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Heidi Shaffer and Dave Olson, Published September 24 2011

Trade Talk: Fargo’s own style of success

Hair Success is turning heads in the national fashion world.

The editors at Elle Magazine named the salon and day spa one of the top 100 in the United States.

The company, started in 1984 in Ada, Minn., is owned by sisters Jill Krahn and Jodi Ellingson, who operate two locations in Fargo: 1461 Broadway and 1638 32nd Ave. S.

In January 1997, Hair Success opened the state’s first day spa. It recently completed a remodel.

The salon was the only North Dakota business named by the August issue of the fashion magazine.

In Minnesota, Minneapolis’ Jon Charles Salon and St. Paul’s FiveTwoSix Salon were named. Sioux Falls, S.D., salon Village Hair and Spa also made the list.

Dine out, help hungry

During the month of September, a number of restaurants in the Fargo-Moorhead area are helping a national nonprofit organization called Share Our Strength to promote its “Dine Out No Kid Hungry” program, which aims to end child hunger in the United States by 2015.

According to the Share Our Strength website, the businesses include several Buffalo Wild Wings and Pita Pit locations.

At Pita Pit, 50 cents from every fork-style salad sold this month will go toward the cause.

Also, for every $1 donated by a customer, Pita Pit will provide the customer with a $1-off coupon to be used for a later visit.

Customers who donate have their name placed on a wall. Ben Potter, store manager at Fargo’s downtown Pita Pit, said the better part of one wall there is now covered with names.

Moving in

Fargo’s oldest taxi service has a new home on Main Avenue.

Earlier this month, Doyle Yellow Checker Cab rolled into the old Cook Signs building at 1418 Main Ave. from its previous location at 2704 5th Ave. S.

Jim Peinovich, a third-generation owner of the company started in 1935, said the 50-car fleet was in need of more space and a central location.

The building provides covered parking for the vehicles and access to First Avenue South to avoid traffic on Main, Peinovich said.


Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511 and Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555.