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(l-r) Mary Dee Hanson, Cindy Miller and Jan Mosman supervise The Landing Welcome Center and Marketplace in Emily. Visitors can get information about Little Pine, Fairfield, Outing, Fifty Lakes, and Emily and see hand-made items for sale from area vendors. - photo by Bill Monroe

The Landing Welcome Center & Marketplace

Web posted July 11, 2017
There are many treasures to be found in the cities of Little Pine, Fairfield, Outing, Fifty Lakes, and Emily. And the best place to learn about them is The Landing Welcome Center and Marketplace on Highway 6 in Emily. The Landing is one of the first tangible results of GoNorth, a two-year effort to revitalize the group of five communities.

Visitors to The Landing may be greeted by Jan Mosman of Emily or Cindy Miller of Outing or Mary Dee Hanson, a summer resident of Emily. The three are partners who, along with many volunteers, are supervising the facility.

Every business, church, school, club, and park in the participating towns are included in a free map and destination guide visitors can get at The Landing. There are also 16 vendors displaying hand-made items for sale such as water colors, felted fiber handbags, jewelry, candles, lotions, crocheted items, wearable art, repurposed furniture and vintage items. A free Area Gift Shopping Guide is also available.

Hanson was in Texas when Mosman and Miller opened the facility on May 1. “I was blown away by what they had created,” Hanson said. “I’ve heard from visitors that this place rivals anything they’ve seen in the Twin Cities,” she said.

The three women are proud of the fact that The Landing’s success is largely due to full-time local residents and summer residents working together. There are vendors from all of the GoNorth communities represented at the Landing. The facility features six rooms on the main floor, two on the second level and a full basement for storage. There is also plenty of outdoor space for possible future events such as flea markets or farmers markets.

Vendors pay a monthly fee, pay a commission on their sales, and own their items. The property owners do not receive a commission. The Landing pays a monthly lease and utilities. The goal is to make The Landing sustainable.

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