West Fargo Magazine 2024

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West Fargo is everything that is great about our region. It's a bright, culturally rich, city that is growing and thriving—and I think that's worth highlighting. That's why we put together this magazine to show off this city's unique blend of dynamic community events, flourishing businesses, diverse dining and shopping options, and inclusive family-friendly programming. West Fargo isn't just worth recognition, it's worth celebration.

In 1990, the population of West Fargo was at just 12,287. Now, it sits at over 40,000. The city has amazing gathering places like The Lights and the POW/MIA Plaza. There are endless recreation opportunities and yet, somehow, the community has maintained its small-town feel.

The city's parks and recreation department works tirelessly to provide endless inclusive, outdoor activities and upkeep their green spaces to ensure residents have access to nature and recreation within their own neighborhoods. The dining scene in West Fargo is equally impressive. There is fine dining, international cuisine, and everything in between.

Over our 14 years in business and over 600 magazines produced, we have made it our mission to highlight the best of the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo metro and this magazine is another evolution of that. We are honored to be able to make this magazine about such a great community and we hope you learn something along the way.

ISSUE 01 | 2024 47 51 61 54 67 86 Partner Content: Western Bank West Fargo Events 85 Things That Are Great In West Fargo! West Fargo Daycare/ Childcare Guide Let's Get Seasonal! 16 Things You Can Buy In WF That You Don't Need To Buy Online 26 Food & Drink 48 Health, Fitness, Beauty 54 Activities/Entertainment 60 Boutiques/Clothing 62 Misc 66 Home, Garden, & Floral 17 20 24 68 70 84 TABLE OF CONTENTS WEST FARGO MAGAZINE | | 5

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MAGAZINE West Fargo 2024 Volume 1 Issue 01 West Fargo Magazine is published by Spotlight LLC, Copyright 2024. All rights reserved. No parts of this magazine may be reproduced or distributed without written permission of West Fargo Magazine, and Spotlight LLC, is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to or reliance on such information. Spotlight LLC, accepts no liability for the accuracy of statements made by the advertisers. Spotlight, LLC 4609 33rd Ave S Suite #304 Fargo, ND 58104 or info@spotlightmediafargo.com ADVERTISING: 701-478-SPOT (7768) West Fargo magazine is published once a year, celebrating the booming West Fargo community and its unique businesses, events, and more! Publisher EDITORIAL Editorial Team Lead Editors Art Director Editorial Graphic Designer Creative Strategist INTERACTIVE Business Development Manager Business Development Associate Videographer Director of Creative Strategies Graphic Designer Web Developer ADVERTISING VP of Business Development Sales Manager Sales Representative Sales & Marketing Advisor Senior Business Development Representative Business Development Representative Client Relations Client Relations Manager Marketing Coordinator Operations Assistant DISTRIBUTION Delivery Mike Dragosavich Brady Drake Brady@SpotlightMediaFargo.com Geneva Nodland, Grant Ayers Kim Cowles Ty Betts
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West Fargo

Born and raised in Fargo, my understanding of my neighbor, West Fargo, was almost nonexistent. The city was a bit of a mystery—virtually my only recollection of the city was what I saw on the drive to Veteran's Memorial Arena for youth hockey games against the Packers.

However, I began to learn the city a bit more at 15 years old when I finally earned my driver's license. With the freedom to move about as I wanted,


Rendezvous Park

I absolutely love this disc golf course and have so many memories of playing

West Fargo became a destination for casual visits to see friends and a place to enjoy a round of disc golf at Rendezvous Park. This was in 2011, and the city was just starting to explode into what we see today.

By 2019, my connection to West Fargo deepened significantly after securing my first professional position with Spotlight. Finally having money in my pocket, I began to truly discover the entire metro area, West Fargo included.


Sirirath Thai House & Tati's Mediterranian Savuer

Three Lyons Pub (RIP) became a weekly fixture in my life for trivia nights with friends. And I began to try some of the amazing restaurants available west of 45th Street (hello Maxwells, Sirirath, and The Piggy BBQ).

And recently, I became a proud resident of West Fargo and I couldn't be more excited to discover even more about this amazing city.


Junkyard Brewing West Fargo

In this magazine, you will find recommendations, for places, events, dishes, and more—many of which I myself didn't know about. Thankfully, I had my fellow editors to help. See below for some of our favorites in West Fargo and read on to learn about all of the amazing things this great city has to offer!


Maxwells Restaurant & Bar

Not only do both of these restaurants have delicious food—my favorites are the Panahg Curry from Sirirath and the Shawarma from Tati's—they also both have wonderful atmospheres and such friendly staff. I love to peek at the dessert cases at both spots to grab a sweet

The atmosphere is great and the occasional pop-up food vendors make it a great place to have a nice casual meal with refreshing beverages.

When I want to treat myself to one of the higher-end restaurants in town, I look no further than Maxwells. Their blackened walleye is delicious and everything they serve is artfully crafted. If you enjoy fine-dining seafood, be sure to also ask about their catch of the day!

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Committed to Hometown Banking

Western State Bank

Celebrates 25 Years in West Fargo

Three things you may not know:

1. Western State Bank was founded in 1902 as the Bank of Webster, ND. In 1968, the name changed, and the headquarters moved to Devils Lake. The bank expanded to West Fargo in 1999.

2. Western Equipment Finance, a division of the bank, works with businesses across the country.

3. Western State Bank has three locations in North Dakota and seven locations in the Phoenix metro area.

estern State Bank strives to be West Fargo’s hometown bank.

This year marks Western’s 25th anniversary in West Fargo. The company now employs over 100 team members in West Fargo between its bank location and administrative offices.

“Western State Bank has grown with West Fargo,” said Matthew Oachs, West Fargo market president. “Our customers are not just our clients. They are our neighbors, and we’re proud of our North Dakota roots.”

Full-Service Banking

Western offers comprehensive banking options including checking accounts, savings accounts, investments, consumer loans, mortgages, and home equity loans/ lines. Local business owners turn to Western for customized banking options and support to grow their companies.

“Whether it’s for you or your business, Western can help you,” Oachs said. “We will take care of your everyday banking needs, and support your long-term goals and dreams.”

Exclusive Clubs and Programs

At any age, customers can find a home at Western. The popular Good Neighbor Club offers events and benefits for members ages 50 or better. The Lil’ Buckaroo Club teaches kids about saving, while Hometown Heroes recognizes first responders, educators, and others who serve the West Fargo community.

School Support

Western continuously supports the Packers, Mustangs, and Hawks. Over the past five years, the bank has donated more than $70,000 to the high school booster clubs. During teacher appreciation week each year, team members deliver Sandy’s Donuts to every public school in West Fargo.

Making Our Community Better

Giving back is central to Western’s hometown banking philosophy. Team members receive paid time off to volunteer, and the bank matches team member gifts to qualifying organizations. The Cause in Your Community program annually supports two local nonprofit organizations based on customer nominations. Several team members and their families walk with Western’s float in the West Fest parade each year.

“Enhancing our communities requires a collective effort,” Oachs said. “As a company and as team members, we are dedicated to active involvement and giving back.”

To learn more about Western State Bank, feel free to stop by the West Fargo location at 755 13th Ave. E, or the Fargo location at 4201 45th St. S.

Visit the bank online at westernbanks.com.

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West Fargo Events is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides the City of West Fargo and surrounding communities with events, programs, and amenities for all to enjoy. We accomplish our goal of making West Fargo the best place in the Midwest to raise a family by providing unique opportunities for recreation including our annual Bike Safety Rodeo, family fun nights, art events, community concerts, outdoor movies, theatre productions, kid-friendly festivals, and much more. Each year, we provide fun, safe, and free youth programming for thousands of residents. Our amenities and programs are available yearround with seasonal changes in our offerings—this includes a spray ground in the summer and an ice rink in the winter. We have something for everyone and amenities for every age!

Bike Safety Rodeo

Wednesday, May 15

Chutes and Boots

Professional Bull Riding

Friday, May 31

Saturday, June 1

West Fargo Street Fair

Saturday, June 15

West Fargo Cruise Night

Stage West Summer Musical –Cats the Musical

June 30, July 1, 2, 7-10, 14-18

KIDCHELLA –A Kids Festival Saturday, August 3

West Fest Parade Saturday, September 21

Movie Mondays

June 3, 10, 17 | July 8, 15, 22, 29 | August 5, 12, 19

Movie After Dark

May 17, June 7, July 16, August 7, September 28, October 26

Yoga on the Lawn with Mojo Fit Studios

Sounds of Summer

June 27, July 11, August 9

Run West Fargo 5K Series

May 16, June 9, July 30, August 26, September 17, October 26

Family Fun Nights

June 6, June 9, June 12, July 10, July 24

June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19

OktoberWest Saturday, September 28

June 5, 12, 19, 26 | July 10, 31 | August 7, 14, 21, 28


A Word With West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis

"The city has changed dramatically over time. I used to come to West Fargo when I was a student at NDSU on an academic and football scholarship," said West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis. "My college roommate was from West Fargo and he lived on Oak Street and I was from Killdeer, ND so I didn't have time to go home on weekends—instead, I would go to the Johnson residence for Sunday dinners. They were great West Fargoans and wonderful people. Being where I was from, I wanted that small-town atmosphere and small-town social engagement. My wife Louise and I found that in West Fargo and we've never left. I told the Johnsons during one of those Sunday dinners that when I came back to West Fargo, because I was going to leave for a year or two, I was going to buy a house on Oak Street. The first house I bought in West Fargo was four doors down from the Johnsons. I love this city and I've been here ever since."

West Fargo is Booming

Mayor Dardis is certainly right, West Fargo has grown tremendously since he planted down roots 48 years ago. In fact, you don't even have to go back that far to see the boom. Between 1990 and 2000, the city grew from a population of 12,287 to 14,940. By 2010, the population bloomed to 25,830 and now, as of 2023, West Fargo stands with a total of 41,595 citizens.

Mayor Dardis' Favorite Things in West Fargo

Lace 'Em Up - "In the winter, we have ice skating out at The Lights and there is great hockey there as well. Last year, they had 87 teams come through for the Winter Classic."

Sandy's Donuts"Sandy's Donuts is a great stop. Grandpa is a hit when he brings Sandy's to his grandkids."

Deaner's Diner"Deaner's Diner happens to be a real favorite of mine—I love breakfast and anything breakfast-related on their menu is fantastic. Deaner's provides me with an opportunity to run into so many taxpayers. I'll normally have 2-3-4-5 people stop by and ask a question or talk about a concern they might have. That's small town and I love that type of thing."

