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Craig McEwen and Tracy Frank, Published October 17 2009

Trade Talk: Santa Lucia to open 2nd take-and-bake store in Fargo

The owners of Santa Lucia Greek and Italian restaurant in Fargo are opening a second take-and-bake pizza store at 4950 13th Ave. S. in Fargo.

They hope to open the store in December or January.

The first Santa Lucia Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza opened at 1503 S. University Drive in October 2008.

The stores sell unbaked pizza, lasagna, fresh salad, and side items such as garlic cheese bread and cinnamon sticks.

Maria Wilson, her husband, Geoff Wilson, and brother Alex Simeonidis own the stores.

They are also working with potential franchisees to open stores in Bismarck and Grand Forks, N.D.

“Hopefully our dream is finally going to come true,” Maria Wilson said.

Clothing retailer Vanity surpasses world record

Vanity, a mall-based clothing retailer that sells young women’s clothing and accessories, has surpassed the world record for collecting donated jeans.

Vanity, which has its headquarters in Fargo, has partnered with the Cotton From Blue to Green denim drive to help rebuild communities affected by natural disasters by recycling denim collected at the store into environmentally friendly, natural cotton fiber insulation for homes.

The world record is 33,000 pairs of jeans. From Sept. 16 to Oct. 10, Vanity collected 38,688 pairs of jeans.

The company still has to get approval by Guinness, which is a four- to six-week process, said Lisa Obermiller, Vanity marketing coordinator.

Vanity is trying to collect 100,000 pairs of jeans, which will insulate 200 homes. Customers can donate old denim at any Vanity store or mail denim donations to eVanity, 2410 Great Northern Drive, Fargo, ND 58102 by Nov. 3.

For each donation, customers receive a 25 percent discount on a new pair of Vanity jeans.

Ulteig employees help Ronald McDonald House

Fargo-based Ulteig recently helped Ronald McDonald Charities of the Red River Valley replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs at the charity’s two Fargo locations.

Ulteig employees replaced 212 bulbs. Ulteig believes the swap will save the charity about $6,360 over the lifespan of the bulbs.

U.S. Department of Energy studies show an Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent bulb will save about $30 over its lifetime and will pay for itself in about six months.

Cell phone registry information inaccurate

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is advising the public that recent notifications regarding cell phone registry are not accurate.

Consumers have contacted the BBB about e-mail notifications they have received informing them that all cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers within a month.

The e-mails tell consumers they must register their cell phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry before a certain deadline or they will be billed for each telemarketing call they receive after the deadline expires, explains the BBB.

The notifications are not accurate, says the BBB. On the contrary, it is illegal for telemarketers who use auto-dialers to call wireless cell phone numbers. There also is no deadline to register your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Customers who received the e-mails are urged to ignore or delete them.

Customers with questions should contact the BBB at (651) 699-1111 or go online to www.thefirstbbb.org.

Readers can reach Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502 and business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526