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Laughing [laf] verb
Making the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement.

Stock[stok] noun
The (paper) goods or merchandise supply kept on the premises of a business or warehouse and available for sale or distribution.

Design [de-zine] noun
The purpose, planning or intention that exists behind an action, fact or material object.

OUR MISSION: To spread some joy through the art of communication.

We strive to accomplish our mission through graphic design and other creative advertising for the greater good, special events and positive apparel options.

THE BIRTH OF HAPPY SPACE POSITIVEWEAR™: Over the past few years, it seems negative T-shirts and apparel found a demand in the marketplace for some reason. Even the big box retailers and otherwise respectable department stores sell shirts that have negative, laziness-focused or just plain stupid messages on them. After seeing shirts for sale at a department store with just the words, "Bite Me" written across the chest, Shane Bauer decided to start a line of apparel that broadcast positive messages in an attempt to counter this "negative movement." Happy Space PositiveWear™ was born. If you're going to say something with what you wear, why not say something good? It will have a direct impact on those around you. Your attitude is everything.

LISTEN TO NATURE SUSTAINABLE APPAREL™ was added in 2010 and Laughingstock Design is now in the process of converting all of its apparel and accessories to be made from bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, recycled or other materials that are more friendly to our planet.

What a day in 2011. Thanks to all who were able to be a part of it!

Whether it’s our international, nationwide, state, local or even neighborhood community, the key to progress lies in respectful, productive relationships with others in that community.

Let’s devote a day to celebrating each other, our diversity, and our togetherness to ensure
a brighter future for all of us.

2011 featured headline act Michael Franti & Spearhead!
with special guests Cloud Cult opening

This day is all about community progress. We’re all human. And we all have struggles in life. If we realize and bear in mind that we're all equal and the same, that we all started in the same place, and will eventually be in the same naked situation at the end, then we can more easily help each other through our struggles.

We may also have a chance to put an end to bullying and stopping discriminations toward others in our community, whether it’s racism, mental illness, a disability, religion, poverty, age, or you name it. Respect and positive relationships are at the core of all these issues.


Community Yoga on the Waterfront with Yoga North

& Deep Peace Wellness Studio

Kids' Activities with Positive Energy Outdoors including their popular climbing wall!

Nonprofit Showcase to display great organizations in our community and connect volunteers

Food & Crafts from Local Vendors

And much more!


Regarding the Twin Ports Bridge Festival, 2011, Bayfront Festival Park

Dear Citizens:

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

Maya Angelou

And perhaps we can understand each other right here.

We, the members of our state and local community, ask you, the members of our state and local community, to join us in making Saturday, July 9, 2011, a milestone.

So many of the conflicts we face on a daily basis arise from our differences: different opinions, different religions, different nationalities, different priorities, different emotions.

We’re setting aside one day. An entire day devoted to understanding and respecting those differences instead of using them as barriers. An entire day to celebrate the fact that we’re all human, put in this world together, able to enjoy what the rest of humanity has to offer.

The Twin Ports Bridge Festival is not simply another concert at Bayfront. Every one of the day’s attractions was selected for its ability to give the audience more than entertainment, whether it’s social awareness, education, inspiration, or support. This festival not only brings us a national headliner committed to helping us celebrate our community, but it also keeps the entire event affordable and accessible to the whole family.

But we need your help to make this day a success. By collaborating on this one common objective—by attending, contributing, or becoming involved—we can build the positive relationships necessary to effect change in our community, our nation, and our world.

Only when we truly understand each other can we bring about progress. Let’s kickstart that progress on July 9.


Mayor Don Ness, City of Duluth

Jeff Anderson, Duluth City Council, NU92 FM/Red Rock Radio

Senator Roger Reinert, State of Minnesota

Mark Rubin, St. Louis County Attorney 

Terry Mattson, President/CEO, Visit Duluth

Xavier Bell, “X”, Community Engagement, Program Manager, Community Action Duluth

Patricia Burns, President, Miller-Dwan Foundation

Ira “Mimmu” Salmela, Director of Development, Public Relations Director, KUMD 103.3 FM

Stephanie Love, Executive Director, Positive Energy Outdoors

Paul Lundgren, President, Perfect Duluth Day

Jodi Christensen, Deep Peace Wellness Studio & Yoga North, Yoga Instructor 500RYT, Somatics Educator

Molly McManus, Yoga North, Yoga Instructor 500RYT, IAYT, Somatics Educator

Hilary Buckwalter, Yoga North, Yoga Instructor 500RYT, Grad Student-Advocacy & Political Leadership, UMD

Becky Gourde, Communications Director, Laughingstock Design

Shane & Jenny Bauer, Design Directors & Owners, Laughingstock Design

How can you get involved for 2014?

Become a sponsor, truly the ones who make this event possible.

Become a vendor or exhibitor. Promote your place in our positive community.

Come celebrate. Simply buy a ticket and get inspired by the day's performers.

For more information on sponsorships or other ways to get involved, please email us at

Stay tuned to the Twin Ports Bridge Festival on Facebook for updates!

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