Maxwells Restaurant & Bar -

"If you're looking for something on the higher end or you're celebrating an anniversary dinner or a birthday dinner, Maxwells is second to none. The job that Ramon and his team do over there is spectacular. He's a very generous benefactor to our first responders—he's always asking if he can do anything for the police or fire department."

Photo provided by the City of West Fargo

What is Great About West Fargo

Small Town Feel - "West Fargo still has a great sense of small community—we hear that every single day."

Great Community Events - "The programming and content we do with West Fargo Events in our public spaces like The Lights and the POW/MIA Plaza are fantastic.We have amazing events like West Fest, our parade is, to my understanding, second to only one other community in the state of North Dakota in terms of size and attendance—that's great. Our programming also is very family-oriented."

Neighborhood Schools - "West Fargo Public Schools, which extends its boundaries into both Horace and Fargo, is committed to neighborhood schools. They want to keep elementary schools limited to about 600 kids. In these schools, when kids get into fourth or fifth grade, they can bike to school

The Future

"Our future will be extremely bright with the new flood protection that the Metro Flood Diversion Authority is building at the present time. That will give us an extra about 9,000 acres in our extraterritorial area that'll have flood protection. This

Rustad Recreation

Center - "The Rustad is fantastic. This complex gives a lot of opportunities for walking and a lot of opportunities for seniors in the area. And, of course, the kid's play areas are fabulous. The pickleball courts are also very popular."

and that sort of thing. We have the same thing with the middle schools. They have a formula worked out there where they want to keep it to about 1,200 to 1,400 at the middle schools and 1,500 to 1,600 at the high schools. The opportunities we provide kids in band and choir, theater and sports, and the commitment from the groups of people leading those efforts is terrific."

Trees - No, really, trees. West Fargo has been a major champion of trees. West Fargo has been a Tree City USA since 1984. Currently, the city has eight community orchards with fruits such as apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots, honeyberries, ground cherries, red lake currents, and even hazelnuts growing. The goal, according to the city, is to eventually have an arbor in every neighborhood. Because of the city's commitment to urban forestry, it is approaching its 10th consecutive year of receiving the Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.

What's more, the city has a tree deposit program for newly constructed homes located in West Fargo City Limits. This program is designed to reimburse residents for planting trees. For instructions and more information go to westfargond.gov

gives us the opportunity to grow, but it might not be immediate because a lot of that land is being farmed right now. If they want to continue farming it, that's great. I'm of the position that we won't do forced annexations. If they do want to annex, we'll listen, but there is a cost that comes with that development. So this isn't

Cruise Night - "Cruise Night is one of my absolute favorite events. At that event, I can walk the street and see 50 to 60 people that I know and meet another 30 to 40 people. I love seeing all of the happiness at that event. The food offerings are great and everybody has a lot of fun."

Held on the third Thursday of June, July, and August, the first Cruise Night of the season is set for June 20—don't miss it!

a thing that's going to happen overnight. We are also decommissioning our lagoons which opens up another 600 acres in the Northwest corner of West Fargo and about 60 acres are currently being developed for light commercial in the old stockyards."

Coffee with a Cop - "We have a monthly Coffee with a Cop event where we'll have different officers rotate through. The event is designed to allow citizens to interact with law enforcement on a personal level."

The Library - "The public library system in the City of West Fargo has very robust programming."

Learn more at westfargolibrary.org


Things That Are Great in West Fargo!


We love West Fargo and we know you do too. There are plenty of options for shopping, entertainment, dining, drinking, recreation, fitness, and so much more! That's why we compiled this list of things that are great in West Fargo because, with so many options, it can be hard to know where to go for what. Check it out and discover West Fargo!


Say Cheese Mac & Melt Co.

Half off kid's meal on Monday!

Say Cheese Mac & Melt Co. specializes in cheesy (who knew) dishes like grilled cheese and, of course, mac and cheese. Their menu is packed with a variety of cheesy delights, with classic mac and cheese alongside creative options with toppings ranging from bacon to prime rib. They also serve a range of melts and other dishes. They offer week-long specials, like half off the kid's meal on Monday, $3 off a mac meal on Tuesday, $2 off Mac-a-Dilla's on Thursday, and more! Plus, they offer extended summer hours.

| 815 23rd Ave E Unit 104, West Fargo

| Search "Say Cheese Mac & Melt Co."

MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub

With a menu that includes a variety of pizzas, grills, and pub foods, plus a constantly rotating menu of specials, MacKenzie River Pizza prides itself on its creative selection, as well as a full bar featuring craft brews, unique cocktails, and fine wines. This is a perfect spot for a casual dining atmosphere or a the perfect date night sit down. They are always updating their Facebook with limited time specials that are chock-full of flavor, toppings, and goodness!

| 819 24th Ave E, West Fargo

| mackenzieriverpizza.com

Best Matcha!

Check Facebook for current specials!

Thunder Coffee

Thunder Coffee is staple in the community, loved for both their flavors and vibes. You can, of course, try any of their roasts or unique lattes, but some think that Thunder Coffee has one of the best matcha flavors in the Red River Valley, and some just love buying their beans to make their own brew at home! Whatever you're in the mood for, don't forget that Thunder has a drive through you can sneak through if you want to stay in the comfort of your car!

| 300 Sheyenne St 190, West Fargo

| thunder.coffee



Ladybug Latte

From inside a small drive-though, Ladybug Latte has earned its spot as a top West Fargo business. They know their regulars, they've mastered the meaning of quality customer service, and they make delicious, caffeinated drinks! They have creative and classic drinks, seasonal offerings, and more. One of their unique drinks is what they call a "zinger," a mix of syrup flavor, Red Bull, and your choice of optional liquid mix (some do cream or lemonade)—kind of like an Italian soda, but with some wi-ings!

"Before you knock it, you HAVE to try it. I used to get these in my hometown, and I'm so happy to find a place that sells them here. I love to get a berry flavoring!" - Geneva Nodland, Editor

| 583 Main Ave E, West Fargo

*this is a drive-thru only building, you'll see the building off Main Avenue!

Oasis Restaurant & Bar

Get a taste of the ocean, right from landlocked West Fargo! Check out the mouthwatering menu, featuring Cajun seafood dishes, with specialties like grilled salmon, fried shrimp basket, and steak Po' Boy sandwiches. Their seafood boil plates stand out on the menu, and, don't worry, the spice levels range from Midwestern to, well, hot.

| 3147 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo

| www.oasisrestaurantnd.com

2 cups of tea for the price of 1!

Tati's Mediterranean Saveur

One of West Fargo's tastiest corners is found inside The Lights. Tati's Mediterranean Saveur offers authentic Lebanese cuisine and is praised for its fresh ingredients, herbs, and meticulous preparation. Some of the best menu items (in Editor Geneva's humble opinion), include the dip platter, where you can choose four of the dips (including the exceptional hummus), as well as the tea. They also have an excellent selection of wines, and a cooler where they keep traditional and tasty desserts.

| 3150 Sheyenne St Ste 170, West Fargo

| tatismediterraneansaveur.com

have Red Bull Zingers!

Randy's Diner Too

One of the best local puns, in our opinion, Randy's Diner Too in West Fargo is one of the top spots for breakfast, brunch, and morning coffee. The pun comes from the first Randy's Diner, located on University Drive in Fargo since 1980, and since this was the second diner location, and it was called Randy's Diner as well—the name, Randy's Diner Too was born! Everyone knows that on any given weekend morning, Randy's Diner on University has a line out the door, but did you know you can jump on 32nd and head to Randy's Diner Too and find a spot at their larger, new location? From Midwestern classics to soup and pancake flights, Randy's is a staple in the FMWF area.

| 641 32nd Ave W, West Fargo | /RandysDinerToo

Take home your favorite fresh ground peanut butter!

JL Beers

Everyone knows JL Beers for their trick "feature" on the (made-up) Guy Fieri's Burgers and Brews, posting a photoshopped image of Guy in front of their West Fargo location a few years ago, but the large response showed anything but surprise—because no one would be surprised if Guy Fieri visited the burger joint, it's that good. Some menu hacks include an order of fries with cajun seasoning (a must-have according to some), and you can order 8 or 16 ounces of their Fresh Ground Peanut Butter to take home!

| 810 13th Ave E, West Fargo

| jlbeers.com

Hooligans Bar & Grill

Hooligans Bar is loved, and known for scratch-made pizza, burgers, and appetizers, as well as a wide selection of beers, cocktails, and drinks. The space is family-friendly until 10:00 p.m. daily, catering to all types of guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and latenight cocktails, including a special for medical staff. Monday through Friday, starting at 8 a.m., Hooligans is open. This deal gets you a 2-4-1 Happy Hour with your work badge until 11 a.m. No matter if you're medical staff or not, you need to add Hooligans to your list of morning spots and try anything off their breakfast menu! Plus, Hooligans offers shuttle buses for local and regional concerts like Kane Brown at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND or Cody Johnson at the FARGODOME this summer—when you reserve your spot on their website, your reservation includes the ride and one free domestic pounder, well, or White Claw!

| 509 32nd Ave W, West Fargo

| hooliganswfargo.com

Skip the wait on University! 2-4-1 Happy Hour for medical staff!

50% off smoked wings on Thursdays!

Silver Dollar Bar & Flying Pig Grill

Being a local favorite, The Silver Dollar Bar & Flying Pig Grill has quite a loyal community. Whether they visit often for the relaxed environment, the live music, or (probably) the amazing food, you'll find the West Fargo restaurant humming with patrons any given day of the week. The Silver Dollar Bar opened in 1966, making it one of the original bars in the West Fargo community, and in 2013, the Flying Pig Grill opened and solidified itself as a local favorite. Some of the popular dishes are its variety of BBQ sandwiches, loaded nachos, and smoked wings—which are 50% off on Thursdays (dine-in only)!

| 221 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

| digthepig.com

Bar Down

Opening inside The Lights development in 2020, Bar Down is a sports bar and restaurant for singles, couples, retirees, families, and everything in between! The name, inspired by the hockey term "Bar Down," signifies a goal where the puck hits the bottom of the crossbar, shoots down, and goes into the net—and how does hockey relate to this? West Fargo, and specifically the Lights area, is a hotspot for hockey families. With the ice rink at the complex and the neighboring West Fargo Sports Arena, along with the natural local, love for the sport, it make sense to for the sports bar and grill to be where it is. The ample space inside is family-friendly for mealtimes and offers a late-night menu with apps and pizzas for the bar crawlers. If you're looking for a fun place for bingo, head over to the bar on Thursdays for games, $9.99 steak dinners, free Coors Light, and $4 long islands—even in you don't "win big," you're guaranteed a good deal!

| 3150 Sheyenne St S, Ste 100, West Fargo

| bardown.pub

The Local 701

(formally Bar Nine)

Weekly $10 lunch special!

