Fargo Monthly April 2024

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Ioften spend my weeks preparing stories for each month's magazine by going out into the community and exploring, meeting people, and peeking into the corners of the cities that house the creatives, the decision-makers, and the community builders; but, this month, I didn't venture much outside of my desk chair—I didn't have to. I've compiled a long list (95 items long to be exact) of the new businesses and organizations that have opened in the FM area or will be opening soon. The reason I emphasize that I was able to do this right from my computer is because, well, how cool is that?

What I mean is, yes, I scoured the internet, joined online groups, read Google reviews, and made way too many phone calls, but I was able to find so much valuable information about these new places because people are talking about them. Constant discussions are going on online about these local businesses, entrepreneurs getting the word out and other small ventures

lifting up their neighbors. Facebook groups like Eat The FM Area and Fargo-Moorhead Eats, pages like Welcome to Fargo, and even the Fargo Subreddit are filled with recommendations, questions, praises, and just awareness of what's happening and what's new in our community. It's wonderful to see so many different people sharing their local favorites, and it's refreshing too—who else can you trust, than your own neighbors in your community?

I am always going on about our community, but recently, the idea of community has felt deeper. My thoughts have inched further, from just, "my community," to "my community, my neighbors." Not so literally, but as in, who do I call when I need a cup of sugar? Who would call me when they need a stick of butter? I would not ask for anything in return or for it to be replaced, just that there is an understanding and sense that I can come back to them if I need an egg. I have been trying to make sure I am

not too transactional when it comes to my neighbors, my community. Because, really, it's not a profound idea, but it is an intentional one. It doesn't have to be something huge, it can be as simple as sharing a photo of a really tasty meal you had online with your community or putting something in the Little Free Library in your neighborhood (that one was literal).

So, as spring is springing this spring season, take care of your community, and Happy Reading!

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Mi Barrio Dominican Cuisine in Fargo offers the community one-of-a-kind plates of Dominican-American fusion. On the menu, you'll find savory, authentic dishes like pork belly mofongo and fried chicken barrio bowls. Located at 901 25th St S, the eatery has earned praise for its exceptional home cooking flavors, friendly service, and simply embodying rich Caribbean culture. Currently, Mi Barrio is renovating their space, but you can keep an eye out on their social for updates on reopening!

| mibarriond.com

House of Noods + Buns has landed and exploded in the FM area. Sitting inside the market of Brewhalla, with savory ramen-esque noodle bowls and steamed bao buns, this new spot is filling a much-anticipated dish

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genre in the FM area, but with a North of Normal twist—of course. The menu has a variety of small plates, like steamed pork dumplings and the ramen latke bowl, along with bao buns like dirty buns and maitake mushroom buns. Created by the same minds behind Unicorn Park, House of Noods + Buns offers quick, delicious meals that combine global flavors with locally sourced ingredients. Also, you can snag a bag of chips with flavors you won't find at the grocery store while you're there!

| brewhalla.co/market

Just in time for sunny cravings, Lundy's Ice Cream is open in West Fargo, located in The Lights development and Essentia Health Plaza. Lundy's proudly features Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream as its exclusive ice cream vendor—a partnership that brings over 60 years of ice cream crafting experience to our city, as well as super-premium ice cream delights. Certified by me (someone with

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| lundysicecream.com

A new speakeasy-inspired joint has opened—The Noble Hare is the spot for bourbon and wine enthusiasts, stationed in the growing downtown West Fargo area, their carefully curated selection encourages visitors to engage in the could-be-called lost art of conversation in a cozy setting. Whether looking to unwind with a glass of fine wine or sip on a meticulously crafted cocktail, The Noble Hare invites you in!

| thenoblehare.com

West Main Pizza, a beloved Ada, MN classic, has opened a second location in the up-and-coming Dilworth Rail District. This family-run establishment is committed to quality and a family-friendly atmosphere. With the same hometown feel, but in a spiffy new space, this new location has a kitchen window allowing customers to watch the pizza-making process before they enjoy it. While it is just really good pizza, the menu is robust— featuring paninis, subs, calzones, wraps, salads, apps, wings, nachos, pasta, and even sweet treats like limoncello cake

and soft serve. As a born and raised Midwesterner, I have to recommend the "What's The Dill" pizza (pickle pizza), with a side of ranch of course.

| westmainpizza.net

CJ's Tavern recently opened its doors inside the clubhouse of Fargo's Rose Creek Golf Course. Located in a space previously occupied by various local restaurants, the tavern just launched their full menu, featuring a variety of burgers and handhelds, appetizers, wings, a kids menu, and more! Enjoy the daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m. with over a dozen beers on tap!

| cjsfargo.com

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Now open in south Fargo, Red's Savoy Pizza has launched its 20th location, bringing its beloved 'Sota Style pizza to the Red River Valley. This new pizza spot aims to deliver top-notch 'za with a commitment to quality. The Minnesotabased chain, known for its unique take on pizza and dedication to community engagement, is on track to become a local favorite with "wow-worthy" food. Some insider tips—while it may be tempting to check the "extra cheese" box while ordering, trust that there is a hefty layer of cheese on these pizzas, and they cover the toppings with cheese so you're always guaranteed a bite of melty goodness! So, save the coin on adding extra cheese, and make sure to try their seasonal pie flavor!

| savoypizza.com/location/northdakota/fargo-nd

Highly anticipated Benedict's Morning Heroes is finally here to offer a unique take on modern diner experiences. They're ready to take your typical breakfast, brunch, and lunch options and make them just a little bit extra with inventive pancakes, house-made tater tot hashes, and entirely new variations of eggs benedict. The Fargo location is part of the restaurant's expansion, joining its existing locations in Wayzata and Rochester, MN. Whether you're in the mood for classic comfort foods or new culinary adventures, you'll find Benedict's to be your morning hero. And if you're someone who wants to make sure there's something to add a kick to your breakfast, Benedict's house-made hot sauce is spicy and delicious—and they'll eventually be selling it so you can take the tastes home!

| benedicts.com

This new chicken spot in Fargo offers everything feathered from wings to sandwiches (sans feather, of course). This unique spot is catching the attention of local food enthusiasts as the first Chalili's south Fargo location near 45th St is currently under renovation, but the newest spot at 318 10th St N, Fargo is open for business and cravings. Make sure to ask for the Haitian menu if you're interested, they don’t have that on display. We're hearing that it's affordable, flavorful, and filling—three pieces to complete the puzzle! Plus, if you want spice, your desire can be obliged.

