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Duluth businesses support struggling Twin Cities

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DULUTH, MN-- As the Twin Cities are continuing to deal with unrest following the death of Geroge Floyd, the northland is giving a helping hand to ease some pain.

Multiple businesses in the Twin Cities have been damaged, abused, burned, looted, and destroyed from rioters.

That's why community members, local business owners, and good people in the northland have decided to donate to those suffering either here or in other parts of the state.

"We want to stand with the black lives matter movement and the communities down in Minneapolis," said President of Positively 3rd Street Bakery, Teresa Whittet.

The bakery is running a donation drive, which is dedicated to the organizations that have been vandalized in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area.

"Menstrual products, non-perishable foods, you know basic first aid stuff," Whittet said.
They are also accepting cash donations for the Black Vision Collective and Reclaim the Black organizations.

Down in Canal Park, Vikre Distillery has chosen to focus their donations locally.
The distillery is donating $1 of every cocktail kit sold in June to Duluth's NAACP.

"We do have a lot of people coming in here who just want to help right now. So we decided this just made sense," said Doug Kouma, Director of Visitor Experiences.

Both businesses are dealing with their own adjustments and challenges in the last few months due to COVID-19.

"We're also struggling, but you gotta pick what's most important at the moment," said Whittet.

For Kouma and the owners at Vikre there's a different priority right now.

"It kind of opens your eyes, as to where we really stand in the scheme of things," said Kouma. "So things are tough for us. But it's not at all what so many of our friends and neighbors are going through."

Bakery owners said they will continue the donation until supplies are no longer needed.

They are accepting donations Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Vikre spokesperson said they'll choose a new organization to donate to each month.

Other local businesses taking part in donating are Flora North, Ivy Moon, and Cedar Bound.

Flora North is donating 50 percent of their sales made from their Instagram story from June 2 through June 5 to the Lake Street Council.

Owners at Ivy Moon have decided to raise money and donate profits to the George Floyd Memorial Fund and to Lake Street small businesses damaged from the protests.

Those at Cedar Bound are donating 100 percent of the proceeds from merchandise and apparel to Minnesota organizations focusing on racial injustice and community rebuilding from now until June 7.

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Emma Quinn

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