1978 brought us many memorable events. NASA unveiled the first female astronauts, Grease was a hit in the movie theaters and the first Susan B Anthony silver dollar was minted.
Here in Duluth, 1978 was significant to us because that was the year The Holiday Center opened along with the first Skywalk connecting downtown.
The Skywalks revolutionized how people got around downtown Duluth. With our tough winters the Skywalks enabled people to navigate the business epicenter without having to face the wind, snow, ice and rain. People could visit their dentists, go to work, eat at restaurants all without having to step outside. With the opening of The Holiday Center the Skywalks found their center of town.
The month of May will bring exciting specials, events and promotions from the Holiday Center merchants every Monday through Friday celebrating the month the first Skywalk opened to pedestrians and The Holiday Center opened to the public.
On May 17th The Holiday Center will not only celebrate the Skywalk’s landmark birthday, The Holiday Center will also celebrate 40 years of bringing businesses and community together downtown A central part of the celebration will be acknowledging the 40th anniversary of Allison’s Hallmark, one of the first tenants that took root in The Holiday Center. On the 17th there will be giveaways, a live radio remote from 1130am-1pm and other activities to culminate the celebration.
With the Superior Street reconstruction starting now more than ever it is time to appreciate and make use of the Skywalk System and support the small businesses that call downtown and The Holiday Center their home.
It’s time to reconnect with downtown Duluth.