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Wendy Reuer, Published January 18 2013

TRADE TALK: Bismarck boutique Lot 2029 setting up shop in Fargo

A Bismarck boutique specializing in home décor and women’s fashion is moving east.

Lot 2029 will open at 612 Main Ave. in Fargo sometime in March.

The downtown Bismarck shop was opened by mother-daughter duo Madonna and Hope Wald.

Hope Wald, a graduate of North Dakota State University’s apparel and textiles program, plans to operate the new Fargo store.

Wald said in Bismarck, her mother specializes in the home aspect of the store while she handles the clothing end. She said the Fargo store will focus on clothing.

“The entire store is going to be women’s fashion and accessories,” Wald said. “If someone is looking for the home stuff, we’ll refer them to the Bismarck store.”

The fashions are contemporary pieces ranging from business wear to hot night-out looks, she said.

“We like to cater to a lot of age ranges and styles,” she said. “We like to have those timeless classic styles.”

Updates on the store can be found on Lot 2029’s Facebook page ww.facebook.com/LOT2029.

Food Dudes on call

The thought of ordering a hot meal during cold weather can be appealing, and a new Fargo restaurant delivery service is widening the food choices that can be brought to your door.

Food Dudes, a restaurant marketing and delivery service operated by Cody Neuman, David Carlson and Daniel Rosenthal is delivering meals from eight restaurants to the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Restaurants they deliver for include Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia Pizza, Paradiso, Granite City, Extreme Pita, India Palace, Smiling Moose Deli and Space Aliens.

“We’ve got more (restaurants) on the way,” Neuman said.

Food Dudes will deliver a minimum order of $15 to businesses, homes or hotels with a $4.99 delivery fee.

“It gives another option of ordering food. I know people get sick of pizza and subs; it’s a great way to have something different,” Neuman said.

Food Dudes started in St. Cloud, Minn., three years ago and opened a second operation in Sioux Falls, S.D., two years ago before expanding to Fargo on Jan. 2.

Menus can be found online at fooddudesdelivery.com. Orders can be placed online, by phone at (701) 281-3011 or by fax at (800) 599-2974.

ND tourism campaign

Results of the North Dakota Department of Tourism’s 2012 campaign – “Arrive a Guest. Leave a Legend.” – are in and looking good.

The tourism department estimated the $1.9 million investment package brought $231.6 million in visitor spending to the state in 2012. Each dollar spent on advertising also brought in $9 of state and local taxes, for a combined total of $17.8 million in taxes paid by visitors in 2012.

A firm hired by the tourism department reported that 1.4 million trips were made to North Dakota in 2012, making the cost of advertising per trip $1.36.

Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said in a news release that the 2012 campaign showed the highest level of awareness for any of the “Legendary” campaigns to date.

Fifty-six percent of those sampled noticed the advertising, compared to 45 percent in 2010, 46 percent in 2007, 38 percent in 2005 and 37 percent in 2004.

Some of the early print ads were not well-received when they were released last January. One particular image was meant to show Fargo’s nightlife, with men and women “flirting” with each other through the windows of the HoDo Lounge. The ad was decried by the public and eventually pulled from circulation.

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