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Dave Olson, Published July 27 2012

Trade talk: F-M nutrition club up and running

Fit Republic, an independently owned nutrition club, has opened at 21 4th St. S. in Moorhead.

Co-owner Michael Brown Jr. said the fusion smoothie shop serves a combination of three items to its daily customers:

Smoothies come in 65 flavors.

“You get that package for $6, plus tax,” said Brown, adding that not everyone necessarily subscribes to that precise regimen.

“We have some people who come in just when they’re having a rough day and need a boost of energy. They’ll get a shake or energy drink,” Brown said.

The business does not advertise but relies on referrals and other means to get the word out.

“We hit the streets with promotional cards,” he said. “I was at Streets Alive and the Street Fair.”

Brown said the store, which is located near the Moorhead approach to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, can be hard to find.

So when he gives directions, it is usually in terms of nearby businesses that are no longer in businesses, including an Atomic Coffee shop that used to be across the street and Pyromaniacs, which used to be next door.

Store hours are from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information call (218) 477-1275, or visit www.myfitrepub.com

Alerus details move

The Alerus Financial branch at 15 Broadway in downtown Fargo will move to a new location at 51 Broadway sometime in the first quarter of 2013, bank spokeswoman Missy Keney said.

The bank leases first-floor and basement space at 15 Broadway and when it moves to 51 Broadway, it will lease space there as well, Keney said.

Meanwhile, State Bank & Trust has announced that it plans to move out of space it leases at 51 Broadway and set up a new downtown Fargo branch at 15 Broadway, where it is purchasing property.

Bremer grants

The Otto Bremer Foundation recently made grants to three area nonprofit organizations.

LongHorn opening

A new LongHorn Steakhouse, the first in North Dakota, is set to open Aug. 6 in Fargo with a 9:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 5,612-square-foot restaurant at 4410 13th Ave. S. will seat more than 200 and create about 80-100 new jobs in the area.

The LongHorn Steakhouse chain operates more than 380 restaurants in 35 states.

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

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