“A new wave of creative entrepreneurship is taking over Duluth and it’s happening in Lincoln Park. The area is undergoing a healthy revival with niche retail stores, unique restaurants, and longtime anchor businesses that feed the economic pipeline and build a stronger neighborhood. The future for Lincoln Park is full of promise and great potential.”Chris Eng, Director of Business and Economic Development, City of Duluth
The history of business in the Lincoln Park neighborhood ranges from dock work, to woolen mills, to loggers, to neighborhood retailers, and everything in between but one thread has remained throughout: Lincoln Park is a neighborhood of makers.
With this history, it should be no surprise that today’s Lincoln Park is home to light industrial companies, plumbers, and car and truck repair shops. The pride of making things with one’s hands is currently most noticeable in the emerging Craft Business District along West Superior Street and the retail area at West 3rd Street. Along these streets you will find a fence builder, a cordwainer who makes custom leather shoes and bags, two award-winning craft breweries, a neighborhood institution bike shop, a flooring expert, two different producers of canvas/leather bags, two bakeries with different specialties, a destination hobby shop, a member-supported MakerSpace, and some of the best BBQ around – and that’s just for starters.
The excitement in Lincoln Park is building daily as business groups like the Lincoln Park Business Group and the Entrepreneur Fund-led Advance Lincoln Park energize current businesses and encourage new investment. With additional support and investment by Duluth LISC, City of Duluth, and Ecolibrium3, it is easy to see why Lincoln Park is the place to be (hey – it’s not bragging if it’s true).