| chickenwingsrestaurantfargo.com

What makes pho, well, pho? The meat and broth—and Phở TiTi has the offerings to compete. With 14 different kinds of pho on the menu, plus add-ons, on top of specials and small plates—this is the most expansive pho offering in the FM area. And, it's really good too.

| Search "Phở TiTi"

Soho 23 is a Korean and Japanese restaurant inside the 25th Street Market. The menu brings together traditions to provide unforgettable flavors, from authentic Korean street food to traditional Japanese dishes, all curated by restauranteur and owner Jin Myung and talented Chef Derek

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Kinoshita. From bibimbap that makes you feel like you're wrapped up in homey love to mouthwatering spicy pork bulgogi, the menu is filled with comfort and flavor. Plus, you can order a bottle of Soju to enjoy with dinner!

| soho23nd.com

While Marge's Bar is not necessarily new, they've been bitten by the brunch bug and have launched Boozy Brunches on weekend mornings from 11 a.m.3 p.m. The food menu is simple, but filled with delectable plates that marry cozy Midwestern comfort with classic breakfast tastes. The "boozy" portion of the name is where Marge's will shine, with a variety of cocktails, classic drinks, and Bloody Mary skewer add-ons!

| boilerroomfargo.com/marge-s-bar

El Agave completely blindsided the FargoMoorhead area—in the best way. This newest spot, conveniently located off 45th St, offers authentic Mexican cuisine with a huge variety of entrées, along with fresh, tableside, handmade, guacamole. Most would say that El Agave is one of the top contenders for the best Mexican food in the area (some staff here say it is the best, but that's not for us to decide), and the best part of all? It offers all this and more at an affordable price! If you have a sweet tooth, try the Candy Floss Margarita—with blanco tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave syrup, served with delicious, pink cotton candy!

| elagavefargo.com

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Check out these local businesses that found a new home in the FM area!

Not just another coffee shop downtown, Moonrise Cafe, in what was formerly known as Moxie Java, serves up a wide array of coffee options like iced mochas, lattes, chai teas, and more; but that's not all. This is also the bakery home of Heart Cakes, a beloved local custom cake shop that has shook the FM area for its tastes and aesthetics. Located at 111 Broadway N, Fargo, it's a perfect spot for those looking for a cozy environment, a good cup of coffee, and (my favorite part) a sweet or savory snack that is not only tasty but also includes ingredients from local producers!

| moonrisecafefm.com

While you might be prepared to—very happily, I might add—munch on some classic food court dishes when you visit West Acres, El Taco Rojo cuts through the chatter and offers fresh ingredients in delicious meals. Owned by locals with a passion for the cuisine, they're serving up authentic Mexican flavors with plates like quesabirria, tacos al pastor, birria, burritos, and more! Watch your meal cooked fresh right in front of you, and make sure you try the Agua de Fresa or a refreshing bottle of Mexican Coke!

| westacres.com/store/el-taco-rojo

Another restaurant has opened in the 45th St spot, called Cairo Restaurant & Bar—and it seems promising. Offering African and Middle Eastern dishes, including Egyptian and Iranian dishes, their more popular dishes

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are a variety of meats with rice and crispy chicken wings. Keep an eye out as the weather warms this spring and summer, as this building offers a rooftop patio!

| Search "CAIRO Restaurant & Bar"

Cozied up on the corner of Broadway and 6th Ave N, Spaghetti Western has quickly made a name for itself as a go-to destination for authentic Italian cuisine in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Opened by a family passionate about their Italian roots, the restaurant fills the "pasta void" in town with a menu showcasing homemade pasta, traditional sauces, and imported delicacies from Italy. The recipes, inspired by the owners' grandmothers, include local favorites like Grandma's Meat Sauce, as well as the carbonara and tiramisu. Whether you're visitng for a special occasion or to curb your carbo-cravings, between the dishes and the environment, you'll feel like part of the family when you visit. Plus, make sure you try something from the wine menu— all bottles are imported from Italy as well!

| spaghettiwestern.online

If you've been to Brewhalla, you know that it can be a magical experience—and Unicorn Park is no different. With the different yet complimentary Mångata Wine & Raw Bar across the floor, you can find what you're craving inside Brewhalla. Both led by the creative Chef Ryan Nitschke (yes, owner of Luna Market, Sol Ave Kitchen near Junkyard Brewing, and Nova Eatery at Fargo Brewing), Unicorn Park features whimsical dishes that combine

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local farm produce with creative, savory flavors, while the Wine & Raw Bar offer exactly what it sounds like—a delicious, seafood taste unique to the FM area. These are merely a glimpse into the variety of local culinary offerings in, not only Brewhalla but, the FM area. Pro tip: when ordering Unicorn Park, place your order with the expectation of wandering through the market while you wait, the line can get pretty long (especially on the weekends)—but worth it!

| /mangatawinebar

| /unicornparkfargo

After months of trying out the menu, and encouraging readers to visit, I finally did some deep digging on Vampire Penguin... and I found out, it's the most unserious brand with the most delicious flavors. It's truly a go-to for an icy treat with a twist. The founders, two brothers who love ice desserts and penguins, invented the different dishes, made up a fun story about a penguin who is also a vampire, and opened the business—sometimes it's just about the simple fun, especially when it involves crazy tasty treats. The perfect sweet indulgence for someone who is also a coffee lover is the Polar Affogato—featuring a scoop of ice cream, two shots of espresso, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar!

| vampirepenguinfargo.com

A charming French bistro near NDSU is serving up mouthwatering desserts, daily soup specials, and more. Channel your inner "Emily in Paris" and order a Café Noisette (espresso with a dollop of steamed cream) and scone, or grab a cup of soup—either way, enjoy our slice of The City of Light from the city of Fargo!

| michelestable.com

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launched and we're craving it. This emerging spot is known for crafting exceptional pizzas and is led by Tim Olauson, the owner with nearly a decade of industry experience. With a focus on high-quality food at reasonable prices, including classic pizzas along with other bar fare, the kitchen has also expanded into catering for events at the Bowler. What we think makes their pizzas stand out is not only the balanced ingredients but the handmade (super secret recipe) dough... we don't know what's in it, but it's sure done right.

| Search "Pizza Done Right"

