About Brick and Mortar

The mission of Brick and Mortar is to assist small businesses in realizing their vision in opening a storefront. We recognize there are a lot of unknowns as you start this process.  We’d like to be your partner from the inception of the idea to assist you in understanding the needs of your potential space and the requirements of the City before you even begin your search for a building or site.

Our process begins with listening, to understand your project needs. Together we explore options to reveal the best path forward.  Our holistic approach sets your business up to make informed decisions, saving you time and money by reducing the unknown variables in the search and design of your new space.

The process to opening the doors of your business can seem intimidating, long, and expensive.  It is our goal to educate you and assist in cutting through the red tape. It is our guarantee to be transparent and advocate for your project every step of the way.

For examples of past work, visit

Ursa Minor Brewing

Corktown Deli and Brews

Love Creamery

Runa Yoga

Ignite Studio

Monaco Air

Grand Portage Lodge and Casino

and Denfeld High School

Projects were completed while Tiersa worked with DSGW Architects, where she built up 12 years of experiences, relationships, and tools of the trade.

About Tiersa Wodash

Tiersa has a passion for partnering with business owners to repurpose, renovate, and bring new life to commercial buildings.  Tiersa is a licensed architect in Minnesota and Wisconsin, with over 13 years of experience designing and managing commercial projects ranging from small interior remodels to multi-million dollar extensive renovations.


She received her Master in Architecture degree from North Dakota State University.  Tiersa is a LEED AP, accredited professional of leadership in energy and environmental design, certified by the United States Green Building Council.  She is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Duluth and Duluth News Tribune 20 under 40 awardee. Tiersa gives back to our community, through volunteering and involvement with organizations such as Ecolibrium3, Parks and Recreation Commission, Fuse Duluth, and Lincoln Park business district groups. 


Tiersa prioritizes education and outreach. Tiersa is co-director of the Outside the Box educational program, formed in 2019 in partnership with Rachel Wagner of through design LLC and with the support of Ecolibrium3.  Outside the Box (OTB) provides students and their families with opportunities for non-traditional education and community engagement focused on design, construction, and creative problem solving.