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Wendy Reuer, Published November 02 2012

TRADE TALK: Construction could be jewelry store

Developers are mum about the construction going on in the Village West Plaza off 13th Avenue South in Fargo east of Taco Bell.

The soon-to-be building at 4101 13th Ave. S. is listed as new retail in city documents.

Based on preliminary plans filed with the city, I’m betting the 4,560-square-foot building will be a jewelry store.

The plans outline two areas for “diamond viewing,” a “jewelry check-in” and a “goldsmith room” inside the building.

Other than those markings, the plans are clearly trying to give little away. No developer, owner or store name are listed.

A local architect listed on the building permit said he has not yet received approval to release more information about the project.

The permit values the building at $650,000.

Chinese buyers tour ND

Five executives from the China SDIC International Trade Co. recently toured North Dakota.

The tour was a follow-up to the North Dakota Trade Office and North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s March 2012 China trade mission.

SDIC International Trade is a large food importer and has built a distribution network across China.

While in North Dakota, the Chinese delegation visited with local leaders, discussed educational collaboration opportunities and toured seven regional agricultural facilities.

Tricked-out truck

RealTruck.com – a Jamestown, N.D.- based online truck accessory company – showed off its tricked-out truck this week at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The “Storm Truck” is a 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD pickup. RealTruck.com CEO Scott Bintz said the company began working on the truck in May and enlisted the help of other local companies.

The Storm Truck has five LG television monitors, headrest monitors from Vizualogic, an Xbox 360 with Kinect, and an Alpine audio system. All of the audio/visual equipment is controlled by an iPad and was installed by Site on Sound in Fargo.

Stitches Upholstery of Mapleton, N.D., joined the team to cover the interior of the truck with one-of-a-kind handmade black and white upholstery.

The Foss Shop, a family-run auto body shop in Casselton, N.D., finished the truck’s body work, including extended fenders with scoops, extended box sides, barn-door style tailgate doors, and a one-of-a-kind grille.

RealTruck.com documented the Storm Truck Project’s progress through social media sites, blog posts and YouTube videos.

The project grew its own fan base and was featured in the October 2012 issue of Restyling magazine.

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