What’s a Parklet? Duluth Coffee Company’s New Outdoor Space

Duluth Coffee Company just opened a parklet! What the heck is that? We didn’t know either.

So first of all, let us present some parklet facts. It’s basically a parking space that’s been taken over for the enjoyment of the community, and Downtown Duluth could definitely use a few more outdoor seating options.

Duluthians dove into the idea Monday afternoon at Duluth Coffee Company’s Parklet Party Grand Opening.

Merila Hill String Band played the tunes indoors while Duluth Coffee Company, LHB, and Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community did a ribbon cutting outside.

The beer was flowing alongside the coffee thanks to Blacklist Beer and the Red Herring Lounge. Zenith Bread Project and Fannie Rose Candy Shop provided the snacks.

Artwork panels were also on display by Dave Moreira.

LHB designed the parklet and Mark Engebretson built it. Part of the funding came from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation.

Duluth also has its own parklet program, managed by Zeitgeist.

Want to check out the parklet for yourself? It’ll be outside Duluth Coffee Company from May to October.

If you’d like to have a parklet of your own, you can submit an application to the City.