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A View from Water Street

  Hi All,How are you? I’m happy to say that I think we’ve finally broken free of grips of Winter 2022! It’s been so nice to see the landscapes greening up and boats starting to reappear on the lakes. Sure signs that summer will once again return to MN. I’m not going to lie, this cold winter and sunless spring took it's toll. Even on a guy that loves winter! Deb and I are going to jumpstart summer by taking off for a long week in Palm Springs, CA. This is a repeat visit, even to the same VRBO. We really found Palm Springs to our liking, and this house is perfect. It’s 10 minutes from the airport (Which is one...

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Big Sky, Montana

Hi All, How are you? It’s so nice to finally have some warmer temps. I’ll even take the rain as long as it stays warm… Which doesn’t seem to be coming as fast as I’d like it to. Oh well, Minnesota weather!I spent the last week or so in Big Sky, MT, with my daughters Hannah and Lucia. It’s an annual trip to spend time together and ski. They both have settled there. I’m pretty lucky! Pre-trip they were warning that that we may do more hiking than skiing as they had a warm spell that had taken a toll on the ski conditions. A week ago Monday, the day after I arrived, the snow came! Over 12 inches of it!...

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Shop Update

Good morning all,How are you? How are things in your world? Maybe you're reading this from a sunny beach somewhere, as many of you are off on spring break. I’m hoping it is fun and relaxing! As for me, I’m writing from the kitchen table up at the cottage. It’s still winter up here with a few inches of snow in the last few days and night time temps in to the teens. It’s the perfect weather as we’re here to shoot next fall’s Brightwater look book! Hard to believe this is the fifth. I decided to return to the sight of the first look book, my cottage, for this fifth anniversary shoot. The incredibly talented crew is arriving today...

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Coterie for Fall 2022

Hi All,How are you? I hope you’re doing well. As I write, I’m looking at ferries criss-crossing the blue sparking water of the Hudson River. It’s chilly, but seeing open water and boats does make me hold hope that summer is on the way!We are here in NYC for the Women’s Markets for Fall/Winter 2022. Lots to look at and lots of walking! We have been to multiple shows and showrooms. There’s a lot of great things I’ve seen and picked for Fall '22, if I have to say so myself! This is always such an interesting time for a retailer. I’m having to split my brain as I’m working on selecting and ordering Fall '22 product, whilst the new spring...

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The Big Race Day

Hi All,How are you? Did you make it to Excelsior (or out on Lake Minnetonka) for the Klondike Dog Derby? If you did, you know what an amazing weekend of sled dog racing it was! I’ve heard there were up to 28K folks that experienced the Klondike two weekends ago. We had 22 teams participate from as far away as Northwest Territories in Canada, as well as Alaska. My favorite was Elena Freking. At 11 years old, this was Elena's first 8-dog class race. She did amazing! (It’s really no surprise as her dad and mom, Blake and Jennifer Freking, are icons in the sled dog racing world.) The whole event was spectacular! Those words echoed from the spectators, the mushers,...

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