Stock up... and not just for yourself!

We are thankful everyday for our customers. Both near and far you are wonderfully loyal! Not to mention, when we get some great ideas directly from you, well, that just butters our biscuit!

Amidst the rain, wind and construction, we had a lovely lady stop in downtown and what she said was a brilliant idea, and heartwarming as well.

She only comes up maybe twice a year, but when she is in town she makes sure to stop by. When she is in the store, besides being inspired, she finds fun and unique gifts that she brings home and holds onto until the right event, and she has the perfect gift set and ready to give! What a great idea! How many of us get caught off guard by that birthday or anniversary that we were sure we were going to remember? Having a gift at the ready that you know will be charming, and perfect for the recipient is reassuring and frankly, a little more personal than a gift card… Don’t get me wrong, an Art in the Alley gift card is perfect for EVERY woman, but sometimes we all would like to give someone something they wouldn’t expect. Something as unique as they are. You can find just that in our stores.

And hey, the old, “one for them, one for me” adage is never a bad idea either. Get a gift that’s perfect for yourself while you’re at it!

Construction is good!

As we all know by now, the Superior St. construction is well underway! It is an exciting time to be downtown Duluth! We are located at 230 E. Superior St. Right smack dab at the END of the construction. The intersection of Superior and 3rd Ave E is still wide open and easy to travel allowing for parking on the avenue. Plus, the HART and Sheraton parking ramps are open and accessible from 1st St. and they are offering First hour free parking.

Not to mention, we have finally hit the time of year when we are a convenient 10 minute walk from Canal Park via the Lake Walk…

Our downtown store is large and bright, and filled with the same great selection as our mall location, plus so much more!

So on that next beautiful day, take a stroll downtown and stop in. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Wedding ready

You never know what will catch your eye when you walk into our stores…

How about walking in just to window shop with your soon to be daughter-in-law, and discovering that the outfit you want for the rehearsal dinner is right there in front of you and NOT what’s packed in your suitcase. A cute, stretchy patterned vest and some Elietian jeggings will now be part of a memorable event for one woman.

More over, what if, just maybe that bridal jewelry isn’t quite what you envisioned, but one of our sparkly necklace sets will be the perfect accent to your dream wedding dress? Yep, that happens too. A beautiful bride will be walking down the isle, dazzling her friends and family with a little help from us.

We don’t require you to be inspired by our stores, but we certainly love it when you are. Congratulations to the soon to be newlyweds, and we are happy we can be a small part of your day!

Website revamped...we’ve added more of our best sellers!

As you may have noticed visiting our website today, this site looks a little different.

You’ve been asking for more… and we are listening!

We are happy to be offering more of our best selling items on the online store…and keeping with our “ONE SIZE” favorites.

In addition to our best selling “one size” body shaper line of Elietian, we are adding wonderful “one size” layering pieces to complete a fun & fashionable look.

For those of you who purchased your first piece of Elietian “one size” clothing in our stores, it’s easier than ever to reorder more colors and new styles right from home.

Remember; Elietian (pronounced Ellie Tea On) is available in “one size-regular” which fits a size 4-14 and “one size-plus” which fits size 14-24. Please note, if you are a size 14, we suggest you choose the Plus Size for greater comfort.

We call the Elietian Clothing our “Secret Weapon”… as it instantly shapes & smooths your figure…it’s like losing 5 pounds instantly!

What’s so special about the Elietian leggings & tops?

-Shapes without feeling too tight.

-Easy care machine wash & dry

-Colors do not fade. Black really stays black!

-Fabric does not pill or stretch out of shape.

-Items are breathable… excellent for summer wear.

-Tanks are reversible… they can be worn as a crew neck or a v neck!

***We have had women say that they have thrown out all of their leggings and tanks, as they will only wear Elietian!

So the idea here is simple…start every outfit with your Elietian legging, capris, tunic dresses, tops and tank dresses…then add an artsy, beautiful, unique top to put over.

We hope you enjoy this little online store as much as you enjoy the full Art in the Alley store experience!

We are blessed to be celebrating our 11th YEAR of providing you with fun, quality, unique, artsy clothing.