The Local 701, previously known as Bar Nine, is tucked behind Maxwell's off 13th Avenue in West Fargo. They have a new full menu that includes signature burgers and pizzas, plus it's entertainment central with 24 taps, full gaming, live music, 33 HD 4K TVs, a 150" projection screen, darts, a pool table, a claw machine, blackjack, and E-Tab Machines. This, combined with foodie favorites, makes this a hot spot for young couples, parent's nights out, and more! Next time you're craving a quick, affordable, and delicious lunch, check out their weekly $10 lunch special on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which you can find details on on their Facebook page!

"My sister is part of a group who never misses a Wednesday Bingo night—they love working their way through the appetizer menu while winning big!"

| 1405 Prairie Pkwy, West Fargo

| wfbar9.com


Hilarious, and homestyle!

Deaner's Diner

Find classic diner feels, great company, and food that's guaranteed to make you feel cozy and warm, all at Deaner's Diner. The diner was previously (and some still refer to it as) TNT Diner, which opened in 2007. Since 2016, Deaner's has continued to make the space near Main Avenue a loved diner spot, featuring all-day breakfasts, patty melts, chicken strip baskets, homemade pies, and more! The restaurant even has a dedicated page on its menu just for omelets, like the Buck's Omelette, where their Mushroom & Swiss burger meets breakfast with ground beef, swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms and onions. What might make the diner so beloved is the community it's created, which can be shown by both the staff and the loyal patrons. Plus, if you ever want a good laugh, check out Deaner's Facebook page, you'll find posts like this one:

"It's FRIDAY! Our staff has made a smorgasbord of stuff. We have Eggs Benedict, Shrimp baskets, Walleye, Pulled pork sandwiches, And a couple of smart ass servers....but that's free. Soups: Of course knoephla, Chili."

| 405 Main Ave W, West Fargo

| /DeanersDiner


Fine dining in West Fargo is found within the doors of Maxwells Restaurant & Bar. Inside, you'll see a towering wine cellar separating the bar and dining area. Its environment is made for a sophisticated dining experience but seats a range of visitors, from casual to polished. They have rotating specials based off supply, season, and what the chef sees fit, and while you might not see a vegetarian option on the menu, you can ask and the kitchen will take care of you and come up with a vegetarian plate based off what they're serving! Enjoy the happy hour (inside what they call the Max Bar) from 4-6 p.m. after work, and come back for dinner next time you want to try something new!

| 1380 9th St E, West Fargo

| maxwellsnd.com

Vegetarians welcome!

Würst Bier Hall West

Würst Bier Hall is famous for its vibrant atmosphere and delectable offerings like Spaetzle Mac & Cheese, Giant and Bavarian Pretzels (with cheese sauce or marshmallow fluff), and a variety of sausages including German, chicken apple, and Mediterranean. Open daily until 9 p.m. for families, it also features a comprehensive beer selection for a relaxed setting. Don’t miss the Das Boot experience! Check out the new happy hour, weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring 50% off German and Domestic beers and discounts on Mules and Haus Cocktails.

| 3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo

| wurstwestfargo.com

Want to try the Das Boot?

A sweet hidden treat!

Sirirath Thai House

One of the unsuspecting spots in West Fargo is Sirirath Thai House—hidden just south of Costco, next to Jimmy Johns. But this gem is an absolutely underrated spot. Sirirath offers a variety of Thai dishes, including drunken noodles, chicken satay, and various Thai curries, among other things on the menu. It's appreciated for its authentic Thai flavors and praised for its friendly service. Dine in or take out, and make sure to check out their selection of desserts and baked goods in the case by the entry door when you stop!

"Hands-down, my favorite spot to bring my fellow Thai food appreciators!" - Editor Geneva Nodland

| 749 23rd Ave E, Unit D

| siriraththaihouse.com

Le's Banh Mi

Hidden among the suites south of Costco along 32nd Avenue, Le's Banh Mi offers takeout and delivery of a range of Vietnamese dishes like vietnamese beef stew, sticky rice balls, pho noodle bowls, spring rolls, and more. While there are a ton of great dishes like that, people love Le's Banh Mi for the Vietnamese sandwiches and Vietnamese coffee—which is a strong brew of coffee with condensed milk, A.K.A., amazing. Plus, if you don't want to dine in, you can order online and track your order in real time, how cool is that?

| 833 24th Ave E

| lesbanhmifargo.com

Thai Orchid Restaurant

Beloved Thai Orchid Restaurant recently joined the West Fargo community. The longtime residents in Moorhead chose to move to west and have been welcomed with open arms. Celebrated for its Thai cuisine, with favorites like chicken wonton soup bowl, cream cheese wonton, pad thai garlic shrimp, and various curry dishes. Freshness and quality get people in, and amazing service brings people back. Always ask about their refreshments available, if you can try some of their Thai iced drinks, you'll be hooked!

| 110 Main Ave E

| thaiorchidfm.com

Tasty, refreshing drinks! Amazing coffee!

Ice cream tacos!

Lundy's Ice Cream

The Lights just got a little sweeter with the addition of Lundy's Ice Cream Shop, featuring 32 seasonally rotating flavors, a cozy atmosphere, and the cutest mascot. Lundy's partners exclusively with Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, a Madison, WI-based brand known since 1962 for its premium, high-butterfat ice cream. You'll find another sweet treat at Lundy's— Eric's Original Cocoa Bombs, which are exactly what they sound like, an explosion of flavor and mini marshmallows when dissolved. You'll also find a small retail section with pints of their favorite flavors, cocoa bombs to make at home, and branded merchandise like T-shirts and plush toys. Some of the local favorites on the menu include their waffle cone mix made in-house, which comes in the form of ice cream nachos, and the newest addition to the menu, ice cream taco. Whether for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Pi Day, or any other excuse for a sweet treat, Lundy's makes it all an ice cream celebration by offering deals and specials. You can always see what they're up to on their Facebook page, /yumlundys!

| lundysicecream.com

Plan your next birthday celebration here!

Cookie Krums

Cookie Krums in downtown West Fargo is a bakery with custom cookies, specializing in a variety of innovative and gourmet flavors, but they don't just do cookies. The storefront has fresh seasonal and classic cookies, along with ice cream for purchase inside during their retail hours—pro tip: ask for an ice cream sandwich, choose your fighters (your cookie and ice cream flavors), and thank me later. Not only do they offer delicious treats, but Cookie Krums is also a party spot, for rent of course! From children's birthdays to adult celebrations, owner Katie works with you to plan, lead, and fully execute your perfect, sweet cookie-central celebration. You can even purchase your party supplies right inside the bakery. You can also just purchase party supplies here without the party rental or bakery items... not likely on the cookie front though.

| 300 Sheyenne St, Ste 140, West Fargo

| cookiekrumsbakery.com


Dive Bar West Fargo

Ship it or shop it!

Freddy's Lefse and Nordic Kitchen

If you're from the area, you know Freddy's Lefse, and for good reason. The Nordic bakery specializes in hand-made, hand-rolled lefse—a traditional Norwegian and Midwestern delicacy. In operation since 1946, the business rolled out a new line of hand-mixed Scandinavian organic baking mixes in the past few years, including Norwegian pancakes, Danish shortbread cookies, and golden cake mixes. While this is a local business, they do ship all over the US, to all 50 states. But, you can save some shipping coin and head to a variety of local shops like Hornbacher's, Family Fare, Cash Wise, Prime Cut Meats, John and Wayne Meats, and more locations all over the Midwest and beyond (check their website for a full list). Did you know, Freddy's is the oldest and largest lefse bakery in the US? How cool is that!

| 176 Main Ave E Ste. E, West Fargo | freddyslefse.com

In the rising popularity of local hangouts, The Lights in West Fargo launched a fresh venue late last year, Dive Bar. The Dive Bar's goal is to become the city's local watering hole, with its signature cocktail, "The Usual"—a mix of dive beer, sweet and sour mix, lemon syrup, and Bacardi Limon, among other dive-themed beverages. Enjoy a happy hour special of $1 off everything from 4-6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, alongside daily deals, a retail shop, a rentable event space, and the quintessential dive bar atmosphere!

Check out karaoke nights every Friday, Satur-DayDrinking (with $1 off mimosas, dive bloodys, and caesars from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.), and much more. Also, make sure you check out their rental options for grad parties, receptions, work celebrations, and more— they offer hourly or daily pricing, catering services from around the area, a capacity of 220 guests, easy access to the West Fargo Dive Bar, a portable bar option for private events, and more.

| 360 32nd Ave W, Ste 140

| divebarnd.com

Satur-DayDrinking with deals on mimosas, dive bloodys, and caesars!

Top Shelf Tavern

Self-serve service hit the FM area last year, and part of that "do-it-yourself" wave was Top Shelf Tavern—a self-serve tap bar located in The Lights area. With 24 taps, ranging from various beers, cocktails, ciders, and wines. In a comfortable corner of The Lights, Top Shelf has become a local hotspot for live music and good drinks. They are constantly inviting live music artists into their space, as well as other entertainment like pull tabs, trivia, and more. Also, a great addition to the mix, they have complimentary Chex Mix for patrons! Speaking of food, there are light snacks for purchase, and if Top Shelf is having a deal or special, odds are there will be food in the mix! Plus, for cocktail lovers, the self-serve station includes housemade rotating cocktails, some in the past being espresso martinis and margaritas!

| 2920 Sheyenne St, Ste 120, West Fargo

| topshelftavernwf.com

Self serve cocktails!

A cup of the baking leftovers... the "good stuff!"

