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Demetria Mosley, Published July 19 2012

Becoming Unglued: Downtown Fargo’s newest store gives sneak peek of inventory during 37th annual Street Fair

FARGO – Unglued, downtown Fargo’s newest store, is offering a sneak peek of its handmade inventory during the 37th annual Fargo Downtown Street Fair.

The store is set to open in early August at 408 Broadway and will serve as a platform for local artists and handmade crafters and makers to sell their items.

“Where else would we want to give a sneak peek? It’s a street fair!” said Justin Morken, one of the owners of Unglued. “It’s the perfect place to preview our upcoming store.”

Unglued hosted a large one day only tent sale Thursday during the fair featuring 20 of its vendors. Some of the items available at the tent were natural soaps, graphic ties, journals made from recycled material, art from local artists and jewelry made out of Legos. These items and more will be available when the store officially opens.

“This is how our shop will essentially be set up,” Morken said. “It’s a collection of unique items handmade by friends and neighbors from the North Dakota and Minnesota area.”

The grand opening for Unglued is Sept. 6-8.

“It’s always nice to support local people,” said fair-goer Lauren Trefethren. “When I found out Unglued was going to open up, I’ve been waiting to see it. Now that I get to see it, I’m definitely going to be here all the time.”

Morken and his wife, Ashley, own the store. They started a craft fest two years ago as a way to bring local community crafters together. After opening a five-week pop-up shop last year and receiving a good response, they decided to open Unglued.

“We want the atmosphere of our store to generally inspire people,” Ashley Morken said. “It’s no certain genre of people we want to come in. We want whoever wants to be creative to come in.”

A free do-it-yourself workshop on how to create felt flowers was available at the tent on Thursday and will be available at the store today and Saturday. DIY workshops will be an ongoing event when Unglued opens permanently.

Cody Bartz, one of the Unglued vendors and a screen-print artist from Bemidji, Minn., was excited about the opening. He hopes Unglued helps him become a full-time artist.

The Morkens have about 60 vendors they work with. They hope to work with even more local artists so the shop will always have something new, Ashley Morken said.

“So far it seems like a great store and everything seems to be made in North Dakota, so that’s nice,” said Nancy Kaler, another fair-goer.

To find out more information about Unglued, go online to ungluedmarket.com, log on to its Facebook page at facebook.com/ungluedmarket or email ungluedcraftfest@gmail.com

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