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Spring is Around the Corner

How are you? Have you been enjoying this unseasonably warm weather? Certainly a change from February! It was nice this past weekend as I was up at the cottage and skiing in the Ski Challenge Championships at Giant’s Ridge. It was a great day of skiing and a mediocre day of racing! But I’m ok with that. It was fun to get out and race for the final time this season. The snow was good and the sun was bright!We’re currently scurrying about to get ready for our photo shoot for the 21/22 Brightwater Look Book. We will be shooting out at Camp Tanadoona tomorrow, and I can't wait. It’s always an amazing day. A group of characters—and friends—getting together to don samples from next winter's clothing offerings, eat amazing foods, and sip delicious libations. It’s a...

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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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Shopkeeper's Journal

    I'm writing this on a cold, dark morning. Funny how Mother Nature has switched the months up on us. This morning feels more like December, or even January, than October. I’m grateful to be snug and warm enjoying my coffee at home and thinking of the shop. Thank you all for your support this month. Brightwater’s having a great month, and it's because of all of your support! It’s been great to see so many of you stopping by.   I’m excited about all of the new merchandise arriving almost daily at Brightwater. In the last week we have received new shipments from some of my favorites: Hestra Gloves, Relwen, Amundsen, and Dovetail.  Hestra is a Swedish Glove maker. A 4th generation family business that began making...

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New All Over

It’s a gray rainy morning, but the fire’s crackling behind me. It definitely feels like fall, as the yard is golden with leaves, the trees are more and more barren, and the lake takes on the gray hues of the sky. Good sweater weather! 

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