Sonder Bakehouse

Loved for its macarons, custom cookies, take-and-bake rolls, beautifully (and tasty) cake creations, and, of course, the "Good Stuff," Sonder Bakehouse has become a staple in the West Fargo community. Located in the Oak Ridge Loop neighborhood off 32nd Avenue, the bakery and storefront keep their baked goods cases stocked and space smelling sweet all day. Owner, Kayla, also has a passion for international organization, charity:water—which she is hosting the second annual gala for this May! Hands down, the best thing you can grab inside the bakery on any given day—the Good Stuff, which is a cup with all the "good stuff" leftover from her baking, some of her creations being strawberries n' cream (vanilla cake, fresh strawberries, strawberry puree, pastry cream, and strawberries swiss meringue) a vanilla-berry mix (vanilla bean cake, triple berry pureed compote, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, berry swiss meringue, buttercream, and topped with strawberry cream cheese), banana cream (banana cake, cinnamon crumbles, cream cheese frosting, and pastry cream), and many more.

| 3223 Oak Ridge Loop E, West Fargo | sonderbakehouse.com

Service industry night out!

M & J Brand Saloon

Music, casual drinks, bingo—all you need from one of the dives of West Fargo! Since (at least) 1969, M & J Brand Saloon has operated, and although they've seen a fair share of renovations through the years, this dive right off Main Avenue has always promised a laid-back, night out. It's known for hosting bingo nights that are a hit with the patrons, as well as offering live entertainment that includes music and comedy shows, trivia, service industry events, and more. As far as the range of entertainment—well, that's what it is, a range. The stage has hosted country, rock, pop, cover bands, comedians from all backgrounds, and more, the range of shows brings in crowds of all varieties and even gets people out of their seats and onto the dance floor area!

| 817 Main Ave W, West Fargo | /MJSALOON

Brewtus BrickhouseWest Fargo

They have a great Americana-style menu full of burgers, pizzas, shareables, sandwiches, as well as a special lunch menu.

"Maybe not everyone is like this, but every once in a while, I get a craving for a good sloppy joe—and Brewtus is my goto! The perfect tomato-flavor (but not too tomato-ey), crispy fries, and soft yet toasty bun." - Editor Geneva Nodland

| 635 32nd Ave E #108, West Fargo

| brewtusbrickhouse.com

Best sloppy joes!?

Spitfire Bar & Grill

You may not think BBQ when you think North Dakota, but you could be surprised at the award-winning dishes at Spitfire Bar & Grill. They offer wood-fired, smoked dishes that combine the taste of charred goodness with quality ingredients. According to its patrons, some of the best menu items are the Gourmet Raspberry Rib (slow-smoked, St. Louis ribs with dry rub, and brushed with a savory raspberry glaze), a classic Chicken and Wild Rice soup, and housemade Fettuccini Alfredo. One of the best things about Spitfire (especially during North Dakotan winters)—you can get a taste of your favorite grill meals, without ever pulling your own grill out.

| 1660 13th Ave E, West Fargo

| spitfirebarandgrill.com

Free pizza giveaway on Monday!

Barcode Bar & Grill

Classic bar fare with a twist—Barcode is a West Fargo neighborhood sports bar and restaurant, with a full menu, including pizza, burgers, wraps, wings, and more, 16 beers on tap, local and domestic brews, seasonal drinks, and more. Open every day of the week, offering lunch and dinner options, Barcode serves a variety of patrons, plus some who want to play bingo or watch the game. Did you know you can get free pizza from Barcode? Every Monday, Barcode's Facebook page hosts a giveaway to win two free 16-inch 'zas, the rules are: like the Barcode Facebook page, comment or tag your workplace on the post, and share the post for an extra entry. Easy as pie, for FREE pie, winners announced on Wednesdays!

| 835 23rd Ave E, West Fargo

| barcodebar.net

Taste the char all year long.

Best mac-ncheese?!

Pub West

A West Fargo classic, Pub West, is a neighborhood go-to for sports viewing and drinks, brunch and bloodies (or mimosas), happy hour appetizers, lunch or dinner specials, and more! In the summertime, they have an enclosed patio that is filled with drinks, conversation, tunes, fire pits for when the sun goes down, and maybe even a stray cornhole tournament every once in a while. If you enter through the back gate, your dog is allowed to get in on the patio fun as well. But, don't let the bar vibes fool you, the food here has continued to receive outstanding reviews. From quality to variety and service to pricing, people love Pub West's menu.

| 3140 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo

| pubwest.pub


Calling all dart players!

The Zone Bar

In an unassuming white, metal building on Main, The Zone is a welcoming, second home-like place for its regulars. Whether they're at the blackjack table, the dart board, the pool table, the bar rail, or any other spot in the house, they're having a good time. The community of sorts is a close-knit crew, often coming together for fundraisers or events to help out their neighbors. Another huge draw to the quaint (but lively) bar, is the variety of entertainment and games offered—like their trivia, karaoke, live DJ sets, pool and dart tournaments, bingo... to say the least. They have some awesome prizes for those who are in on bingo and trivia too, recently, the winners have taken home cash, local restaurant gift cards, and even a 55-inch flatscreen at a Super Bowl celebration! Check out their Facebook page for details on events, entertainment, specials, and more!

| 701 Main Ave E, West Fargo

| /thezonebar

Battered onion rings!

The Piggy BBQ

Situated off of Veteran's near Costco, The Piggy BBQ is another smokehouse, grilled plates-focused restaurant. The menu offers up your barbecue favorites like pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and sides like mac & cheese, and cowboy caviar.

They have specials Wednesday through Sunday, as well as a daily happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. and a weekend late-night happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays (twofor-one drinks from 9 to 11 p.m.).

| 816 24th Ave E #118, West Fargo

| thepiggylegendarybbq.com

Shhhh... oh, wait it's not a secret, check it out!

The Noble Hare

A recently opened establishment in West Fargo, The Noble Hare drew its inspiration from the speakeasy era. The venue hosts local bourbon and wine aficionados and appreciators alike, drawn in by their thoughtfully selected assortment of products. But, they don't only offer bourbon, you can try a selection of their wines and handcrafted cocktails too!

| 344 Sheyenne St, West Fargo | thenoblehare.com

Traditions Restaurant & Bar

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for the family, the friends, and the solos—all at Traditions Restaurant & Bar. For all of the early birds out there, you can stop in for breakfast as early as 7 a.m. to grab any of their breakfast classics like the breakfast burrito, eggs benedict, any one of their omelets, and more. Hang out a bit and join on the daytime happy hour from 8 to 11 a.m. Bring the family in for a pizza buffet on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where kids eat for just $6.99!

| 3330 Sheyenne St, Ste 116, West Fargo | traditionswestfargo.com

Spicy PieWest Fargo

Home of the big pie, Spicy Pie is well-loved in the Red River Valley, and West Fargo is proud to host a location! Right off Bluestem Drive, Spicy Pie offers up its classic (huge) foldable 'za, complete with a full-service bar, outdoor seating seasonally, and, of course, the giant Spicy Pie Adirondack chair for photo ops outside the front doors!

| 745 31st Ave E, Ste 110, West Fargo | pizzagrindersbeer.com

Big pizza, big chair— only at Spicy Pie! Pizza buffet for the fam!

Mr Wok Chinese Express

Alert! They have bao buns!

Ninja Poke & Ramen

Tucked in a hub in West Fargo that's filled with an array of different food options, Ninja Poke & Ramen has a huge selection of different noodle and rice bowls, along with appetizers and small plates that are unique to the restaurant. Some crowd faves include the pork steamed buns, which are a rare find in the FM area, and the "Sexy Jalapeno" (jalapenos with cheese and spicy crab, deep fried with eel sauce and spicy mayo). You can also build your own poke bowl (medium or large) by choosing from a long list of options for bases, (five) toppings, (two or three depending on size) proteins, mix-ins, sauces, and crunch. It's one of the most extensive lists for poke in the area!

"My favorite thing about this place is that my one order always turns into two meals— you absolutely get what you pay for, and then some!" -Editor Geneva Nodland

| 816 24th Ave E, West Fargo | ninjawfargo.com

Feed the family with Mr Wok sized portions!

Sometimes, there is nothing better than some fried rice, General Tso's Chicken, cheese Rangoons, and, of course, a fortune cookie. You can curb your American-Chinese cuisine cravings at Mr Wok! Plus, they have great takeout and drive-thru services, which is perfect because these foods just taste better out of a takeout container.

| 816 24th Ave E, Ste 100, West Fargo | mrwokfargo.com

Must try dessert!

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

A favorite for families and sports fans alike, Boston's is a prime spot for a group going out. Of course, they offer plenty of options when it comes to pizzas, but they also have burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, ribs, and more. For lunch, Boston's offers a great lunch deal with a $12 lunch lineup that includes any Indy-sized (six slices) gourmet pizza or half a sandwich, a choice of side, and a refillable beverage.

"I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I sure do for the Boston's Whiskey Cake. It's a sticky toffee pudding cake covered in whiskey butter sauce and served with vanilla one cream, caramel drizzle, and candied pecans—but I cannot recommend this more!" - Editor, Geneva Nodland

| 1640 13th Ave E, West Fargo | bostons.com


Free brunch drinks!

Blarney Stone PubWest Fargo

Celebrate the Irish pub atmosphere, food, and brews at Blarney Stone Pub! They've got Jameson Irish Bread Pudding, Fibbers Fish and Chips, and Guinness Irish Stew, among other delights, and great drink deals throughout the week and weekend. Keep Blarney in mind for your next brunch spot and catch the Dinner in Dublin special—every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., order an entree from the brunch menu and get a free Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Screwdriver to go with it! And, rest assured, the drinks all come decorated and topped with fun things like flavoring and gummy worms and cheese, and meat sticks!

| 1910 9th St E, West Fargo

| blarneyirishpub.com

Nautical Bowls

Yes, they're open again! Part of a regional chain, Nautical Bowls is West Fargo's best-kept gem (arguably one of the tastiest too). Located near the Cash Wise on 32nd and Veterans, Nautical Bowls serves up delicious, naturally sweet bowls that check all of the boxes—we're talking organic, all-natural, vitamin and nutrient-rich, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. How is it so good then? Why don't you try it for yourself and find out?

| 665 32nd Ave E, Ste 106, West Fargo | /nauticalbowlsfargo


Sports Bar & Grill

Rookies is another go-to place for watching the game, getting great deals on food (half-off pizzas on Sundays), and, of course, enjoying the company of the neighborhood. Check out the electronic pull tabs, blackjack, darts, and a pool table while you enjoy happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday!


715 13th Ave E, West Fargo

| rookieswf.com

They're back! 1/2 off pizza Sunday!