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Owned by locals Malkit Singh and Mindy Kaur, Taj India brings the rich flavors of North Indian cuisine and pairs it with some top-notch customer service. Like other offerings in the area, the menu has a large range of dishes for all diets, vegetarian and vegan included, and take special care of those and their gluten-free customers. But, unlike other restaurants, Taj India offers a lunch special that gets you two entree choices, rice, two vegetable pakora (fritters made with chickpea flour), naan, and a dessert of the day. If you're not going for the lunch special there are two things that are a must try—Peshwari naan (dessert naan, but you don't have to eat it with dessert, stuffed with raisins and coconut) and the homemade pistachio ice cream (made right in their kitchen).

| tajindiafargo.com

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If you want something done right, you do it yourself—well, not in every case. Inside the iconic Bowler off University, Pizza Done Right has

After serving infamously delicious Mexican and Columbian dishes from their food truck for years, Taco Revolution has opened a restaurant space in Horace! Having garnered rave reviews for its authentic Mexican cuisine, Taco Revolution has empanadas, arepas, al pastor tacos, and much more. The community has praised not only the food's high quality but also the welcoming and conversational nature of the staff, with emphasis on the effort and love put into every dish!

| /TacoRevolutionFargo

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The Mix Picks Decor is a home decor and gift shop at the one and only Rail District neighborhood of Dilworth, MN. Think Hobby Lobby meets local boutiques, plus some. There's home decor and furniture, home goods like cleaning products and candles, kid's clothing and toys, and so much more. It's hard to encapsulate everything that the store offers, but one thing that's for sure—it'll make you say, "OMG I need this." So, prepare yourself and shop!

| themixpicks.com

Lovesac is a national furniture retailer known for innovation and adaptability in its products, and now you can find and purchase them locally! If you've never heard of them, you may have seen some of their most popular products, like the Sactionals, which are modular sofas that can be customized to fit any space, and the Sacs, which are oversized bean bags designed for cozy comfort. Their new location and showroom at the West Acres Mall is home to The World’s Most Adaptable Couch™ and The World's Most Comfortable Seat™ to try before you buy. Plus, every order comes with free contactless

delivery and a risk-free 60-day home trial!

| lovesac.com/ showroomlocator/lovesac-inbest-buy-fargo

Another newbie to the West Acres shopping experience you can smell from a mile away (no, not the sweet smells of the Cinamen Roll Co./Coolbird Creamery). Lush is a national retail chain acclaimed for handmade cosmetics, like bath bombs, soaps, shower gels, lotions, and hair care products, with an emphasis on ethical sourcing, vegetarian (often vegan) formulations, and a hard stance against animal testing. Lush also focuses on environmental sustainability by creating products with little to no packaging to reduce waste, or as they like to call them, "naked" products. Follow your nose to the storefront and try some products to level up your self-care game!

| westacres.com/store/lush

Focused on creating beautiful, functional pieces, unCOMN ceramics brings another

perspective and whole lot more creativeness to the FM area. Combining her love for her previous home in Colorado and her new one in Minnesota, Artist and Founder Gretchen Wodniak started unCOMN ceramics to blend art with practicality. You can find her work like mom vases, bud vases, potpourri burners, mushrooms, and more at various maker's markets around the FM area, as well as her plant watering spikes at the Plant Supply inside Brewhalla!

| uncomnceramics.com

Alina Collective in Fargo offers a unique shopping experience with artisan home goods, vintage rugs, sustainable clothing, jewelry, and more. Many products support greater good initiatives, such as eco-friendliness and community giving. Plus, whether it's for the absolutely gorgeous interior of the building or not, make sure to stop by one of their pop-up events in the future—watch their Facebook and website for announcements!

| alinacollective.com

This online-only store is redefining how to express yourself in the FM area. Founded by a local woman


named Destinee, the online boutique offers a variety of trendy yet unique clothing and accessory items. For those looking to add some color and new pieces to their spring wardrobe—you need to check it out!

| shopgoldenauraboutique. com

While you may be familiar with local artist E.Moore Art Studio (Elizabeth Moore) and her whimsical work, you may not have realized that she opened a storefront in downtown Fargo, following her rebrand last year! Mooreoki is like stepping into a world built for nerds (her words), in the best way possible. From prints and art from both your favorite shows and her original art, to stickers and apparel, if you're a fan of Japanese animation, you're going to want to stop by.

| emoorearts.com

Another local favorite moved into a permanent space this past year, as Milk Made Catering found its home in a space near 25th St! Not only does this make picking up your preordered charcuterie spreads

easy and quick, but you can shop all of those snacking essentials while you're picking it up. Or, you can build your own by stopping in. Either way, from the cheese queen herself, you can now find all the cheese and its pairings in one brick-and-mortar location.

| milkmadecatering.com

New to the downtown West Fargo hub, Cookie Krums Bakery is open inside the strip mall on the up-and-coming Sheyenne St. With a case full of cookies (all stuffed with different fillings— that's kind of their thing), a cooler with ice cream (ask to make an ice cream sandwich when you're there), and even shelves filled with cute gifts and party supplies—you cannot help but feel happy when you're inside the bright space. Plus, did you know you can have your party there? From children's birthday parties (led by Owner Katie, also, a previous grade school teacher) to bachelorette parties, you can host your celebration, complete with sweets and activities, in the perfectly sized, conveniently located space!

| cookiekrumsbakery.com

If you're looking for cute, trendy, and elegant fashion, try out Club

House Boutique. With lots of formal, but not uptight, dresses and matching sets, as well as items like blazers, skirts, and much more, stop into the store right off 45th St!

| Search "Club House Boutique"

More than just a storefront, Styled with Strength, based in West Fargo is like a community space focused on empowering women through business, leadership, and support for those healing from abusive environments. The founder, who turned her own healing journey into a mission to help others, blended the worlds of business and advocacy to create change. The organization offers a unique mix of services, including care coordination, peer support, and empowering events, all geared toward creating a supportive space for women; as well as community engagement events like mocktail meetups and a book club! And, finally, there is also a storefront shop with cozy loungewear, stationary, miscellaneous gifts, accessories, and more, and all purchases support the Styled with Strength Foundation—an organization founded in 2023 by a group of female business leaders, dedicated to assisting women healing from abuse or trauma and help them achieve independence!

| styledwithstrength.org


With locations all around the states, the newly launched PuroClean of Fargo offers all-in-one property damage restoration services, like water damage remediation, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold removal, and biohazard cleanup. With a team of IICRC-certified experts available 24/7, they're equipped to restore properties to their pre-damaged condition, providing top-tier service to the Fargo community and its surrounding areas. As we prep for one of the gnarliest seasons of the Upper Midwest, with the snow melting and ground unfreezing, there can be a lot of opportunity for mess, so we thought we'd throw PuroClean out there to recommend as a new service!

