What are "keys the city" you might wonder? They are given to those people, groups, bands, and animals we love and welcome with open arms. They might not really open anything or fit into your back pocket but they are truly an honor to receive. In the past few years Loll's sister company started making them for the city of Duluth. The city where we live, work, and play. We couldn't be more proud.
It all began when Lolls, CEO, Greg Benson witnessed Mayor Don Ness handing out a document instead of an actual key to the band Wilco who frequently plays in Duluth every summer. He immediately contacted Mayor Ness and offered to have the keys made. Together they worked with Loll's design team and came up with current keys seen above. Each key is made out of Epicurean's infamous recycled paper composite boards which means the keys can double as a cutting board and is dishwasher safe as Mayor Ness points out below (har har).
As you can see the four keys that have been made thus far have one thing in common: they are entertainment based. Duluth LOVES their music and it's rich history of story telling. We love getting chills from hearing Alan Sparhawk's deep vocals echo through Sacred Heart, Jeff Tweedy unfold into his screeching guitar, sway to the banjo of Dave Carroll, and fall into a 35N driving trance while listening to Prairie Home Companion . All of these people are loved by Duluthians and all now have keys to your house. Just Kidding.