Heidi Shaffer and Dave Olson, Published October 01 2011
Trade Talk: New businesses still coming to downtownAs this story shows, there’s plenty of work going on in downtown Fargo.
And despite recent retail departures by KotiKites and the North Dakota State University bookstore in Cityscapes, a number of newcomers are filling other vacated storefronts:
- The Breezeway Café took over the former Dunn Bros. spot emptied in February at the downtown Fargo Library.
First-time business owner Maureen Kearns opened the small kiosk Sept. 6 and offers coffee, espresso drinks, sodas, teas, build-your-own sandwiches, homemade muffins, caramel rolls and hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries.
Kearns said she tried to keep a regular cup of Joe price low; a small size is just $1.35.
- A few blocks over, MODE is returning to its roots.
The overstock designer fashion clothing store moved from 612 Main Ave. to 13th Avenue South in 2010.
Now, owner Ciara Stockeland opened a MODE Home Goods Outlet selling bedding, bath and kitchen items in the Main Avenue spot.
- Office space will take over two other vacated spots.
Artekta Inc., an architecture firm, moves in next week to 406 Broadway, previously a travel agency.
Five law- and title-related businesses will move into the former Kiefer’s dollar store on the corner of NP Avenue and Fourth Street. Wheeler Law Firm and the Title Company, took on an extensive remodeling project this spring, gutting the building and giving the outside a fresh look.
- A jaunt up to First Avenue North shows an empty main floor at Cityscapes, but developer Mike Bullinger told a Forum reporter this week that he’s close to a grocery store lease, and restaurants are a possibility.
- Mahoney’s Bar and Grill is looking to obtain a liquor license from the city for a new spot in the under-renovation Dixon building at 305 Broadway. The applicant, Terry Kragero, didn’t return a call seeking specifics on plans for the restaurant.
- For something sweet, a new candy store looks to be opening on the north end of Broadway. A sign in the window at 514 Broadway indicates The Candy Bar is coming soon.
- The Radisson at 201 5th St. N. is still under a major remodel, which includes a new lounge on the main floor. Employees said work should be completed by the end of the year.
Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511
and Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555.