Small Business

It all started in 1870, when French-Canadian Camille Poirier came to Minnesota and started a leather goods store selling shoes, canoe packs, and other leather and canvas goods. He filed a patent for the Original Duluth Pack in 1882, and the echoes of this design are still present today. Read More
For some designers, less is more. The exact opposite is true of Mode-sty, a fashion company that sells women’s clothing with a focus on modesty — high necklines, low hemlines and sleeves — rare in mainstream modern styles. Read More
If you want to start a successful business, go back to what you know. If you’re Mike Nelson, that means making the move from history teacher to marshmallow entrepreneur. The idea for North Mallow, a Minneapolis-based gourmet marshmallow business, was born from experience. Read More

Photo by Celisia Stanton Photography

After receiving a mainstream beauty box in the mail, Jasmine Harris found that she couldn’t use all of the products included. As a woman of color, traditional beauty marketers largely ignored her. Read More

Photo courtesy of Cravin' Pie

Krista Craven and Christina Rogan found a direct path to the hearts (and stomachs) of thousands: old-fashioned homemade pie. From classics like Apple Crumb to innovations like Brownie Batter or Coconut Macaroon, the two-woman team of Cravin’ Pie is showing Minnesotans that pie isn’t just for Thanksgiving. Read More
Logan Ketterling is a business owner, a craftsman and most of all, a storyteller. And he’s accomplished all of this at age twenty. Read More
The founders of Tanzenwald Brewing Company have their roots in marine biology, dance, and theater—not what you’d typically expect of a brewing company. But in co-founder Jenaveve Pittman’s words, Tanzenwald’s business story “kind of starts with a love story.” Read More
Back in 1909, on the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, Albert Abdallah knew he had the perfect recipe. A Lebanese native and newcomer to the country, he knew he would have to create a product with the highest quality to guarantee success. Read More
The owner and president of Vistabule, Bert Taylor, loved old-fashioned trailers, and after a friend told him to Google “teardrop trailers,” he found his calling. Taylor calls the traditional teardrop trailer “small, claustrophobic coffins.” So he set out to create one that was welcoming, the type of space people would want to live in. Read More