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Tracy Frank, Published August 21 2010

Trade Talk: Sensible Design changes location

Sensible Design, a Fargo interior design business and retail store, has moved, but the business hasn’t moved far.

Sensible Design, owned by Karen Wells, opened at 1621 S. University Drive in March 2009. This summer, she moved a block away to 1535 S. University Drive, in the former Ben Franklin location.

The new space is two and a half times as large as the former space, Wells said.

“Our store is so much better. We have everything under one roof now,” she said. “Before I was running to storage units and having an art gallery upstairs.”

The new location allows Wells to showcase a lot more, so there are now bedrooms on display, she said.

The new location opened Aug. 5.

Sensible Design offers design services for businesses and homes.

Business training offered for North Dakota artists

A series of seminars held at the Marketplace of Ideas Sept. 27-28 at the Fargodome will provide business help to emerging and established artists.

Classes will provide steps artisans can take to poise themselves for increased sales and business success, according to the North Dakota Small Business Development Center.

The event is geared toward visual artists of all mediums. It’s presented through a cooperative initiative called Art Up.

Training will provide information on how to start a business, how to reach new clientele, and how to improve sales, said Wendy Klug, Small Business Development Center business consultant.

Registration is available at www.marketplaceofideas.org.

FM Chamber to hold annual meeting Sept. 9

The Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual meeting Sept. 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center, 1635 42nd St. S., Fargo.

The event will celebrate the past year’s accomplishments, and leaders will talk about their vision for the future.

Chamber volunteer leaders will be recognized and the Legacy Leader Award will be presented.

Reservations and cancellations are accepted until a week prior to the event. Register at www.fmchamber.com or by calling (218) 233-1100.

Tower City travel center offers blender pumps

The newly opened Tower Travel Truck Center in Tower City, N.D., has installed blender pumps, which distribute E85 and other higher blends of ethanol and gasoline that can be used in flex fuel vehicles.

Flex fuel vehicle owners can choose between E85 and a 30 percent blend of ethanol known as E30.

The station is located at exit 307 in Tower City.

The American Lung Association in North Dakota’s Clean Air Choice website, CleanAirChoice.org, provides information on where E85 can be purchased in North Dakota and other states.

More than 41,000 flex fuel vehicles are registered in North Dakota and flex fuel capability comes standard on more than 40 vehicle models, a news release stated.

Readers can reach business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526