Ren Sector offers sustainable solutions

Ren Marketplace operator Kendra Dean has a passion for sustainability. Her qualifications in environmental science and have journey to lower the waste she makes motivated her to open up her keep, which specializes in zero-waste products and solutions.

“I grew to become discouraged that it is so challenging to discover products and solutions, especially for the kitchen and toilet, that are plastic-free of charge. So much comes packaged in plastic and we don’t think something about grabbing another container,” Dean claimed. “I was a little disgusted with myself for the amount of money of waste.”

Owner of Ren Market Kendra Dean poses for a portrait Friday, Feb. 19, in her shop in West Duluth. Dean aims to bring sustainable and environmentally friendly products to Duluth. (Tyler Schank /

Proprietor of Ren Market place Kendra Dean poses for a portrait Friday, Feb. 19, in her shop in West Duluth. Dean aims to provide sustainable and environmentally welcoming products and solutions to Duluth. (Tyler Schank / [email protected])

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Soon after Dean visited a zero-waste retail outlet in the Twin Cities, she was impressed by the principle and believed it would in shape in Duluth.

At Ren Current market, located at 519 N. Central Ave., Dean buys things, such as eco-helpful shampoo, in bulk and customers bring their own containers for refills.

“It produces significantly less squander and that way you only pay out for the volume that you want,” Dean explained.

Dean strives to continue to keep her cleansing and house merchandise, from kitchen cleaners to shampoo bars, from ethical sources, affordable and environmentally pleasant.

The bottle bank (bottom shelf) at Ren Market allows customers to repurpose used, sanitized containers for free that have been donated. Customers may also purchase brand new containers (top shelf) if they wish. (Tyler Schank /

The bottle lender (bottom shelf) at Ren Industry allows clients to repurpose utilized, sanitized containers for cost-free that have been donated. Prospects may well also acquire manufacturer new containers (top shelf) if they would like. (Tyler Schank / [email protected])

The retail store opened in November and Dean claimed the group has embraced the notion.

“Men and women variety of have to have to arrive in and look close to just before they get it, but at the time they do, they are ordinarily fairly energized,” Dean claimed.

Naturalight Candles shines a light

Kyia Plummer has been generating candles for nine many years. It commenced as a hobby. She designed a few for friends and spouse and children all over the holidays. But at some point, she started out making them to offer at craft reveals and artwork marketplaces.

Naturalight Candles owner Kyia Plummer poses for a portrait Friday, Feb. 19, at her shop in West Duluth. (Tyler Schank /

Naturalight Candles owner Kyia Plummer poses for a portrait Friday, Feb. 19, at her store in West Duluth. (Tyler Schank / [email protected])

“Then 2020 occurred and all the reveals and festivals I go to have been canceled,” Plummer stated. “I decided it was time to just go for it. The place popped up and I thought, yeah. Let’s give it a shot.” Her keep is positioned at 517 N. Central Ave.

Plummer’s candles are 100% soybean wax candles designed with phthalate- and paraben-totally free oils and pure-cotton wicks — preventing petroleum byproducts, direct and zinc in the wicks.

“They last for a longer period than regular candles and give off a wonderful scent that doesn’t slap you in the facial area with a potent scent when you wander into a room,” Plummer mentioned.

In addition to her handmade candles, Plummer sells reward-deserving items produced by community artists and mates.

Egyptian amber is part of Naturalight Candles' Northwoods Collection. The collection features outdoor-inspired scents, like fresh pine, cedar smoke and oak moss & amber. (Tyler Schank /

Egyptian amber is component of Naturalight Candles’ Northwoods Collection. The selection functions out of doors-motivated scents, like contemporary pine, cedar smoke and oak moss & amber. (Tyler Schank / [email protected])

“So significantly, the community’s been accepting and enthusiastic,” Plummer claimed. “Folks appear to be enthusiastic to see small companies like this popping up and it can be just been a superb expertise so significantly.”

The Boreal Residence celebrates tumultuous to start with year

When The Boreal House operator Katie Fast and her business associate, Julie LaTourelle, opened up the little bar at 330 N. 57th Ave W. in February 2020, Rapidly remembers becoming involved about irrespective of whether people today would appear.

“We sat in the bar and I believed, ‘I definitely hope someone shows up,'” Quickly explained. “It was our first time doing something like this and we did not know how it would go. But a 12 months later, I can say, ‘Man, did persons display up.'”

The Boreal House is located at 330 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. (Steve Kuchera / 2020 file / News Tribune)

The Boreal Residence is positioned at 330 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. (Steve Kuchera / 2020 file / News Tribune)

But proudly owning a new bar in 2020 did occur with some unexpected complications. 5 months soon after their grand opening, the very first COVID-19 shutdown strike and the bar didn’t open yet again until eventually June 1. They’re lately reopened soon after the late-November shutdown.

“But we are nevertheless here,” Fast claimed. “And the outpouring of support from this neighborhood has been wonderful.”

The bar specializes in local brews on 16 faucets, a craft cocktail menu created from nearby and regional liquors and a snack menu with goods this sort of as nachos, Duluth’s Finest Bread pretzels and home made dips with chips.