| puroclean.com/fargo-nd-puroclean-fargo

Both SnowByrd and The GroundHog services are about to revolutionize the way the area cares for its property. SnowByrd, launched this winter, is an on-demand snow removal service for residential and commercial use. The GroundHog, coming this spring, is another on-demand service for mowing and lawn care. Both services have correlated apps for download, where you can immediately connect with professionals ready to do the work. You can use these services one time, as needed, or as frequently as you want. SnowByrd also offers jumpstart services for vehicles, and The GroundHog offers pet waste clean-up and haul-away services as well!

| thesnowbyrd.com

Besides some of the coolest branding I've seen from a service provider, The Appliance Guy in Fargo, founded by Jamie Kinslow, offers expert diagnostics and repair services for a variety of name-brand appliances, (excluding Samsung or LG). With 30 years of experience, Jamie and the team commit to lessening the stress of having a broken appliance and keeping them out of landfills. They service

homes within a 20-mile radius of the FM area at a regular rate and will travel 21-100 miles outside of the metro for an additional cost.

| theapplianceguyfm.com

You can say goodbye to stinky, dingy garbage bins with Clean It or Can It, a new superhero service of Fargo, that extends to the ND, SD, and MN tri-state region. They battle the grime and odors that build up in your trash bins and do the (literal) dirty work of cleaning out your garbage bins. There are no subscriptions necessary for these services, and you can rest assured, they dispose of the dirty water at a regulated dump station!

| cleanitorcanit.com

A locally owned transportation service for the FM area has launched, Ellis Transit LLC! They specialize in non-regular route services, including airport transport, temporary work transport, non-emergent medical transport (NEMT), seasonal winery and brewery tours, plus business and wedding venue shuttles. The focus is on individualized experience, reliability, and safety— catering to the unique needs of clients, ensuring comfortable and stress-free journeys.

| new.ridewithellis.com

Offering a professional environment at affordable costs, Emmanuel Auto Shop is now open for oil changes, tire changes and repairs, and more!

| Search "Emmanuel Auto Shop"

That's Vibrant is offering a unique service to the marketing realm of the area. With unlimited web and graphic design services, a promise of no surprise


invoices, on-demand design, and custom creations, they offer a seamless design process with endless revisions—and, a flat monthly rate. They provide digital and print designs, including website design and development, logos, branding, social media graphics, and more.

Paige, the founder and designer behind That's Vibrant, brings her experience in graphic communications and marketing to help small to mid-sized clients develop and elevate their branding and online presence.

| thatsvibrant.com

Don't worry, local entrepreneurs didn't forget your furry friends—Doggie Luxe offers a premium dog walking and pet sitting service that focuses on providing luxurious care for pets. They emphasize personalized attention and care to meet the specific needs of each pet, ensuring they are treated with the utmost care and affection! They really go all out for the pups, even offering fun experiences for them like an Easter egg hunt for the dogs staying with them for the holiday.

| doggieluxe.com

A national chain that has made its way to the Red River Valley, RetroFoam of Fargo specializes in injection foam insulation, helping homeowners achieve both comfortable and energy-efficient living spaces! Their product, RetroFoam, is designed for existing walls, allowing for installation from outside the home, conveniently, without the need for drywall removal. This service may be for those looking to enhance their home's insulation without the invasive process you normally associate with insulation upgrades. Get creative with this team's services, like a recent project they did to help a homeowner reduce sound by applying RetroFoam in the shared wall with their townhouse neighbor!

| retrofoam.com/dealers/northdakota-spray-foam-insulationcontractor

These local faves were loved so much, they opened a second location—check it out!


The Fargo Ketamine Clinic offers ketamine therapy for individuals suffering from conditions like bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Led by Dr. Gregory Simelgor, a board certified anesthesiologist who has been in practice for 19 years, ketamine therapy is a fastacting treatment for mental health issues that is especially for those who haven't seen results from traditional treatments. Administered under medical supervision, it targets different pathways in the brain to provide rapid relief. Located in Fargo, ND, this clinic provides an innovative treatment option for those seeking relief from severe symptoms. There is a possibility of partial insurance reimbursement, as the clinic aims to make this innovative treatment accessible to more patients.

| fargoketamineclinic.com

Northern Prairie Lactation Services now plays a pivotal role in nurturing the early bond between mothers and infants through expert lactation support—a much-needed service in the FM area. They offer essential guidance and solutions for breastfeeding challenges to help foster a healthier beginning for mothers and families. This service empowers mothers and parents and significantly contributes to the well-being of the community in its efforts to promote and offer access to education on infant nutrition and emotional connection right from the start. Northern Prairie is led by fellow mother, Jaci, and certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)—the

highest level of certification for those who wish to provide lactation support—and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS).

| northernprairielactationservices.com

This cozy nook in Fargo is where wellness is at the center—FM Wellness Collective is a hub for health and happiness, where you can find resources for a variety of wellness services and professionals. From yoga gurus to massage therapists, you'll be able to connect with experts and you're encouraged to be a part of a community that cheers on your wellness journey. They emphasize empowerment through connection, offering a platform for members to find practitioners, network as experts, participate in events, and more!

| fmwellnesscollective.com

Known for its leading Med Spa clinic in the Grand Forks area, Total Skin Dermatology & Aesthetics is launching a location in Fargo to bring its topnotch skin care closer to you. They offer a wide range of dermatological and aesthetic services like facials, permanent cosmetics, dermatology care, and much more!

| totalskinnd.com


Five Wonders Sensory Play is a new sensory play product provider in the Fargo area. Led by Heidi, a local stay-athome mother who was looking for fun, educational, self-led play for her kids, Five Wonders was created to offer just that. You can find curated products with a goal of fostering child-led learning through Five Wonders. The first sensory bins launched this year are spring-themed boxes, she plans on offering seasonal bins, holiday bins, custom-made bins, personalized bins, and themed bins!

| Search "Five Wonders Sensory Play"

Led by Nurse Practitioners Kyrie Severson and Tiffany Eslinger, who bring a personalized approach to headache and migraine care, Transcend Headache Clinic is the first of it's kind in the FM area. Their mission is to provide comprehensive treatment that goes beyond traditional methods, offering collaborative, individualized plans for their patients. They understand the unique impact headaches have on each person's life and strive to deliver care that empowers patients to take control of their health.

| transcendheadacheclinic.com

What's more exciting than learning about new businesses that have come to our cities? Learning about even more new businesses that are on their way!


