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Dave Olson, Published June 29 2012

TRADE TALK: Handmade crafts store finds home

Unglued Market, a gift shop offering modern handmade items, leads a nomadic life, but soon it will be sticking around one location, 408 Broadway.

Ashley Morken, who operates the business with her husband, Justin Morken, said the space is being remodeled and will open for business in early August.

In the meantime, people will get a taste of Unglued during the upcoming Fargo Street Fair when the store will be open July 19-21.

In addition to that, on July 19 there will be a tent set up at the corner of Broadway and Main Avenue, where Unglued crafters will be on hand.

“They (customers) can actually go and meet a lot of the venders we will have in our store and buy directly from them, too,” Ashley Morken said.

Unglued Market became a pop-up store for several weeks during the holidays. Morken said that experience, coupled with craft fairs she helped organize, convinced her there is demand for what the store has to offer, which includes screen printing, knitted and crocheted crafts with a modern twist, and candles and soaps.

The store will also offer cupcakes from Bakeology as well as coffee, and there will be space for small events and a workshop room.

Workshops will be geared for adults and children.

Crafting technique classes will be offered for people with their own handmade businesses, Morken said.

Nightclub renamed

The nightclub formerly known as Mr. G’s and more recently called WOW Radio 94.7 the Bar, has been remodeled and renamed.

It is now simply called The BAR, an acronym for born and raised, a nod to regional pride, said Marshall Reese, promotional director for the nightclub.

The WOW concept was started last fall and one aspect was a shortwave radio signal that broadcast a live feed of the music playing inside the club at 1150 43½ St. S. in Fargo.

Reese said WOW did not catch on and changes have been made.

The club’s layout now includes an upscale sports bar on one side and an industrial-style nightclub on the other. The two venues can be separated by a moveable wall.

The nearly two-dozen TVs on the sports bar side include perhaps the biggest high-definition TV of any night spot in town, Reese said. The sports bar will debut a menu in July.

“We are getting into the food option, which will be new for this location,” he said.

More information about The BAR and special events there can be found at the club’s website, www.thebarfargo.com and on its Facebook page.

Loopy’s closing

The Loopy’s Dollar Store at 824 30th Ave. S. in Moorhead has lost its lease and is conducting a going-out-of business sale, according to signs displayed on store windows and on a large mobile sign parked next to Eighth Street.

A store official did not respond to a request to talk about the situation.

The Loopy’s sale follows a similar sale that is ongoing next door at True Value Home and Hardware and Designs on Eighth, a home décor store within the True Value store.

Under construction

A Maurice’s clothing store is being built at 701 34th St. N. in Dilworth.

The store is expected to open sometime in the fall, but company officials declined to talk specifics.

Will the new Maurice’s mean a change for the Maurice’s store in the Moorhead Center Mall?

The company was quiet on the question.

Helping families

The Otto Bremer Foundation has given the Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership a $188,600 grant.

The money will go for general operating support for the Child Care Resource and Referral Partnership and other projects that strengthen family stability.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555