A BWCAW canoe trip brought Great Gifts owner Nancy Cihlar to the North Shore in 1964. Seeing Lake Superior and experiencing the wonder of the area led to a permanent move in 1977.
Great Gifts Greeters
Two years later Nancy and Anna Latz created Heavy Duty Sewing, combining shared interests to provide sewing services in Cook County. Support from family, friends and CUSTOMERS moved us from the basement of Anna's home to the current location in Downtown Lutsen.
In 1986, a bit of space in Heavy Duty Sewing was cleared to display the magazine racks and wood carriers... and Great Gifts was born! 3 expansions and 27 years later, area residents and visitors enjoy a unique assortment of fun and useful gifts for 'every season & every reason'.
As Great Gifts has grown, fine-tuning the selection available in the store has been a joy-filled journey. Every year I am amazed by the creativity of the human mind and spirit.