With the trending love for local dives, the hub of entertainment and community at The Lights in West Fargo answered with a new spot, the Dive Bar. Located inside The Lights building, Dive Bar hopes to be the go-to neighborhood bar, proudly serving "The Usual"—a dive beer with sweet and sour, lemon syrup, and Bacardi Limon, along with other dive-inspired drinks. It's the perfect spot for dive bar lovers, complete with cold, cheap "Dive Beer" on tap. You'll find a happy hour with $1 off everything 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and other daily specials, off-sale, an events center available for rent, and, of course, lots of dive bar vibes. Check out karaoke on Fridays, chicken wing deals on Wednesdays, and much more!

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Double Down Bar and Casino popped up in South Fargo a few months ago and they're making a name for themselves already. Branding themselves as a local and national sports spot, they offer plenty of food and drink specials, a happy hour (Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.), and what they describe as "elevated bar food" like flatbreads, a shrimp burger (which is wildly popular), brussel sprouts and burnt ends appetizers, and more. They are constantly posting updated

specials and deals on their social media, like their secret menu item—Chicken Wild Rice Soup, which is not on the menu but is available to order!

An event and performance-driven nightclub recently opened in Moorhead, along with a full kitchen, Onyx Night Club has grown to be a popular weekend spot with a variety of entertainment. From DJs and live performers to comedy guests, as well as themed events like a Valentine's Day celebration and a Superbowl watch party, those who love Onyx, love Onyx. Recently, they announced a full kitchen addition, with Haitian and Liberian dishes featuring goat meat and rice plates, plantain and fritay plates, fufu and soup, and much more. They are always updating their Facebook with news about upcoming events, check it out!

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*this is the correct Facebook page, just a different name!


Learn about even more new businesses that are on their way!


Beginning as an online beauty supply store, MarZina Beauty officially opened a salon and storefront in Fargo this past fall. Inside, you'll find supplies like wigs, men's and women's haircare products, accessories like high-quality handbags and jewelry sets, lashes, bonnets, and more, as well as the salon, where you can book appointments for many different types of braids, twists, washes, and more. Check out this locally-owned business, or shop online!

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Fever Dream Tattoo is a new welcoming, women and LGBTQ-owned tattoo and piercing studio in town. They pride themselves on offering a variety of tattoo styles and personalized piercings in a safe and comfortable environment and specialize in everything from neo-traditional to horror realism and watercolor to fine-line tattoos. The team offers flash and custom tattoo designs by appointment only, but do not accept walk-in tattoos. Fever Dream's goal is to provide clients with quality work from a fun and safe environment, as they put it, "We’re just a bunch of weirdos, but we love what we do!" Plus, inside you'll find an assortment of locally made art for sale, like prints and hanging stained glass art!

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Located in Fargo, Mariah Beauty Salon is focused on providing great service and personalized experiences, along with a selection of beauty supply products. They offer a range of hair and skin services including haircuts, color, highlights, extensions, braiding, weave/ lace application, makeup and skincare, and more. You can also find wigs, wallets, purses, and shoes for purchase inside their salon.

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If you're looking for a place to get your nails done, you know there's a long list of options in the FM area, so why not try a new spot? Check out 2K Nails in Fargo, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. by appointment and walk-in.

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A traditional barbershop, plus some—at Melling Barbershop you'll find barber, waxing, skin, and lash services, all in one welcoming environment. This locally owned spot houses two Melling barbers, Styles By Smiles, and KYBROW—where you can book lashes, facial and body waxing, and brow services. You'll also find a selection of hair products for sale inside the store.

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Originally founded in Audubon, MN, Alsager Meats recently opened up a new location in Fargo. You'll find high-quality, locally sourced meats with a selection ranging from premium steaks to specialty products like dill pickle jerky! They remind the community that buying meat locally promises freshness, quality, and support for the local economy. You can also find locally made sauces, sides, seasonings, and more fixings for your next dinner, plus if you head to their Facebook page, they have recipes to follow featuring their products! So, scroll through the feed to pick out a delicious recipe, and then head to Alsager to grab your ingredients!

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A unique yet intriguing service came to Fargo this past year at Buff City Soap— featuring handcrafted soaps and other natural plant-based products, made fresh daily in-store. They're known for their bar soaps, but they also offer laundry soap, bath bombs, body scrubs, and more, all free from harsh chemicals. Inside what they call the "Makery," you can host a birthday party, a ladies night out, or any other custom special event and have fun making your own clean ingredient mini bath bombs. From mixing, scenting, and shaping the bath bombs, it's a one-of-akind party experience!

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Opened in Moorhead, Roots Hydroponics provides products for all home and indoor gardening needs, specializing in hydroponics to allow for growing fresh produce and herbs year-round. Being part of a region where growing is highly dependent on the weather (you're probably not gardening in the middle of our winters), the founders wanted to open a space to sell gear like hydroponic systems, nutrient solutions, grow lights, and other essentials necessary for indoor gardening, as well as a space where growers can visit to learn more about the growing process—with employees who were trained by commercial growers in California and who have hands-on experience with planting, growing, and harvesting. They have created a minicommunity since opening, offering a "Cannabis & Coffee" event on Saturday mornings for people to discuss growing with other home growers in the area and have a cup of coffee, along with other educational indoor growing (of all produce and herbs) events!

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Inside this 12-suite building on the corner of 52nd Ave and 45th St, you'll find a variety of different services from health, beauty, hair, and wellness professionals. The space, which opened this past year, is designed for local professionals and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and be a part of a larger community hub. Renters can customize their suite and have shared restrooms, kitchen, and wifi. You can find availability and details on their website!

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and crafting classes in a beautiful, historic building. Opened late last fall, the space includes a full size kitchen with ample space to explore different plates and tastes; a crafting area for classes like knitting, candlemaking, and more; and an upstairs loft complete with floor-to-ceiling windows on one wall for natural light as you're painting in a class. Their event calendar is filled with different classes, and it's much more accessible than you might realize. Whether you want to get some tips and tricks from other makers, cook a date night dinner together (led by a professional), or go solo and just try something new, you can at the 1889. Plus, they have rentable spaces for private parties and events!

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Opening in West Fargo at the beginning of this year, Evolve Golf offers an exclusive golfing experience with a private simulator with over 500 courses. Located in Eagle Run Plaza, the suite offers a private spot for golf enthusiasts, new or experienced, to practice and play in a distraction-free environment. They host tournaments and scrambles with the simulator so you can get a taste of green when it's completely white outside. They host networking, birthday, and private groups, and there are some drink and dining options while you're playing—you can get a shake or tea from neighbor Evolve West Fargo, you can order from Hooligan's Bar and Grill from up the street and get free delivery, or can bring in your own snack or order in your favorites!

