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Dave Olson, Published March 14 2014

Inside Business: Sample tour planned for downtown

Fargo -- The Downtown Community Partnership is launching a spring retail promotion dubbed the “Downtown Sample Tour.”

It will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 10.

The tour is designed to give shoppers an opportunity to stroll and sample their way through downtown.

Here’s how it works: Shoppers purchase a $20 ticket that may be redeemed for a specially designed gift bag into which they can place samples from participating businesses.

A total of 200 tickets will be sold in advance and no tickets will be sold the night of the event.

There is no cost to DCP members. Non-DCP members will be asked to pay a $100 fee to participate in the tour.

Details on how tickets will be sold are still being worked out. Check for updates on the DCP website at www.downtownfargo.com

Businesses moving

Two Fargo businesses are in the process of relocating to a building on 13th Avenue South in Fargo that used to be home to The Bridal Shop.

Designing Women 2 has closed its location at 4035 40th Ave. S. and is setting up in the new location at 3223 13th Ave. S., said Kari Rasmus, a spokeswoman for the business.

She said the business is open for appointments, but it won’t open as a retail store until sometime later this spring, possibly in May.

Designing Women 2 will share space in the building on 13th Avenue with a business that has been known as Carpet Mill Club, but which is changing its name to Showcase Floors.

Carpet Mill Club will continue operating at 2402 7th Ave. N. until about mid-April, when the old location will be closed and the business will open in the new location as Showcase Floors, said owner Jeremiah Johnson.

Rasmus said Designing Women 2, a home décor store that does a lot of custom work and offers items such as rugs, pictures, mirrors and furniture, is accepting requests for appointments.

For an appointment, call (701) 388-2094.

Free tax filing help

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger is encouraging taxpayers to use free income tax preparation and filing help offered at local Tax Counseling for the Elderly and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.

The sites are staffed by volunteers who are trained and certified by the IRS.

The IRS and AARP sponsor the TCE program and there are no income or age limits for taxpayers who want to use a TCE site.

The IRS also sponsors the VITA program, which offers free help for taxpayers whose income is $51,000 or less.

There are 11 TCE sites and 21 VITA sites in North Dakota.

For information on specific locations, visit the Tax Department’s website at www.nd.gov/tax.

Just Grains closed

The Just Grains store in downtown Moorhead has closed and it is unclear when, or if, it will reopen.

A phone message left for the store’s owner, Jesse Kennedy, was not returned.

Just Grains opened at the corner of Main Avenue and Fourth Street in September.

The store offered gluten-free baked goods.

When the store opened, the business was in talks to merge with Mehl’s Flour Co., which provided the store with baked goods and other products.

Those plans did not pan out.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555