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Dave Olson, Published May 24 2013

Trade Talk: Loretta Building gets new tenants

Pinch & Pour, a shop that sells fine oils, balsamic vinegars and spices, has opened in the Loretta Building at 210 Broadway in downtown Fargo.

Prairie Petals has reopened for business at that same address, but in a different space, after moving from its original home at 623 NP Ave., where the store got its start nearly three years ago.

Kimberly Hess, owner of Prairie Petals, said she moved her floral design business because it outgrew its former space. She also worried that street work planned for that area might have created issues.

Hess said the store’s phone number remains (701) 364-0151.

Like Prairie Petals’ reopening, Pinch & Pour’s opening has been a soft opening, and the store has yet to set its regular hours.

Still, owner Julie Robbins said people have been stopping in and she said reactions have been positive.

“They think it’s pretty cool. It’s something different,” Robbins said.

The Pinch & Pour phone number is (701) 356-7779.

Robbins may also be reached at info@pinchandpour.com.

Roll-A-Ramp lauded

Roll-A-Ramp, a manufacturer of lightweight, portable aluminum wheelchair ramps based in West Fargo, recently received the President’s “E” Award for Exports from U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.

A total of 57 U.S. companies were presented with the President’s “E” Award this year.

Other recent North Dakota winners of the award were WCCO Belting of Wahpeton and Brandt Holdings of Fargo.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network,

U.S. Commercial Service/North Dakota Office Director Heather Ranck nominated Roll-a-Ramp for the honor.

Franchise approved

Cambria Suites, a hotel brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, has announced an agreement with KAJ Hospitality to bring a new hotel to West Fargo.

The father and son development, ownership and management team of Kevin and Aaron Johnson will develop a four-story, 103-suite Cambria Suites hotel connected to a future 15,000-square-foot conference center that KAJ Hospitality will also own and operate.

KAJ Hospitality has offices in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Wichita, Kan.

The hotel and the conference center will be located to the southwest of the corner of Ninth Street East and 19th Avenue in West Fargo, near Cheney Middle School.

Construction on the hotel is expected to start in June and both projects are slated for completion by fall 2014, according to the West Fargo planning department, which said a second hotel is also planned for the area.

Mahoney’s changes

Mahoney’s Bar and Grill at 305 Broadway in Fargo will close in the near future, but the business isn’t going away, said owner Terry Kragero.

Kragero declined to go into detail about what is happening with the business, saying only that the plan is to reopen as soon as possible.

When the business does reopen, it will look different and likely have a different name.

Stay tuned for updates.

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