The best part about our store is the people in it
Sure, we have all sorts of great gear and clothing, but the people in our store are what really make it special. Here’s your chance to get to know a little bit about our team.
I opened Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in June of 2010, after moving up to Grand Marais a couple of years prior. The first time I traveled in the Boundary Waters and Quetico was in 1962, with a group of Boy Scouts out of New Ulm, Minnesota. It was a 10-day trip out of Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in Ely and that trip sold me on this part of the country.
After graduating from the College of St. Thomas, I worked for a little time for The Lob Pine in Roseville, Minnesota, before it was bought out by EMS. Then I spent a couple of years with Eddie Bauer in downtown Minneapolis. At the time, Eddie Bauer was in the forefront in selling high quality downwear and outdoor equipment. It made a huge impression on me and I always told myself that if I was ever able to open a high adventure shop, I was going to base it on my Bauer experience. It took me many years and a career as an oil marketer and trader and finally I have been able to attain my dream.
So, welcome to my world.
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite thing to do: Spend time with my grandkids. I live for that.
Favorite kayak route: Little Trout Bay
Favorite place to eat besides home: You really think I’d answer that? You have to come in and ask.
Stone Harbor has been a perfect fit for me, since my husband and I moved to Grand Marais in 2016. It merges my recreational interests with personal and professional strengths and challenges. As the General Manager, I have always felt honored to lead a team of people who are passionate about the outdoors, and just as passionate about helping others experience them as safely and comfortably as possible. My favorite thing about the store isn’t the cool gear, clothes and shoes; it’s connecting with the people who walk through our doors and learning from their adventures. Grand Marais is an amazing place with no shortage of different lakes and trails to explore, which I do with my husband and our two daughters.
I’ve always loved to be on the water and I’m equally happy in a kayak or on a stand-up-paddle board. I came to the midwest with some whitewater river (in Virginia and West Virginia) and ocean (in Hawaii) paddling experience. It has been so much fun to continue to grow as a paddler here with the American Canoe Association both in my own skills and as an instructor and trip leader. I sometimes still get to take our guests out kayaking or stand-up-paddle boarding and count myself privileged to be able to share what I love with others.
Favorite shoes: Oboz
Favorite place to paddle: Somewhere new
Since then, I have hiked the Superior Hiking Trail, Cascades, and Big Horn Mountains; survived straight line winds in a dome tent on the Wyoming plains; traipsed the Blue Ridge; paddled the BWCA; camped on Isle Royale and Madeline Island; sailed the Apostle Islands; and fallen in love with the inland sea referred to as Lake Superior.
Closer to home, Chuck and I love gardening, playing with our pugs, and living close to nature.
Favorite camping spot: Somewhere in the Big Horn Mountains — sleeping under the stars — no mosquitoes and watching the Milky Way. Brightest stars EVER!!!
Favorite camp meal: Fresh scallops purchased at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, and cooked at Paradise campsite on Mount Rainier that same night!
Biggest challenges to gardening on the north shore: Deer, bears, timberwolves, and making soil.
I grew up on the Iron Range. My favorite pastime is fishing. Any kind of fishing. Ice fishing. Fly fishing. Boat fishing. Shore fishing. Wading into streams. And any kind of fish. I am a strict environmentalist and practices catch and release. I love to talk fishing and I’m content to sit and figure out good fishing spots on lake maps.
Favorite fishing spot: Any tributary northeast of Silver Bay that flows into Lake Superior.
Favorite fly: Luper bugs tied with each color of the rainbow, in 3 hook sizes.
Best age to teach a child to fish: Any kid who wants to learn, whoever they are, can fish, as long as they can hold a rod and attempt a cast. The water, wind and fish will take the lead, and teach them skills, never to be taken away from them.
All things design
This is the tag line you will find on my social, professional and personal endorsements. Simply stated, this covers it all. My love of design and how to place, coordinate and display with cohesion and contrast. Be it paint, clothing, furnishings, in fashion or interiors, design is my clear passion.
I studied Fashion Merchandising at Stout University. The name of the game on any given day is design in some form. Working as a designer, I can be found dressing windows, creating a floor layout or maybe huddled up with a client finding the perfect palette. “The color wheel is the color wheel” is an answer I often use. The elements of design are universal and the happy place for me.
Favorite season: Summer. The hotter the better.
Favorite shoes: Flip-flops
ANN PAPENFUSS WING
Web site & paddle boarding
Growing up in the driftless region of southeastern Minnesota, water and hills are my home. I’m happiest when I’m skiing or paddling, and luckily my husband agrees (we met at Buck Hill). I love to share that passion for the outdoors with others. I spent eight winters in Crested Butte, Colorado, teaching adaptive skiing and now I volunteer with Courage Kenny’s adaptive ski program and the Lake Harriet adaptive sailing program. And if you are in Grand Marais for the water festival, let me teach you how to paddle board–you’ll love it!
Web design feeds the geek side of me (I have a degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University). Basically, I share pretty pictures and nice stories on the web.
Favorite season: Winter. Definitely winter.
Favorite events: Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans at Snowmass, Ski Geeks Clinic at Loveleand, and Grand Marais Water Festival
Working in the back office at Stone Harbor has been a treat for me. Opening and unpacking our inventory when it arrives feels like Christmas every day! While I’m relatively new to the job, Cook County has been my home for the past 15 years. One of my loves of the area is the Big Lake. Large bodies of water have always been a source of joy and refreshment to me. Countless hours of my childhood were spent snorkeling and diving in the South China Sea as my parents were expats working in the Philippines. Though the temperatures of Lake Superior are drastically colder, the water holds the same draw for me. I love to sit on the shores and find rest in the sound of the waves. My hope for you is that you too will find the refreshment you need during your stay in our neck of the woods. Whether snowshoeing, fishing, kayaking, or basking on the lake shore on a sunny day, may you enjoy the incredible beauty that is found here.
Favorite person: Jake Patten (yep, he’s my hubby!)
Favorite thing to cook over a fire: Fry Bread
Favorite item at Stone Harbor: hatchet -I love splitting kindling!!!
Hi there! This is my second summer at Stone Harbor, and I am enjoying working here a lot! I moved up here last year, but I also lived here for two years as a kid. I have come up to this area my whole life and love it.
My family moved to the U.S. a year ago after living in Mongolia for three and a half years (Keean is my brother). Being outdoors both here and there was and is a joy to me. One of my favorite things to do there was horseback riding, and here I love to hike, canoe, and swim. I am looking forward to learning how to do more outside this summer, especially kayaking and paddle boarding. I also love reading, writing, and acting, and I’m hoping to get a degree involving all three.
I want to help people find the things they are passionate about doing and help them to do them. I try to treat each person I cross paths with as a special, unique individual, and I hope that is the attitude that people see in all of Stone Harbor as soon as they walk in!