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Originally from Winnipeg, George and Lucille Phillips started Dakota Curling Supplies in the late 70's when friends asked them to bring corn brooms over the border when they came to bonspiels in the States. The business quickly took off and by 1980 the Phillips made a full time move to Langdon North Dakota, where Dakota Curling Supplies has been based for nearly 40 years.
Now that the Phillips are looking forward to retirement, they have passed the business on to new owners Darcy and Paul Ellarby. Darcy and Paul are well known in the curling community both as players and as founders of Dakota Curling Club in Lakeville Minnesota. For those curious about the name overlap between Dakota Curling Club and Dakota Curling Supplies - that was in fact purely a coincidence that now looks a bit like foreshadowing in hindsight! When the Ellarby's founded their club in 2006, they named the club after the county in which it is located, unaware of the curling supplies business with such a similar name.
With the change in ownership, the business has been relocated to Burnsville Minnesota, bringing it much closer to the large population of curlers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The website has undergone a major overhaul and now includes online ordering capabilities. Over the summer the Ellarby's are building out a mobile pro shop as well which you will soon see at your club!
Dakota Curling Supplies will continue to offer the same range of products and services as before the ownership change. Our programs for new start-up clubs and wholesale accounts have both been expanded as well.
George continues to work closely with the new owners Darcy and Paul as we transition each segment of the business fully into our control, so you may still have the opportunity to interact with him directly over the next few months, especially around sourcing rocks and scrapers.
George and Lucille built their business on friendliness and a personal touch that has endeared customers for decades. You can be assured that this tradition will be upheld as we take this business forward into the future!