The highly anticipated expansion of Junkyard Brewing into West Fargo introduced the West Fargo community to the brewery, as much as it introduced the brewery's fans to the developing and dynamic downtown of West Fargo. The taproom is a transformed 1979 building that previously housed banks like Bell Bank, and the new space merges retro-modern aesthetics with the brewery's distinct personality. The renovation pays tribute to the original building's mid-century design, like the main bar that wraps around an old bank vault, now serving as the beer keg cooler. They've got an outdoor patio area (complete with rooftop seating), three bars (two on the main level immediately upon entry and another on the upper level), second-floor seating that overlooks a two-story central atrium, kombucha, Junkyard's classics and experimentals, complimentary popcorn, games, pop-up food and events, and much more!

Junkyard Brewing

West Fargo

"My favorite thing about Junkyard West is that it offers another neutral space to the community, especially in the winter months. They have games, ample seating, and a relaxed energy. I would love to go there in the afternoon, get a kombucha, order some food for delivery, and do some work, and maybe even grab a brew at the end of my day! Also, it's huge—one time that I visited, the immediate parking lot was full and there was still so much seating. Junkyard West has some more breathing room compared to their Moorhead location, but the same great vibe!" - Editor Geneva Nodland

| 409 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

| junkyardwest.com

$10 lunch, $10 brunch!

Bordertown Bar & Grill

Known for its cozy inside, tasty, and fun environment and patrons; but what Bordertown is loved for—is the affordability of its food, without sacrificing the quality. From $9.95 rotating lunch specials, daily bingo at 6 p.m. to win big, to daily drink specials, people who know about Bordertown, love it. Make sure to keep this spot in mind next time you're craving some classic brunch plates and head there on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a $9.95 brunch menu with a free mimosa or bloody mary!

| 807 Main Avenue E, West Fargo

| bordertownbarandgrill.co

Kombucha, brews, and a view!

All the activities!

"Personally, this is one of my favorite parks in West Fargo. It's beautiful, and is home to a great disc golf course. However, make sure you're careful with the water (I've lost more than a few discs here). Another thing that makes this park great is the variety— there are basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, grills, picnic shelters, an ice rink, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and even a skate park!" -Brady Drake, Editor

Rendezvous Park

| 1055 32nd Ave W, West Fargo

| wfparks.org/portfolio/rendezvous-activity-center

Rustad Recreation Center

Rustad Recreation center is a true West Fargo gem. For a reasonable fee, you can get a day pass to a facility with 3 basketball courts, 5 volleyball courts, 9 pickleball courts, an indoor playground, artificial turf, and more.

| 601 26th Ave E, West Fargo

| wfparks.org/portfolio/ rustad-rec-center

Free walking track access!

Veterans Memorial Arena

Veterans Memorial Arena is more than just a great place to watch hockey. Inside, you'll find open skate (no skate rentals), a community room (with pickleball capabilities), a fitness room with free-to-use equipment, and a free one-eighth-mile walking track!

| 1201 7th Ave E, West Fargo

| wfparks.org/portfolio/ veterans-memorial-arena

Running Facebook group!

Beyond Running

Beyond Running is perhaps the most comprehensive running store you will find in the metro and they now have all of the outdoor gear brands they have at their downtown location. They have everything you could possibly need and are truly all about running. They even have a Facebook group you can join (Beyond Running Connect to Run) with over 400 members. Join the group to find group runs and information on upcoming races in the area.

| 837 Main Ave E, Ste A, West Fargo | gobeyondrunning.com

Paddleboard Yoga!


Hulbert Aquatic Center

Did you know that about once a month, the Hulbert Aquatic Center has a paddleboard yoga class? The facility also has lap swim times, open swim times, and aquatic aerobic classes available at reasonable rates.

| 620 7th Ave E, West Fargo

| west-fargo.k12.nd.us/domain/2831


Haute Yogis Hot Yoga Studio

Haute Yogis has been a staple of the local fitness community for some time now. They offer weights-based classes, fast-paced classes, slowpaced classes, and, occasionally, even a soundbath meditation!

| 751 32nd Ave W, West Fargo | haute-yogis.com

3 locations!

Mojo Fit Studios

With one location in each of the metro's three major cities, a pass to Mojo Fit Studios gives you the opportunity to take a class at just about any time of day!

| 435 32nd Ave E, Ste A, West Fargo

| mojofitstudios.com


The Nitty Nurse

Did you know there is a company in town dedicated to head lice removal? The Nitty Nurse is here for your family emergencies and offers head checks at a rate of just $25 for the first family member and $10 for every member after!

| 25 Sheyenne St, West Fargo | thenittynurse.com

Agassiz Dojo

Aggassiz Dojo is the area's only business focusing on Japanese swordsmanship… and they just recently moved to West Fargo. Here you can learn Kendo, Laido, and Jodo (see the website for details on each discipline). Catering to individuals aged 13 and up for Iaido and Jodo, and ages 10 and older for Kendo, the dojo provides a comprehensive learning environment under the guidance of seasoned instructors.

| 1613 Main Ave E, Ste 4, West Fargo | fargosword.com

Beyers ATA

Beyer's ATA is a taekwondo and kummooyeh (sword) program rooted in Songham Taekwondo from Korea. Chief Master Michael Beyer, 8th Degree Black Belt and his team of high ranking certified instructors provide training on traditional forms, traditional weapons, sparring, and combat sparring, in addition to creative and extreme training that can include tumbling and acrobatics. There is something for everyone as the Tiger program begins at ages three to four years old and will have a dedicated space opening in April 2024. There is a robust junior and adult program as well as training for ALL abilities. The program can be adapted for special needs/ abilities and also accelerated for training a champion. Numerous district and state champions train at Beyers ATA as well as multi-year, multi event World Champions.

| 665 32nd Ave E, West Fargo | atafargo.com

AGASSIZ DOJO BEYERS ATA THE NITTY NURSE Head lice removal! Champions train here! Swords!
Join the Lash Club!
The Lovely Lash Company is a veteran-owned business and is the area's first luxury eyelash extension boutique. They specialize in eyelash extensions, lift, and tints, and have a membership option through their Lash Club! | 3139 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo | lovelylashcompany.com
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Bonanzaville USA

Kidfriendly paintball!

Tactical Action Gaming

Tactical Action Gaming in West Fargo offers a unique experience as West Fargo's premier destination for tactical laser tag, Nerf battles, and GellyBall, a kid-friendly alternative to paintball and airsoft. The familyfriendly entertainment center stands out through mission-based games that promise a unique and immersive experience each visit, making it an exciting venue for all ages. They also offer mobile games such as inflatables, laser tag, and a mobile video game trailer. Tactical Action Gaming has quickly become the perfect environment for birthdays, corporate events, and casual fun."

| 1702 4th Ave NW, Ste G, West Fargo

| tacticalactiongaming.com

Bonanzaville USA, operated by the Cass County Historical Society, offers a unique look into North Dakota's past. The 12-acre living history museum features a village with 40 historic buildings, each telling a story of our region's development over the years. Visitors can explore Fargo's first house, a vintage schoolhouse, and other original structures relocated from various parts of the region, providing a peek into early settler life. With over 400,000 artifacts, Bonanzaville USA is full of history, offering educational experiences that include participating in historical events and even offering paranormal tours. There's so much going on at Bonanazaville USA that you'll have to come again to see it all!

| 1351 Main Ave W, West Fargo

| bonanzaville.org

Fargo's first house!

Skydive Fargo

Skydive Fargo, operating out of the West Fargo Municipal Airport since 1967, offers a blend of skydiving experiences and community involvement. As a member of the United States Parachute Association, Skydive Fargo provides both tandem jumps and training programs, including static line and advanced free fall (AFF), under the guidance of experienced instructors. What makes this club particularly noteworthy is its community; members enjoy social events, club meetings, and the opportunity to partake in governing the club. Their operation includes two aircraft that facilitate jumps from altitudes of up to 12,000 feet, offering breathtaking views and an exhilarating experience.

| skydivefargo.com

| /SkydiveFargo

Join the club!

Veterans Memorial Pool

Veterans Memorial Pool in West Fargo is a unique destination for anyone seeking some aquatic fun and relaxation. The pool includes two thrilling water slides, a splash pad, a concession stand, and much more for plenty of fun in the sun. As the only outdoor public swimming pool in West Fargo, it's a fun (and safe) environment for the whole family to enjoy this summer.

| 131 6th Ave E, West Fargo | wfparks.org/portfolio/veterans-memorial

Ferguson Books West Fargo

Established during the COVID pandemic, Ferguson Books is known for being one of the largest discount bookstores in North Dakota, where book lovers can find a variety of used books alongside new bestsellers. Beyond just selling books, Ferguson Books creates a community by supporting local authors and providing a platform for them to showcase their work, including book signing events. Ferguson Books is a noteworthy destination for anyone looking to discover new reads in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area!

| 300 Sheyenne St, Ste 160, West Fargo | fergusonbooks.com

Red River Valley Speedway

Red River Valley Speedway is a high-octane dirt track racing venue that offers a varied racing schedule with something for everyone, including International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modifieds, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, and INEX Legends. The venue is known for providing a memorable experience for fans of all ages, with activities like candy tosses and bike giveaways. Red River Valley Speedway is a must-visit for anyone seeking out some exhilarating racing action on a fun night out.

| 1805 Main Ave W, West Fargo | redrivervalleyspeedway.com

Discount books! Waterslides! Family night out! JOSIAH KOPP


Spud Valley Model Railroad Club

Red River Regional Marksmanship Center

The Red River Regional Marksmanship Center in West Fargo is a standout facility in the region, primarily for its unique underground rifle range. This range features six 100-meter shooting lanes, offering a one-of-a-kind experience for North Dakota shooting enthusiasts. The center, operating as a volunteer-run organization, opened its doors in 2009 with a mission to provide the Fargo-Moorhead area with its first indoor shooting facility. Besides the rifle range, it also offers a handgun range with 15 lanes and target carriers extending up to 50-feet. Its underground setting, climate-controlled environment, and handicap-accessible facilities make the shooting experience a must-visit for both serious marksmen and recreational shooters. The center also offers classes for adults and youth and hosts various shooting matches and other events.

| 640 16th St NE, West Fargo

| rrrmc.com

400 feet of track!

The Spud Valley Model Railroad Club in West Fargo is a unique club that invites anyone into the world of model railroads. Located in Bonanzaville, the club showcases a detailed HO-scale layout with over 400 feet of track and automated trains, offering an impressive display for visitors. This unique setup makes the club a fascinating place for both model train enthusiasts and casual visitors, adding to West Fargo's culture.

| Housed in the former 'Kathryn Depot' building at Bonanzaville in West Fargo

| /SpudValleyMRC

Self-serve tap drinks!