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Founded by two lakes area natives, The Elevated Brim Co. is a unique "traveling hat bar" that offers custom hat making experiences for events. They bring in everything needed for guests to build their own one-of-a-kind statement pieces at private parties, pop-ups, and more. They provide a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes in hats, along with all of the added accessories (we're talking feathers, gems, needle and treading, and much more), and even offer pyrography for the hats!

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A new event venue has launched in downtown Fargo in the historic Stone Building—Synclaire Events Venue. Mixing historic charm and contemporary design, inside you'll find a space best suited for weddings, work functions, and really any celebration. With beautiful, vaulted ceilings and architecture that is a photographer's dream, the Synclaire will be seeing a lot of weddings and celebrations in the coming year. Some details about booking—you can cater the food of your choice, Synclaire’s two bars offer full bar service (including champagne towers), and they have special details for micro/elopement-style weddings as well!

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Another new venue across the river, the Armory Annex will be a new addition to the already beloved Armory Events Center, but made for smaller events and celebrations. The John L. Whitnack building near the Armory will be restored and made to match the larger venue, but with a focus on hosting life's smaller celebrations, like retirement or graduation parties. Keep an eye out to see when the space will be open!

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We Rock the Spectrum in Fargo, is a new space dedicated to being a safe and fun environment for children of all abilities. It emphasizes inclusive play and learning experiences, with a range of activities and equipment designed for sensory benefits like suspended play equipment for balance, a trampoline for leg and core strength, fine motor and arts and crafts area, a calming room, and much more. There is a rentable private room for birthdays and classes, as well as a retail shop with healthy snacks! Plus, they are now offering camps for kids, with an emphasis on flexibility, where you can book one session, a full week, or a month!

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A brand new type of entertainment has landed in the FM area—Battle Blitz Indoor Paintball is the largest indoor paintball field in the area, located in the old Axis Clinicals building in Moorhead, offering 25,000 square feet of indoor fun and adventure for all ages. The venue has realistic paintball fields and is designed for both individual and corporate events. There are two different types of paintball games, Battle Blitz offers two paintball modes: Gel Blaster for kids six years and up using soft, water-expanded gel balls, and Combat Paintball for those 11 years old and up, featuring traditional gameplay with air-powered guns and strategic team play. Both modes prioritize safety and provide varying levels of intensity! There are great deals and specials posted on their social media that you can take part in, head over to check them out!

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CampusFM is an initiative by Folkways, an organization focused on enriching community connections and cultural engagement through innovative social and cultural projects, designed to keep students in the FM+ area post-graduation through engaging social content about local eateries, events, shopping, and more. Managed by local students and recent grads, CampusFM showcases the community's best, fostering deep connections and hopefully planting career roots. The initiative offers Content Creatorships, a 10week internship offered in the fall, spring, and summer for students to explore and share the FM area's rich culture and opportunities, aiming to show off what the community is all about, while engaging these current students to a point where they can see themselves becoming long-term, active residents.

So, why are they in Fargo Monthly? Well, it's because we think they have a lot to say. We have many voices within our pages, but these creators have something else to give. Each month, they will share their fave finds, best dines, and what's on their minds!

For a closer look at CampusFM and its inspiring work in the FM community, check out this article featured in our 2023 Trendsetters Magazine!

Let's meet our creator for April's vibe check on the FargoMoorhead metro!


Kaylyn (Kay) is an NDSU student majoring in marketing. She grew up in Mandan, ND, and loves longboarding, lifting weights, being in nature, music, holistic wellness, and thrifting. She even has her own ring business called theia and is excited to dive into the silversmithing world.

Check out this website to learn more about Kaylyn's custom rings!

Follow along on Instagram! @shopwiththeia


This month, Kay peeked inside a truly unique part of Fargo, the Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market, otherwise called, the FARM. Known for its novel collection and awarded the "Best Antique Shop" for four consecutive years since 2020, this market is located in south Fargo near 52nd Avenue. With vintage and repurposed items from nearly 60 different booths, all of which are curated by independent local vendors, make this a hotspot for

collectors and appreciators alike. Find furniture, signs, decor, books, jewelry, collectibles, and even vintage candies, plus, the market not only sells antiques but also specializes in repurposing old items into new, creative pieces. Kay, with her business theia, found something special at the FARM.

"One of my favorite places in Fargo is definitely the Fargo Antiques and Repurposed Market! It is filled with

so many wonders and beautiful things. I especially love all the vintage and ethereal silverware you find there, as I make rings out of silverware."

Interest piqued? Check out the FARM for yourself at 5258 51st Ave S, Ste 300, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus Thursdays until 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Next time your out and about in the area, check out the FARM, as well as First Ave Market—where Kay will soon be selling her rings, and the location of the locally loved Revival Coffee shop. We suggest trying the Sheyenne at Night (ube and black rice oatmilk latte... it's purple!).

Come back next month to hear from more of the CampusFM crew!


I t’s often difficult for a creative to meld all of their interests and multifaceted creative endeavors into a focused business. So, it’s extra inspiring to see someone locally like Kayla Duffney Creative so uniquely intertwine hers into a fulltime handcrafted business from flower crowns to wire art to custom portraits! Read on to hear about her crazy creativity and how she is using so many of her talents together.


Meet The MAKER

Tell us a bit about yourself. Hi, I'm Kayla Hagen (Duffney), owner of Kayla Duffney Creative. I'm a multimedia designer and artist living in West Fargo. I'm originally from Minnesota and migrated to North Dakota where I received degrees in both graphic design and video production. Because of my ever-expanding desire to learn more and grow in the creative field, I moved to Burbank, CA, and lived there for two years before returning home to the Midwest.

Describe what type of products you make under Kayla Duffney Creative. Outside of being a designer, I have an Etsy shop and an online store under Duffney Sisters (a studio space I own in West Fargo) where I create designs to put on apparel, sell my photography prints, offer custom portrait paintings, create wire art, and even craft flower crowns!

Tell us how you got started with your business.

