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Dave Olson, Published January 03 2014

Trade Talk: Latest Fargo JL Beers nears completion

FARGO - A new JL Beers is nearing completion here at 4240 32nd Ave. S.

The beer and burger joint is expected to open before the end of January, said Lance Thorson, with JL Beers Franchising.

The first JL Beers opened in 2009 in downtown Fargo.

There are now sites in West Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks in North Dakota, one in Moorhead and one in Sioux Falls, S.D.

JL Beers Franchising has also signed an agreement with ZZ Food Group LLC for a JL Beers in Minot, N.D.

A Minot store is expected to open in early 2014, Thorson said.

A Twin Cities JL Beers is expected to open sometime in March, he added.

That store will be at 24 University Ave. N.E. in Minneapolis.

Thorson said they are looking to hire staff and supervisors for the new Fargo JL Beers.

Applications can be found online at www.jlbeers.com.

Concierge business

Julie Hudson Schenfisch, Fargo, has started a personal assistant business called Hudson Concierge Service.

Schenfisch, who also works as a substitute teacher and as a commentator for the Great Plains Examiner, a monthly newspaper based in Bismarck, said her new concierge business involves helping people accomplish a variety of things, from getting dry-cleaning done to penning hand-written party invitations.

“I meet with my clients, and we decide together what they need,” she said.

“So far it’s just me,” she said. “My dream is to grow, so that I can hire people that are semi-retired to help in the business.”

Schenfisch is operating her business out of her home.

She can be contacted through her website, www.hudsonconcierge.com, or by calling (701) 460-1190.

According to her website, she charges by the hour for her personal assistance, plus any mileage involved.

Moorhead project

A new commercial building is going up at 920 Holiday Drive in south Moorhead.

The building will house at least one tenant and possibly two, said Sharon Windels, trustee for the Krantz Family Trust, which owns the property.

Windels said the building is phase two of a food court development that houses several businesses in that locale, including a Starbucks, a Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt shop and a Qdoba Mexican Grill.

A tenant in the new building is expected to open by May 1, Windels said, adding she was not at liberty to name the business.

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