Gimmies is West Fargo's first indoor golf venue, catering to golf enthusiasts and novices alike with its TruGolf Simulators, recognized among the nation’s top commercial golf and multi-sport simulators. Gimmies provides year-round golfing opportunities, regardless of the weather, and introduced self-pour tap system, which makes you feel like you're right out on the course. Gimmies also features a full-service bar and restaurant offering delicious appetizers, pizzas, and more. Gimmies promotes a community atmosphere where everyone shares a passion for golf, making it a unique place to unwind and socialize.

| 635 32nd Ave E, Ste 144, West Fargo

| gimmiesims.com


The Art Bar

The Art Bar in West Fargo is a place for both art enthusiasts and casual newcomers looking to explore their creative side. As a small, independently owned social painting venue, The Art Bar offers a cozy atmosphere where instructors guide people to create their own masterpieces. The Art Bar welcomes all ages and skill levels and is fully accessible. It offers a variety of art classes, from painting and drawing to pottery, making it a spot for anyone looking to get creative and have fun. What makes The Art Bar particularly appealing is its blend of art education and social interaction. The venue organizes painting parties suitable for family fun, adult evenings, or private events, accommodating groups of various sizes. The Art Bar also features special events like painting with pets! The classes are designed to be upbeat and informal, with all necessary supplies provided, including canvases, brushes, aprons, and easels.

| 18 1st St, West Fargo | theartbarwfgo.com

New familyfriendly entertainment spot coming soon!


Get ready for Levity, West Fargo's coming-soon hotspot for family fun! Slated to open its doors in the Downtown Yards at 344 Sheyenne Street, Levity is rolling out a trio of entertainment—with an arcade packed with games, a cozy pizza and ice cream parlor, and a tumble gym for the kids! Its focus is on local families and teens, offering a space for fun, food, and hanging out.

| 344 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

Private parties!

Curvy Divas

Curvy Divas in West Fargo is a breath of fresh air for many women and people who are fuller-chested, providing an empowering and supportive shopping experience centered around finding that perfect bra fit. They specialize in catering to a wide array of bra sizes, especially larger ones, with a personalized fitting service that ensures comfort and support. Their expert staff, including Owner Rhonda, are trained in bra fitting. They are dedicated to making sure every customer leaves feeling confident and well-supported, emotionally and physically. You can find sizes that range far beyond the standard offerings found elsewhere, from cup size B to O. Beyond bras, Curvy Divas offers a range of stylish clothing and accessories, and at its core—it's a community. Schedule a fitting time on Facebook, or just swing into the store to visit with the staff and see for yourself!

| 1201 13th Ave E, Ste B, West Fargo

| /curvydivasrus

Cute finds & custom designs!

The Black Frame

The Black Frame, a salon-boutique-spa-AND-custom graphics supplier, located in West Fargo has a ton of great shopping for any appreciator of cute clothes, fun graphics, skincare, haircare, and other miscellaneous gifts. They have a ton of different styles of clothing items available to print on. So, next time you want to make some swag to show off your school spirit, keep them in mind!

| 435 32nd Ave E, West Fargo

| shopblackframe.com

Mystic Moth Studio

Accurate, safe, and comfortable bra sizing!

Tarot readings here!

Tucked into the commercial suites near The Lights, Mystic Moth Studio is the perfect spot for enthusiasts of the mystical and metaphysical. This boutique studio is known for its eclectic selection, as well as the community built around services like tarot readings and working with an herbalist. Whether you're drawn to the realms of tarot and crystals or seeking the perfect accessory like plastic elf ears for your next Renaissance fair or cosplay, Mystic Moth has it all. In their local offerings, you'll find homemade elderflower syrup, crafted from ingredients sourced from the local producer, Cottonwood Bend Farms. Explore all of their tarot card sets and crystals for novices and collectors alike. Mystic Moth Studio emphasizes the value of buying locally, offering goods that resonate with personal and spiritual significance. Plus, watch their Facebook page for updates on readings offered on select Saturdays!

| 2920 Sheyenne St, Ste 101, West Fargo

| mysticmothstudio.com


Birchwood Salon and Boutique

Grateful Cratefulls

Grateful Cratefulls is a family-run gifting service in West Fargo that's all about spreading joy, kindness, and gratitude through curated gift crates. Born from a heartfelt response to a family member's cancer journey in 2018, their focus is on enriching lives one thoughtful gift crate at a time. Each basket is packed with goodies, mostly sourced locally from the state, and they are customizable for any occasion, personal, or professional—as many businesses will utilize the service to provide gifts for their employees. While they do have a storefront in downtown West Fargo, they don't have shopping in-store, just order/pickup for their crates. Whether you're celebrating highs or offering comfort during the lows, Grateful Cratefulls adds a personal touch—check them out!

| 300 Sheyenne St, Ste 130, West Fargo

| gratefulcratefulls.com

All products from womenowned businesses found here!

Birchwood Salon and Boutique in West Fargo offers a refreshing take on the salon and boutique combo, seamlessly blending expert hair care with a curated selection of products specifically from and supporting women-owned businesses. Founded by Christina Holmes, a cosmetologist who loves supporting fellow women entrepreneurs, Birchwood is known for offering a range of hair services and is loved for its boutique finds. Clients rave about Christina's attention to detail, the inviting and welcoming atmosphere, and the array of carefully selected products! You can shop scrunchies, small gifts, cozy loungewear, unique statement pieces, stationary, trendy home goods, and so much more! The boutique is open as the salon is, by appointment. So call ahead, and make sure to shop the boutique while you refresh your 'do!

| 300 Sheyenne St, Ste 114, West Fargo

| birchwoodsalonandboutique.com

Shop and support!

Styled with Strength

Styled with Strength in West Fargo marries a nonprofit with the charm of a storefront. Established just last year, the storefront's boutique proceeds support the nonprofit's mission of vital outreach for women overcoming abuse or trauma. Buying a cozy sweatshirt, a piece of quirky jewelry, or a book filled with hope, extends a hand to someone in need. The shop is filled with carefully selected items to help tell the story of resilience and empowerment!

| 2920 Sheyenne St, Ste 107, West Fargo

| styledwithstrength.org

Local giftgivers!

The Tropical Fish Shoppe Inc.

Price Flight Services

Learn how to fly, or just head to sky!

Get ready to spread your wings with Price Flight Services in West Fargo, a local flight school based in West Fargo. Piloted by the expertise of Founder Jesse Price and Instructor Sam Kennedy, any level of experience (or inexperience) can find a program to fit them and their goals. Whether aiming for your first solo flight with their Private Pilot Certificate or dreaming bigger with a Commercial Pilot Certificate, they've got every course to suit your altitude ambitions. Even for the curious—they offer a Discovery Flight to get a taste of the clouds. Why keep your dreams grounded? Join the flock at Price Flight Services!

| 1040 19th Ave NW, West Fargo

| priceflightservices.com

The Tropical Fish Shoppe is a great place to shop for all of you're aquarium needs. They offer a diverse selection of rare, hard to find fish, and amazing decorations for your tank as well.

| 2220 Main Ave E Ste F, West Fargo

| Search "The Tropical Fish Shoppe Inc."

Duffney Sisters

Hair, makeup, furs, spurs, boots, solargenic, photogenic... shoot!

Duffney Sisters in West Fargo is a space dedicated to creativity and inspiration, founded by the sister duo Kayla Hagen (Duffney) and Kelsey Aanerud (Duffney). This innovative space houses a blend of two businesses: The Powder Room Salon, a hair and makeup studio led by Kelsey Aanerud, and Kayla Duffney Creative, where Kayla offers design, photography, and videography work. The space offers a handful of opportunities to utilize the sisters' talents by renting the space for a photoshoot or event, complete with theme and atmosphere customization. Did you know, you can also buy from local artists through the online store?

| 3224 Oak Ridge Loop E, West Fargo

| duffneysisters.com


Check out the last of the batch!

The Honey B Soap Co

The Honey B Soap Company, based in West Fargo, is a family-run venture that pivoted from education to entrepreneurship for the sake of well-being. They specialize in all-natural body care, and their product range is extensive, offering soaps, bath bombs, lip balms, and more—and, it's all free from harmful chemicals like sulfates and parabens. With an emphasis on cruelty-free practices and vegan options, the company uses essential oils and mineral pigments for scent and color, and they focus on environmental sustainability and community support. You can find Honey B's products at local markets, Minn Dak Market (inside West Acres), Unglued (inside Brewhalla), and in their online store. Make sure you check out the "last of the batch" and the clearance section online to get your hands on these products!

| 619 8th Ave E, West Fargo

| thehoneybsoapcompany.com

Find pet supplies for your creepy crawlers!

Tropical Oasis Fish and Pets

Tropical Oasis Fish and Pets in West Fargo is a go-to destination for aquarium enthusiasts, with a selection of freshwater fish, lizards, spiders, aquariums, supplies, and plants, plus other specialty pet items. They are appreciated for their commitment to providing a variety of fish and plants, with a goal to introduce something new with each restock. If you're into creepy crawlers and other non-traditional pets, Tropical Oasis Fish and Pets shop also has everything you need to care for your sometimes-furry friends! If you're looking for something specifically for your eight-legged spider friend, you can find the brand, Tarantula Cribs at Tropical Oasis! Shop their selection of this product, which they say is one of the best products for tarantulas, jumpers, and other invertebrates!

| 1115 9th St E, West Fargo

| /tropicaloasisfish

Homecare, memory care, and more!

Eventide Sheyenne Crossings

Eventide Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo is a senior living community with a heart, offering a spectrum of services from independent living to specialized memory care. They focus on providing a life of dignity and activity for its residents, with a host of amenities including a community dining hall, fitness center, and an outdoor garden. Residents are led by personalized care plans and calendars filled with engaging activities!

| 25 13th Ave W, West Fargo

| eventide.org/eventide-west-fargo/ sheyenne-crossings-care-center


Sheyenne River Kennels

Sheyenne River Kennels and K9 Crew in West Fargo, led by veteran Joe Fluge, offer a special blend of care for dogs and mentorship for youth. The Kennels provide a cozy spot for dogs to enjoy boarding, grooming, and fitness, all within a supportive, family-run setting. Meanwhile, K9 Crew turns dog training into a powerful tool for helping at-risk youth develop crucial life skills like confidence and responsibility, all through interaction with furry friends. This approach benefits the animals by giving them training and interaction but also empowers young participants with invaluable experiences and life lessons—creating a community-centric initiative where pets and people grow together! Sheyenne River Kennels offers unique dock diving services as an engaging way to exercise your dog and strengthen their health! This activity is great for dogs who love catching toys, swimming, and jumping into water. The goal is to get the longest jump, from 2 feet for beginners to up to 30 feet for experienced dogs, check it out!

| 149 Center St, West Fargo

| sheyenneriverkennels.com

Smart Home Technologies

Control audio, video, lighting, and climate— from your phone!

