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Heidi Shaffer, Published December 02 2011

Trade Talk: Halberstadt’s turning heads downtown

Halberstadt’s on Broadway is hoping their new location at a busy downtown intersection will prove the perfect fit.

The men’s retailer opened their second Fargo location Friday morning at 102 Broadway.

The new store has more of an upscale boutique feel compared to the location at West Acres Regional Shopping Center, said Barry Gruchow, managing partner at Halberstadt’s on Broadway.

The sharp-looking remodeled storefront is turning heads downtown.

“We’re excited to be part of downtown,” Gruchow said.

The store has hundreds of suit and jacket choices, but what it really brings to the area is a fresh line of casual wear, he said.

“A lot of this you won’t find anywhere else in the area,” Gruchow said.

Halberstadt’s carries a number of designer names, including Hugo Boss, Bogosse, and Johnston and Murphy.

Stone’s Throw hits taps

Fargo Beer Company’s second brew hit taps Friday.

Rhombus Guy’s on Main Avenue in Fargo filled the first mugs of Stone’s Throw Scottish Ale.

The smooth and malty beer is a milder contrast to the company’s Woodchipper Indian Pale Ale released early this fall, said Aaron Hill, a co-founder.

Partakers can find Stone’s Throw in at least five Fargo bars and eateries that have purchased kegs: Rhombus Guys, Bulldog Tap, Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, Dempsey’s and The Monkey Bar at The Hub.

GEM factory liquidated

Assets at the former Global Electric Motorcars factory in Fargo will be liquidated starting Tuesday.

The sale of excess factory inventory – including GEM vehicles, tools, equipment, office furniture, pallet racking and a state-of-the-art production line – is open to the public every day until all assets are sold.

Starting Tuesday, the sale is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Polaris Industries purchased GEM, which manufactures low-speed electric vehicles, from Chrysler in April and announced in June it would shut down the Fargo plant. Production was relocated to the Polaris factory in Spirit Lake, Iowa.


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