EDA hears Oddz & Endz proposal

Sharon Bloomquist, Arvis Thompson, and Lisa Bloomquist were at the Tuesday, April 8 Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting to explain their new venture, Oddz & Endz. Thompson said they represent a team of people who have formed a nonprofit organization to operate a “repurpose, reuse or recycle retail store.”

Thompson said, “We see ourselves as taking what people don’t need—furniture, lawn mowers, small appliances, etc.—and finding a home for these things.”
“We want to take that coffee table that looks like a rat trap and turn it into something you would like to see in your living room,” she said.

And similar to the 1st & 2nd Thrift Store, volunteers will do the work, earning money for a community nonprofit of their choosing.

Oddz & Endz will be housed in the former Howling Wolf Saloon (which has also been home to a bowling alley, Gunnar’s bar and restaurant, and most recently the temporary home of the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.)

It is hoped that the building will also rent space for fledgling businesses to offer services and merchandise, as a business incubator of sorts, explained the group. Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux is spearheading that effort.

To open the doors, the group must be granted a conditional use permit. They are on the agenda of the Cook County Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at the Cook County courthouse.