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Where to get Red Owl, Dayton's, Porky's, Moby Dick's T-shirts in TC

Last week I wrote about an Illinois small business that revives Midwestern old brands on T-shirts et al.

At Bygonebrand.com co-owner Keith Watson sells four heritage brands from the Twin Cities, including T-shirts ($24) with Dayton's, Porkey's, Moby Dick's and Positvely 4th St. Records on the front.

After the article ran, I learned that a gift shop in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood, Cockadoodledoo, will be selling them from a shipment expected to arrive Monday or Tuesday. It has no website but it's on Facebook, or call 612-377-8000. Address: 403 Cedar Lake Rd S., Mpls. The owner let me know that more than 40 of the tees are already prepaid, so the first shipment he's getting from Bygone may already be sold out.

Cockadoodledoo and Bygone don't yet sell another sought-after Bygone Brand--Red Owl. Electric Fetus near downtown Mpls used to sell a Red Owl graphic tee, which had a slightly altered image to avoid copyright issues.Then Supervalu renewed its copyright and the Fetus quit selling them about a year ago.

 You can find a new legit licensed version at Zazzle.com. Zazzle also sells hoodie sweatshirts, tote bags, and hats with the Red Owl logo. Get 25% off Red Owl products during March Madness with the code MARCHMADNEZZ.

Jason Towley of Farmington, who licensed the brand after speaking to Supervalu about it a few years ago, said, "When I wear my shirt, so many people approach me to not only ask where I got it, but also share stories about where their hometown Red Owl was."  

Four sales worth the drive to Shakopee

For many Twin Cities residents, Shakopee is, well, a bit of a drive. So it better be a good sale for many of us to drive out there, even with gas under $3 a gallon.

But several small business owners in Shakopee have the right idea by holding their semi-annual sales on the same days, so shoppers can drive from sale to sale like a neighborhood garage sale.

Here's a list of participating store owners:

Northaire soup sale: Save up to 50 percent on a wide variety of packaged soups, desserts and appetizers.The best part? Lots of free samples from the soup ladies themselves, Maggie and Mary. For more info, including hours and directions, go to the Delish website.

Gage & Gage gift wrapping paper, bows, curling ribbon, gift boxes and bags sale all at wholesale prices or less. For more info, go to the Gage site.

Cameron's Coffee includes their speciality Arabica coffees and liquers. Also free tours of the roastery.

Dianne's Candle Company includes name brand scented candles that have soldl for $45 in stores and about $15 at the sale, including labels such as Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang. Next to Gage & Gage at 700 Valley Industrial Circle S., Shakopee.