In the center of Duluth, just west on Superior Street, a Craft District is emerging:
We’re a collection of small businesses, clustered together, with a shared vision of getting things done, crafting good stuff that discerning folks appreciate, and telling the story of how things are made right here. Visit us in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and you can see our waxed canvas gear being handbuilt. Across the street, thousands of gallons of beer can be seen being brewed at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. You could have a pair of shoes or a leather bag made at Hemlock’s Leatherworks, you can get measured for a custom protective motorcycle suit that’ll be built at Aerostich. You can make stuff yourself at the Duluth Folk School, learn about and buy clay cups, bowls, and more at Duluth Pottery. There are baked goods from Duluth’s Best Bread, delicious local eats at The Duluth Grill, and you can shop for skate and snowboards, and other rad stuff at Damage Duluth. There’s good stuff to eat, drink, see, and do in the neighborhood, and the list of handcrafted offerings keeps growing all the time.
The newest addition to the neighborhood is the OMC Smokehouse.
Standing for Oink, Moo, Cluck, OMC offers barbecued and smoked meats of the best quality, traditionally prepared right across the street from our front door. The OMC crew has spent a considerable amount of time learning the art of meat preparation from the experts of the craft in the American south. Folks at OMC have the experience of food preparation and presentation developed through years of successful work at the Duluth Grill, just eight blocks west of Frost River. During busy times at OMC, servers offer a text message based reservation service to allow people a chance to wander the area while waiting for their table. It’s another way this band of independent, locally-owned small businesses in the Craft District are working together, crafting something great in an emerging gem located in the best outdoor city in the land.
Duluth has so much to offer…
It’s a great place to live and a fun place to visit, and it is getting better ALL the time! The people are awesome, not just the folks that live here, but the visitors as well. It’s a trustworthy and hearty crowd that calls The North home or choose to visit here. Lake Superior — the great, inland, unsalted sea — is a force all it’s own. Outdoor adventure opportunities abound during all four seasons (and all four really are distinct and sharply varied). We have trails, parks, river valleys, and green space all over town. It’s awesome.
We are a community of makers.
There’s a lot of great stuff being made here in Duluth. Duluthians have long been relied upon to create what is needed. From ships and sails to timber and taconite, we’ve done what needs doing and moved what needed moving. It’s part of who we are and what we do. It’s important to us and to our identity to be known and trusted to make, move, and deliver the commodities that people want and value.
Here at Frost River, we take pride in making all the waxed canvas packs, bags, and accessories by hand in our workshop above and below the store. We love offering tours of the shop, providing visitors a view into a bustling manufacturing facility that blends modern technology with old world artisanal techniques and tools to craft lifetime-reliable softgoods. It’s important to know where the goods you buy come from. We appreciate your support of American manufacturing; our business and our neighborhood depend on it. Thank you!
Duluth really is awesome. There are so many opportunities for living, working, playing, and doing. You should come visit us as soon as possible. You won’t be sorry!
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