Ye Olde Corner Grocery

Brown's Grocery Store, Duluth

Brown’s Grocery Store, Duluth
Photo: Minnesota Reflections

At one time, you could find a corner store in just about any Duluth neighborhood.   The 1973 Duluth City Directory lists 69 stores under the Groceries and Meats—Retail heading.  The list includes a few large chain markets like Super Valu, National Food Stores, and Piggly Wiggly, but the vast majority at that time was one-of-a-kind family owned neighborhood shops.  From east to west, smaller markets like Tonkin’s Grocery, London Road Market, Taran’s Food Market, Seventh Street Groceries, Plets Grocery, Tony’s Market, Ideal Market, and Mac’s Grocery dotted the map.

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Syttende Mai

May 17th is Norwegian Constitution Day, and is an official holiday in Norway. Information about the historical background of this holiday, and the celebrations that take place across Norway and abroad, can be found on Wikipedia.

Check back tomorrow to see how Norwegian Indendence Day was celebrated in Duluth 100 years ago.

Cinco De Mayo

The 5th of May commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Celebrations are common in Mexico and in U.S. cities with significant Mexican populations. More information about the history can be found on the website The History of Cinco de Mayo

Ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo, including recipes, crafts, and quick facts, can be found on the website Cinco de Mayo.

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