It first started with painting— something I've always loved doing since I was young. I worked for a startup company out of college that specializes in personalized dog products and I was asked if I wanted to paint custom dog

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portraits for customers. I was thrilled! I started taking commissions for this and wanted to expand working with my hands versus on a computer. The summer of 2019 I went to a Midsummer Horror Festival in Long Beach, CA and I wanted to dress as Dani from the film that had just come out, Midsommar. I created my own flower crown for the event and received a lot of compliments so that led me to start making these crowns for others and list them on my Etsy shop. I couldn't believe how many other fans were out there who wanted to purchase my crowns for their own Halloween costumes. In the summer of 2023, I decided to make the jump and go full-time as a freelancer and artist and created Duffney Sisters LLC. This is the studio space I use for photography and crafting. It is also the online platform where I created a shop to sell my artwork and crafts. Now I'm able to work as Kayla Duffney Creative full-time as a designer and artist and it's been a dream.

What is your personal favorite item or piece you've created so far?

Just because it really launched my love for crafting and putting together an Etsy shop, my Midsommar Flower Crown is my favorite. It was the first flower crown I listed before offering other varieties to sell.

What is the most popular item you specifically sell?

It depends on the time of year, but my flower crowns are a hit around June and between August-October! People are getting ready for their own midsummer festivities as well as preparing their Halloween costumes.

You create a variety of products within your business—how do you decide what to focus on or dive into creating?

Now that I get to do this full-time, I take it day by day. I love staying busy and knowing I have a variety of things I can work on so I'm not doing the same thing over and over. I'm looking at more vendor shows and what their theme is and that usually pulls me towards designing new items to put on apparel or possibly new flower crown themes that go with it.

What's something people would find surprising about one of your processes?

One thing with my flower crowns is that I use floral wire to attach the artificial flowers and greenery instead of hot glue. At the Midsummer Horror Festival I attended where I wanted to dress as Dani from the

film Midsommar, I originally bought a crown off Etsy and when it arrived, the flowers had already fallen off. I noticed it was because they were only hot glued and with the shipping it must've rubbed against the crown which led to flowers falling apart. My friend was the one who encouraged me to make my own. So, when I did, I wanted to make sure these flowers weren't going to fall off and taught myself how to properly "sew" them into the crown so that it could flex with my head and the silk flowers would stay attached.

What is something you've enjoyed the most about doing this handcrafted business? The reviews I get from my customers. It's an absolute thrill when customers send me pictures of them wearing my crowns at their events and telling me how many compliments they've received.

What is the most challenging thing? Time. Because I want to do so many things, I have to be very vigilant with how I spend my time so that I can keep up with the busier months and prepare more during the less busy months.

What is one craft or art medium you haven't really dabbled in yet that you want to try someday?

I actually have a list of things (I know, I'm nuts), but I want to get more into sewing and create my own pillow covers. Who doesn't like cute pillows?

What is a word that best describes you? The first word that comes to mind is creative.

What advice would you have given yourself five years ago?

If you don't try or put yourself out there, then you know what the outcome already is. Try it and if you fail, then you learn and grow from it. If you succeed, keep growing.

Where can people find your work?

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| duffneysisters.com/shop

| etsy.com/shop/ KaylaDuffneyCreative

| /kayladuffneycreative

| @kayladuffneycreative

| /duffneysisters

| @duffneysisters

Tucked in a neighborhood by Island Park, in an unassuming part of downtown, Heather Aal's entrepreneurial journey is laid out in a quaint yet lively consignment store; filled with bright daylight, stories folded into the armrests of chairs and tucked in hidden dresser drawers, and, of course, with the shop cat, Sally—Aal Yours Consignment.

Born and raised in Fargo, Heather's path detoured through Chicago after her schooling, where her life in consignment and furniture restoration began. Her passion for reviving the old would later define her career when she returned to Fargo.

She lept at an opportunity to explore various roles— one being at a Chicago consignment shop becoming her introduction to the world of vintage and second-hand goods. The vast warehouseshaped business housed a mix of items, as well as a seasoned finish restoration expert who recognized


Sally, the cherished shop cat at Aal Yours Consignment, adds a heartwarming touch to the space. Rescued by Heather after the loss of her previous owner, Sally transformed from a shy, basement dweller to the store's beloved mascot. Now a confident and cuddly presence, she enjoys affection from customers and has become an integral part of the Aal Yours community!

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Heather's interest and potential in the craft. Under his mentorship, Heather began learning the art and science of furniture restoration—this was a pivotal experience as the motions of restoring furniture became more than just a hobby or skill and more of a therapeutic outlet.

Looking to expand her education at NDSU and find some familial stability, in time, Heather found her way back to the Red River

Valley. After a significant and fulfilling career in nonprofit fundraising, COVID-19 shifted Heather's trajectory.

It's a story we're all too familiar with, as the pandemic gripped the world, it brought unprecedented challenges to various sectors, including the nonprofit industry where Heather had built her career. Working in fundraising, she found herself at the sharp end of the pandemic's economic consequences.

Due to budget cuts in response to the financial strain caused by the pandemic, Heather was laid off, along with a significant portion of the foundation's staff.

In the wake of her job loss, Heather searched for direction amidst uncertainty, and it was during this period of reflection and introspection that a certain conversation and observation would steer her towards the idea of opening

Aal Yours Consignment. Heather's mother, an enthusiast of antiques and collectibles herself, was wondering how she would downsize her vast collection in preparation for moving. Throughout their conversation, Heather realized there weren't many options when it came to rehoming these items. They weren't just things that she wanted to donate to Goodwill, but they were too much to try to sell herself item by item on a place like

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Facebook Marketplace or similar. Plus, these things had emotion tied to them, both for her and her mother.

Heather realized that Fargo lacked a dedicated home decor and furniture consignment shop, an opening she was passionately equipped to fill. Heather envisioned a space where the community could find and consign quality, unique home decor and furniture items, and a place where cherished items could be promised a loving home.

Aal Yours Consignment, now navigating its third year, emerged from necessity, opportunity, and a deeprooted love for giving new life to old treasures.

What Does Aal Yours Offer?

Operating in a niche market with a business model that depends on consignment means margins can be tight, especially during the initial years. Recognizing the need to diversify her business offerings, Heather has explored and implemented online auctions and estate sale services in addition to her storefront sales. She also feeds her creativity for restoration by offering those services.

Finding Inventory

Aal Yours Consignment primarily acquires inventory through a consignment model, where community members bring in their home decor and furniture to sell. Heather relies on the quality and condition of these items to ensure her store offers valuable finds to customers.

Engaging directly with estates, particularly those looking to downsize or liquidate assets, provides Heather with a significant source of inventory. She often assesses these items on-site, selecting pieces that she believes have market value and appeal.

