Two Harbors has a new combination vendor, coffee and women's consignment clothing shop. The White Pine Market, 1081 Minnesota Highway 61, officially opened its doors July 13. The new store is a venture by a Lakewood, Minn.-based couple Kim and Jim Aili.
"I know a lot of really talented folks around the area," Kim Aili said. "I've seen shops around the area where vendors have sold their own products and I really wanted to try it out."
Kim recruited vendors who sell wares like woven rugs, candles, pottery, handmade baby clothes, metal and iron works and macrame.
As for the consignment portion, she focuses strictly in women's clothing. Anyone wanting to sell clothing, purses or shoes will get 50% of the sales. White Pine sets the prices and labels, but also sets a limit on what brands will be accepted for sale. For example, no clothing from stores like Target, Old Navy and Forever 21.
The coffee shop portion of the store isn't up and running yet, but Kim expects it to be ready within a few weeks.
"My husband and I are coffee connoisseurs. He roasts his own beans at home and now we want to try commercial roasting. So we’ll roast on-site," Kim said.
Kim bought Jim a coffee roaster for his 50th birthday and said he's "been roasting ever since." He's tried out various blends and bean selections to get the right mix.
As for the market's name, Kim said it was chosen by her daughters. The couple have 11 children ranging in ages from 8 to 30. Her daughters have helped set the store's design and layout and chose the name "White Pine Market."
Kim's eldest son also had a hand in forming the market. He owns his own construction company and did the remodeling on the building, where the former Sunshine Thrift Store was located. The Ailis bought the building in March and worked on the building up until the opening.
Although the couple lives in the outskirts of Duluth, Kim said she's excited to be part of Two Harbors.
"I love this city and this spot," Kim said. "I think it'll be a great place for us."