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Published April 17 2010

Trade Talk: Apricot Lane set to open in Fargo

A woman’s clothing and accessories boutique will open in the J.C. Penney wing of Fargo’s West Acres mall this summer.

Apricot Lane Boutique, a franchise with more than 40 stores in 25 states, is opening in mid-July, said owner Jeanie Anderson.

The store will carry clothing, handbags, jewelry and gift items. “One of our main lines will be denim,” Anderson said. “We’re not limited to any certain brands. We carry our merchandise mix according to the local demographics.”

The store will appeal to 20- through 40-somethings, Anderson said. She expects to have around 10 employees. She said the closest stores are in Illinois to the east, and Nevada and Washington to the west.

“We’re happy to bring it to this area,” she said.

Don Meyer to keynote chamber luncheon

Don Meyer, the all-time leader in coaching wins in NCAA men’s basketball history, will be keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead ChamberChoice Awards luncheon May 13.

The event honors the 2010 ChamberChoice Award finalists and will announce the winners in each category: business, small business, not-for-profit, small not-for-profit and entrepreneur of the year.

In 2008, Meyer was seriously injured in a car accident. One leg had to be amputated and he needed multiple surgeries, during which doctors discovered he had inoperable cancer. Instead of dwelling on the prognosis, Meyer asked, “What’s the best thing I can do next?”

After accumulating 923 career victories in 38 seasons, Meyer retired from his coaching position at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., leaving behind a basketball court named in his honor.

He has trained more than 10,000 coaches through his Don Meyer Coaching Academy.

The awards luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Registration is available online at FMChamber.com or by phone at (218) 233-1100.

WF company buys Valley City business

Twin City Garage Door of West Fargo has acquired Hi-Liner Handymen of Valley City, N.D.

Hi-Liner Handymen has provided garage door service in the Valley City area for the past 25 years.

Twin City Garage Door has served the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas since 1981 and is locally owned and operated.

Twin City Garage Door, a nationally accredited door dealer, has more than 20 employees specializing in commercial and residential garage doors and openers, garage floors, organizers and garage cabinets.

Jeff and Kay Swenson of Fargo own Twin City Garage Door.

Sunshine PCS Corp. buys Inter-Community

New York-based Sunshine PCS Corp. has purchased Inter-Community Telephone Co. LLC based in Nome, N.D.

ICTC was founded in the early 1940s and now serves nine North Dakota telephone exchanges including Nome, Alice, Hannaford, Dazey, Buffalo, Hope, Page, Sanborn and Tower City.

The company at one time operated a switching center at Wheatland, N.D., as part of the U.S. Department of Defense worldwide defense communications network.

Sunshine will become known as ICTC Communications.

“ICTC Communications is interested in exploring joint ventures and possible acquisitions in the Fargo-Moorhead area for wireless infrastructure including fiber and microwave backhaul, cell base station power back-up and maintenance as well as content delivery to mobile devices,” said Dave Ahl, CEO of Sunrise.

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