Selling Inventory: In-store and Online

The traditional channel for selling consigned items is Heather's brick-and-mortar store located in Fargo. The store offers customers a tangible shopping experience to explore and discover unique and curated pieces, from furniture to home decor.

To diversify her sales strategy, Heather introduced online auctions as a way to sell items, especially when traditional in-store sales slow down or to clear inventory. This approach has not only helped in maintaining sales momentum but has also attracted new customers who may not visit the brick-andmortar location.

Restoration Services

While not the focus, Heather’s passion for furniture restoration plays a crucial role in her business. She offers restoration services for furniture that may need repair, refinishing, or repurposing before it can be sold. This not only adds value to the items but also aligns with the sustainability aspect of her business by extending the life of each piece.

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and discuss the desired outcome with customers. Heather's restoration work also caters to the DIY community, offering advice and resources for those interested in undertaking their own projects. She understands the emotional attachment people have to their furniture and strives to preserve the integrity and stories behind each piece.

Interested in consigning or restoring an item? It all starts with a snap—send a photo of the item to Heather on Facebook at /AalYours or at 701-6308401 to get started!

How Does it Work?

The consignment process at Aal Yours Consignment is thoughtfully designed to ensure both the consignor and Heather can benefit from the sale of items.

Initial Inquiry and Submission

Prospective consignors are encouraged to start the process by sending Heather pictures of the items they want to consign. This initial step allows Heather to assess the items remotely, determining their suitability for her store’s inventory and clientele. Based on the photos and market knowledge, Heather decides which items she believes will sell in her store. This selection process is crucial for maintaining a curated and appealing inventory that matches the tastes and needs of her customers.

Bringing Items to the Store

While the store does not provide pickup or delivery for items, they do work with local moving companies and will help you find the right wheels for your item's trip!

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Once items are selected, consignors bring them to the store during a scheduled drop-off, with emphasis on the scheduled portion—to ensure that Heather can manage her inventory effectively without being overwhelmed by unscheduled drop-offs.

Upon receiving the items, Heather assesses each piece to determine its condition and market value. Pricing is a critical step where Heather's expertise and understanding of the current market trends come into play. She prices items to sell within a specific timeframe while ensuring a fair return for both the consignor and the store.

Sales Period and Pricing Strategy

Items are placed on the store floor with an initial price set by Heather. She typically allows items up to 90 days to sell, which provides a reasonable timeframe to gauge customer interest and demand.

To encourage sales, Heather implements a markdown strategy at 30-day intervals. If an item hasn’t sold within the first 30 days, its price is reduced. Another reduction occurs at the 60-day mark, if necessary. This strategy helps to keep the inventory fresh and appealing to customers while increasing the likelihood of a sale.

It just so happened that when we visited Heather at Aal Yours, Sally's old owner's grandson came in to visit her! Serendipitous timing to showcase the value and meaning behind Heather's store and its many stories.

Consignor Payout and Unsold Items

During the initial meeting, Heather and the consigner agree to specific terms like the outcome of when it's sold or if it's not. Once an item sells, the revenue is split between Heather and the consignor, typically, the split is 50/50—an incentivization for both parties to price items competitively and fairly. If an item does not sell within the 90-day period, consignors have the option to take back their unsold items or allow Heather to donate them to a local nonprofit.

The shop provides a platform for consigning

and purchasing unique, often vintage, items, and serves as a connection point for stories, memories, and the preservation of history through physical pieces. Heather's dedication to upcycling and storytelling, along with Sally's fanbase, plus four right-sized walls with high ceilings, create the perfect home for Aal Yours Consignment and its community.

Learn more!

| aalyours.com

| /AalYours

| @aalyours

| 615 9th Ave S, Fargo, ND


A Ripple Effect

Some believe every drop counts—that's why international organization, charity:water works to provide those life-changing drops by committing every penny to bringing clean water to the globe. In 2007, Scott Harrison founded the organization with a crystal clear mission— to end the global water crisis with transparency, innovation, and community participation.

nd now, Sonder Bakehouse Owner and Founder Kayla Houchin invites the local community to be part of the change. Inspired by charity:water's mission, Kayla turned her inspiration into action by organizing a gala. The fundraiser showcases the power of community and the impact of collective efforts toward a world where clean water is accessible to all.

Here's how it started...


Scott Harrison launches charity:water, aiming to quench the world's thirst for clean water. With 100% transparency, every drop counts in his mission to hydrate the planet.

Summer 2012

Kayla stumbles upon "Start Something That Matters" by TOMS® shoe founder, Blake Mycoskie, and finds a mention of charity:water. Curiosity is piqued, but the adventure doesn’t start... yet.

Fall 2012

charity: water's impact to date

138,003 water projects funded

29 countries

17,490,802 people will be served

Scott visits Fargo, and Kayla's in the crowd. Frustrated yet motivated, she decides it's time to take action.


Kayla's efforts ripple out, turning $1,794 into clean water for 58 grateful individuals.

The single most important lesson I have ever learned in my life would be this—if there is something you firmly believe in, never be afraid to step up and expand effort for the benefit of others. Step up, stand out, and give."
- Kayla Houchin

Fall 2018

Kayla is intent on making waves with charity:water. She set herself on a mission: to make a significant impact on the global water crisis, culminating in the idea of hosting a gala event.

January 2019

Kayla reaches out to Scott. A simple ask to bring him back to Fargo to be a part of something big here.

November 2019

Kayla and Scott finally meet at the charity:water ball in San Francisco, raising $7.3 million.

March 2020

The Fargo gala, planned for May of this year, is paused, not puddled, by the pandemic.


Kayla's passion pours in, raising $29,682 and quenching the thirst of 887 people.

May 2023

Kayla has a monumental start with the first-ever charity:water gala, raising $51,121 and providing clean water to 1,278 lives.

May 2024

Second annual charity:water gala—be a part of the change!

What’s New This Year?

Building on last year's success, the upcoming event promises another evening of inspiration and impact, including a silent auction, a keynote speaker, and more!

Kayla is seeking table sponsors and auction items at this time!

This year, the gala will bring charity:water's Creative Director Tyler Riewer to speak on the charity's mission. Tyler brings with him over a decade of experience and passion for charity:water's work.

The second annual Fargo gala for charity:water, happening on May 7 at Pines Black, offers a variety of participation options to support clean water. Ticket options include Individual Tickets and Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond table sponsorships. Join in on an evening of socializing, inspirational messages from both Kayla and Tyler, and a silent auction to support charity:water's mission. For tickets or more information, visit Sonder Bakehouse's charity:water page! Together, we can turn ripples of hope into waves of change!

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