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Sherri Richards, Published February 21 2014

Trade Talk: Vinyl Taco expands hours

There’s a new south-of-the-border option for lunch in downtown Fargo.

Vinyl Taco, a trendy restaurant and bar, has expanded its business hours.

It’s now open 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday.

The lunch hours started Tuesday, said manager Brent McKenzie.

Lunch offerings are the same as its regular menu, McKenzie said. The establishment also offers all-day drink specials.

Vinyl Taco opened Oct. 17, 2013 at 520 1st Ave. N.

To see a menu, visit www.vinyltaco.com.

ND airport boardings continue to rise

North Dakota airport passenger numbers were up again in January, with five of the commercial service airports in the state posting their best January on record.

Statewide totals for January increased 9 percent over last year. Dickinson’s airport had the largest percentage increase with a 177 percent gain, 3,742 passengers compared to 1,350 in January 2013.

Fargo’s Hector International Airport saw nearly 4,000 more passengers this January compared to last, a 12 percent increase, according to data from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.

The top domestic locations for North Dakota passengers are Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver and Orlando.

“As airlines continue to recognize these growth trends throughout the state, we hope to see additional flights to the destinations that North Dakotans want to travel to,” said Kyle Wanner, interim director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.

Employees doing Acts of Kindness for bank opening

Employees of Gate City Bank have paid for strangers’ coffee, donated pet supplies, cleaned driveways and carried a woman’s groceries.

They are part of the bank’s 90 Acts of Kindness campaign to celebrate the recent opening of its new Veterans Boulevard location in West Fargo.

By Thursday, employees had logged 70 acts of kindness on the website. The 90th act will be presented at a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Carrie Lick, office manager, said the initiative is a fun way for employees to brighten someone’s day.

“It holds true to our mission to promote a better way of life for our communities,” Lick says.

Acts are being posted to Gate City’s website, its Facebook page and Twitter with the hashtag #90ActsofKindness.

Other acts listed at www.gatecitybank.com include donating shaving cream and hand towels to an emergency homeless shelter, leaving a book of stamps at the post office, paying for haircuts and delivering art supplies and cookies to a local day care.

“The 90 Acts of Kindness embraces Gate City Bank’s philosophy of supporting our communities through charitable giving and volunteering,” said Steve Swiontek, chairman, president and CEO. “Because of the commitment we have to giving back to our communities, we felt the acts of kindness were a great way to thank people for supporting Gate City Bank over the past 90 years.”

Vaaler Insurance moves to 32nd Avenue South

Vaaler Insurance of Fargo has moved to a new location.

It is now at 1531 32nd Ave. S., Suite 103. Tax Law Office is also located at that address.

Vaaler, which specializes in commercial insurance, has nine employees in Fargo. Its headquarters is in Grand Forks, with other locations in Bismarck and Minneapolis.

The Fargo office was located in the Choice Financial building at 4501 23rd Ave. S.

Choice Financial needed the second-floor space for its consumer lending employees, who handle home mortgages, auto loans and personal loans, said Lisa Artz, director of marketing.

Readers can reach Forum Business Editor Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556