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Last Place on Earth owner says he may sink roots in new location

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The owner of the controversial Duluth head shop The Last Place on Earth says he could be located in a new area as soon as next week, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Jim Carlson says he hung a sign Sunday in his current location at 120 E. Superior Street about finding a new home for his business, and he's already been in touch with several city building owners and surrounding communities about a possible relocation.

Carlson has long been in battle with the city over the business, which was temporarily shut down by court order last month. The a judge in the case is weighing evidence in a civil nuisance case brought against Carlson by the city -- which is asking to have the business shut down for one year.

The head shop owner tells the News Tribune that he will probably make a decision on a new location early next week, get licenses, and with the help of "a couple unemployed construction guys," could get a counter in and open a new store within two days.

"I’m not one to sit for three months trying to make it look pretty," Carlson tells the paper.

Even if Carlson finds a new location, selling synthetic drugs again may not be so easy, says Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson.

Johnson tells the News Tribune that Carlson can open up a new location, but since the city has passed ordinances regulating synthetic drugs, Carlson has to obtain a new license to do it.

If Carlson refuses to apply for the license dictated by the ordiance, then the city will take the same legal steps as last time, Johnson says.

Meanwhile, business owners located near the current location are breathing a sigh of relief since the business has ceased at the current location, Northland's News Center reports.

The manager of a nearby candy shop, Matt Marturano, tells NNC a lot of the people "that used to kind of scare customers and make the area seem kind of unsafe are gone now."

"A lot of families are back, tourists are back, people are smiling, and it's just a safe place to be again," Marturano says.

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