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Dave Olson, Published October 04 2013

Trade Talk: New Bottle Barn set to open

FARGO - A new Bottle Barn Liquors store is set to open Monday in the 2500 block of South University Drive in Fargo.

At the same time, the Bottle Barn in the Kmart Plaza on South University Drive will close, owner Joel Wold said.

The building housing the new store will have 12,000 square feet, about 9,000 square feet of which will be used by the liquor store. The remaining area will be leased to a tenant, K’s Bakery.

Wold said the need for additional room was one of the main reasons for the new liquor store, which stands on a site that in the past was home to various restaurants.

The new Bottle Barn store will feature a 2,000-square-foot beer cooler, and a liquor and wine tasting bar, Wold said.

Diva anniversary

Downtown Diva is celebrating 25 years of doing business in Fargo.

Owner Marjorie Norris-Thompson said when she opened her business at 1 8th St. S., the store was called Haute Boutique and featured hand-painted clothing.

She changed the name to Downtown Diva about four years ago.

And instead of hand-painted clothes, she now makes buying trips to Los Angeles.

Norris-Thompson said the latest development is that she is again offering missy and plus sizes, after having focused on selling junior dresses for several years.

“I miss my ladies. We have great conversations,” said Norris-Thompson, who has operated the store for 25 years without the help of a single employee.

“It’s always been me,” she said. “I’d be horrible to work for,” she said. “It would be like, ‘The Devil Wears Payless.’ ”

Lobster makeover

Red Lobster has completed a large-scale remodel of its Fargo location at 4215 13th Ave. S.

The company says the work was done as part of a “brand refresh,” with changes that include introducing wood-fire grills and expanding the restaurant’s fresh fish menu.

Howard Hohman, Red Lobster’s senior vice president of operations, said the company is proud to be part of the Fargo community.

“While guests have been enjoying our delicious seafood for years, they expressed a desire for an updated atmosphere and menu,” he said. “We’re excited to offer that.”

Bakery closing

Sweet Haven Bakery in Fargo is closing up shop.

The business at 1201 1st Ave. N. opened in February and will be shut down permanently on Oct. 12, according to the shop’s Facebook page.

“It’s a big bummer to have to close,” owner Tami Dowers said.

She said operating her own shop had been a longtime goal, but having a good product and doing everything right doesn’t always guarantee success.

Dowers said she was grateful to customers for giving her a chance at her dream, and her future pursuits may include becoming a life coach.

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