We love our customers and we are awed by your loyalty. Thanks for shopping with us!

Two ribbon cuttings. Same date. Same location. Exactly 5 years apart.

Coincidence? We think not.  The universe has no coincidences...there is a plan bigger than we think.

5 years ago today we opened out cute little Art in the Alley-HOME store in the old Norshor Theater building.  It was the same fun, colorful, happy place...for home decor items, as the boutique is for clothing & accessory items.  It was "Dan's Store"...it was a man cave.  It was where he could go to work on painting & refurbishing furniture...and it was about 5 years ahead of its time.

We knew when we took over the space in the dirty old theater, that it was "temporary".  We were renting directly from the city of Duluth.  They told us we could have the space until the start of the Norshor Theater rennovation.  We were happy to have this quirky old space on Superior Street, just across the street from our clothing boutique.  It was easy to pass customers back and forth on a daily basis, and we were able to "clean up" the dirty old theater space...adding our Art in the Alley colorful swirls and exciting window displays to an otherwise dark and dismal side of Superior Street.

Five years ago today we held our ribbon cutting for our HOME store.  We were happy and excited to begin a new endeavor.

Fast forward five years.

Today Dan and I were back in our HOME store, at yet another ribbon cutting.

This time it was the ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening of the Norshor Theater!

Yes, two ribbon cuttings.  Same date. Same location. Exactly 5 years apart.

What are the chances for us to be able to participate in both in our lifetime?

One in a million...perhaps.

All I know is that there are no coincidences.

Everything happens for a reason.

We are downtown Duluth.  We love downtown Duluth.  We are proud to be a part of downtown Duluth.

Although we had to say good bye to our Art in the Alley-HOME store 5 years ago, we knew we would be part of a bigger picture, a bigger downtown, a bigger arts district.

Today we are there.  Standing with other hard working visionaries in our community.  Celebrating the history that we are now able to continue...for at least 100 more years.

Thank you for believing in your downtown.

Welcome home beautiful theater.  We've been waiting for you.

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We love to give you free stuff!

How does fre earrings every month for a year sound?  Our customers go wild over this free-be!  You can register 2 ways: 

1. Come into either store and drop your name & email in the box

2. Post a photo of yourself wearing something tou have purchased at our stores

We will pick a winner every month! 

The value is $154.00...it's a great give-a-way for some lucky gal!!! 

Free earrings every month for a year! 

Free earrings every month for a year! 

Creating jewelry @ Brighton Beach

Tami is relaxed, enjoying a day in the sun on the shores of Lake Superior.  She is inspired by the endless blues of the lake & sky, and the vibrant colors in her tie dye skirt.  The beads are simply her way of talking to you without using words...the beads do all of the talking for her.  She is in her "creative happy zone".

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Chalk-In at Art in the Alley

We had placed a chalk board at the front of our store a couple weeks ago to see where all of our artsy people were from! It's amazing to see some of the locations of our shoppers. This is a small world after all. We ask that you come "chalk in" at our downtown location and enjoy our beautiful displays, one of a kind pieces, clothing, and art!!!!

 

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Ribbon Cutting

We had a fun Ribbon Cutting with the Hermantown Chamber today!  Thanks to everyone for taking the time out of your day to help us celebrate our 1 year anniversary at the Miller Hill Mall!!! 

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

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At approximately 5:30 today, a "fashion emergency" entered our downtown store.  A woman came in wearing a sleeveless dress.  Turns out it was 80 degrees when she left her home in Mpls, but was only 55 when she arrived in Dulith.  She and her husband had been in the store last Decembet, so it was their first stop in their attempt to correct her "fashion emergency".   I'm glad to report we found her a cute long sleeve dress, flowing vest & matching necklace...all in less than 10 minutes.  She left the store looking fantastic.  Mission accomplished.  Glad we could be of assistance in this "fashion emergency."

"Fashion emergency...this darling gal left wearing her new outfit! 

"Fashion emergency...this darling gal left wearing her new outfit! 

Posted by Tami LaPole Edmunds