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Thanksgiving Plans, Cottage Trip & Curating Our Winter Clothes Collection

How are you? I’m hoping that all is well in your sphere. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is here! Time flies! What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Deb and I are having a quiet Thanksgiving at the house in Chanhassen. We’ll cook the turkey and make the necessary fixings: mashed potatoes, gravy, wild rice and a few more sides that will come together Thanksgiving morning. Sometimes kitchen spontaneity just happens! I hope that wherever your Thanksgiving happens that it can be full of grace and gratitude. We all have so much to be thankful for. We’ll probably head in to Brightwater for a while, too. I’m one of those old school retailers who believes holiday decorations don’t come out until...

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Duluth Photoshoot, Big Sky, Spring in the Shop

How are you? It’s hard to believe the end of March is here! I’d like to say where’d the winter go, but it seems to be lingering on and on! More snow this weekend? Let’s hope not… It’s been a little over a week since we did out photoshoot for Brightwater's 2023 look book! We headed up the the North Shore of Lake Superior, to Knife River, and had a fun time collecting many amazing shots for next fall/winter. After I go to market and select the fall and winter clothing mix, I ask the reps to send me sample pieces so we can shoot photos of them. The Brightwater crew is a wonderful collection of amazing friends that know how to...

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Saylorsburg, Penn + NY Women's Market for Fall '23

Surviving the snowstorm? I’m sitting at the table at my friend Tim’s house outside of Saylorsburg, PA. Tim and I both went to Macalester about a thousand years ago. Together we moved to Vail about two weeks after graduation. Tim didn’t know how to ski. He learned fast! I’m grateful for our longtime friendship! We had planned this chance to get together to spend time at his country house a month or so ago.  (His primary home is on Roosevelt Island, in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, NY.) The initial plan was to go skiing for a day at one of the ski resorts here in the Poconos. Unlike Minnesota, this area hasn’t seen virtually any snow this winter,...

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A New Year + Winter Clearance in the Shop

  Welcome to 2023! I alway ask myself, how did it get here so quickly? Seems it was just 2021. Yet, bring it on! Let’s make 2023 the best one yet.We started the year up at the cottage. We drove up to find mountains of snow and the cottage warm and waiting for us. We relaxed, cooked good foods, enjoyed some wine in front of the fireplace and took time to get outside and enjoy it. We were so fortunate to have nice warmer weather! Last year we woke on New Years morning to the thermometer reading -39F. This year it was 25F. Much more suitable for enjoying the outdoors. I even managed to get a few afternoons of skiing...

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Festive Gifting Stocked in the Shop

The holiday season is upon us and I’m hoping that in the midst of the busyness, you are taking time to relax and enjoy a bit of quiet and solitude. We all know it’s going to get crazy!The Brightwater elves have bee busy, too! We’ve got the shop looking festive and have a slew of new offerings for the gifting season. From new flannel shirts and sweaters, to new shipments of parkas to keep you warm and cozy, the shop is stocked with all the things needed to finish off your holiday shopping! We also have a wonderful collection of small gifts and stocking stuffers. Some of my favorites are gloves and mitts from Hestra. Hestra of Sweden has been...

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