By: Holly Kelsey-Henry
For more than 20 years, the McKechnie family has owned and operated the largest party and balloon supply store in Duluth. Their long standing experience, professionalism and commitment to customer service have made the business the go-to, one-stop shop for all things celebratory.
First known as Paper Warehouse and then Party America, the family-owned business continues to evolve and change under daughter Mariah McKechnie’s direction, with a new name – Northland Party, and a new location at 5009 Matterhorn Drive.
Despite the growth and evolution of the business, one thing remains the same – the team’s desire to provide customers with a full-service party planning experience that enables them to make lasting memories with their friends and family through celebration.
“The entire Northland Party staff looks forward to celebrating every day with our customers,” Mariah says.“Northland Party offers the largest selection of retail party supplies and balloons in the Northland, and we add to that our vast experience and personal
approach to helping our customers. When people come in here they are just blown away with the great selection and our ability to identify with the customer’s needs.”
The business caters to holiday parties, employee recognition, graduations, weddings, birthdays, grand openings, branding and product launches, annual meetings, team-building activities, conventions, anniversaries, baby and bridal showers, and a wide
variety of other events.
Northland Party also specializes in theme parties, from luaus to fiestas, to the Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby. Customers can celebrate the Emmys or the Oscars with their own Hollywood Party decked out with glamorous decorations – complete with red carpet, wall hangings, centerpieces, and star accessories. Or they can host a
casino party right at home, with red and black themed tableware sets, heart, spade, club, and diamond printed plates, cups, napkins, and customized invitations, favors, and banners.
“Everything about Northland Party says fun,” Mariah says. “People get so much joy out of planning their parties and coming in here for everything from party favors to Halloween costumes and decorations. When people come into the store, you can just see them getting excited about their event.”
While the store carries everything from invitations to wrapping paper to bulk tableware for weddings, a large portion of its business is balloons. “From arches, balloon drops, or whatever someone wants, we canfigure out how to build it out of balloons,” Mariah says. “We have the
She notes that balloons are an easy, and affordable, party decoration that add color and bling to any event. The store offers a huge selection of balloons, from latex and Mylar to licensed character designs.Northland Party also carries glow sticks and confetti that can be placed inside the balloons to give them a celebratory look.
Not a fan of balloons or want a more sophisticated look?Paper lanterns are a great alternative. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, andare also reusable.
“That is the unique thing about Northland Party,” Mariah notes. “We’ve been doing this so long, we are full of ideas. We’ve been here for 20 years because we are creative and have a solid track record. We couldn’t do what we do without an amazing team, made up of all ages and all backgrounds who have a passion for seeing people celebrate. We have so much fun and that spills over to those who come into the store.”
For more information, visit northlandparty.com or call (218) 720-4476.