featured in this shoot include: The Duluth Pack Domer Scoutmaster Deluxe, the Duluth Pack Roll-Top Scout Pack, the Duluth Pack Bison Leather Lakewalk Tote, the famous Duluth Pack Scout Pack, top selling TNT Oars T-Shirt, and last but not least, the Duluth Pack Leather Belt!

All of these products are available both in our flagship store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and on our website at duluthpack.com!

– 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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SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

May 4, 2015
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Simply irresistible. (Ps: we know you just sang that phrase) Yep, that’s what Duluth Pack is!

Yes, yes, we admit that we are just being a bit funny and incorporating a fun term, but we are wanting to discuss the nitty gritty reality of Duluth Pack – we’re down right flashy SIMPLE !

That’s right, folks. We aren’t jumping on the bandwagon and getting involved in the latest and greatest “trendy” pieces that last 2 weeks to 6 months. Instead, Duluth Pack is sticking to it’s core and designing functional and versatile products that are as simple as simple gets.

Ready for us to break it down for you? Good! Us, too! This is the “recipe” to making a Duluth Pack.

1) Canvas

2) Leather

3) Rivets, or buckles, possibly zippers, or all of the above

4) Lots of laughter

5) Price tag

Sure, that’s the most simple version out there and we are missing some crucial steps, but you get the gist. We don’t have added bling, glitz, and glamorous details that are in one day and out the other. Ps: That’s completely okay, because that is not who Duluth Pack is!

Yeah, we are evolving and expanding our product line up and selection each day, but our brainstorming and researching are constantly around the basics of Duluth Pack’s origins. 1) Lifetime Guarantee – Give us the stability and tough as nails materials and we will get it done! 2) Functionality – We get it, you want to bring your Duluth Pack product from the trail to the bars and home and still look cool. Check, check, check! 3) Quality – Hello, that’s the essence of who we are. We respect your hard earned piggy bank money. You stress, sweat, and maybe even scream for that paycheck and we honor your hard work. So, we will create the best bag, tote, pack, or purse for you that is worth every hard earned buck you made. 4) Made in America – It’s who we are, it’s where we are from, it’s what we make. Period. 5) Credit - finding out “who” (no, not the brand, but the actual individual who made your product) is as clear as mud. It’s just not going to happen in most cases. That’s where Duluth Pack separates itself from the pack (no pun intended!). Not only does THE sewer who handcrafted your product sign a tag inside, but you can actually meet them in action here at the headquarters location. Yep, get a load of that!

As a company, we wish we could wrap all of our arms around who and give you a big squeeze! Why? Because you have accepted us for 133 years of playing it safe and never over compensating for our humble roots and specific requirements. We truly have the most amazing customers and following. It’s almost like a “pinch me” moment every day on how loyal you all are. I don’t think we will ever truly get use to it! All of your stories are so captivating and encouraging for us all as a brand and the Duluth Pack family! So, here’s to keeping it simple!

-From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DP TLC

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!

Events

BEER AND GEAR

April 16, 2015
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Duluth Pack gear, beer and pizza. Can you find a better combo? We think not . Hey Duluthians, come have some fun with us!

Duluth Pack is thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual Beer and Gear night hosted at the Duluth Pack retail location in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota on Thursday, April 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 ! We have teamed up with other locally renowned businesses including, Fitger’s Brewhouse and Sammy’s Pizza in Lakeside. There will be free beer tastings from Fitger’s Brewhouse, free pizza from Sammy’s Pizza and raffles from Duluth Pack during the event. We completely understand if you never want to leave, we feel the exact same way, folks! No shame.

We as a company are beyond excited to host Duluth Pack’s 2nd Annual Beer and Gear Night at the Duluth Pack retail store, especially with our friends at Fitger’s Brewhouse and Sammy’s Pizza. It’s great to be promoting local business right here in Duluth and have the community enjoy as well! So, who is in for a little fiesta?

