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Reflections on 2020

Hi there, I’m sitting at the kitchen table up at the cottage, looking out at frozen Ely Lake. I love the way the texture of the wind-blown snow on the lake changes, as the morning light appears. It’s a very serene view. Cold, but serene. The crackling of the fire in the living room, so warm and cozy, fends off the cold. I’m so blessed.In the last days of 2020, it’s been easy to say that 2020 sucked, and let's get on with 2021! Yet there’s a lot to be grateful for from 2020. I’m grateful for all of you and your support of Brightwater. From the beginning of the COVID19 shutdown, you have repeatedly shown me how much you care for...

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Bill's 2020 Shop Gift Guide

  I'm hoping you're having a great day! Mine just got better as my POS system (that's technical jargon for Point of Sale, although sometimes I think it also stands for something else!) just got back online. At times I do yearn for the days of an old cash register and the credit card machine that you had to manually imprint! I guess that makes me old! Here at Brightwater, we’re ready for the the Holiday Season! I decorated the windows this past week, and filled the shop with the fresh greens I collected up north. If you get a chance, swing by and take a look. On one side of the front windows there is a red push-cutter that was made for my Grandmother Svea,...

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We have a lot to be grateful for...

  Hi All!   It’s a quiet Monday at Brightwater. It’s the start of the Thanksgiving Week. Folks are beginning to get ready for their Thanksgiving meal. Everybody’s wondering how this holiday will work given Covid19. It’s a frustrating time, in a frustrating year. We probably aren’t going to able to see all those who we want to (like for me, my kids) yet, I still have a lot to be grateful for. We all are healthy. We’ve got solid roofs over our head, hot running water, and warm clothes. In the grand scheme, that’s pretty great!I’ve had a good last month at Brightwater. Thank you all! It’s been nice to all of you who’ve stopped by to take a look at the...

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Look Book 2020 Launch

How are you? I’m writing from my desk in Brightwater. It’s back in the corner. It’s always a mess, so the door is closed most of the time. The snow has once again returned, and I can’t say I’m too disappointed. I do love all the seasons here in Minnesota. As I’ve said many times, “There’s no bad weather, just bad clothes.” That saying particularly rings home to me today as I have a copy of the new Brightwater 2020 Look Book in front of me. It’s crammed full of photos that we took earlier this year, the first weekend in March, up in Bayfield, WI. Great friends wearing some of this years best winter pieces. We tested them, and they work. As I knew...

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