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Wendy Reuer, Published October 26 2012

TRADE TALK: Nifty new way to give gifts online

A new online gift-giving service offers a way to spread kindness with a benefit to local business.

At Yiftee.com, visitors can send small gifts or tokens of appreciation to their friends on Facebook or through email.

The giver goes to www.yiftee.com where they can find gifts – all under $20 – and then pay using PayPal or credit cards.

The gift is sent to the friend’s email or Facebook, where he or she receives a code to present to the chosen business.

The Hotel Donaldson, Unglued, Atomic Coffee, Taco Bros., Proper&Prim and O’Day Cache all have gifts available on Yiftee.

“For a business, it makes a lot of sense. It doesn’t require you to discount your item,” said Joe Burgum, new- business development manager in Fargo for Yiftee. “You just have to figure out what to sell your item at.”

Businesses interested in offering products through Yiftee can contact Burgum at joe@yiftee.com.

“It literally takes about 15 minutes and they can be up the next day,” he said.

Yiftee also has an iPhone app.

Reiki Room open

Shirley Schaeffer has opened The Reiki Room in the Spirit Room studios at 111 Broadway in Fargo.

Reiki is vibrational energy that works on balancing the body and mind. Schaeffer said Reiki uses universal energy to heal and soothe.

The practitioners circulate energy by placing their hands on or above the clients. Clients stay fully clothed. It is not a massage.

Schaeffer said she now meets clients by appointment, which is generally an hour session.

“I’m seeing a lot of people on the weekends. If someone needed an evening (appointment), I could possibly do that,” she said.

She said the craft is catching on in the metro area but has been well-known and used by medical institutions regularly on both coasts.

The Reiki Room operates in one of the Spirit Room’s studios and can be found by entering the Spirit Room or directly from

the street. The door is next to the Broadway entrance of Rooters.

Firestone coming to WF

A new Firestone Complete Auto Care is moving into the north corner of Ninth Street and 13th Avenue South in West Fargo.

The shop is expected to open at end of January, said Firestone Public Relations Manager Susan Steeno.

It will sell tires and offer auto service and repair, she said.

Newman Outdoor Field dugouts getting upgrade

The dugouts at Newman Outdoor Field are getting an upgrade to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Chief Executive Officer Brad Thom said the Fargo building permit issued for work valued at $109,000 will allow work to begin that makes the dugouts ADA compliant by widening the dugout openings and allowing for lifts.

Thom said an example of the need for ADA compliance in the dugouts is a coach who uses a wheelchair.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530