Kevin and Paige both grew up in the small town of Roseau, Minnesota, although they did not hit it off until the Summer of 2015. They spent their summers on the shores of Lake of the Woods at Long Point Resort. Paige, at her grandparents cabin, while Kevin’s parents were just 8 cabins down. They both grew to love the outdoors and the adventures that came with it.
Starting in the Fall of 2005, Kevin spent 2 years at Bethel University, located in St. Paul, MN. He may not have continued his time there, but Minneapolis was now home. The 5 years spent in the Twin Cities, he made countless memories and met some pretty inspiring people. It was then that the idea of Peace Grenades was brought up. Nothing ever became of Peace Grenades it was simply an idea stored in the back of his mind. He moved back to Roseau in 2010 and started working for a local concrete company.
Paige spent 4.5 years at the University of North Dakota where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and New Art Media, before moving back to Roseau in 2015. She landed an awesome opportunity to expand her creative mind at SandPieper Design, located in Baudette, MN.
In 2015, when Kevin and Paige first met, Kevin introduced the idea of Peace Grenades and starting a Screen Print and Apparel Business to Paige. This idea has been with him for 10 years now, so let’s just say she thought the whole thing was unrealistic and it would never happen. Two years later they both invested in a business they believe will become something awesome.
In January 2017 Peace Grenades became a reality. The apparel business Kevin dreamed of for so many years was born. Working many evenings and weekends, Kevin and Paige developed their apparel and screen printing business in the back of their garage.
They launched a new website that same summer and began selling and shipping apparel from Alaska to Cuba. They soon outgrew their garage, and opened their first store in Roseau, MN summer of 2019.
The awesome thing about Peace Grenades is we vow to give back a portion of our profits from our line of Peace Grenades Gear to art programs, children’s organizations, and environmental funds in need. Our hope is that Peace Grenades Gear will catapult and form the foundation needed to help grow and spread peace by giving back.