Smart Home Technologies is known for smart automation solutions like immersive whole-home audio and high-definition video, sophisticated security systems, and even energy-efficient climate control technology. Smart Home Technologies is praised for its expertise in seamlessly integrating technology for enhanced convenience and functionality. With almost a decade of experience in the field, they are your goto experts for transforming spaces into smart, efficient, and secure environments! Skip the maybe-it'll-work, tech purchase from online stores like Amazon and check out what the experts at Smart Home can recommend to update your space!

| 3306 Sheyenne St, Ste 208, West Fargo

| smarthomefargo.com

Get styled at the thrift store!

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store

Doggy dock diving!

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a faith-centered facility that offers residential psychiatric treatment, education, and outpatient counseling for troubled youth and their families, and its various thrift stores across the state support its mission and help fund programs. This thrift store, located on 13th Avenue, offers a wide selection of clothing, collectible items, furniture, and home decor. Did you know the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch thrift stores are extremely active online? You can find fashion and accessory inspiration posts, the latest finds, and more on their social media!

| 619 13th Ave E, West Fargo

| dakotaranch.org/thrift-stores/locations/ west-fargo-thrift-store


Classic Floral

Surprise your special someone with flowers delivered right to their door. Classic Floral offers same-day floral and gift deliveries to both businesses and residents in West Fargo. Browse from their wide selection of floral designs and dish garden plants. If you're not sure what style bouquet you want to gift, let the floral experts at Classic Floral craft you a beautifully personalized bouquet.

| 29 Sheyenne St, West Fargo | westfargoflowers.com

Midwest Appliance

Average savings of $500!

Owned and operated by local entrepreneur Doug Johnson, Midwest Appliance is the perfect alternative option for all your home appliance needs. Midwest Appliance carries all of the top brands and latest models at discount price with an average savings of $500 off for scratched/ dinged pieces. If you're looking for the best appliances in the industry but don't want to pay retail price and don't mind a few (usually unnoticeable) blemishes, Midwest Appliance is an excellent local option.

"Another aspect of Midwest Appliance that I love is Doug repurposes and sells old used appliances for newlyweds, single moms, and limited income families, and often donates them to people in need." - Josiah Kopp, Editor

| 460 7th Ave NE Ste 2, West Fargo | midwestappliance.biz

Delivered to your door!

Locally grown!

Botanica Floristry

Botanica Floristry's beautiful selection of flowers are all locally grown and sourced from flower farms. Owner Steph Leininger focuses on sustainability and doing good for the environment while providing high-quality bouquets for every special occasion, especially weddings. Not exactly sure what you're looking for? You can browse her Pinterest @botanicafloristry for inspiration.

| 3957 4th St E, West Fargo | botanicafloristry.com


Summer farmers market!

SheyWest Garden Center

SheyWest Garden Center offers everything you could ever want for your home or garden, and its boutique offers a wide array of home decor and local goods to fit any style you're looking for. During the summer, from July to September, SheyWest hosts the Sheyenne Market, a farmers market filled with local goods, live music, and more.

Visit their Facebook page for dates and details at | 225 40th Ave W, West Fargo | /sheyennemarket

The Ivy Room

Did you know that SheyWest hosts events? Whether you're looking to host a bridal party or a birthday, The Ivy Room is a beautiful space at SheyWest that you can book for your special event. Email ivyroom@sheywest.com to learn more.

| 225 40th Ave W, West Fargo | sheywest.com

SWEN Products

What started as a small business in 1998 selling handcrafted weathervanes, SWEN products has grown to offer everything for your home, yard, or garden—all while maintaining that small business hospitality and customer service. At SWEN Products, you can find handcrafted gifts and decor like wind spinners, lawn scoreboards, lawn art, wall plates, and much more.

"If you're a fan of Norwegian golf or cornhole like me, SWEN's lawn scoreboards are a perfect addition to your outdoor game time." - Josiah Kopp, Editor | 619 Main Ave E, West Fargo | swenproducts.com


West Fargo Daycare/ Childcare Guide

ABCDino Academy West Fargo

|833 24th Ave E Ste A, West Fargo |701-532-0534


Blessing Care Childcare

Cayden's Clubhouse

|1141 13th Ave E, West Fargo |701-318-2783


Creative Learning Childcare Center

|320 8th St W, West Fargo |701-281-8816


|1067 Barnes Dr W, West Fargo |701-739-0315

Creative Minds Preschool and Childcare

|3275 9th St W, West Fargo |701-541-1405

|Search "Creative Minds Preschool and Childcare"

Explorers Academy West

|1410 9th St E Ste 517, West Fargo |701-540-4952


Faith Corp - Oak Ridge Campus

|535 32nd Ave E, West Fargo |701-551-0744


Joanne's Jungle

|1347 13th St W, West Fargo |218-784-8163


Learning Universe

Child Care

|705 Main Ave E Ste A, West Fargo |701-277-0055


Tender Hearts Early Learning Program

|2360 7th Ave E Ste 3, West Fargo |701-373-7840


YMCA Early Learning Center West Fargo

|109 3rd St E, West Fargo, ND |701-551-5101


Mr and Mrs G. Childcare

|2127 Allison Ln W, West Fargo, ND |701-219-8437

| Search "Mr and Mrs G. Childcare" NaturaKids Center

|1731 7th St W, West Fargo, ND



The Meyer's Daycare

|121 5th Ave E, West Fargo |701-212-5241

Sunrise Sunset Preschool & Childcare Center

|405 Main Ave W Ste 1A, West Fargo |701-281-0088


Nurturing Dreams

Childcare Center

|550 13th Ave E Ste 100, West Fargo |701-515-4373


Marsie Daycare

|1625 10th Ave E, West Fargo |484-818-2240

|Search "Marsie Daycare"

Sheyenne Learning Academy

|521 32nd Ave W, West Fargo, ND




Let's Get Seasonal!

Welcome to your seasonal guide to West Fargo.

As the seasons change, so does the landscape of West Fargo and so do the types of experiences. From the lush greenery and outdoor festivities of summer to the serene snowscapes and cozy indoor gatherings of winter, each season paints the city in a new light.


West Fargo Guide to


1. Levity

344 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

This brand-new business features an arcade, a pizza and ice cream parlor, and a tumble gym geared toward older children and teens. Sign us up!

2. Plaza Azteca

1660 13th Ave E, West Fargo

This is simply one of the best restaurants in town, and if you're itching to eat outside after a long winter inside, this is a great place.

3. SheyWest

225 40th Ave W, West Fargo

This garden center and home decor location is simply one of the best in the metro. Make sure to come here for all of your spring planting needs!


West Fargo Guide to


4. Kids to Park Day

1330 5th St NW, West Fargo

Always on the third Saturday of May, this national day of play is a great time for the family! Head to Goldenwood Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 for games, crafts, and treats!

5. Tactical Action Gaming

1702 4th Ave NW Ste G, West Fargo

Though this spring has been mild, we doubt every one will be. For those colder post-winter days, head inside for loads of fun at the metro's first Nerf sports and tactical laser tag arenas.

6. Gigantic Rummage Sale

Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th

Ave E, West Fargo

You will not want to miss the annual Gigantic Rummage Sale! This year's event, taking place Saturday, April 27, features of 150 booths so you are sure to find something!

7. Maplewood Park 1504 17th Ave E, West Fargo

This park has won multiple awards for its inclusivity. It's a wonderful park full of adaptive equipment to make sure every person can have fun!


Summer West Fargo Guide to

1. Hildebrant's Farmers Market

349 E. Main Ave, West Fargo

This Farmer's Market, which runs from May through October, is run by Hildebrant Farm, a farm using organic methods in Glyndon, MN.


Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2. Sheyenne Market

SheyWest, 225 40th Ave West, West Fargo

This Farmer's Market takes place from July through September on the second Saturday in those months. Come for fresh veggies, and local, handmade products, and live music.


Saturday: 11 a.m. -5 p.m.

3. Rendezvous Park

1055 32nd Ave W, West Fargo

It'd be easier to list the things that Rendezvous Park doesn't have. This place of play has a disc golf course, basketball courts, baseball/ softball fields, grills, picnic shelters, an ice rink, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and even a skate park!

4. Bonanzaville USA

1351 Main Ave W, West Fargo

Enjoy an immersive journey through pioneer and early American life with over 40 historic buildings to explore, including homes, schools, and businesses, all reflecting various periods in our community's history. Visitors can enjoy live demonstrations of traditional crafts, special events like car shows and historical reenactments, agricultural exhibits showcasing North Dakota's farming heritage, and educational programs for all ages.

5. POW/MIA Plaza

400 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

The POW/MIA Plaza hosts amazing events and concerts all throughout the summer. Make sure you don't miss the West Fargo Street Fair on June 15!

6. Veterans Memorial Pool

131 6th Ave E, West Fargo

Veterans Memorial Pool is a great spot for family summer fun. It is chalk full of features including zero-depth swim areas for the little ones, water playgrounds, two water slides for thrill-seekers, and lap lanes.

7. The Lights

3150 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

The Light hosts a bunch of great community-focused events. This community hub is also the host of some of the area's best concerts. This summer, you'll have the chance to see Jon Pardi (June 14), Brothers Osborne (July 25), and Ice Cube (August 30).

8. Junkyard Brewing Co. West Fargo

409 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

This new-to-town brewery promises to be a hopp(y)ing place in the summer! They even have kombucha for you NA people out there.

9. Young Field

501 13th Avenue West, West Fargo

Come support one of the state's premier baseball programs as the West Fargo Patriots play all summer long.

10. Lundy's Ice Cream

3150 Sheyenne St Suite 160, West Fargo

With 32 flavors to choose from, this new spot won't dissapoint.


Don't forget to attend the West Fest Parade & Celebration: A community-wide event with parades, food, and games.

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West Fargo Guide to


1. West Fargo Public Library

215 3rd St E, West Fargo

Watch out for the awesome events that West Fargo Public Library hosts every fall. Last year they hosted a SPOOKY STEM event, a Halloween-themed science, technology, engineering, and mathematics event.