Oh wait, the good news isn’t over quite yet! The Duluth Pack store will have raffles for free Duluth Pack products, in store promotions, along with a scavenger hunt (Trust me, you want to do this!) .

For more information regarding the 2nd Annual Beer and Gear Night at the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park, please like the Beer and Gear Event Page on Duluth Pack’s Facebook Account (Go, go now!) or online at duluthpack.com.

We can’t wait to see you all there and have a good time with your favorite Duluth Pack fam!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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THE PERKS OF WORKING AT DULUTH PACK

April 13, 2015
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Yessiree, this post today is all about the range of perks working as an employee here at Duluth Pack.

What does this post have anything to do with our brand or products that we make? Well, a whole bunch. We as a company strive off of the motivation, desire, and work ethic to be the best product and quality filled brand on the shelves to date. To keep this flame alive, we have to enjoy what we do behind the scenes as well. Honestly, Duluth Pack is a fun filled company that includes gut wrenching laughs, sing-offs (we bust out the doe, ray, me!) and the energy that we are a actually a family.

So, without a further a do, let’s get into the nitty gritty of the ‘behind the scenes’ perks of working here at good ol’ DP!

1) We as a company are filled with stories. We has a whole brand and company have been around the block since 1882. Ohh yaaa, you betcha! We sure know a thing or two (come on even three) about canvas, leather, and rivet materials. But, beyond that, we know the respect it takes to make our products and the lives of the individuals who have put their blood, sweat, and laughs into creating them for our one in a million ranked customers! It’s absolutely intriguing to research old information on the Duluth Pack brand. The creator of Duluth Pack, Camille Poirier has old autobiography about his time and ideas to create the pack we call today, the Duluth Pack!

2) Let’s get into modern times now! Besides the awesome heritage there are multiple perks of why we call, Duluth Pack our place of work (and great laughs!) . Some of are employed to work on our sales floor in our retail store located in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota, others are employed to handcraft our lifetime guaranteed bags and work their magic, and the rest of us work behind desks to publicly announce our goods, manage numbers, communicate with dealers, talk with customers, design graphics, and many other outsources. Beyond the spinning chair, colorful post-it’s, cupcakes in the back room, and lotion hands (after working with Waxed Canvas) , we get a sense of accomplishment each and every day. This is not a joke! Whether we have a customer from Germany purchasing their very first Duluth Pack product for their 5 year old tyke or a long time loyal purchaser handing off their 50 year old Duluth Pack canoe pack to their grandchild, we still get the butterflies. How many companies can really say they know that feeling, too?

3) We’re treated exceptionally well! Here at Duluth Pack, we put our time in, but we are complimented, respected, and appreciated for the work we do. Plus, the benefits of working here are spot on! There is nothing better than knowing you’re being treated just as well and equal to the management staff.

4) FOOD! Can you say, FREE DONUT FRIDAYS?! Oh yeah. That happens! We can smell them when we walk in the front door and you know I’m going to a-line it for that box filled with sprinkled and glazed goodness! But, we don’t ever feel guilty about eating a fistful of donuts, because we run our staircases multiple times of the day, and here in the Marketing Department we implemented a zero calorie beverage regimen (we’re going strong!) . Let’s be real though, coffee with creamer at 8:00 a.m. doesn’t count (wink, wink).

5) We live in Duluth, Minnesota. Do I have to say more? Duluth is an unbelievable location to raise a family and reside. Sure, it gets a wee bit chilly in the winter, but hey, it allows us to appreciate the summer months that much more! We have natural sand beaches, the gorgeous Aerial Lift Bridge, the largest fresh water lake in the world in our backyard – Hey, Lake Superior, delicious local restaurants, Canal Park, the Lakewalk, and not to mention, we were voted as the best outdoor city in the country! We could go on and on and on, but we don’t want to rub it in your face too much. :)

At the start and end of each day, we’re proud to be part of this Made in America and humble company! Ps: Feel free to come take a tour and join in on our sing-offs and not to mention, costume contests. Beware, we go ALL out!

– 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, 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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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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