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New York + Ely Lake

      How are you? How’d it get to be October already? I want it to feel more like fall than it seems to be at the moment. I’m waiting for that morning when I can reach for the favorite sweater, but I’m afraid I’m still reaching for that favorite t-shirt. But, it not all bad. We snuck up to the Cottage last Sunday night, and had two glorious days. Warm and sunny and the colors were just wonderful. Even the evenings were warm and calm. Perfect for late night pontoon boat cruises. The stars were so amazing! That was a short but sweet getaway after the week before, which was quite hectic. It was Art and Apples on the Lake the 18th and...

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Perusing for Fall/Winter 2021

        Hi All,How are you? I’m hoping you're doing well and are happy. I’m happy to see the recent rains, and am enjoying at least a few days of cooler temps. It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of August!  I’ve also been enjoying this August because I’ve been able to return (masked-up) to markets! I spent the first part of this week in Chicago, at the Collective. The Collective is a men’s market held at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. (It’s a magnificent building in its own right — check it out here.) It was so good to reconnect with rep friends and fellow retailers. Just to be able to touch fabrics and see styles in person was so terrific! This market was for...

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Visitors + Crazy Days Clearance Tent Sale

          Hi All,How are you? Having a good summer? I sure hope so. Mine’s been pretty terrific. Thanks for all your support at Brightwater. It’s been a pretty darn good spring/summer season! Thank you.  I have had a chance to get up the the cottage a few times and spend time with my sister Kate. She’s here for the month of July. I hope to get up there again soon! We’ll see if I can make that happen.Right now the focus is on getting all of my ducks in a row for Brightwater's annual Crazy Days Clearance Tent Sale. It begins Thursday, July 22, and runs through Sunday the 25th. It’s always such a fun event and one that most of my...

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Emerson Fry, Faherty & Excelsior needs your help!

I’m writing this morning with my Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce hat on. I’m the current President of the Board of Directors.  I’m writing because we need your help. We are in dire need of traffic control volunteer positions to be filled on the 4th of July. In the past, a local Boy Scout Troop has helped out, but they had to back out at a late moment. If you or a friend could take one of these two-hour shifts that would be incredibly helpful! Volunteers help prevent any unplanned traffic from getting on to Lake Street. Bring a lawn chair and a cooler!  We need you in order to make the Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Fireworks happen. Please take a minute to click on this Sign-up...

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Father's Day HQ

  Swing through Brightwater this week and we will help you find just the right something for dad — or Grandad or Uncle or hubby or any special dad-figure in your life. From top-notch threads to cool accessories and gear, we've got the best goods for guys!

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