Watch out for events at: westfargolibrary.org


2. Veteran's Memorial Arena

1201 7th Ave E, West Fargo

Mark your calendars for the 26th annual Fall Rummage Sale happening on September 26 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Dive into a treasure trove of traditional garage sale items, closeout deals, collectibles, crafts, and antiques. Plus, explore offerings from various homebased businesses all in one place. Make sure to have your cash at the ready for a shopping extravaganza you won't want to miss!


West Fargo Guide to


3. Würst Bier Hall

3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo

Nothing screams Oktoberfest more than bratwurst, spaetzle, and a great selection of beer.

4. West Fargo Sheyenne

800 40th Ave E, West Fargo

Come cheer on the Sheyenne Mustangs football team on Friday nights as they look to build off last season's 8-3 finish.

5. West Fargo High School

801 9th St E, West Fargo

Come cheer on this historic football program on Friday night which has won five state titles.

6. Hooligans

509 32nd Ave W,

West Fargo

With delicious food and great drinks, we can't think of a better place to watch football on a Saturday or Sunday.

Pro tip: get there for the noon games and enjoy a great breakfast menu that includes a Chicken N Waffles Sandwich.


West Fargo Guide to


1. The Lights Ice Rink

3150 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

This indoor quality outdoor rink is truly a treasure. With open skates and youth and high school teams coming from all over to play outdoor hockey games, this is a great place to be.

2. Rustad Recreation Center

601 26th Ave E, West Fargo

Rustad Recreation center is a true West Fargo gem. For a reasonable fee, you can get a day pass to a facility with 3 basketball courts, 5 volleyball courts, 9 pikcleball courts, an indoor playground, artificial turf, and more. Plus, walking track access is FREE!

3. Thunder Coffee

300 Sheyenne St #190, West Fargo

Stay warm with your favorite coffee drink at Thunder Coffee.

4. Dakota Park

5600 9th St W, West Fargo

This is a great park for family fun with a sledding hill, an outdoor rink and a warming house! Though it's certainly not the only option for these activities in town. Check wfparks.org to find more.

5. The Piggy BBQ

816 24th Ave E #118, West Fargo

Who doesn't love comforting BBQ during the colder months?

6. Blarney Stone Pub

1910 9th St E, West Fargo

Guinness Irish Stew in December? Yes please.

7. Sirirath Thai House

749 23rd Ave E Unit D, West Fargo

If you're looking for something spicy to keep you warm in the winter, Sirirath can provide. However, if spicy isn't your thing, there food can be made mild and is just as good!

8. Maxwells Restaurant & Bar

1380 9th St E, West Fargo

Keep one of the metro's finest dining establishments in mind for a special dinner around the holidays.

9. Grateful Cratefulls


Grateful Cratefulls in West Fargo is a unique and thoughtful gift shop that specializes in creating custom gifts for business clients, sympathy, birthdays, and other occasions. Oh yeah, and the holidays!

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Things You Can Buy in WF That You Don't Need to Buy Online

Level up your hat game all season long (we're talking from summertime sunshine to "Christian Girl Autumn") by stopping into Lovely Lash Company to check out their Gigi Pip collection. You may have heard of the hat company, but after digging I found out some things about their company worth sharing—Gigi Pip's mission is to build confidence in women and the "many hats they wear." From using high-quality materials and processes to make their products, all the way to the metaphorical sense that they want to empower women with confidence while they wear what undoubtedly are many "hats" in their lives. The wall features a variety of styles and colors so you can find the perfect fit!

No matter how many times it fails, those of us with long hair know we keep trying all of those heatless curl hacks. If you've seen or tried the satin bendable rods for said curls, you know it's a game changer, and you can find a package of these right in West Fargo! Inside The Black Frame, a salon/boutique/spa/custom graphics supplier (they do a lot, in a good way), you can find these curlers, hair clips, hair towels, and a whole lot more!


Sensory toys and kits are all the rage—and for good reason. Sensory kits are curated items designed to stimulate the senses— touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing—through hands-on play. They include a variety of textures, colors, and shapes, and parents love them as are tailored to engage children in a type of play that is crucial for their developmental process. A local brother-sister duo created the brand, Leika Sensory Creations, with sensory kits for kids, and you can purchase these kits and toys at Cookie Krums!

You'll find a small retail spot next to the mouthwatering cookies, so you can grab a snack and a kit, and head home to play, all while supporting two local businesses.

For those who wear bras, you might have wondered if it was a myth or fact that you should wash your delicates in a separate baggie... well, hate to say it but, you probably should—at least that's what Curvy Divas' Owner Rhonda would recommend! Good thing you can get a Garment Guardian mesh washing bag at the store! Your undergarments will thank you later.

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This one is a little hidden, but if you know—you know. Inside Hornbacher's in West Fargo, you'll find the Hornbacher's Kitchen Shop in the middle, front of the store. There are a few isles dedicated to kitchen and cooking supplies (which is great when you need to grab an extra baking sheet when restocking on flour), but at the front of the section, there is an end cap that will catch your eye. This end cap is constantly being rotated and designed with seasonal items from the Kitchen Shop, as well as other gift and miscellaneous items. Any time you're looking for a gift, something to bring out next time your hosting dinner, or maybe just some retail therapy, this is a great spot to get inspiration and great quality items!

"Some of my best finds here have been a wooden cutting board and cheese knife set, a journal with a matching pen set, and a beautiful set of wine glasses!" - Editor Geneva Nodland

Whether you've been an avid reader your whole life, or you've jumped on the recent bandwagon of trending reads, you may be inclined to head to Barnes & Noble or the Target book section to purchase your next hard copy, but make sure you remember that there are local spots you can support while getting your fix! Head to West Fargo and check out Ferguson Books—where you'll find both new and used books of all genres, including those titles we all want to get our hands on by authors like Rebecca Yarros and Sarah J. Maas.

16 Things You Can Buy in WF That You Don't Need to Buy Online

This one might be directly towards a niche audience, but Renaissance fair goers or cosplayers know how important the details are—and Mystic Moth Studio can provide you with the perfect accessories for your fit, including elf ears! Stock up on your crystals and grab a pair to complete your next fantastical look!


You may have heard of Beyond Running, or even visited its downtown Fargo location, but did you know they have a West Fargo location? And, inside that West Fargo location, they have a selection of running shoes that you know like ASICS®, Brooks®, HOKA®, and more, as well as some of the Outermost Layer items (the sister store that morphed into the downtown location). One of the best finds in this store—Patagonia clothing! When you're spending a pretty penny on quality clothes, it's nice to be able to see and feel the item before you buy, and inside Beyond Running you can do just that!

Looking to care for your pets? Check out Tropical Oasis Fish and Pets, a local shop for all things pet-related! From the world of bearded dragons to your cuddly companions, they've got everything you need, especially if you're looking for top-notch reptile care. They are stocked with supplies and products, including items from the brand Zoo Med, loved as one of the best in the business for keeping your scaly friends happy and healthy. The shop's experts are always on hand so you can find what you need, when you need it!

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If you follow trends, you've probably seen the rise of athome dermaplaning online. This skincare process is a way to gently exfoliate the skin's surface with a small, sterile blade. It can remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz to make your skin smoother and brighter, and some say it helps with their foundation application. All of this is great, but most people will buy their razors in bulk online—you don't have to. Head to Lovely Lash Company to get a set of dermaplaning razors, plus they're made from recycled material! Also, because you're exfoliating and removing your skin when you dermaplane, you're creating an ideal canvas for serum absorption—so you need to make sure you're following up the process with the right skin care. Lucky for you, you can also find some great skincare products at Lovely Lash! Including the brand Leahlani, which has a whole line to offer you exactly what your skin needs.

Not only can you find some sweet hair care products at the Black Frame, but you can also get clothing items screen printed! Instead of trying to plan your design on a copy-paste type of online order system, customize your items with a professional to make them uniquely yours! Whether your designing a hoodie to show off school spirit or making matching t-shirts for your neighborhood book club, pop on over to the Black Frame for an easy and fun experience. Also... be prepared, because when you walk into the store, you may not be able to stop yourself from buying from their insanely cute boutique clothes—look at that jacket!

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Cookie Krums Bakery is a new spot in downtown Fargo, and not only can you get delicious cookies (stuffed with even more goodness) but you can also plan your perfect party there. Skip ordering a set of party supplies online and stand out from the other supplies you can get around town because Cookie Krums has a party of different party supply sets for your next shindig! Including, the Party In A Bag—which comes with hand-packaged confetti, a card, a noise maker, a cookie topper, and, of course, you can get a cookie to throw in there! These are the perfect little kits to give out when you're not sure what to get, but know they've got a sweet tooth!

Sustainability has been on the rise, and that's a good thing, but with it comes the need for items you may be inclined to purchase online—which, kind of defeats the whole purpose... but don't fret, we've found a place that has a stock of refillable containers for all of your made-athome concoctions! Mystic Moth has a selection of glass spray bottles, droppers, and even empty car diffusers for purchase. If you'd like, you can work with the certified herbalist, Sunshine & Sea Botanicals, who stocks in-store products, to find the right mixture of what you need!

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As part of Mystic Moth's local offerings, made by local maker Sunshine & Sea Botanicals, you'll find homemade elderberry syrup, crafted from ingredients sourced from the local producer, Cottonwood Bend Farms. For those who know, this flavor is a blend of woodsy floral and dark fruit, and has been known for various health benefits like immune system benefits, anti-inflammatory properties, skin health, and more. Head to Mystic Moth to get some that's locally sourced and made!

At Curvy Divas, you'll find lots of cute looks, including a specific one—for the mother-of-the-bride. Mother-of-the-bride attire can be difficult to source when you're considering fit, color, and price— especially since David's Bridal closed. Curvy Divas has a specific section of gently used formal gowns! These are in great condition, will be fitted to you, and, they are offered at an affordable cost! Don't try to order online to save some coin, when you'll be paying for shipping, hemming, and probably returning anyway! Also, if you have a gently used formal gown or wedding dress, you can bring that in and donate it to Curvy Divas for an opportunity to give a beautiful piece new life!

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Take care of your lashes with a nationally renown brand—Grande Cosmetics, and head to Lovely Lash to get it (duh)! The brand is known for its infamous eyelash-enhancing serum, but it also has a line of other beauty products. You can find mascaras, brow gels, lash conditioners, giftsets, and more, all at Lovely Lash Company

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