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Dave Olson, Published July 13 2012

Trade Talk: Café Aladdin launches third restaurant

A new Café Aladdin has opened at 3017 13th Ave. S. in Fargo.

That brings to three the number of Café Aladdin locations in Fargo.

All are family-owned, according to Mohamad Said, who manages the new restaurant and is part owner of the business along with his cousins Younis Younis and Ahmed Younis.

The other Café Aladdins are located at 530 6th Ave. N. – where the first Aladdin opened in 1995 – and 1609 32nd Ave. S.

All share the same Greek/Middle Eastern menu, according to Said.

The new restaurant’s hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. For now, the restaurant is closed on Sunday, but that may change in the future, according to Said.

For more information, call (701) 364-3644.

‘Fixing the Future’

Bremer Bank is hosting the Fargo screening of a documentary titled “Fixing the Future,” which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Marcus Theatres West Acres 14.

The movie, which is premiering in 28 cities nationwide that evening, will be followed by an onscreen panel discussion that will allow live interaction with the audience.

The documentary features host David Brancaccio, of public radio’s “Marketplace” and “NOW” on PBS, who visits communities around the country that are using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity.

Bremer Bank clients who farm in the Harwood and Page, N.D., areas are featured in the movie talking about challenges and opportunities they face.

Tickets are $9.50.

Bremer purchased a number of tickets that will be distributed by Prairie Public Broadcasting over locally aired radio programs.

The movie theater seats about 170 people.

For more about the documentary, go to www.fixingthefuture.org

Early Explorers

Early Explorers Child Care & Preschool has opened at 2935 13th St. S. in Moorhead.

It is the third child care center in the Fargo-Moorhead area owned and operated by Melissa Bloom and Heidi Borgen.

The other centers they operate are Lil’ Bloomers in the Osgood area, 4656 40th Ave. S., Fargo, which includes a preschool; and Baby Bloomers in the Urban Plains Development, 4820 30th Ave. S., Fargo, which is not a preschool.

All of the centers offer Christian-based child care.

Lil’ Bloomers and Early Explorers also offer Christian-based, preschool programs.

For more information, visit: www.earlyexplorersmoorhead.com, or call (218) 512-0322.

Vitamin B fortified

A new online coffee company aims to invest in the community while boosting vitamin intake.

VitaCoffee is made with premium-roasted coffee from Colombia, Sumatra and Costa Rica, and is fortified with B vitamins for numerous health benefits, says Jack Baartman, owner of the company.

Baartman said the company plans to donate 25 percent of its profits to local charities, including the United Way of Cass-Clay, the American Red Cross Minn-Kota Chapter, the Make A Wish Foundation of North Dakota and the Emergency Food Pantry of Fargo-Moorhead.

“I believe that a business can do more for the community than just pay taxes and provide jobs. It can share its success and give back,” said Baartman, whose company was registered with the North Dakota secretary of state’s office in May.

VitaCoffee is available online at: www.MyVita

Coffee.com.

Baartman said he is looking to expand to grocery stores and supermarkets in the near future.


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