Longtime Lincoln Park business gets facelift – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Lee Emanoff angled over paint-splattered cardboard, moving burnt-red pigment back and forth with her brush.

“We’re closed on Tuesday, and that’s just about the only way we can really get things done,” she said.

Emanoff and her husband, Denis Sauve, made headway on updates to their business,

Twin Ports Cyclery

, thanks to a $500

Love Your Block grant

through the city.

A woman in a pale yellow shirt leans down to paint a wall red.

Lee Emanoff paints the front of Twin Ports Cyclery on Tuesday. “Bike boxes come in handy,” Emanoff said.

Melinda Lavine / Duluth News Tribune

With it, they’ve purchased quality paint, a sander and replacement letters for their signage. “It needed a facelift,” said Emanoff of their storefront, “and it makes the community look better, too.”

The business specializes in bike sales, repairs and accessories such as studded snow tires and commuter clothing.

Two people talk outside a brick building with a faded sign below an updated sign.

Twin Ports Cyclery owners Denis Sauve and Lee Emanoff share a moment in front of their business. A faded sign for Garon’s Groceries remains on the side of the building, which previously housed the grocery store. The couple wanted to preserve that piece of history.

Melinda Lavine / Duluth News Tribune

Sauve has owned the cyclery since 1975. After a yearslong interval in Canal Park, the pair returned in the 1980s to their Lincoln Park building, which had been used for storage.

Standing outside the building on a sunny Tuesday, the couple directed the News Tribune to a fading Garon’s Groceries sign high on the west side of the building.

Sauve said he purposefully left it untouched — a monument to the building’s former tenant. (“This is where I cashed my first check,” he recalled.)

Emanoff plans to update their door frame, she said with a laugh, bending to rub the dented wood. “Customers come in, and they’re not too coordinated getting the bikes in the door, so we’re going to put an old tire — nail it, screw it in there — so it’ll be like a bumper.”

A person in a pale yellow shirt bends down to touch a gloved hand to a damaged door frame.

Lee Emanoff has plans to update this door frame at her store.

Melinda Lavine / Duluth News Tribune

Sauve said he’s happy to be where he and the business are. “There’s a certain coolness to this side of town; it has a character.”

The Love Your Block model supports innovation in blight reduction through resident and government partnership with individual grants up to $1,500.

Other grant recipients this year include the Duluth Children’s Museum, Family Rise Together, and Union Gospel Mission for projects such as lot cleanup and community events.

Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 17 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014 as its features editor, and today, she writes about the people, the heartbeat of the community.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

In 2006, she earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota, and that summer, she started her career as a copy editor and page designer at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, a Forum Communications Co. sister publication. In 2012, she helped launch the Herald’s features section, as the editor, before moving east to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346, mlavine@duluthnews.com.

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